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  • Tuesday, December 1, 2015

  • 08:30-09:00 Coffee and cakes

  • 09:00-09:15 Welcome, opening remarks, best paper award

  • 09:15-10:25 Keynote

  • Hackers, Fixers and Lone Rangers: The Future of Technology for Development?

    Ken Banks (

  • 10:25-10:45 Coffee break

  • 10:45-12:10 Session 1: Connectivity and Deployment

    Session Chair: David Johnson (CSIR)

  • The Challenges of Scaling WISPs

    Shaddi Hasan (UC Berkeley), Yahel Ben-David (De Novo / UC Berkeley), Max Bittman (Sudo Mesh), Barath Raghavan (ICSI)

  • USSD: The Third Universal App

    Trevor Perrier (University of Washington), Brian Derenzi (University of Cape Town), Richard Anderson (University of Washington)

  • DUCES: A Framework for Characterizing and Simplifying Mobile Deployments in Low-Resource Settings

    Samuel Sudar (University of Washington), Richard Anderson (University of Washington)

  • Towards a 2-way communication and analytics platform for emergency response and post-emergency recovery efforts in Sierra Leone

    Meenal Pore (IBM Research), Nuri Purswani (IBM Research), Reginald E. Bryant (IBM Research), Purity Mugambi (IBM Research), Osamuyimen Stewart (IBM Research)

  • 12:10-13:10 Lunch

  • 13:10-14:55 Session 2: Systems

    Session Chair: Agha Ali Raza (Information Technology University)

  • Toward Alternative Decentralized Infrastructures

    Bill Tomlinson (UC Irvine); Bonnie Nardi (UC Irvine); Donald J. Patterson (UC Irvine); Ankita Raturi (UC Irvine); Debra Richardson (UC Irvine); Jean-Daniel Saphores (UC Irvine); Dan Stokols (UC Irvine)

  • Internet Media Upload Caching for Poorly-Connected Regions

    Paul Schmitt (University of California, Santa Barbara), Ramya Raghavendra (IBM Research), Elizabeth Belding (University of California, Santa Barbara)

  • Low-power Low-cost Wireless Sensors for Real-time Plant Stress Detection

    Mattia Zeni (IBM Research Africa), Reagan Mbitiru (IBM Research Africa), Agnes Nyambura (IBM Research Africa), Elizabeth Ondula (IBM Research Africa), Lianna Samuel (IBM Research Africa), Kala Fleming (IBM Research Africa)

  • Leveraging Smartphones to Monitor Attendance in Public Facilities

    Ali Inam (Technology for People Initiative), Zahra Mansoor (Independent Researcher)

  • 14:55-15:20 Coffee break

  • 15:20-16:45 Panel Joshua Blumenstock (University of Washington)

  • 16:45-18:00 Poster session

  • Bap re Bap! Driving Experiences through Multimodal Unruly Traffic on Bumpy Roads

    Nova Ahmed (North South University); Lamia Iftekhar (North South University); Silvia Ahmed (North South University); Ridwan Rahman (North South University); Tanveer Reza (North South University); Sarah Shoilee (North South University); Charisma F. Choudhury (University of Leeds)

  • An Investigation into ICT-Addressable Causes of Maternal Mortality in Pakistan

    Amna Batool (Information Technology University (ITU)-Punjab,Pakistan); Samia Razaq (Information Technology University (ITU)-Punjab,Pakistan); Kentaro Toyama (University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor, US)

  • RFTrack: TVWS Spectrum Measurements using Android Phones

    Marco Rainone (Solvitech); Marco Zennaro (ICTP); Ermanno Pietrosemoli (ICTP)

  • Summarization Search: A New Search Abstraction for Mobile Devices

    Sunandan Chakraborty (New York University); Zohaib Jabbar (New York University Abu Dhabi); Lakshminarayanan Subramanian (New York University)

  • Octopus: A Zero-Cost Architecture for Stream Network Monitoring

    Andres Arcia-Moret (University of Cambridge); Jesus Gomez (University of Los Andes); Juan Tirado (University of Cambridge); Arjuna Sathiaseelan (University of Cambridge)

  • Designing for a Rural Online Learning Community

    Aditya Vishwanath (Georgia Institute of Technology); Neha Kumar (Georgia Institute of Technology)

  • Text for a Ride, in Uganda

    Silvia Figueira (Santa Clara University); Michael Brew (Santa Clara University); Bryant Larsen (Santa Clara University); Pratyusha Joginipally (Santa Clara University); Sowmya Chandrashekarappa (Santa Clara University)

