[Localization] Fwd: [bytesforall_readers] Call for Demos - International Conference on ICT and Development 2009

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Sat Jan 3 02:38:36 EST 2009

Nicholas has a budget for this sort of thing, but the rest of us will
need funding, so we should get on with it. The cheapest flight I see
today for the dates given in April is $1395 on British Airways. It's
about $400 more for a hotel for three nights.

I would like to see Nicholas demonstrate the XO-2 concept, some Sugar
Labs people showing off the latest build, including Arabic, Pashto,
and Dari localizations, Alan Kay and some of the others who are
starting to work on textbooks, and an Arabic speaker who can
demonstrate the Qur'an reading program. Who would like to go, and what
else can we show off?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: bill.thies <bill.thies at yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, Jan 1, 2009 at 11:18 PM
Subject: [bytesforall_readers] Call for Demos - International
Conference on ICT and Development 2009
To: bytesforall_readers at yahoogroups.com

CALL FOR DEMOS - International Conference on Information
and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD 2009)

The 3rd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and
Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD 2009) will be held
17-19 April 2009 at Carnegie Mellon's state-of-the-art campus in Doha,
Qatar. This conference will act as a focal point for new scholarship
in the field of ICT and international development. Confirmed speakers
include a Keynote by William H. Gates, Chairman of Microsoft
Corporation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

We invite submissions of demonstrations for ICTD 2009.  The demo
session provides researchers and practicioners a venue for showcasing
live demonstrations of their work. The focus of a demonstration may
span novel hardware or software systems, video footage, or physical
artifacts unsuitable for presentation in the poster or oral sessions.

Unlike ICTD 2009 papers, the subject of a demo may have been published
previously, either in ICTD or in other venues.  However, the
demonstration itself should be new and interesting to the ICTD
community, and should reflect work that is at least as mature as a
poster presentation.

Demo submissions may represent research projects, commercial tools, or
government initiatives.  Both novel projects as well as
well-established systems are invited for demonstration.

At the conference, all demonstrations will be presented in parallel
with an interactive audience (comparable to a poster session). At
least one author of each accepted demo must register for the
conference and attend to present the demo.

January 30, 2009        Demo abstracts due
February 10, 2009       Final decisions sent out to demo presenters
February 20, 2009       Camera-ready demo abstracts due
April 17-19, 2009       Conference

Presenters must submit a 1-page abstract that describes the context,
novelty, and significance of the demonstration, including a precise
description of exactly what is to be demonstrated (hardware, software,
etc.) Each submission should include a title; the names, affiliations,
and contact emails for all authors; as well as a brief abstract (~100
words). Authors should follow IEEE formats and styles. Samples of this
format are also available in PDF and MS Word formats.

Demo submissions will be reviewed by the demo co-chairs. We expect to
publish accepted demo abstracts in the conference proceedings (this
will be confirmed later). Authors would be required to sign a
copyright release prior to publication.

To submit to the demo session, send email to demos at ictd2009.org with
the following information:

* Your 1-page abstract in PDF or MS Word format
* Requirements for your demonstration, including:
 - A/V equipment
 - Electrical outlets
 - Internet connectivity
 - Unusual space or setup requirements

Note: In order to foster participation in the demo session, authors of
accepted papers and posters are invited to demonstrate their work
without submitting a 1-page abstract. In place of the abstract, such
authors may submit a brief one-paragraph description of their
demonstration. This paragraph will not be published in the conference

The goal of the ICTD conference is to provide a forum for academic
researchers and scholarly practitioners working with ICT applied to
development. The conference will be scientifically rigorous and
multi-disciplinary - papers reporting high-quality original research
are being solicited. The conference will bring together researchers
and reflective practitioners in both the social and technical
sciences, with anticipated representation from anthropology,
sociology, economics, political science, computer science, electrical
engineering, industrial design, and the like., in addition to domain
specialists in various development fields such as healthcare,
agriculture, enterprise, education, governance, etc.

For the purposes of this conference, the term "ICT" will comprise
computing devices (e.g., PCs, PDAs, sensor networks), technologies for
voice and data connectivity, the Internet, and related
technologies. Application domains include, but are not restricted to,
education, agriculture, enterprise, healthcare, poverty alleviation,
general communication, and governance.

Qatar is a rapidly growing economy in the region and the world which
has set its targets of moving beyond a hydrocarbon economy into
becoming a regional and global leader in knowledge and
information. Qatar is a modern, stable nation with a vibrant
international population, and hosted the Asian Games in
2007. Education City brings leading educational and research
institutions to Qatar, including Cornell, Georgetown, Texas A&M, and
Carnegie Mellon in Qatar offers degree programs in Computer Science,
Business Administration, and Information Systems. This provides an
ideal venue for hosting ICTD 2009, in a geographic location close to
major population centers around the world, easily accessible by direct


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