6th International Symposium “Perspectives on ICT4D”

On 23 May, as part of the VU ICT4D course, for the 6th time, W4RA and SIKS organized the annual symposium “Perspectives on ICT4D“. This year’s theme was how to tackle “Global Challenges” in a collaborative, trans-disciplinary way. Food Security is one of the Global Challenges Lia van Wesenbeeck – Director of the Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies – gave a great presentation on “Tackling World Food Challenges”.

Our international speaker on the same topic, Mr. Seydou Tangara, coordinator of the AOPP, was unfortunately not able to join due to visa problems. He was replaced by prof. Hans Akkermans, who presented the Vienna manifesto on digital humanism and its relation to ICT4D.

Andre Baart from UvA talked about the CARPA project and challenges in developing applications for people in Mali while Jaap Gordijn discussed the need for business modelling for developing sustainable services, with interesting case studies from Sarawak, Malaysia.

The ICT4D students presented their voice application services during the coffee break. They demonstrated applications ranging from equipment-lending services to seed markets and weather services.

The 6th edition of the @VUamsterdam workshop "Perspectives on #ICT4D" starts now. A nice mixed program with various speakers and student project presentations. pic.twitter.com/7XmfxYt7jE

— Victor de Boer (@victordeboer) May 23, 2019

Andre Baart from #UvA business school talks about #CARPA project for crowdsourcing responsible production in Africa. #perspectives on #ict4d pic.twitter.com/nBkwruz3BX

— Victor de Boer (@victordeboer) May 23, 2019

Next up is Lia van Wesenbeeck – Director of the Amsterdam Centre for World Food  Studies. She talks about tackling world food challenges working with world bank. #perspectives on #ict4d pic.twitter.com/RCN5jKoghA

— Victor de Boer (@victordeboer) May 23, 2019

prof. Hans Akkermans closes the first half of the #perspectives on #ict4d workshop by talking about the Vienna #digitalhumanism manifesto. pic.twitter.com/p6jJuBjtmw

— Victor de Boer (@victordeboer) May 23, 2019

Jaap Gordijn now talks about the importance of sustainable service development in #ict4d. pic.twitter.com/6S5myyT0DV

— Victor de Boer (@victordeboer) May 23, 2019

#ict4d students present their hard work during the symposium poster and demo session. pic.twitter.com/DrZ2Sda8pm

— Victor de Boer (@victordeboer) May 23, 2019

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