Guest Posts

Published on: May 18 2016 by Wayan Vota

ICTworks Guest Posts

Thank you for your interest in writing a Guest Post on ICTworks. We publish insights 3x a week and we are always looking for interesting content that will engage our 16,000 Twitter followers, 12,000 email subscribers, 22,200 Facebook friends, and 5,000 weekly website visitors.

You can submit an idea or a finished draft for a new post or articles published elsewhere via text email, Microsoft Word, or Google Doc (preferred). We’ll work with you to adapt it to the ICTworks readership.

Those who want to engage further at the nexus of technology and development can be upgraded to their own byline and thought leadership profile after their third published ICTworks post.

We are open to a wide variety of ideas and topics at the intersection of technology and development, including topical discussions, radical ideas, event insights, research reports, organizational profiles, and biting satire.

2018 Key Topics

You can submit post ideas on any topic relevant to ICT4D and this year we are giving priority to a selection of key topics, including:

  • Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, and chatbots
  • Blockchain use cases and ethics, privacy concerns
  • Data sovereignty, privacy, security, and GDPR
  • Emerging technologies beyond blockchain/AI
  • Funding and sustainable financial models for ICT4D projects
  • Gender and social inclusion in technology access and usage
  • Geospatial data, information systems, and dashboards
  • Human centered design and design with the user
  • Humanitarian response tools and experiences
  • ICT tools for education, healthcare, and agriculture
  • Knowledge management of ICT technologies and methodologies
  • Mixing “old” technology, like FM radio, with new tech like social media
  • Organizational investment and deployment of ICT4D teams and tech
  • Reverse innovation and local innovation that challenges existing paradigms

Again, we welcome guest posts that go beyond this list. One strength of ICTworks is our comprehensive coverage of all technologies for all aspects of development.

Guest Post Guidelines

ICTworks subscribers are inundated with content every day. We strive to publish highly practical posts that cut through the clutter and deliver real insights. Please follow these guidelines to get your post published:

  • Technical Acumen: ICTworks subscribers are typically mid-career professionals with over 5 years experience in technology and development (more reader details here). Please skip the basics and get to the key insights.
  • Authentic Voice: Our readers appreciate hearing directly from innovators in their own voice. Please write informally, in the first person, and with direct knowledge of your topic.
  • Educational Focus: No one likes to be marketed to. Please focus on the surprises and learnings readers should be aware of, not your organization’s branding or description.
  • Persuasive Arguments: ICT4D practitioners can be skeptical of flashy new ideas. Make clear and strong points on why new technologies or methodologies should be adopted.
  • Concise Explanations: Internet time is very fast. Please keep your post to 750 words or less, with plenty of paragraph headers and bullet lists, and a key image at least 640 pixels wide

Please submit your Guest Post idea now to start the process towards publication.

Case Study Guidlines

We specifically welcome case studies of ICT programs, especially those that didn’t work, so that we can all learn from failure. Please follow this outline in writing your case study:

  • Problem: What was the problem that your constituency faced? What factors created it? Who else is trying to solve it? How did you define your part of the problem? Why did you want to work on that aspect of the problem?
  • Options: What solutions were tried before? Which solutions did you consider? How did you decide on the one you chose? Who else helped you make that decision?
  • Solution: Why was this the best solution? What did it require? Which technology or methodology did you use? How is it different or better than previous solutions? What are the technical components? (Get technical – smart people read ICTworks)
  • Outcome: What happened? How was your solution received by your constituents? What did they think or do? What did you do, or not do? How did the outcome impact the local ecosystem? Did you consider it a success? Did your constituents?
  • Learning: What did you learn as a result of this project? What did your constituents learn? What would you do the same or different, if you were to do it again? What advice could you give to others?

Now that you’ve read this far, you really should submit your Guest Post idea now!

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