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1st EAI International Conference on ICT for Development for Africa

September 25–27, 2017 | Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Call for Demos

ICT4DA 2017 invites technical demonstrations (demos) showing innovative and original research in the area of Information Technology for Development. The demo is a live presentation of a running system that can be a prototype, an innovative application, or an original research tool, which have relevance and significance to Africa.

Demo submissions should be exploratory and ambitious: we encourage innovative submissions that relate to the topics in the ICT4DA 2017 call for papers.


Extended Abstracts for Demos will be published in the ICT4DA 2017 conference proceedings and online archive.

Submission format: 

2-4 pages submissions in ACM Extended Abstract Format (both in PDF and word format) plus a brief technical and space requirement

Supplementary information:

such as video and image, can also be submitted along with the abstracts

Online Submission:

via Confy. Please follow instructions on initial submission and in author's kit when submitting your abstracts.

Submission Deadline:

28 April, 2017

Acceptance Notification:

25 June, 2017

Camera-ready Deadline:

25 July 2017

Conference Dates:

25 - 27 September 2017


Demo Description

The Demos can be presented in words and images or sketches using the ACM Extended Abstract template. The Abstract must be a maximum of 4 pages excluding the references.  Supplementary materials (such as videos and images) can also be submitted to assist the reviewers in evaluating the demo.

The Extended Abstract should at least include:

  • Title, author information, abstract, keywords, body, and references
  • A brief description of the problem that the system will addresses
  • A description of the system or the prototype  and its relevance (including originality and appropriateness to African communities)
  • A brief description about the maturity of the concept, system, tool, or techniques
  • Relevant referencing (related work) of research or practical claims   
  • A one page description of the technical and space requirements to run the demo at the conference. This should also include all the audio-visual and other equipment to run the demonstration.

Selection and Review

A group of reviewers (double-blind peer-review process) will assess submissions according to their contribution, novelty, relevance to Africa, technical requirements and our available space at the conference.

Acceptance notification will be sent on Monday, 7 November, 2016. Along with the notification you will receive comments and feedback that will enhance your demo presentation.  

Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will also be kept confidential until the start of the conference.

Camera-Ready and Publication

For the inclusion in conference proceedings and online archive Extended Abstracts for demo should be submit on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 by incorporating the reviewers’ comments and feedbacks. A member of the program committee will check that the final submission of each the abstract to confirm it meets publication requirements. If an abstract does not meet publication requirements by the camera-ready deadline then we may omit the submission.

Demons at ICT4DA

Each demo presentation will be assigned a space in the demo section at the ICT4DA conference. The presenters are responsible for setting up their equipment and running their demonstration on the specified conference days and time. Additional equipment or technical needs have to be communicated in the supplementary submission material (as specified in the registration section below). Student volunteers may provide some help during the conference and this also has to be communicated in advance.


At least one of the demo presenters has to register at a full technical registration fee, which includes attendance in the technical sessions of the conference, the publishing of the demo paper and access to regular demo equipment: table, power supply and internet access. Should there be any additional requirements (such as: extra space, projectors, flat screens, etc.), they must be communicated to the Demos chair at least 3 months before the conference date. Additional expenses in support of the demo (space, meals, etc.) are paid of the demo registration fees.


If you are considering to propose a demo or if you have any question, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Elefelious Getachew, ICT4DA Demos Chair.