The organizers of ICTD2013 are extremely saddened by the news of Gary Marsden’s unexpected death from a suspected heart attack in late December 2013. Gary was co-General Chair for ICTD2013 and the success of the conference is a legacy of his commitment and enthusiasm to the field, and to bringing the conference to Africa for the first time. We miss him and will remain grateful for all he has done for the conference and the ICTD field. Some additional thoughts about Gary’s contributions are being gathered and shared at

Julian May, Co-General Chair, ICTD2013, Jan 3, 2014.

Whilst the conference mourns the tragic loss of Madiba, we are encouraged by his insight and understanding of the issues around ICTs and Development.

ICTD2013 Full Papers and Notes are now live on the ACM Digital Library.


Welcome to the Sixth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD2013) hosted at the University of Cape Town, December 7 - 10 2013, Cape Town, South Africa. ICTD2013 is held in cooperation with ACM SIGCHI and ACM SIGCAS.

ICTD is the world’s premier conference examining the role of computers and communications in social, economic and political development.

Held in cooperation with ACM SIGCHI and ACM SIGCAS, ICTD2013 will provide an international forum for scholarly researchers exploring the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in social, political, and economic development.

In addition to inviting the Full Papers and Notes detailed here, the conference will offer a variety of opportunities for participation, including open sessions, pre-workshops, and demos.

Hosted by the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, ICTD2013 is the sixth of an ongoing series of conferences occurring every one-and-a-half years; previous conferences have taken place in: Berkeley, CA (USA) ICTD 2006; Bangalore (India) ICTD 2007; Doha (Qatar) ICTD 2009; London (United Kingdom) ICTD 2010, and Atlanta, GA (USA) ICTD2012.

Important Dates

1 March 2013 Submission Site open for Full Papers
1 May 2013 Deadline for submission of Full Papers
21 June 2013 Notification of acceptances for Full Papers
28 June 2013 Deadline for submission of Open Sessions
26 July 2013 Deadline for submission of Notes
26 July 2013 Deadline for application for travel scholarships
23 August 2013 Notification of acceptances for Notes
15 September 2013 Deadline for Demos
27 September 2013 Notification of acceptances for Demos
6 September 2013 Camera-ready Full Papers and Notes due
7-10 December 2013 ICTD2013 in Cape Town