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ICT Learning Days - ICT days 2013
February 27-March 01, 2013Washington, D.C.

The World Bank ICT team, country clients and global thought leaders participated in ICT Learning Days (Feb. 27 & Mar. 1), with sessions on "smart development" topics such as Smart Cities, Cloud Computing, Open Data, Digital Inclusion, and Design Thinking. The event was part of ICT days 2013 (Feb. 27 - Mar. 1), an event for co-creating smart solutions across the sector. ICT days 2013 also included ICT Solutions Day (Feb. 28), a day-long session where client countries and experts got hands-on experience in developing Smart Solutions using ICT to tackle development challenges.

View photographs of the days' sessions.

Cloud Computing Masterclass

Cloud Computing Masterclass

Presentation (pdf, 1.2MB) | Recorded Webstream (mms://wbmswebcast1.worldbank.org/SDN/2013-02-27/SDN_Forum.asf)

Chair: Deepak Bhatia, e-Government Practice Leader, ICT Unit

Presenter: Andrew Stott, former Deputy CIO, UK Government (Senior Consultant, ICT Unit)

Discussants: Samia Melhem, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, ICT Unit and Ned White, PPP expert (Senior Consultant, ICT Unit)

This non-technical and interactive Master class gave participants a strategic view of the issues and opportunities of Cloud for governments; discussed how they might be used to enable transformational change as well as cost saving; and suggested how traditional system design and procurement strategies need to be adapted to take best advantage. It looked not only at whole-of-government approaches but at how cloud could be used to deliver faster and better results for sector-specific projects.

Design Thinking

Incorporating Design Thinking Approaches in Development Projects

Recorded Webstream | Presentation (pdf, 4.5MB)

Chair: Ilari Lindy, Senior Operations Officer, World Bank Institute

Presenter: Mikko Koria, Development Director, IDBM Program, Aalto University School of Economics

Discussants: Arturo Muente Kunigami, Senior ICT Policy Specialist, TWICT andMerrick Schaefer, Senior Innovation Specialist, TWICT

All across the world, higher education, industries, public sector, and users are linking to each other into innovation ecosystems. How can these collaborations that now include users as a critical component help while designing Bank operations? Professor Mikko Koria, Director of the International Business Design Management program at Aalto University shared with us why these collaborations matter in human and business.

Open Data logo

Open Data Readiness Assessment Briefing

Presentation (pdf, 2.1MB) | Recorded Webstream (mms://wbmswebcast1.worldbank.org/DEC/2013-03-01/OD_RA_Briefing.wmv)

Speakers: Andrew Stott and Jeff Kaplan, Senior Consultants, ICT Unit

The World Bank has become a leader in Open Data both through its own experience and work with some of the world's pioneering Open Data initiatives. Governments at all levels are starting to see Open Data as a powerful tool for transformation of their countries into dynamic, innovative economies, with modern, citizen-centered public sectors and vibrant ICT markets.

The Development Data Group (DECDG), the ICT Sector Unit (TWICT) and the World Bank Institute (WBI) have partnered to help client countries use Open Data for development. As part of this global initiative, DECDG and TWICT have been awarded a grant from the Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building to support the implementation of Open Data initiatives in client countries.  Under this initiative, we are able to support a limited number of Open Data Readiness Assessments to diagnose what a government need to do to make its data truly open and to use open data to improve public services and government performance and transparency, as well as to create jobs and catalyze innovation throughout an economy.

The World Bank's Open Government Data Working Group has recently developed an 'Open Data Readiness Assessment' (ODRA) tool for conducting an action-oriented assessment of the readiness of a government - or even an individual agency - to evaluate, design and implement an Open Data initiative. The tool is added to the 'Open Data Toolkit'. It is made freely available for others to adapt and use. We invited Andrew Stott and Jeff Kaplan, who are the main authors of the tool, to provide a briefing on the methodology to those interested to make use of the tool. Access and contribute comments on the ODRA tool online.

Urban Living Labs

Urban Living Labs as the Engine for Smart Cities

Recorded Webstream | Presentation (pdf, 7MB)

Chair: Ilari Lindy, Senior Operations Officer, World Bank Institute

Presenter: Jarmo Eskelinen, Chair, ENOLL/CitySDK

Discussants: Arturo Muente Kunigami, Senior ICT Policy Specialist, TWICT andEdward Anderson, ICT Policy Specialist

What are smart cities anyway? Mr. Jarmo Eskalinen, Head of Forum Virium in Helsinki and CEO of the European Network of Living Labs shared with us their approach, one that creates better collaborations between citizens and governments through technology; and one where living labs become the orchestrators of such ecosystems.

Digital Inclusivenss through local content workshop

Digital Inclusiveness through Local Content Creation Workshop

Recorded Webstream | Presentation (pdf, 2.2MB)

Chair: Boutheina Guermazi, Senior Regulatory Specialist, ICT Unit, World Bank

Speaker: Tony Simard, President and Founder of Boite à Innovation

The workshop presented innovative and user-friendly technologies developed by the Boîte à innovations in African languages Fon, Yoruba, Baatonou, Wolof, Pulaar in addition to French and English. Boîte à innovations-a Canadian company with branches and partners in Cotonou, Libreville and Dakar- uses integrated approaches of literacy and V-learning to develop training modules and user friendly applications in a number of key areas including micro-finance, computer science and market surveys. The approach of Boite à innovation is an interesting example of content creation adapted to African languages and cultures and aimed at enhancing confidence and creating a digital culture for all.

impact of mobile health

The Socio-Economic Impact of Mobile Health

Recorded Webstream | Presentation (pdf, 2MB)

Chair: Samia Melhem, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, World Bank

Speaker: Ola Jo Tandre, Director of Corporate Responsability, Telenor Group

Discussant: Merrick Patton Schaefer, Senior Innovation Specialist, World Bank
A brown bag lunch seminar on the social and economic impact of mobile health technology in 12 specific countries based on a study carried out by the Boston Consulting Group and the Telenor Group.   The seminar touched upon the findings of a comprehensive survey of the impact that mobile health initiatives can have on society in general, as well as on women.  Addressing developing and mature nations, the seminar covered the potential benefits of mobile health technologies with regard to: costs of providing healthcare, maintenance and improvement of the quality of care, and reaching for patients located in the most remote areas.  
Among the key findings encountered are the following:

  • 86% of the women that use mHealth tools undergo breast cancer screening, compared to the average of 57% of the women that do not use mHealth tools
  • mHealth tools can help increasing flow of information to pregnant women through SMS campaigns, and providing prenatal advice during their gestation in remote areas
  • Costs in elderly care can be reduced by 25% with mobile healthcare
  • Maternal and perinatal mortality can be reduced by 30%
  • Twice as many rural patients can be reached per doctor
  • 30% of smartphone users are likely to use “wellness apps” by 2015
  • Costs related to data collection can be reduced by 24%

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