Lessons learnt from the ICT4D Conference 2018

Two months ago I was honored to attend and also speak at the 10th ICT4D 2018 conference which took place on 8th to 10th of May in Lusaka, Zambia. I represented http://osmzambia.org and https://www.hotosm.org.

The ICT4D conference is an annual conference that brings together governments, private entities, non-government bodies, entrepreneurs and individual consultants to share their experiences on how they used innovations to improve their work efficiency. This was a healthy environment for networking.

During the conference I presented using Open Map Data in health and governance using https://www.openstreetmap.org with my colleague Ivan Gayton https://twitter.com/ivangayton Tanzania country manager.I also co-presented and I was on a panel for https://nethope.org/ where where I represented Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) about the device challenge we received from Nethope.


Ivan presenting


I was honored to be among the panelists that gave a closing plenary about the conference. Ivan’s presentation was about the Missing Maps: Putting 2,000,000 people on the map through open source and also held an open discussion on collaboration and openness about data.

The first day of the conference focused on the challenges and hindrances to digital transformation. Most of the presentations brought out the challenges faced by organizations and countries to embrace ICT4D.

The second day of the conference mainly focused on solving the challenges faced by organisations. 

The third day was basically about the real solutions that have been developed to solve challenges by countries and organizations. There was also a field tour of York Farm organised by John Deer Tractors and CTA to showcase the use of drones(Unmanned Aerial Systems) in agriculture. During the tour, we were showcased the flying of drones, technologies(machine learning and Artificial Intelligence) to process the data and linking this agricultural advisory services.

After the conference

At the conference I met Geoffrey Ssembajjwe a Digital Health Consultant based in Kampala, Uganda. He was very passionate about the use of drones and artificial intelligence in humanitarian, relief and development work as well as precision agriculture.

We are currently working on bringing digital health in every sphere of the public health infrastructure in Africa from disease surveillance, clinical decision support and capacity building.

The next conference will be held in Uganda at the magnificent Speke Resort Munyonyo. I am looking to being home and enjoying the cool breeze off lake Victoria while enjoying the great works in ICT4D.

The conference was a success to me as I learned a lot from the different presenters and made connections that am using now.

Written by Namitala Gertrude C.E.O Trudigital Technologies Ltd and country coordinator OSM Zambia. Please find my profile here. www.linkedin.com/in/gertrude-namitala-06b6b899

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