Call for Notes

The Ninth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD 2017), to be hosted at the Information Technology University in Lahore (Pakistan) from November 16 to 19, 2017, cordially invites you to submit Notes. ICTD 2017 will provide an international forum for scholarly researchers to explore the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in social, political, and economic development.

Important dates

July 21, 2017: Deadline for submission of Notes

September 1, 2017: Notification of acceptances for Notes

September 15, 2016: Camera-ready deadline for Notes


>>All submissions are due 11:59 pm UTC<<



With a 4-page limit, Notes are intended to introduce work-in-progress that may be published later in a journal, as well as to document shorter project write-ups. An ICTD Note is likely to have a more focused and succinct research contribution to the ICTD field than Full Papers. For example, Notes on novel ICTD systems may not cover the entire design of the system but may instead go into depth in specific areas (e.g., how the system was evaluated with real users or how the formative work to create the system was conducted). Notes are also not expected to include a discussion of related work that is as broad and complete as that of a submission to the Full Papers venue. Accepted Notes will be presented as poster presentations at the conference. This year we are also introducing short oral presentations (in addition to posters) for top notes based on the recommendations of reviewers.

Notes will be evaluated by at least two multidisciplinary reviewers in a double-blind fashion and will be assessed according to their research contribution, methodological soundness, quality of analysis, quality of writing, and presentation. Manuscripts considering novel designs, new technologies, project assessments, policy analyses, impact studies, theoretical contributions, social issues around ICT and development, and so forth will be considered. However Notes need not necessarily be as comprehensive, novel, or generalizable as Full Papers.


Only original, unpublished, research papers in English will be considered. Notes must use the ACM templates (LaTex and Word) and must be no longer than 4 pages respectively. (The main text, figures, tables, footnotes, etc. excluding references must fit within these page limits). Additional material may be included in an Appendix, but the text within the page limits must read as a standalone work. Submissions longer than the page limits, not in the template format, not related to the conference themes, and/or not meeting a minimum bar of academic research writing will be rejected without full review. Submitted Notes must not include names or other information that would identify the authors. All accepted Notes will be made available in the ACM Digital Library. Copyright for Notes will be retained by the authors.

Over the past several decades, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have become more pervasive, accessible, and relevant in the lives of people around the world. Virtually no sphere of human activity remains apart from ICTs, from markets to health care, education to governance, family life to artistic expression. Diverse groups across the world interact with, are affected by, and can shape the design of these technologies. The ICTD conference is a place to understand these interactions, and to examine, critique, and refine the persistent, pervasive hope that ICTs can be enlisted by individuals and communities in the service of human development. There are multidisciplinary challenges associated with the engineering, application, and adoption of ICTs in developing regions and/or for development, with implications for design, policy, and practice.

For the purposes of this conference, the term “ICT” comprises electronic technologies for information processing and communication, as well as systems, interventions, and platforms that are built on such technologies. “Development” includes, but is not restricted to, poverty alleviation, education, agriculture, healthcare, general communication, gender equality, governance, infrastructure, environment, and sustainable livelihoods. The conference program will reflect the multidisciplinary nature of ICTD research, with anticipated contributions from fields including,but not limited to, anthropology, computer science, communication, design, economics, electrical engineering, geography, human-computer interaction, information science, information systems, political science, public health, and sociology.


Here is the link to the notes submission site:

General Conference Chair

Umar Saif, Information Technology University

Program Committee Chairs

Richard Anderson, University of Washington

Carleen Maitland, Pennsylvania State University

Notes Chairs

Neha Kumar, Georgia Institute of Technology

Agha Ali Raza, Information Technology University

Open Session Chairs

Melissa Densmore, University of Cape Town

Mustafa Naseem, University of Colorado Boulder