“ICTD Pakistan 2017” to open on Thursday

LAHORE: All arrangements have been finalised for opening the 9th international conference on “Information & Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD) Pakistan 2017” under the auspices of the Information Technology University (ITU) Punjab here on Thursday (Nov 16).

The four-day moot is scheduled from November 16 to 19.  The ICTD is a research conference which will explore a role of information and communication technologies (ICT) in global development.

According to a spokesman for the university, the first day activities include three sessions on, “Co Design for Accessibility”, “Digital Financial Services” and “Community Wireless”.

Dr Umar Saif, founding Vice Chancellor of ITU, Chairman PITB and Advisor to the CM Punjab, will be general chair of the international conference, while Programme Committee chairs include Dr Richard Anderson, Professor of University Washington, and Dr Carleen Maitland, Professor of Penn State University.

The Information Technology University (ITU) and the Punjab IT Board (PITB) have been pioneers in developing, testing and scaling up ICT applications in areas of healthcare, education, agriculture, livestock, and governance.

The last decade proved very significant in terms of progress for the IT industry in Pakistan. With the opening of incubators, accelerators and angel funding networks, there has been an exponential growth in tech startups coming out of Pakistan and raising venture funding from abroad.