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W3C Workshop on Mobile Web (Mozambique)/deadline JAN 12 (papers, presentation) and FEB 12 (interest)

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  • Janet Feldman
    Subject: W3C Workshop on the Mobile Web, 1-2 April, Maputo FYI: Please note deadlines.... January 12, 2009 - Deadline for abstract submission
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      Subject: W3C Workshop on the Mobile Web, 1-2 April, Maputo

      FYI: Please note deadlines....

      January 12, 2009 - Deadline for abstract submission

      Africa Perspective on the Role of Mobile Technologies in Fostering
      Social Development
      1-2 April 2009, Maputo, Mozambique
      Hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of
      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.w3.org/2008/10/MW4D_WS/

      The W3C Workshop on the «Africa Perspective on the Role of Mobile
      Technologies in Fostering Social and Economic Development» aims to
      understand specific challenges of using mobile phones and Web
      technologies to deliver services to underprivileged populations of
      developing countries, and to capture the specificities of the African

      More specifically, workshop participants will discuss the barriers for
      potential content providers (NGO/ grassroots, government,
      entrepreneur, etc.) to develop and deploy services, and the barriers
      for the targeted population to access these services (issues around
      illiteracy, internationalization, accessibility, usability, etc.).

      The Web, and ICT in general, has been recognized as a great tool to
      potentially resolve the historical divides between developed and
      developing economies by providing an infrastructure to deploy minimal
      services (health, education, business, government, etc.) to rural
      communities and under-privileged populations. A new hope is coming
      with the very high penetration rate of mobile telephony in emerging
      economies. The challenges that the workshop will explore involve a
      coordinated approach from different fields, and different actors.

      Topics that might serve as appropriate discussion points for position
      papers include, but are not limited to:
      * Analysis of use-cases / real-world projects.
      * Challenges of integrating ICTs in rural communities.
      * Usability and Human-Computer Interfaces (HCI) challenges of mobile
      browser and mobile content.
      * Challenges and potential solutions against illiteracy.
      * Analysis on the way the mobile phones and/or the Web could improve
      people's lives in developing countries.
      * Comparison between different potential platforms to support ICT's
      deployment (mobile phones, low-cost laptop, telecenters, etc.).
      * Challenges of sustainability, scalability and replicability.
      * Challenges and opportunity of integrating mobile phones in specific
      domains: eGovernment projects (mGovernment), e-health projects,
      disaster management, etc.

      Representatives from the following communities are encouraged to attend:
      * ICT for Development experts
      * Academics from developed and developing nations
      * Field practitioners and NGO/grassroots organizations
      * Local entrepreneurs with experience in ICT services
      * Usability, accessibility and Web experts
      * Mobile industry and digital divide experts

      There is no participation fee and W3C membership is not required in
      order to participate in the workshop. Because of the space limitation
      and to ensure relevance of interests, each participant must submit a
      statement of interest before February 12, 2009.

      In addition, each participant wishing to have a paper published on
      the workshop Web site and/or wishing to make a presentation during the event
      must submit a position paper abstract no later than January 12, 2009.

      More details are available on the workshop page at:

      Authors will be notified of the decision of the Program Committee by
      January 25, 2009. All statement of interests, as well as selected
      papers will be made public before the workshop.

      * January 12, 2009 - Deadline for abstract submission
      * January 25, 2009 - Committee decisions and abstract selection
      * February 20, 2009 - Program released
      * March 10, 2009 - Deadline for full paper submissions
      * March 15, 2009 - End of sponsorship opportunity
      * March 20, 2009 - Deadline for registration
      * April 1-2, 2009 - Workshop

      The workshop will be chaired by Stéphane Boyera (W3C,Chair of the
      Mobile Web for Social Development group)and George Sadowsky.
      The Program Committee currently hosts:
      * Ken Banks, Kiwanja.net
      * Anthony Bloome, Peace Corps
      * Philip Hoschka, W3C
      * Michael Maltese, Legatum Center
      * Gary Marsden, University of Cape Town
      * Americo Muchanga, University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique
      * David Sawe, Government of Tanzania
      * Alice Wanjira Munya, Kenya ICT Action Network
      * Raul Zambrano, UNDP

      This workshop offers a sponsorship program, as a marketing opportunity
      that enables sponsors to showcase their organization and to
      communicate to the community of participants, and to the industry at
      large, that their organization is a driving force within the mobile
      Web for social development community. There are three levels of
      sponsorship (Platinum/Gold/Silver) offering a wide range of benefits.

      For further information, please contact Stéphane Boyera
      (boyera@...) and Marie-Claire Forgue (mcf@...) before 15 March
      2009. Note: this sponsorship program is designed to enable
      participation by individuals and organizations with particular
      expertise, but who might not otherwise be able to attend due to travel
      or other costs.
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