Speaker Information



Selection Process for Conference Track Sessions:

The ICT4D Conference Organizing Committee is working to achieve greater transparency and diversity at all levels of conference management.

Speakers for conference track sessions are selected on a competitive basis by the ICT4D Conference Organizing Committee  and its partners.

Conference themes for 2019 are:

  • Agriculture
  • Digital Financial Inclusion
  • Digital Diversity: Gender and Disability Inclusion
  • Education and Digital Literacy
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Humanitarian Response and Resilience
  • Digital Development in Uganda
  • Supply Chain
  • Water Security ( WASH, Water Resource Management)
  • Youth Engagement


You will be given an opportunity to select a first and second theme preference during the application process. Submissions will be filtered based on these responses and sent to the responsible ICT4D Conference Committee for review.


Conference track session formats will include:

40 minute case studies, presentations or speeches ( including 10 minutes for Q&A)

10 minute Demonstration Stage presentations

40 minute panel discussions arranged by the ICT4D Conference Committee

Roundtable discussions arranged by the ICT4D Conference Committee


Speakers are selected with reference to the following criteria:

  • Exceptional innovation in ICT4D
  • Credibility and experience of the presenter and/or organization
  • Clarity of the submitted abstract
  • Relevance of abstract to conference themes
  • Verifiable results and impact of the program/project
  • Extent to which the program/project is replicable and scalable
  • Diversity of speaker or program beneficiary: this includes but is not limited to gender, age, nationality, previous participation as a speaker, region where speaker is based 




A limited number of scholarship awards are available to applicants. These awards are primarily open to applicants from Local NGOs, NFPs or social enterprises or organizations headquartered in global south regions as defined by the World Bank. Awards are made by the ICT4D Conference Scholarship Committee and are based on criteria including a demonstration of excellence in ICT4D and economic need.  You may opt to apply for a scholarship in your application to speak. You will be asked to write a short essay outlining why you require a scholarship. Closing date for scholarship applications is October 31 2018.


General Information

  • All abstracts submitted by the deadline will be considered. Those received after the deadline may be considered but will be placed on a waiting list.
  • Applicants will be notified from mid December 2018 if their submission has been selected.
  • You may also elect to be considered as a panellist in a session arranged by the ICT4D Conference Committee if your submission is not accepted in the first instance.
  • All those offered presentation/demonstration stage/panel slots must confirm acceptance by the published deadline in January by paying the registration fees at the applicable rate. Please click here for details.
  • If demand for speaking opportunities exceeds availability we may limit number of speaking opportunities available for individuals or organizations to help ensure a broad and diverse representation and coverage of topics, issues and perspectives.
  • Speakers are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and conference fees. Please also ensure you obtain a Ugandan entry visa if applicable.
  • April 19, 2019 – online submission deadline for presentation and associated materials to conference agenda site. Please use an accessible presentation format.
    • We may make minor changes for layout and accessibility purposes.

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 Uganda
  • Please ensure you upload your presentation onto our website by April 19 2019 and bring a back up copy for your use during the presentation on a USB!