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The Karlstad ICT4D Symposium
August 30, 2007 - August 31, 2007
The Karlstad ICT4D Symposium, the 2nd Annual International Postgraduate Symposium, was held in Sweden at Karlstad University the 30-31 of August 2007.
Here follows a report from the Karlstad ICT4D Symposium by Marcus Duveskog, University of Joensuu, Finland.
As representative of the Symposium committee I would like to thank everyone who made it to Karlstad for the second symposium in ICT4D as your participation contributed to its success. The Symposium had 40 registered participants representing almost as many nationalities giving 23 presentations including speeches from senior researchers. It has become one of the academic highlight of the year for many of us as it is not often we get to share our research ideas in such a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. New for this year was that presenters received written feedback from the keynote speakers and that the presentation also resulted in 3 ECTS points. Additionally, all participants got a certificate from Karlstad University to verify their attendance at the symposium.
Through the symposium the IPID network has been growing bigger and stronger. For a long time many of us was feeling very lonely being the only one at our universities in ICT4D but now we are a community and together we can make a difference. We would especially like to thank our keynote speakers Prof. Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, Royal Holloway University of London, UK, Prof. Erkki Sutinen, University of Joensuu, Finland and ass. Prof. Khalid Rabayah, Arab American University, West Bank, Palestine for great inspiration and support. We would also like to thank Karlstad University for hosting the event and SPIDER for the financial support. Many participants have also expressed gratitude towards Gudrun for opening up her home and throwing a great Swedish crayfish party and God knows how many hours she spent preparing for the symposium and to make sure we all felt most welcome. Now we are looking forward for next year’s event that will be hosted by University of Joensuu in Finland.