Speaker Information


  • Speakers are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and conference fees
  • April 27, 2018 – online submission deadline for presentation and associated materials to conference agenda site. Please use standard presentation format. You may use this template for PowerPoint presentations
  • We may make minor changes for layout purpose
  • Conference track sessions will run for 40 minutes. If you are co-presenting you will expect to speak for max 15-20 minutes. Allow 5-10 minutes for Q&A
  • Demonstrations will run for 8-10 minutes on the Demonstration Stage between 16:00 and 16:40 on days one and two
  • There will be a five minute transition period in between conference track sessions marked by drums! Please do not run over your allotted time as the next session will take place immediately after the break or five minutes transition period
  • We will advise you on the final room location of your session closer to the day of the event when we allocate rooms. Please note that room allocation listings on the agenda app will change before the event
  • Please note that most sessions are not moderated so you may wish to allow a few minutes to introduce yourself and co-presenters at the start of your session
  • Please do check we have listed your details correctly. You can make changes to your bio and photo by managing your profile in your account on Pathable
  • If you are speaking in a panel please do ensure that you schedule some time to discuss the format of your session with your co-panellist. This will help ensure a high quality session

Important venue and A/V information

  • All conference rooms will be equipped with display screen, laptop, and wireless internet connection. PA equipment will be available in larger rooms
  • Speakers are responsible for provision of all peripheral equipment including adaptors, convertors and cable connectors for use with any additional equipment in Zambia
  • Please ensure you upload your presentation onto our website by April 27 and bring a back up copy for your use during the presentation on a USB!

***BONUS: Conference tips for preparing your session***



  • Meet with your other session leads ahead of time (not the morning of)
  • Establish clear goals for your session and break it into realistic chunks that are achievable within your time slot
  • Make your session lively, participatory and dynamic
  • Speak and present in clear and accessible language
  • Spell out any acronyms or concepts that may not be familiar to those outside of your field of expertise
  • Allow 5-10 minutes for Q&A – there will be plenty of questions and/or expertise in the room
  • Make sure your session has clear links to ICT4D or discuss applicability of your idea/tool/methodology/research/etc. to the wider sector
  • Offer a summary of conclusions, recommendations, learning or future actions for the sector
  • Bring any additional supplies that may be required (we will provide a projector and screen, flip charts, post-its, and markers)
  • Plan to write up a summary post to share on the ICT4D Conference website
  • Get in touch if you have any questions or want to run anything by us!



  • Bring PowerPoint presentations in tiny fonts that are read out word for word
  • Use overly academic and inaccessible language
  • Go over time on your presentations and cut down on time for discussions
  • Bring complicated case studies for people to parse through for a group activity – experience has shown that normally there isn’t enough time to get the most out of complicated case study activities and people leave disappointed
  • Be too theoretical – people always appreciate a concrete example that brings things down to earth or illustrates how things happen/might happen in practice