Mobile Phones in Development: Upcoming Conferences

Posted by CorinneRamey on Mar 07, 2008

Two upcoming conferences will address issues relating to mobile phones in development.

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a Canadian organization focused on helping organizations in developing countries use technology, will be hosting a conference on mobile phones used to improve access to health services in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The conference will be held on March 17 and 18 in Florianópolis, Brazil. More information is available on the IDRC website.

A WC3 workshop on the "Role of Mobile Technologies in Fostering Social Development" is currently accepting proposals. According to the website, "The goal of the workshop is to understand specific challenges of using mobile phones and Web technologies to deliver services to underprivileged populations of developing countries."

Paper topics that the committee is interested in that have to do with mobile phones include:

  • Analysis of use-cases / real-world projects on
    • use of mobile phones in development projects,
    • use of the Web in development projects,
    • deployment of public services using mobile devices in developing countries.
  • Strengths and weaknesses of SMS technology vs mobile Web vs voice technology
  • Challenges and potential solutions against illiteracy
  • Usage of mobile technologies in emergency responses in rural areas
  • Analysis on the way the mobile phones and/or the Web could improve people's lives in developing countries (education, healthcare, etc.)

More topics and other information is available on the W3C website. The conference will be held on June 2 and 3 in São Paulo, Brazil.


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