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

Detailed program available here:

Early bird registration deadline: April 20, 2018
To register:

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:
• 24 research posters featuring new research and late breaking results
• Full 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
• TOMesh
• TransPod Hyperloop

The Fourth International Workshop on Computing with Limits (ACM Limits, see

The ICT4S Green Hackathon (see

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: 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.


Computing within Limits Workshop to co-locate with ICT4S

We’re delighted to announce that ACM Limits – the Fourth International Workshop on Computing within Limits will co-locate with ICT4S in Toronto in May 2018. The workshop will be held on the downtown (St George) campus of the University of Toronto on Sunday 13th May to Monday 14th May, followed immediately by the main ICT4S conference on May 15-17th.

ACM LIMITS aims to foster research on the impact of present or future ecological, material, energetic, and/or societal limits on computing and computing research to respond to such limits. The medium-term aim of the workshop is to foster concrete research, potentially of an interdisciplinary nature, that innovates on technologies, techniques, and contexts for computing within fundamental limits. A longer-term goal is to build a community around relevant topics and research. A goal of this community is to impact society through the design and development of computing systems in the abundant present for use in a future of limits and/or scarcity.

The ACM Limits workshop accepts two broad categories of papers: “discussion papers” and “systems papers” (see below). Submissions do not need to strictly fit into either category. All papers should succinctly frame the limits that are of interest to the author(s).

Discussion papers explore the nature of limits and computing. Good discussion contributions will detail the nature of the limits of interest, describe their impact on computing, and present directions for future research. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Sustainability and computing
  • Re-evaluation of conventional computing premises (e.g. Moore’s law)
  • Discussion of new limits and their implications for computing
  • Analysis of unnecessary computing
  • Analysis of greenwashing in computing
  • Ecological economics and/or biophysical economics and computing
  • Implications of limits for computing systems for health, education, agriculture, transportation, entertainment, commerce, etc.

Systems papers describe the design, implementation, and evaluation of computing systems that work within or help cope with limits. Also of interest are evaluations of systems that fail due to limits. Good systems contributions will address problems that meet present or future societal needs, describe clear limits and operational boundaries, and provide a detailed evaluation of the system in question. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Material- and manufacturing-constrained computing devices
  • Energy- and material-efficient computing and communication
  • Wide-area communication under constraints
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Interaction Design under constraints
  • Evaluation of limits to modern computing systems
  • Life-cycle analysis of computing systems under limits
  • Computer architecture for constrained computing
  • Systems for health, education, agriculture, transportation, entertainment, commerce, etc. under limits


Abstract registration deadline: Feb 2, 2018, 11:59pm Pacific Time
Paper submission deadline: Feb 9, 2018, 11:59pm Pacific Time
Paper reviews available: March 7, 2018


Papers must be registered, with a title and abstract, by Feb 2, 2018 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Papers must be submitted in PDF format by Feb 9, 2018, 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Papers should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Papers should be in ACM double-column format, using the most recent template (updated in 2017)
  • The main body text should use 9pt Times or Times New Roman font.
  • The body of the paper should be a minimum of 5 pages and a maximum of 9 pages, with an unlimited number of pages allowed for references.

Reviewing will be non-blind; authors should include their names and contact information.

For further details, please refer to the ACM Limits Workshop website at