Information for speakers



Thank you to everyone who has applied to speak at the 11th ICT4D Conference. We have received around 850 speaker applications this year and the main application period for speaking positions is now closed.

Application Results:

We are notifying you by email on the results of your application from January 14 2019.

If you applied for a joint presentation please notify any co-presenters of the result as we do not notify them separately.

If your application has been accepted please register at the applicable rate by the deadline – January 31 2019 – to secure your speaking spot.

If your application is listed as ‘in progress’ or on the waiting list we will aim to notify you of the result as soon as possible. This may take up to four weeks owing to the high number of applications we received this year. If you are offered a speaking spot after the deadline of January 31 2019 we will send you a passcode to obtain the speaker rate which is equivalent to the early bird rate for your region and organization.

Owing to the high number of submissions we are grouping some speakers together into panels around common themes. Your notification email will indicate this. We are also limiting the number of speaking opportunities for individuals and organisations. You will receive separate notifications for each application you submitted.

We are now working on scheduling the sessions and developing the conference agenda. We will contact you by email in early March with log-in details to your account on the agenda app. From here you will be able to view the timing of your session, upload  your presentation, update your profile and build your own schedule!


Visit our website regularly for any further announcements and check your spam folders as some of our automated emails may be redirected by your email server settings.


Selection Process for Conference Track Sessions:

Speaking is a great way to share your experience in implementing ICT4D solutions, stimulate discussion about the challenges and best practices surrounding their use, and introduce people to new ways of doing relief and development work.

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 team and its partners

Speakers have been 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, previous participation as a speaker, region where speaker is based


We use the information you provide in the application to help us review and select presentations. We need to collect contact details and other information from you in order to process your application, inform you of the results and keep you updated with important logistical details related to participation in the ICT4D Conference. We will also ask you if you wish to opt-in to receive further updates and developments related to the ICT4D Conference and other events. You may unsubscribe from this at any time.

All ICT4D Conference proceedings take place in English.

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 joint or panel discussions on common themes arranged by the ICT4D Conference Committee

30 minute interactive discussions in a ‘learning carousel’ format arranged by the ICT4D Conference Committee




The ICT4D Conference Committee is dedicated to improving diversity at our events and the ICT4D sector by offering a limited number of scholarships to potential speakers who might not otherwise be able to attend the 11th ICT4D Conference in Kampala. 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 financial need.  You may opt to apply for a scholarship in your application to speak. We particularly encourage applicants in the youth category to apply. You will be asked to write a short essay outlining why you require a scholarship. Closing date for scholarship applications is January 4 2019. Applicants have been informed if they received a scholarship.

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 January 2019 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 of January 31 2019 by paying the registration fees. Speaker discount is 20% less than the applicable standard rate for your region for those who receive their notification of acceptance after the January 31 2019 deadline.
  • If demand for speaking opportunities exceeds availability we may group speakers in panels to address common themes and 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 see here for details of rates we have secured at local hotels.
  • Visas and Yellow Fever Certificates: Please ensure you obtain a Ugandan entry visa if applicable. Uganda also requires you to present a certificate of Yellow Fever vaccination which must be obtained at least ten days in advance of arrival. Procedures may change so we advise you to check on the Uganda Government website for latest requirements.
  • 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 on a USB for your use during the presentation.