Global ICT4D Meets & Networking Opportunities


During my travels around the world I noticed a surprising lack of organised opportunities to meet other ICT4D or ‘tech for social good’ practitioners and researchers.

I thought it might help others if I collate those groups that I am aware of in one place, and hopefully this can evolve to become a more definitive list.

ICT4D Meets, Meetups and Networking Opportunities

United Kingdom

  • London ICT4D Meetup
    Vibrant and well-attended monthly meetup – alternates between facilitated sessions with speakers, and general networking in a central London bar.
  • Digital Charities
    Group of people working in UK charities with digital technologies – not just International Development charities but lots of overlap.  Monthly meets.
  • Tech for Good meetup
    Bringing together both domestic and international ‘social tech’ types regularly in London

Republic of Ireland

  • Nairobi ICT4D Group
    Relatively new group seeking to bring together the vibrant tech and NGO communities in Nairobi.

Zambia

United States of America

Global Meets

  • ICT4Drinks
    Informal meetup for ICT4D professionals, with regular drinks meets in Washington DC, and occasional meets in New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Manila and London.
  • Technology Salon
    Invite-only events with extremely interesting small groups of attendees – take place regularly in Accra, Amman, Bangkok, Brooklyn, Denver, Helsinki, London, Lusaka, Nairobi, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington DC.
  • Communication 4 Development Network
    Regular meets of the C4D network, seems to move around Europe each time but (I think) with options for remote attendance!

Conferences relevant to ICT4D

  • ICTD Conference
    Primarily academic ICTD conference (some practitioners) held every 18 months or so.  The 2017 conference will be in Pakistan in November.
  • ICT4D Conference
    The other big annual conference for the sector – typically more practitioner, NGO and private-sector focused (with some academia).  In 2017 it will be held in India in May.
  • IDIA Conference (International Development Informatics Association)
    October 2017 in Romania…
  • Participatory Design Conference
    Broader than just development but of significant interest to anyone developing technology for or with local communities.  Bi-annual, next is 2018 in Belgium.
  • TICTeC
    Annual conference from mySociety exploring the impacts of civic technology – 2017 sees it in Italy in April.
  • WSIS Forum
    World Summit on the Information Society forum organised by the major multi-lateral donors.  In 2017 it will focus on the SDGs, in Switzerland in June.

(fuller conference list at http://www.ict4dc.org/blog/tony-roberts/ict4d-conferences-2017)

Please contact me using the form below if there are other ICT4D groups, meets or networking opportunities you are aware of, and I will include them in this list: