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The Global List of All ICT4D Meetings and Meetups

By Matt Haikin on February 16, 2017

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Recently, I took a sabbatical and traveled around the globe to see what ICT4D looks like in East Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America.

Every place I went, I would try to meet the local social-tech players and attend technology for development gatherings and events. I was surprised at how few there were. Or perhaps just at how difficult they are to find.

Help Build a List of ICT4D Meetings

It should not be that hard to find ICT4D meetings. You probably know of a few in your area – we’re just missing a central list. So let’s build one!

Here are the meetings I know of. Please add more in the comments and we’ll update this page as we find more.

ICT4D Meetings and Networking Opportunities

United Kingdom

United States of America

  • ICT4Drinks
    The largest happy hour for ICT4D professionals, with regular events in Washington DC, and occasional drinks in New York, San Francisco, Seattle.
  • Tech4Dem Happy Hour
    Informal happy hour focused on using technology to improve the quality of democracy. Quarterly meetings in Washington, DC.
  • ICT4D Boston
    Regular meetup for ICT4D practitioners in Boston.


  • Nairobi ICT4D Group
    Relatively new group seeking to bring together the vibrant tech and NGO communities in Nairobi.


Global Meetings

  • Technology Salon
    Intimate events with extremely interesting attendees – take place regularly in Accra, Amman, Bangkok, Denver, Helsinki, London, Lusaka, Nairobi, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington DC.

ICT4D-related Conferences

  • ICTD Conference
    Primarily academic ICTD conference (some practitioners) held every 18 months or so.  The 2017 conference will be in Pakistan in November.
  • ICT4D Conference
    The other big annual conference for the sector – typically more practitioner, NGO and private-sector focused (with some academia).  In 2017 it will be held in India in May.
  • International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries
    More formally academic annual conference, for 2017 the venue is in Indonesia in May
  • Participatory Design Conference
    Broader than just development but of significant interest to anyone developing technology for or with local communities.  Bi-annual, next is 2018 in Belgium.
  • TICTeC
    Annual conference from mySociety exploring the impacts of civic technology – 2017 sees it in Italy in April.
  • WSIS Forum
    World Summit on the Information Society forum organised by the major multi-lateral donors.  In 2017 it will focus on the SDGs, in Switzerland in June.

(More conferences here)

Do you know of other digital development groups, meets or networking opportunities? Please add them in the comments so we can add them to this list.

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Matt Haikin Matt Haikin is a Digital Transformation consultant, practitioner and published researcher specialising in participatory approaches to technology. He has worked at all levels and led teams for INGOs, multi-laterals, civil society and community organisations in the UK and the global South.
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4 Comments to “The Global List of All ICT4D Meetings and Meetups”

  1. Ellen Ward says:

    This is a great list, very useful. I am co-founding a new Tech for Good group starts in March in Dublin, Ireland. Monthly meetings with interesting speakers planned for 2017. Find out more here: Check out TechForGood Dublin

  2. Yared says:

    These meetings are very much interesting and the list is useful. Is there any meeting sponsoring participants and ICT4D practitioners from developing countries?

  3. Wayan Vota says:

    Last night I did my part – I launched ICT4Drinks at IRRI here in Los Baños. We had trivia bingo, karaoke, and a fun time for all: https://goo.gl/Mps3Xc

  4. Izaac says:

    Hello, we organize the “ICT for Transport and Insurance EXPO” every year here in Uganda. Please, email me how we can add our event to the list.