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Saturday, 11 November, 2017 - 17:49

 
Here's a early look at the calendar of ICT4D conferences that have already announced dates and locations for 2018.
As ever May will be the busiest month of the year for ICT4D conferences.
 

Mar 19-23  WSIS Forum 2018, Geneva, Switzerland
Apr 04-06   ICEDEG 2018 eDemocracy & eGovernment, Ambato, Ecuador.
Apr 18-19   TICTeC2018 Impacts of Civic Tech, Lisbon, Portugal
May 08-10  ICT4D Conference, Lusaka, Zambia
May 20-23  ISCRAM InfoSystems for Crisis Response, Rochester, NY, USA
May 29-30  EAI Emerging Tech for Developing Countries, Cotonou, Benin
Jun 27-29   International Tech4Dev Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland
Sep 03-06  CeDEM18 eDemocracy & OpenGov, Krems, Austria
Sep 26-28  eLearning Africa, Kigali, Rwanda
 
 
Impressively IFIP have already announced their 2019 conference and have their website up.
May 01-03 (2019) ...

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