The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Wednesday, May 18 • 08:45 - 09:30
Smart Cities, Infrastructure and Connectivity for Heuristic Urban, Peri-urban and Rural Community Planning/Development

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The UN projects that 5.0 billion of the 8.3 billion people expected to be alive in 2030 will be living in “megacities” (10-35 million), medium (5-10 million) and smaller cities and peri-urban communities, with the largest changes in store for Asia, Africa and Latin America. Cities are crucibles of political power, commerce, education, and innovation. But in much of the developing world, a billion people inhabit slums today, with 2.0 billion likely by 2030, and lack basic infrastructure for adequate shelter, food, clean water, waste management, transport, and electricity. In the context of SDG 9 (resilient infrastructure) and SDG 11(cities and human settlements), this panel will focus on a new generation of sensors and portable devices, data analytics and an emerging “Internet of Things” to manage these challenges more intelligently and efficiently. Mindful of HABITAT III in October, panelists will address “smart” cities, infrastructure and Internet connectivity to facilitate a continuum between urban, peri-urban and rural communities for improved regional planning, investment and the identification of heuristic scientific and engineering solutions for these common problems.

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Dr. Reginald Vachon

Ph.D. P.E., Eur. Ing., Chairman SMA, World Federation of Engineering Organizations
Dr. Reginald Vachon is a Board Member of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), a Vice President of the North America Pan American Union of Engineering Organizations and a member of the Pan American Academy of Engineering and the International Nuclear Energy Academy... Read More →

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David Gadsden

Nonprofit & Global Organizations Director, Esri
David Gadsden leads Esri's Nonprofit Sector which supports Nonprofits, Foundations, and International Organizations globally. David is also the administrator of the Nonprofit Organization Program which aims to empower nonprofits around the globe with Esri technology. David earned... Read More →
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John Garrity

Global Government Affairs & Technology Policy, Cisco
John Garrity is Cisco's Global Policy Advisor in the Global Technology Policy group, managing government engagement and policy research. John is responsible for data-driven analysis on broadband connectivity issues contributing to the expansion of fixed and wireless networks, including... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 08:45 - 09:30 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre