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60 Speakers

600 Participants

9 Breakout Sessions &
5 Streams


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








Create connections and exchange knowledge

Equip practitioners with the right tools

Walk away with learning to produce results

Plenary Discussions

Case Study

Tools & Technology

Education, Employment,
& Entrepreneurship

Smart Cities


Health Care



Policy and Skills

ICT Innovation Solution

National and Local

Private Sector

NGOs and Civil
Society Sector

National and Local
Academic Institutions

IT Development-Focused

Technology-Savvy and
Entrepreneurial Youth


 8 June 2016 | Wednesday

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Invocation & National Anthem
9:10 AM - 9:20 AM Welcome Remarks
Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
9:20 AM - 9:30 AM Opening Address
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Keynote Address
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM Group Photo/ Networking Break & Opening of Exhibition
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Setting the Context: Plenary Session

The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in January 2016, aim to end poverty, fight inequality, tackle climate change, and improve social and economic development, among others. ICT innovation proves to play a crucial role in tackling these issues on a more universal scale while ensuring sustainability in finding and implementing local solutions. This plenary will highlight the perspective of various stakeholders and how they see ICT innovation as an enabler in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 goals and 169 targets are set to be achieved in the next 15 years, how will ICT innovation contribute to this?

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Guidelines for Dummies Book Launch
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Special Keynote / Showcase
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Plenary 1: Bridging the Gap: Designing Education Models that can lead to Employment and/or Entrepreneurship

The global economic crisis and high rates of unemployment have exacerbated the challenges already prevalent in developing countries. This plenary shall discuss the potentials of ICT in reshaping key aspects of the education system, and shall provide a global discussion on various educational model benchmarks which leads to employment creation and entrepreneurial mindsets. It aims to accelerate the implementation of a new vision in education and call for a collaborative process to re-orient educational policies, programs and practices in order for education leading to gainful employment and/or creating entrepreneurs who in turn will provide jobs.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Coffee Break

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM Breakout 1A: ICT Enabled Education and Skills Development

This session will deliberate how innovative ICT solutions can be successfully brought to scale in order to bridge the knowledge divide and to build multiple lifelong learning pathways that span formal and informal systems and support the job-related skill development.

Breakout 1B: Getting into and Growing in the World of Work

Providing a stable and productive employment system that will provide and retain job opportunities is a concern shared by governments around the world. This session shall discuss various model benchmarks to accelerate not only work opportunities but work retention

Breakout 1C: The Great Alternative: How ICT can open the possibilities of Entrepreneurship

While research on the intersection of entrepreneurship and innovation, particularly in developing countries, is in the early stages, there is nonetheless a consensus that entrepreneurship encourages high levels of innovation. This session shall explore the context of ICT related strategies as an enabler to provide entrepreneurial mindsets and scale opportunities.

 9 June 2016 | Thursday

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM - 9:20 AM Special Keynote / Showcase
9:20 AM - 10:30 AM Plenary 2: How ICT can drive Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Economic Development

Agriculture has undergone a change in the last couple of decades when the information age began to shape agricultural production and the way farming is done today. This process presents an enormous challenge for the stakeholders in agriculture, especially for smallholder farmers and family farms that play a crucial role in the sustainable use of rural resources. This panel shall examine ICT as a tool and various innovation strategies in order to strengthen the capacity of the rural poor and their organizations, improve equitable access to productive natural resources and technology, increase access to financial and insurance services and markets and foster Sustainable Agriculture.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Coffee Break
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Breakout 2A: Access to Finance

The telecommunications and microfinance industries have grown rapidly in recent years and are overcoming the traditional challenges of reaching rural and formerly underserved areas. This session shall introduce and examine specifically the business models and enabling factors that are making new sources of financing and income accessible in rural areas.development.

Breakout 2B: Access to Market

The new ICT tools and services are both an opportunity and a risk: the adaption of these innovations is a must in order to act in a globalized context and to manage even a small farm. This track shall discuss and showcase effective model benchmarks with the use of ICT innovations in order to better access the markets.

Breakout 2C: Innovative Partnerships to Improve Productivity and Profits

Focuses on the role of partnerships between various sectors in promoting sustainable agricultural development, while also taking into account the importance of ICT. This track shall discuss in more detail how ICT innovations and public-private partnerships increase productivity and profits

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM Special Keynote / Showcase
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM Plenary 3: ICT as an enabler to provide Universal Healthcare

Information and communication technology (ICT) is continuously being used to enhance healthcare services and information. However, when countries do not fully harness the benefits of ICT, inefficiencies proliferate and some of the most basic building blocks of healthcare become extremely difficult to put in place, at both the individual and population level. This plenary shall highlight the effective adaption of ICT in the healthcare system, and how it can contribute to sustainable development. Taking into account the general conceptions of ICT in healthcare and its aspects of implementation such as its challenges and key factors and thoroughly discuss the role of international organizations in promoting UHC

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM Coffee Break
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Breakout 3A: Financing Models including Health Insurance

The health system is haunted by challenges of accessibility and affordability. Despite impressive gains in many health indicators, recent evidence has raised concerns regarding the utilization, quality and equity of healthcare. This session shall give a detailed background and discuss steps in gaining access to various insurance services and financing models in the health sector.

Breakout 3B: ICT Innovations in Healthcare

The wider use of ICT in healthcare is a basic condition for the development, implementation and further generation of innovative health care technologies. Therefore social capacity, knowledge and acceptance to utilize eHealth technologies among citizens and medical professionals need to be recognized. This session shall specifically address the contribution of science, technology and innovation to universal healthcare.

Breakout 3C: Innovative Partnerships to promote last mile beneficiaries

The ways in which partnerships play a role in and their importance to the development of different aspects of healthcare are discussed. It will highlight how digital technologies can best be utilized to improve communication gaps regarding healthcare not only between providers and receivers, but also among different sectors.

 10 June 2016 | Friday

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM - 9:20 AM Special Keynote / Showcase
9:20 AM - 10:30 AM Plenary 4: Smart Technologies and Smarter Societies: Using Technology for Smart Cities, Towns and Villages

Decision-makers are facing the need to rethink and redefine the way in which infrastructure is built, services are offered, citizens are engaged, the local economy is developed and systems linked, with the aim of transforming cities into more sustainable and robust living environments. The panel shall explore best practices and lessons learned across a broad range of smart technology projects in transport, water & energy, security, and citizen services to showcase effective solutions and possible adoptions within for the local sector. The plenary shall also divulge on how effective partnership can play a role in enabling effective city-business dialogues, and sustainable urban infrastructure.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Coffee Break
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Plenary 5: Connectivity

Connectivity and open Internet is and will continue to be an essential tool in facilitating the implementation of all SDG goals, as well as a key means to leverage the ingenuity, collaboration and partnerships needed to make them a reality. This panel shall examine the types, quality, and extent of connectivity in being the underpinning platform for the growth of ICTs and for an emerging digital economy by exploring its two main components: accessibility and affordability.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 1:20 PM Special Keynote / Showcase
1:20 PM - 2:40 PM Closing Session: Connecting the Dots

This session is designed to ignite the connections established between sectors wherein technology can be used to foster Sustainable development.
It also hopes to understand whether these technological innovations can be a crosscutting solution to the problems being faced in the fields of Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Agriculture, Universal Healthcare, Smart Cities, DRRM and Climate change, and Connectivity.

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM Official Closing

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