Integrated and collaborative ICT solutions to achieve the SDGs

Two days of interactive thematic sessions @ G-STIC 2017

Integrated and collaborative ICT solutions to achieve the SDGs

The G-STIC 2017 conference aims to accelerate the development, dissemination and deployment of technology innovations that enable the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On October 23 & 24, G-STIC 2017 will showcase how integrated ICT solutions can make a difference to achieve the SDGs, especially solutions developed in a collaborative manner and providing opportunities for sustainable lifestyles.

ICT will be crucial in delivering the SDGs. The interaction of ICT with other sectors creates many opportunities for innovation in health, education, mobility, production systems, water, climate, cities, etc. All these solutions will contribute hugely to achieving the SDGs and climate goals.

It is however, important, to take the human factor into consideration. Using co-design and with a focus on usability, even better integrated solutions for people’s sustainable lifestyles will be created. The sessions of the cross-cutting theme of ICT enabling sustainability will feature speakers and examples from many countries around the world, who will:

  • give an overview of how ICT can enable implementation of all SDGs, as demonstrated by global reports, including the ITU’s Fast forward progress: leveraging tech to achieve the global goals, and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative's #SystemTransformation and #SMARTer2030,
  • discuss how to achieve ICT-enabled impact and sustainable lifestyles that are inclusive and gender-sensitive; including end-users, consumers and citizens in the equation, to develop products and services that help them achieve the SDGs,
  • take a closer look at how the private sector is developing integrated SDG solutions, including a specific focus on smart water solutions. Companies will present their ideas, good practices and innovations,
  • see how Living Labs as user-centered, open innovation ecosystems based on a systematic user-co-creation approach can bring stakeholders - industry, government, research institutions, consumers/citizens - together to collaboratively develop integrated SDG solutions. ENoLL will showcase six examples of Living Labs from Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

Be part of the dialogue with ICT, co-creation and sustainable lifestyles experts

G-STIC 2017 offers a unique chance for high-level interaction with industry delegates, technology researchers, socio-economic actors and policy-makers. The four sessions will include contributions from renowned speakers such as:

  • Malcolm Johnson - Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU - International Telecommunications Union,
  • Luis Neves - Chairman of GeSI - Global e-Sustainability Initiative,
  • Luiz Ros - Special Advisor for Innovation, Office of the President, and Head Digital Economy Initiative of the IDB - Inter-American Development Bank,
  • Reem Al-Mansoori - Assistant Undersecretary, Digital Society Development Sector of the Ministry of Transport & Communications, Qatar,
  • Kristina Modée - Team Leader Sustainable Lifestyles, CSCP – Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production,
  • Pieter Ballon - Director IMEC SMIT - research centre on Studies in Media, Innovation and Technology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel,
  • Christine Leurquin - VP Institutional Relations and Communications, EMEA with SES (the world-leading satellite operator),
  • Tuija Hirvikoski - President of ENoLL and director at Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Finland,
  • Zsuzsanna Bodi - Association Manager of ENoLL,

and Living Lab examples fromLiving Lab Taiwan, Adelaide Living Laboratories, Botnia Living Lab (Sweden), DigiArt Living Lab Tunis-Nabeul, and I2cat project (Catalunya).