At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we brought together over 2,600 experts for the first Global Digital Development Forum in May 2020. It was an amazing success with 154 sessions spanning 16 hours across the workday from Asia, to Africa, to the Americas.
Last year, GDDF 2021 was bigger than ever! Over 3,000 professionals from 1,500 organizations and 133 countries joined us again to celebrate the global digital development community.
We anticipate even more enthusiasm this year.
Please Register for GDDF 2022 on May 4-5
This year, we are focusing on three key areas of digital development – exploring transformative questions, industry-defining discussion, new voices, creative ideas for each area:
- Locally-led Development: What is locally-created tech? How can digital development harness local digital ecosystems? What does locally-led mean for the status quo in technology development? Where is local ICT4D successful? How can digital development foster greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility?
- Climate Change: How does digital development respond to this mega-threat? Where are we contributing to it? Who is measuring its impact? How can we help people mitigate or adapt? Who is on the leading edge? What is working? What are they learning & doing?
- Emerging Technologies: Can 5G increase last mile broadband Internet access? Are cryptocurrencies now relevant to developing countries? Do the risks of AI outweigh its benefits? Will sensors and Internet-of-Things improve geospatial data accuracy? How can emerging tech be useful, and not another fad?
Key GDDF 2022 Participant Benefits
GDDF 2022 is different from other online ICT4D events. We are committed to community-driven sessions that explore digital development challenges and opportunities with four key benefits:
- Digital Development Focus: Explore the long-term challenges to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and opportunities to collectively build an open, inclusive, and secure digital ecosystem for a safer, more prosperous future for us all.
- Peer Connections: Join your friends and collaborators from around the world and meet tech and development entrepreneurs with emerging ideas, as well as the donors and partners working with them – and you – to responsibly leverage technology solutions for greater impact.
- Your Ideas: Share your experiences and insights with thousands of other digital development professionals in exciting presentations, lively discussions, and personal conversations across multiple fora.
- New Experiences: Expand your concept of an ICT4D conference by joining innovative sessions using emerging tools, music, and virtual worlds to improve on physical interactions with your personal and professional peers.
GDDF 2022 will continue to remove barriers to the inclusion of participants from low- and middle-income countries by providing free admission for all, and include:
- Sessions spanning the globe from 4:00 GMT to 20:00 GMT on May 4 and 12:30 GMT to 16:30 GMT on May 5, featuring your peers at the cutting edge of technology and development in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.
- Free participation in exciting, compelling, relevant sessions on TechChange‘s online learning platform.
- Inspiring experiences and results from innovative projects that achieve development goals by the creative use of new and emerging technologies.
Check out the GDDF Agenda
This year brings 200+ Breakouts, Workshops, Keynotes, Lightning Talks, Networking Sessions, Tech Demos, and Discussion Forums. Here are a few highlights of the May 4-5 event, and view the full agenda here.
Keynote from USAID Administrator Samantha Power
As we mark the two-year anniversary of the launch of the Digital Strategy, USAID is at an inflection point. The rapid race to digitize services of public and private sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the growing dependency of development and humanitarian assistance programs on digital technology and exposed and, in some cases, exacerbated existing digital divides. At the same time, there has been a rise in digital authoritarianism, loss of personal freedoms, threats to national security, and disruption of economic growth models across the globe. While acknowledging these challenges and threats, Administrator Power will reflect on the growing importance of digital development in achieving USAID’s new vision for inclusive development.
Behind the Screen’s with Africa’s Digital Economy Champions
What does it take for digital economies to thrive? Who creates the conditions for innovation to take root and scale? What processes, decisions, data, and tools go into creating the right environment for tech startups to launch, for products and services to meet unaddressed needs, for digital tools to spur inclusive growth? Join this session to hear perspectives in response to these questions from digital economy champions who have been laboring behind the user interfaces and screens to seed and sustain inclusive growth through digital transformation and innovation.
How Technology Can Mitigate the Effects of Conflict and Climate Change
Technology can serve as a powerful conflict mitigation tool within environments vulnerable to climate change. Three experts with backgrounds in policy, technology, and stabilization will look at the complex climate-conflict relationship in Liberia and Mozambique, and discuss how satellite technology and locally-sourced reporting tools are being used to address both challenges. The panelists will explore how geospatial technology can strengthen research efforts and localization efforts by discussing how research findings can be incorporated into implementation in a way that is locally-led, sustainable, and ethical.
Making WhatsApp Work for Social Impact
With over 2 billion users, WhatsApp has emerged as the tool of choice to build community, improve service delivery, build skills remotely, and democratize access to information. Join this keynote to hear directly from WhatsApp on how the platform can be used to advance social impact around the world, with inspiring examples from key organizations in the sector. You’ll also be introduced to a new pricing model designed specifically for eligible nonprofits and civic actors – ensuring more equitable and universal access to this invaluable tool.
View the full agenda here.
Don’t miss out on GDDF 2022! Register now to RSVP to sessions and prepare your GDDF schedule.