Virtual Non-Conference

Because of COVID-19 it was not possible to convene the ICT4D Non-Conference as originally intended, but instead we convened a one-day virtual event on 16th September, when all of those originally selected to present a poster or demo were given 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 were encouraged to read the posters and watch the demos before the virtual non-conference.


(All times as in UK on 16th September 2020)

These sessions were all designed to be as interactive as possible, under the care of a moderator.  Speakers were requested only to speak for 5 minutes to introduce their poster or demo . They were then invited to comment or ask questions on any issue raised by a presenter in their session.  Other participants who had joined the session were then also invited to contribute their thoughts.

This virtual background was available for participants to use should they wish – it was intended to help to make everyine feel that they were together on the Royal Holloway, University of London 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 partner organisations, and from Jose Maria Diaz Batanero (Head, Project Support Division, ITU) on behalf of the ITU.

(including an opportunity to reflect on the impact of COVID-19 and all those whose lives have been affected by it, with music from Ghana by Gameli Kodzo Tordzro)

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

The Emerald Publishing prize for the three best posters

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We were delighted that Emerald Publishing offered prizes of £333 to each of the top three poster presenters.  A panel of reviewers read all of the posters in advance, and a subset of these reviewers also attended all of the sessions.  62.5% of the final score was derived from the poster itself, and 37.5% from the actual presentation and wider contribution to the session.

The three winners of the Emerald Publishing Virtual ICT4D Non-Conference 2020 were announced during this closing discussion (listed in alphabetical order of first name):

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 was therefore held according to the UN system code of conduct. No complaints were received during the event or in the following few days.