OCCAM is pleased to announce that registrations for the XVII Infopoverty World Conference- Transferring knowledge and technologies: the way to combat poverty and make the world safer, are now officially open. To participate in the event, which will be held on 21st April 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, Conference Room 12, please fill in the following registration form:
The Infopoverty World Conference, organized by OCCAM with the patronage of the European Parliament, since 2001 on the wave of the proclamation of the Millennium Development Goals, points out yearly at UN HQ in New York the most innovative solutions and the best practices elaborated with the United Nations system, governments and the civil society, to empower the fight against poverty. The Conference represents, for its continuity, operational capability and strong interoperability with the UN system, a unique global forum gathering leading experts, academics, opinion leaders, managers, government officials and philanthropists. In particular, it has given rise to the Infopoverty Programme, which promotes and realizes actions on the ground using the ICTs as tools of development, having created the UN Millennium Village in Sambaina (Madagascar) and ICT Villages in Honduras, South Lebanon, Navajo Nation and Ethiopia. The previous editions of our conference, collected in the E-book “15 Years of Infopoverty World Conference (2001-2015)” (available at: http://www.lulu.com/shop/pierpaolo-saporito/infopoverty-world-conference-15-years-2oo1-2o15-the-digital-revolution-in-the-words-of-the-lead-players/ebook/product-22420794.html), and in particular the most recent, led to the launch of two institutions which serve as a model for new practices, E-MedMed and the World Food Security e-Center, capable to provide directly to communities in need Telemedicine, e-Learning, e- Training and e-Agriculture services through a global digital platform.
After seventeen years of work and practical engagement in cooperation with the main stakeholders of the digital revolution worldwide, we are committed to discover and apply easier, low-cost and adequate solutions to meet the real needs of people with smart technologies. Everyday innovations create different scenarios and opportunities. The arising global connectivity made possible by the spreading use of mobile phones and smartphones is changing intimately people’s life, reshaping communities, governance, and social relationships. As the observatory of digital revolution, OCCAM, launching with its partners the XVII edition of IWC, focuses the debate’s attention on the high inequality of the development of ICT innovations which are generally destined to wealthy end-users market rather than to social growth, failing to offer solutions to fight poverty, hunger, health and to achieve universal education as stated by Sustainable Development Goals, cornerstone of the Infopoverty Program. How to overcome this handicap is the main theme of XVII Infopoverty World Conference, providing concrete facts and best practices able to prove that digital services designed in line with the socio-economic development needs of the most disadvantaged populations could lead to relevant results in terms of health, food security, education, climate change, etc. Such solutions are particularly effective if powered by sensors of next generations, robotic devices and innovative methods by public and private operators, NGOs, IGOs, public or private institutions. It is of crucial importance for us to learn to think digital, which means to require clarity, transparency, effectiveness, active participation, community spirit, creativity, fellowship, beyond borders, cultures and the limits of knowledge, in order to develop the human resources with a massive transfer of technologies and knowledge, which make them able to create wealth for communities.
We appeal thus to the best entrepreneurial spirits, researchers, governments and institutions to join XVII Infopoverty World Conference to find the best solutions for translating the vision of a truly global information society into reality, and to launch the concrete message that it is absolutely possible and it is a duty to eradicate poverty and make the world safer.