  • Improving Flight Accuracy for Aerial Wildlife Surveys in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Howard Frederick (Independent consultant); Edward Kohi (TAWIRI); Jay Lorenzo (Vulcan Inc); Michael Coyote (Vulcan Inc); Ted Schmitt (Vulcan Inc); Kirk Larsen (Vulcan Inc)

  • From sustainable Community Networks to sustainable Community Clouds

    Roger Baig (Fundació; Felix Freitag (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya); Leandro Navarro (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya); Ramon Roca (Fundació; Agustí Moll (Routek, SL); Roger Pueyo (Routek, SL)

  • Enabling Compliance of Environmental Conditions

    Anirban Dasgupta (IIT Gandhinagar); Utkarsh Dwivedi (IIT Guwahati)

  • 18:30 Wine reception

  • Wednesday, December 2, 2015

  • 08:30-09:00 Coffee and cakes

  • 09:00-10:10 Keynote

  • Growing DEV, Building Community, Making a Difference

    Ed Cutrell (Microsoft Research India)

  • 10:10-10:30 Coffee break

  • 10:30-12:05 Session 3: Applications and Interfaces

    Session Chair: Neha Kumar (Georgia Tech)

  • iPeer: A Sociotechnical Systems Approach for Helping Veterans with Civilian Reintegration

    Rizwana Rizia (Ubicomp Lab, Marquette University)

  • Suhrid: A Collaborative Mobile Phone Interface for Low Literate People

    Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed (Cornell University), Maruf Hasan Zaber (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology), Mehrab Bin Morshed (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology), Md. Habibullah Bin Ismail (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology), Dan Cosley (Cornell University), Steven J. Jackson (Cornell University)

  • ICTs in Rural Education: Let the Game Begin

    Adele Botha (CSIR Meraka), Marlien Herselman (CSIR Meraka)

  • A Usability Study of an Assistive Touch Voice Interface based Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

    Sara Muneeb (Information Technology University), Mustafa Naseem (Information Technology University), Suleman Shahid (Tilburg University)

  • Classification models for new language communities: building domain-specific message categorization

    Jessica Long (Idibon), Robert Munro (Idibon), Kidus Fisaha Asfaw (UNICEF), Evan Wheeler (UNICEF), Nicholas Gaylord (Idibon)

  • 12:05-13:30 Lunch

  • 13:30-14:55 Session 4: Crowds and Communities

    Session Chair: Nicola Dell (Cornell Tech)

  • The Price Is Right? Statistical evaluation of a crowd-sourced market information system in Liberia

    Joshua E. Blumenstock (University of Washington), Niall Keleher (University of Washington)

  • Looking at Cities in Mexico with Crowds

    Darshan Santani (Idiap Research Institute/EPFL, Switzerland), Salvador Ruiz-Correa (Center for Mobile Life, CNS-IPICYT, Mexico), Daniel Gatica-Perez (Idiap Research Institute/EPFL, Switzerland)

  • Janayuja: A People-centric Platform to Generate Reliable and Actionable Insights for Civic Agencies

    Tridib Mukherjee (Xerox Research Center India), Deepthi Chander (Xerox Research Center India), Sharanya Eswaran(Xerox Research Center India), Mridula Singh (Xerox Research Center India), Preethy Varma (Xerox Research Center India), Amandeep Chugh (Xerox Research Center India), Koustuv Dasgupta (Xerox Research Center India)

  • Understanding Fiado: Informal credit in Brazil

    Heloisa Candello (IBM Research), David Millen (IBM Research), Silvia Biachi (IBM Research), Rogerio de Paula (IBM Research), Claudio Pinhanez (IBM Research)

  • 14:55-15:15 Coffee break

  • 15:15-16:30 Session 5: Network Performance

    Session Chair: Sibren Isaacman (Loyola University)

  • Revisiting the State of Cellular Data Connectivity in India

    Asheesh Sharma (IIT Delhi); Manveen Kaur (IIT Delhi); Zahir Koradia (IIT Delhi); Rahul Nishant (IIT Delhi); Sameer Pandit (IIT Delhi); Aravindh Raman (IIT Delhi); Aaditeshwar Seth (IIT Delhi)

  • Analysis of end-user QoE in community networks

    Bart Braem (University of Antwerp), Johan Bergs (University of Antwerp), Chris Blondia (University of Antwerp), Sabine Wittevrongel (Ghent University), Leandro Navarro (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya)

  • Optimizing Mobile Application Communication for Challenged Network Environments

    Waylon Brunette (University of Washington), Morgan Vigil (University of California Santa Barbara), Fahad Pervaiz (University of Washington), Shahar Levari (University of Washington), Richard Anderson (University of Washington)

  • 16:30 Closing

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