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[Call for Practitioners]     [Call for Papers]     [Important Dates]    

Call for Practitioners: Enabling Collaborations

The ACM Symposium on Computing for Development (DEV 2013) invites organizations working in low-income communities in India to describe their work to an international audience of technology researchers.

The DEV conference, now in its third year, aims to advance the state-of-the-art in developing appropriate technologies for low-income regions around the world. Researchers at the conference have broad technical expertise, spanning artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, networking, systems, speech and language processing, computer security, data mining, and computer vision. They seek to apply this expertise to diverse problems in development, spanning health, education, agriculture, financial services, and governance. Last year's program showcases the representation from renowned international universities.

In 2013, DEV is coming to Bangalore, India. A special focus of this meeting is to connect leading NGOs, social entrepreneurs, and government initiatives in India with an international group of technology researchers. We hope that this interaction will lead to several long-term collaborations. To this end, we are seeking:

  • Organizations working in any domain of socio-economic development, including health, education, finance, and other areas, and especially those seeking to utilize innovative technology
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Social entrepreneurs
  • Government offices and officials

We invite representatives of these organizations to engage in an interactive session with researchers at the conference. Each organization will be invited to:

  • Present a poster during a dedicated session at the conference
  • Give a very brief (1-minute) talk, advertising their poster
  • Attend a full day of the conference for free

To be considered for the session, please send the following to

  • Name of your organization
  • Names and email addresses of presenters
  • Brief description (3-4 sentences) describing the work that you do and (optionally) any collaborations you are seeking to form. This information will be distributed to conference attendees.

Submissions will be reviewed prior to inclusion in the conference program. The deadline for all submissions is December 15, 2012.

Call for Papers

DEV 2013 provides an international forum for research in the design and implementation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for social and economic development. In particular, we focus on emerging contexts where conventional computing solutions are often inappropriate due to various contextual factors - including, but not limited to, cost, language, literacy, and the availability of power and bandwidth.
Papers and posters should describe original and previously unpublished research. Three metrics will be applied to judge the submissions: (a) Relevance of the problem for development; (b) Novelty of the technical solution; (c) Evaluation of the solution, making a case for development-focused impact. All DEV paper submissions should either provide or directly motivate a novel technical solution that has direct implications for development. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Low-cost wireless connectivity
  • Intermittent networks and systems
  • Power-efficient systems
  • Low-cost computing devices
  • Mobile systems and applications
  • Mixed networks, e.g., telephony and IP
  • Special-purpose sensor systems
  • Security challenges in developing regions


  • User interfaces for low-literacy populations
  • Multi-lingual computing
  • User-interfaces for low-cost devices
  • Participatory methods and user-centered design
  • Accessibility to disabled populations in developing regions
  • Design and evaluation of applications for health, microfinance, education, agriculture, entertainment

AI/NLP/Data Mining/Speech/Vision

  • Machine learning techniques for large-scale data analysis in development contexts
  • Adapting content and applications to local languages and education levels
  • Understanding social relationships and information flows in disadvantaged societies
  • Speech interfaces and speech recognition for low-resource languages
  • Development of new AI-centric tools/solutions for development
  • Computer vision challenges in development

We also welcome papers outside of these topics that address the DEV focus on computing innovations supporting social and economic development.

Important Dates

Full paper due: September 7, 2012 (11:59pm UTC) - firm deadline
Poster abstract due: October 19, 2012 (11:59pm UTC) - firm deadline
Author notification: October 26, 2012
Camera-ready: December 7, 2012
Practitioner submissions: December 15, 2012
Conference: January 11-12, 2013