Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Innovative Strategies for Development Summit, ICT Month, and World Wi-Fi Day Press Conference

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In 2015, Digital Strategies for Development Summit brought together 600+ people from 25+ countries. Participants discovered new strategies, best practices, and exchanged ideas through several interactive and thought-provoking thematic areas. This year, DSDS becomes bigger and better as it launches the Innovative Strategies for Development Summit 2016 (ISDS 2016), designed to look at technology, particularly ICT, as an enabler for innovation and effecting developmental impact. ISDS 2016 will be global as it brings together a consortium of high level thinkers and leaders from various local, national and international key organizations. It aims to facilitate dynamic discussions, create connections, strengthen relations, and exchange knowledge on best practices in the use of ICT innovation in the context of Sustainable Development. 

Since the launch of the Global Goals (SDGs), all discourses on developmental issues are better shaped if aligned to these goals. ICT and ICT – led innovation can similarly have better purpose if the outcomes help achieve the SDGs, providing a uniform approach and objective. ISDS 2016 acknowledges this importance and seeks to gather a diverse set of stakeholders and participants to discuss, debate, and develop new strategies related to the use of technological innovations in several SDGs: Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Agriculture, Universal Healthcare, Smart Cities, and Connectivity.

This gathering is held to commence the 2016 ICT Month entitled “ICT: Susi sa Kinabukasan”. In line with this, we will present the Office’s plans for this year’s ICT Month together with the progress of the Juan, Konek! Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places Project and the provision of support of the Office in the World WiFi Day H.O.P.E. for Connectivity Charter
Speakers and Panelists at the press briefing are the following: 

Secretary Mario G. Montejo - DOST 
Undersecretary Louis Napoleon C. Casambre – Executive Director, DOST-ICT Office 
Bettina G. Quimson – Head, e-Society 
Brahima Sanou – Director, ITU Telecommunications Development Bureau 
Roy Espiritu – Spokesperson, DOST-ICT Office 
Asian Development Bank Representative

Usec. Casambre would be taking this opportunity to talk about the transition from the DOST- ICT Office to the new DICT. this will be the first time he'll be talking about it in detail. Incoming Department of Agriculture Manny PiƱol will be a keynote speaker during the Agri plenary on Thursday morning entitled: "How ICT can drive Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Economic Development."

More details of the event can be found at the event's official website 

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