Held for the first time in India, the recent 2017 ICT4D Conference bought together public, private and civil society organizations from across the humanitarian and international development community to explore how innovation in technology is increasing the impact of development work and making a measurable difference in the lives of millions of people.
The ICT4D Conference which witnessed participation of about 1,000 delegates from 76 different countries and 300 organizations was a dynamic, multi-disciplinary gathering of thought-provoking speakers who offered a range of practical insights on applying technology to accelerate achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The high-impact event offered eight parallel conference tracks on agriculture, health, education & livelihoods, disaster management, financial inclusion, partnerships, cross sector solutions and data strategy. This year’s event was organized by a consortium of NGOs and Private Sector Companies which included Catholic Services, Mercy Corps, World Vision, NetHope, Anudip, Dalberg, the Digital Impact Alliance, ESRI, iMerit and ICRISAT. “ To achieve real impact from these programs, and to achieve the SDGs, scalability is critical” said Radha Basu, CEO, iMerit while chairing a panel of eminent investors from MSDF, Ankur Capital and Caspian Impact Investments.
Speakers from Anudip, Prasenjit Kundu, Executive Director and Dr. PS Gohil, Head of Technology, shared how disruptive technologies are creating aspirational careers in the digital economy. In a plenary speech, Anudip CEO Dipak Basu described the company’s 3D Printing for Development program, and showed how inexpensive technologies in low-resource settings can create major impact.
ICT4D 2017 gathered 34 exhibitors from around the world to demonstrate a wide range of technology solutions and services, designs and ideas from multiple sectors. Anudip and iMerit’s exhibits attracted hundreds of enthusiasts to learn about technology for digital livelihoods and world-class digital services.