2nd International Conference on M4D, Mobile Technology for Development

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The 2nd International Conference on M4D
Mobile Communication Technology for Development
Kampala, Uganda 10 – 11 Nov 2010


3rd Call for Papers

Welcome to M4D2010!

HumanIT (Karlstad University, Sweden) in cooperation with Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda) invite you to the 2nd International Conference on M4D – Mobile Communication Technology for Development, following the inaugural conference in Karlstad, Sweden in 2008 (http://m4d.humanit.org/) and M4D workshop in East Africa 2008 (http://m4d.kcl.co.ug/).

M4D2010 aims to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners and all those with interests in the use of Mobile Communication Technology for Development. Confirmed keynote speakers so far are Richard Duncombe (University of Manchester), Ken Banks (founder of kiwanja.net and creator of FrontlineSMS) and Thomas Tufte (Roskilde University, Ørecomm, MEDIeA).

M4D2010 will combine two days of plenary sessions, peer-reviewed paper sessions, workshops, panel sessions, discussion forums, and demos. The conference will take place at Protea Hotel in Kampala
(http://www.proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-kampala.html ).

In conjunction with M4D2010, MobileMonday Kampala (MoMoKla, http://www.momokla.ug) will organise a special evening Monday, November 8th. MoMoKla is the Ugandan chapter of MobileMonday, which is a global network of mobile industry professionals and start-ups with chapters in over 100 cities around the world. M4D2010 participants will get a chance to network with and learn from professionals in Uganda’s telecommunication, academia, media and ICT sectors.

M4D2010 will include a workshop organised by SPIDER (www.spidercenter.org/):
“A mobile in every hand- exploring mobile technology’s potential in increasing transparency”. SPIDER’s workshop will through a panel of experts explore the potentials of mobile technology in increasing transparency, as well as curbing corruption. The workshop will present innovative cases and invite the audience to participate in outlining concrete ways to use mobile technology in increasing transparency in general and the development sector in particular.

Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. We are currently negotiating with The Journal of Information Technology for Development (ITD) to publish best papers from the conference.

How to Participate?

We strive to have an event where all types of actors are included. As a participant you may therefore submit either to the practitioner or the research track. The research track has a traditional academic conference design while in the practitioner’s track industry, NGOs, and public bodies can disseminate their knowledge.

You can choose whether to submit a full paper (maximum of 10 pages) or a short paper (4 pages). Submitting your papers and abstracts, use the template found here: http://m4d.humanit.org/m4d_template.doc

There is also the possibility to submit a poster or a demo (with a 1 page abstract for conference proceedings) in order for smaller companies and other organisations to put on display their activities and graduate students to make presentations of work in progress. Poster size is max. 80 cm width and max. 120cm height. Roll-ups are also allowed.

Use the following e-mail address to submit: submit_m4d@kau.se State in the subject line your name and either of the following: full research, short research, full practitioner, short practitioner, poster or demo.

Inclusion of accepted papers/posters in conference proceedings is conditioned on payment of registration fee. Conference proceeding will be published in the Karlstad University Studies series, as well as on the websites of the university and the Centre for HumanIT.

How to Register?

To register for this exciting event go to

Conference fee is 300 US dollars with a reduced fee of 200 US dollars for Master and PhD students.

Conference fee includes access to conference venue, workshops and demonstrations, keynotes, lunches, refreshments and receptions throughout the conference, conference dinner and social events.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: 1 July 2010
Acceptance note: 31 August 2010
Final papers due: 30 September 2010

Interested in Reviewing?

Please contact Jakob.Svensson[at]kau.se and tell how many papers/short papers you are interested in reading, your areas of interest and your level of expertise.

Interested in Sponsoring?

Organisations providing funding for travel and accommodation costs for researchers and participants from developing countries to participate will be mentioned as sponsors of the conference – please write to Jakob.Svensson[at]kau.se to discuss the conditions giving details of the researchers (research students) and participants concerned by your kind offer. We are also happy to receive funding for social events, lunches, refreshments, conference proceedings, etc. Due mention will be made at the occasion and due credits will be made on the website, in the conference program, and in the conference proceedings. Please contact
Jakob.Svensson[at]kau.se for more information.

Conference Committee:

General Chair: Gudrun Wicander (HumanIT/KAU)

Local Steering Committee:
Johan Hellström (SU)
Jude Lubega (Makerere)
Idris Rai (Makerere)
Ali Ndiwalana (Makerere)
Michael Niyitegeka (Makerere)
Reviewing Chair: Jakob Svensson (HumanIT/KAU)
Co-Chair: John Sören Pettersson (HumanIT/KAU)

Centre for HumanIT

Jakob Svensson, Fil. Dr.
Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
Karlstads universitet
65188 Karlstad



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