Farewell, ICT4S 2018!

ICT4S 2018 is now over, and to judge by all the positive feedback we received, it was resounding success. Many thanks to everyone who participated, and to all our organizing team and student volunteers who helped make it such a memorable week.

Here’s a taster of the week, to jog your memories (and for those who couldn’t come, a taste of what you missed):

And here’s the group photo we took on the last afternoon of the conference:

Finally, we look forward to seeing you all next year at ICT4S 2019 in Lappeenranta, Finland!

Call for Participation

ICT4S 2018: The Fifth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainability

Hart House, University of Toronto, May 13-19, 2018
http://2018.ict4s.org

Detailed program available here:
http://2018.ict4s.org/main-conference-program/

Early bird registration deadline: April 20, 2018
To register: http://2018.ict4s.org/registration/

Highlights of the conference include:

Keynote Talks:
• William Rees, the originator of the concept of the ecological footprint;
• Lisa Nathan, an expert in first nations, social justice and environmental resilience;
• John Robinson, an expert in regenerative buildings and university campuses as living laboratories for sustainability.

Invited Talks from industry, government and academia:
• Rohit Aggarwala, Head of Urban Systems at Sidewalk Labs
• Lauren Baker, Food Systems Consultant with the Global Alliance for the Future of Food
• Elliott Cappell, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Toronto
• Sara Diamond, President, OCAD University
• Tim Frick, CEO of Mightybytes, and author of “Designing for Sustainability: A Guide to Building Greener Digital Products and Services”
• Yasmin Glanville, founder and chief strategist for CTR Inc, and a director and founder of Re-think Sustainability Initiatives
• David Hulchanski, professor of housing and community development at the University of Toronto
• Sanjay Khanna, Resident Futurist at Massey College, University of Toronto
• Alex Miller, President and Founder of Esri Canada
• Elyse Parker, Director of the Public Realm Section, Transportation Services at the City of Toronto

Research results from the international ICT4S research community:
• 27 research papers presented in an innovative ConverStations format featuring round table discussion with the authors
• Full list of accepted papers: http://2018.ict4s.org/accepted-papers/
• 24 research posters featuring new research and late breaking results
• Full list of accepted posters: http://2018.ict4s.org/list-of-accepted-posters/

An ICT4S technology showcase featuring exhibits by:
• Autodesk
• Community Resilience to Extreme Weather (CREW Toronto)
• Ecobee
• The Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI)
• Esri Canada
• Ontario Centres of Excellent TargetGHG program
• Screaming Power
• STEAMLabs
• TOMesh
• TransPod Hyperloop

The Fourth International Workshop on Computing with Limits (ACM Limits, see http://computingwithinlimits.org/2018/)

The ICT4S Green Hackathon (see http://2018.ict4s.org/hackathon/)

ICT4S Workshops on:
• Live Sketching;
• Sustainability Education;
• Sidewalk Labs’ vision for developing a smart sustainable city;
• International guidebooks for ICT4S in industry and government;

Social Events including dinner at the Second City Theatre and a comedy improv show!

ICT4S Banquet at Second City

We’re delighted to announce the ICT4S 2018 conference banquet will be held at the Second City Mainstage Theatre, in downtown Toronto, at 51 Mercer Street. The theatre is a 10-15 minute walk or an easy streetcar ride from the conference venue.

Second City is renowned as one of the top international venues for improv comedy, and has become the training ground for many famous comedians. If you’re not familiar with Improv, wikipedia has a great primer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Improvisational_theatre. We’ll have exclusive use of the Second City Mainstage theatre for the evening, which consists of cabaret style seating (small tables and chairs) on two levels, and we’ll have a buffet style dinner, which will be entirely vegan. For the meat eaters, don’t worry: the food will be so amazing you won’t miss your meat!

After dinner, we’ll be treated to an exclusive improv comedy show featuring Toronto’s finest comedy actors, with plenty of opportunity for audience participation. For those of you who have never been to a Canadian-style improv show before, you’re in for a treat!

61 abstract submissions

With the abstract submission deadline we had 61 abstract submissions – paper bidding is ongoing and reviews will be assigned next week. Now we are waiting for all those wonderful papers to come in. We will keep you posted!

If you didn’t get your abstract in, please take a look at the remaining opportunities for submissions via the poster session and the workshops.

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