›IST-Africa 2010 Conference and Exhibition
IST-Africa 2010 Conference & Exhibition takes place 19 - 21 May 2010 in Durban, South Africa. Part of the IST-Africa Initiative, which is supported by the European Commission under the ICT Theme of Framework Programme 7 (FP7), IST-Africa 2010 is the fifth in an Annual Conference Series bringing together delegates from leading commercial, government & research organisations, to bridge the Digital Divide by sharing knowledge, experience, lessons learnt & good practice.
European research activities are structured around consecutive multi-annual programmes, or so-called Framework Programmes. FP7 sets out the priorities - including the ICT Priority - for the period 2007 - 2013.
ICT is fully open to international co-operation with the aim to join forces for addressing major challenges where significant added value is expected to be gained from a world-wide R&D cooperation. In this context, the European Commission co-funded the IST-Africa Initiative in order to promote the participation of African organisations to the ICT programme.
Hosted by the Government of South Africa through the Department of Science and Technology and Technically Co-Sponsored by IEEE and the Computer Society of South Africa, IST-Africa 2010 focuses on the Role of ICT for Africa's Development and specifically on Applied ICT research in the areas of eHealth, Technology Enhanced Learning and ICT Skills, Digital Libraries, Technology Transfer, Open Source Software, ICT for eInclusion and eAccessibility, eInfrastructures, RFID and ICT for Networked Enterprise and eGovernment and eDemocracy. IST- Africa 2010 will provide a collegiate setting for presentations and discussions of national & regional develop-ments, issues of concern & good practice models, and networking with peers. IST-Africa 2010 will also provide an opportunity to learn more about opportunities to participate in ICT Calls under Framework Programme 7 (FP7) and identify potential partners for future proposals.
IST-Africa directly supports the goals of the Africa-EU Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space, the African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology (AMCOST) and the Consolidated Plan of Action for the African Regional Action Plan on the Knowledge Economy (ARAPKE).
The goals of the IST-Africa Conference Series are Community Building to facilitate EU-African research cooperation and successful exploitation of research results, to stimulate take-up of RTD results by industry and the public sector, to promote knowledge sharing between commercial, government and research organisations, to exchange experiences about the current state of eAdoption at a sectoral, national or regional level,