Track: Designing Open & Sustainable Technologies for Development

Track Chairs:
Dr. Julian Bass
Robert Gordon University, UK

Prof. Andy Dearden
Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Prof. Anirudha Joshi
IDC, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India

Anupam Jain
IBM Research India

The last decade has seen numerous technologies designed and deployed for the next billions, ranging from low-cost tablets, power generation devices, mobile phones to services innovation like voice applications, micro-financing schemes, novel information-dissemination methods etc. Including the global North, there has been an increasing interest in keeping the technology more transparent, interconnected and accessible, while keeping it sustainable for the long term and facilitate a scalable impact. These interconnected, open and sustainable models have led the technology architects to face newer set of challenges for development and explore new directions to design technologies which are more social, interoperable and generalizable enough to be replicated in different contexts. This track invites innovative ideas/deployments/studies on open and sustainable technologies for the developing world reflecting upon (but not limited to) the following aspects:

- techniques and the need to build sustainable technologies with least dependence on external(transient) sources
- interaction design as a key driver for adoption and hence sustainability
- approaches for designing for sustainability
- designing systems that are open for adaptation to challenging environments (meta design)
- capacity building to support local infrastructure and local technology innovation
- novel designs for low cost, low energy and low maintenance applications and systems
- pros and cons of open and connected technology/data.

For paper format and submission guidelines please see the main conference website.