Data leaders to speak at the ICT4D Conference, Hyderabad

The conference will take place 15-18 May 2017 at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre

The speakers for the Data-Driven Adaptation and Strategy track at the ninth annual ICT4D Conference have been announced and include sector leaders and technical experts from India and around the world. Technology can be deployed to harness the power of data, aiding analysis and informing strategy, in order to accelerate change and drive impact across sectors.

For the development sector, ‘big data’ need not be a buzzword; the Data-Driven Strategy track will explore why data should be invested in to ensure it is of good quality, and how it should become part of the daily workflow to create impact. 

The ICT4D Conference provides a platform for sector experts, program managers, technical advisors and executives to come together to discuss best practices, explore possible applications of frontier technology and evaluate the impact they create in the journey to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The plenary sessions at the ICT4D Conference will examine how the power of data can be harnessed to create development impact. On Monday 15 May, senior Government of India officials will deliver keynote addresses on Digital India, and in a joint session with Kate Wilson, CEO of the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), how India’s eGovernance transformation is advancing ICT4D innovation for the SDGs. 

Later in the morning, Schuyler Thorup, EVP Overseas Operations, Catholic Relief Services, will deliver a keynote on strengthening a culture of data use in organizations. 

Further plenary sessions on Tuesday 16 May will discuss innovations in data visualization and analytics; Rebecca Moore, director of Engineering at Google Earth and Earth Engine & Earth Outreach at Google will present a case study on ‘Unleashing the Power of Data for Decision Making’. 

On Wednesday 17 May, plenary sessions will cover enablers and barriers to open data sharing. Michael Duggan, CIO (Global), Oxfam International will deliver a trends keynote speech as a call to action for responsible program data. Later in the day, Frank Schott, Vice President of Global Programs, NetHope will present a case study on appropriate data sharing and protection strategies.

The full agenda of speakers and topics is available here: 

The ICT4D Conference is being held in India for the first time this year, and it offers a platform to showcase ICT4D experiences and to stimulate discussion regarding implementation challenges and best practices.

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