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8th IDIA Conference

ICTs for inclusive communities in developing societies

IDIA2014 Conference
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
3-4 November 2014

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Conference venue

Boardwalk Conference Center,
Port Elizabeth,
South Africa

Keynote speaker

When Africans uprise against ‘Africa Rising’, what role for IT?

Patrick Bond

Univ of Kwazulu-Natal
South Africa

1. Call for Papers

We invite you to submit an abstract for a proposed paper in the area of "ICTs for inclusive communities in developing societies", the theme of the 8th International Development Informatics Association Conference: IDIA 2014 to be held on 3- 4 November, 2014, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

See deadlines.

The conference is aimed at researchers, policy-makers and reflective practitioners.

Papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed and accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Only papers of participants who have paid the full conference fee will be included -- see deadlines.

Conference proceedings will be distributed at the conference.

ICTs for inclusive communities in developing societies

2. Theme overview

Virtually no community remains apart from ICTs, from economic development to health care, education to governance, family life to creative activities. Communities across the world interact with, are affected by, and can shape and influence the design and usage of such technologies. The IDIA conference provides a platform to understand these interactions, and to examine, critique, and refine the hope that communities in developing societies can become inclusive whilst enlisting ICTs. There are multidisciplinary challenges associated with the engineering, application and adoption of ICTs in developing societies and/or for development, with implications for design, usage, policy, and practice.

3. Calls

Call for Full Papers

Full Papers will be evaluated via double-blind peer review by a multidisciplinary panel. Full Papers will be evaluated according to their novel research contribution, methodological soundness, theoretical framing and reference to related work, quality of analysis, and 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. Well-analyzed results from which generalizable conclusions can be drawn are also sought. Authors are encouraged to address the diversity of approaches in their research by providing context, implications, and actionable guidance to researchers and practitioners beyond the authors’ primary domains.

Only original, unpublished, research papers in English will be considered. Papers must use the templates available on the submissions page, and must be no longer than 10 pages.

Submissions longer than 10 pages, 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. See requirements details.

Call for Panels

You are welcome to submit proposals for a panel discussion. A summary article of the panel discussion is expected to be submitted after the conference, for publication on the IDIA website, and perhaps a journal too.

Kindly submit possible themes, names of panelists and their affiliations.

Call for Workshops

You are welcome to submit proposals for a workshop. This is usually very helpful for practioners. Ideally there should be some formal output - eg. article, book.


You are invited to attend a workshop on ‘The Comprehensive Nature of Evaluation in ICT4D Research and Practice’, to be held as part of the IDIA2014 Conference in Port Elizabeth, on 4 November 2014. Please visit and register on our workshop page on Eventbrite, by clicking the following link http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-comprehensive-nature-of-evaluation-in-ict4d-research-and-practice-tickets-13749205243 We look forward to your participation and contribution. The outcome of this workshop also sets the ground for a potential collaborative paper.

4. Research Exchange

A Research Exchange session is proposed. The purpose of this session is for sharing current non-published work in progress research (i.e. working papers, Ph.D, M.S. or academic non-degree-oriented research).

If interested, please indicate which date suits you best. Arrangements will be made in time, and there is no extra fee if you are already registered for the main conference.

5. Publishing schedule

Abstracts and papers must be submitted to this email address:

IDIA2014 AT developmentinformatics.org


1 April 2014   Abstract submission
1 June 2014 extended to 30 June 2014   Full papers submissions
(for blind peer review)
    Panel proposal submissions
15 August 2014 extended to 25 August 2014   Notification of acceptance
15 September 2014   Payment deadline
30 September 2014   Camera-ready papers deadline


Criteria for accepting/rejecting Abstracts include the following. Abstracts will be reviewed by three reviewers to gauge:

For prompt feedback, please maximize your Abstract to 500 words.

5.1. Conference proceedings


5.2 Format for papers

Papers (including abstracts) should be submitted in one of these formats. Please adhere to this. In the past we have received too many papers in the wrong formats or not using the template, which delayed finalizing the Proceedings. This year, if you do not heed our request, your paper might not be published.

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No other formats are accepted
No PDFs are accepted

Formatting requirements

Once the paper is accepted for the conference proceedings, it is assumed that the author(s) give(s) consent for the paper to be published in the proceedings by the conference organisers.

No other formats are accepted
No PDFs are accepted

Before a paper is reviewed:

Before a paper is reviewed
a declaration to be signed and submitted with the words:
I have funding to attend the conference

For publishing purposes

Papers accepted after the double-blind peer review process must comply with the following requirements, otherwise they will not be included in the Conference Proceedings. Also meet the deadlines for submissions to have the paper included in the Proceedings.

For papers to be included in the conference proceedings, conference fees need to be paid in full when the final print-ready paper is submitted.

Papers included in Proceedings only after full conference payment has been received.
This means if payments have not been received by the deadline date, the paper will not be included.

6. Registration

Please use the online form to register for the conference registration.

6.1 Registration fees

Please note to meet the strict deadline for paper inclusion in the Proceedings:

Conference fees
Standard   R3000  
Early bird   R2600 Deadline: 7 September 2014
Non-reviewed papers
These papers will not be published in the Proceedings
Students   R2000 Proof of current registration at a higher education institution required
Early bird   R1600 Deadline: 7 September 2014
Day rate   R1600  
    R250 Conference dinner for non-participants

6.2 Visa letters

Visa letters will only be offered to participants whose papers have been accepted. If you wish to attend without delivering a paper, and require a visa letter, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit before the letter will be issued.

6.3 Gala Dinner

Boardwalk Conference Center.
Monday 3 November 2014
Dress: smart casual

7. Accommodation

See the list of accommodation within easy reach of the conference venue.

8. Transport / Airport

Delegates are requested to arrange their transfer from the airport to their place of accommodation. Most facilities offer a shuttle service to and from the hotel.


Port Elizabeth does not have an internaitonal airport.
International travellers can fly to Port Elizabeth's domestic airport via Cape Town or Johannesburg.

9. Info and Tips

9.1 Currency Exchange

The Rand is the currency of South Africa.

10. Programme Committee

See the Programme Committee page.

Organizing Committee

Prof Darelle van Greunen
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University,
Port Elizabeth,
South Africa
Conference Co-Chair
Jacques Steyn
Monash University
Conference Co-Chair

About IDIA

IDIA, the International Development Informatics Association, is an association serving as a forum for international cooperation between individuals and organisations focusing on research into the use of ICTs by developing economies and societies (ICT4D). IDIA was founded in 2006 and has held national workshops on Development Informatics, as well as several international conferences.

IDIA2014 is the 8th International IDIA Conference.