Virtual Non-Conference

Because of COVID-19 we are unable to convene our ICT4D Non-Conference as originally intended, but will instead hold a one-day virtual event on 16th September, when all of those originally selected to present a poster or demo will have an opportunity to discuss their research. All posters are listed here and demos here. The full posters are available by clicking on each of the authors’ links, and links to videos of the demos are also available (links also below).

All participants are encouraged to read the posters and watch the demos before the virtual non-conference.


All times are as in UK on 16th September

These sessions are all designed to be as interactive as possible, under the care of a moderator.  Speakers must only speak for 5 minutes to introduce their poster or demo (all posters will have been submitted and hosted already on our site – no-one can participate as a speaker unless they have already submitted their posters). Speakers will then be asked to comment or ask questions on any issue raised by a presenter in their session.  Then, other participants who have joined the session will also be invited to contribute their thoughts.

Do use this virtual background on the day should you wish – it might help to make you feel that we are all together here on our campus

09.30 Opening introduction and protocols for the day: Moderator: Tim Unwin

  • On Serendipitous RigourWith welcome comments from Tahir Naeem (COMSATS University, Islamabad, and Executive Director, Inter-Islamic Network on IT) on behalf of our partner organisations, and from Jose Maria Diaz Batanero (Head, Project Support Division, ITU) on behalf of the ITU.

(including an opportunity to reflect silently on the impact of COVID-19 and all those whose lives have been affected by it)

10.00 From Asia

(a) 10.00 Business perspectives, employment and health. Moderator: Vigneswara Ilavarasan

(b) 11.00 Content, learning and the darker side of technology – Moderator: Akber Gardezi

Close 11.50

12.00 From Africa and Europe

(a) 12.00 Government, security and indigenous perspective. Moderator: Azra Naseem

13.00 Special Session on migration and technology – Moderator Hari Harindranath

This special session is linked to the research and practice of the UKRI GCRF funded MIDEQ Hub, and the speakers are:

From Africa and Europe (continued)

(b) 14.00 Health.  Moderator: Uduak Okon

(c) 14.30 Education. Moderator: John Traxler

Close 15.15

15.30 From the Americas. Moderator: Jose Maria Diaz Batanero

16.15 drawing to a close

16.30 Final thoughts, Moderator: Tim Unwin

  • Revi Sterling
  • Hari Harindranath
  • Sallie Gregson
  • David Banes
  • Lorenzo Cantoni
  • Jose Maria Diaz Batanero

It is hoped that the winners of the Emerald Publishing Virtual ICT4D Non-Conference 2020 will be announced during this closing discussion.

Registration is now closed, but in exceptional circumstances it may be possible to accept additional participants. All speakers, moderators and participants were invited to register for this event in advance and before 9th September.  For those still wishing to receive joining instructions please use our contact form at with the words EXCEPTIONAL REGISTRATION in the message box, and making a short case in support.

The Emerald Publishing prize for the three best posters

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We are delighted that Emerald Publishing has offered prizes of £333 to each of the top three poster presenters.  A panel of reviewers will read all of the posters in advance, and a subset of these reviewers will also attend all of the sessions.  62.5% of the final score will be derived from the poster itself, and 37.5% from the actual presentation and wider contribution to the session.  We hope to be able to announce the winners in the closing session.

Code of Conduct

We strongly believe that all events and conferences (as well as non-conferences) should enable people to participate inclusively, respectfully and safely, and without fear of harassment. The ICT4D Non-Conference 2020 is therefore being held according to the UN system code of conduct. Any concerns during the event should be referred immediately to

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