Digital Strategies for Development Summit 2015: Accelerating Inclusive Development Through ICT Innovation

The era we live in now has become one of the most technologically advanced periods of time, and is increasingly evolving to become even more progressive. The power of social media itself in recent years has seen a huge pivot in the way people interact with one another over the Internet, changing the way we engage with each other in a more immersive experience online.

The development of information and communications technology (ICT) has been helping to improve delivery services from various sectors including the government, private sector, and non-profit organisations to be disseminated to the masses. However, in this day and age, the digital divide still exists to some extent, especially in rural areas where people don’t have access to the Internet.

So, pack your bags and head on down to the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel in Philippines from the 22nd to 24th September this year, where the 2nd edition of the Digital Strategies for Development Summit (DSDS): A Knowledge Exchange Forum for Asia Pacific and Beyond will aim to address this problem by boosting the concept of digital inclusion.

With “Accelerating Inclusive Development through ICT Innovation” as its theme this year, DSDS 2015 will see international development partners, policy makers, regulators, telecentre operators and managers, content and services developers and providers, major players from the public sector, NGOs, industry, and academia coming together. This all-encompassing group will help to impart attendees with some of the best practices and lessons learned from the ICT world.

Organised by DOST-ICTO, ITU and ADB, and managed by the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation, DSDS 2015 will be joined by internationally renowned speakers such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Secretary General Houlin Zhao, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario Montejo, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Director of Poverty Reduction, Gender, and Social Development Division Bart Edes, and many more.

The event will focus on 5 different categories pertaining to the role of ICT innovations, including Education Employment, SME & Entrepreneurship, Gender Equality, Agriculture, Healthcare & Social Protection, and Last Mile Connectivity. An exhibition area will also display some of Philippine’s most innovative startups, together with several breakout sessions.

For more information about DSDS 2015, click here to go to their official website.