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Workshop - Bahir Dar Digital Infrastructure Initiative Workshop

Centre for Global Equality

Wednesday 13th February 2019

9:30 - 17:30 in the Maxwell Centre, University of Cambridge, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge CB3 0HE.

Free event convened by Cambridge Global Challenges and Trust & Technology Strategic Research Initiatives (University of Cambridge), the Centre for Global Equality, Cambridge Wireless and Bahir Dar University.

Cambridge Global Challenges has established a long-term partnership with the Bahir Dar Institute for Technology, which is directed by Dr Seifu Tilahun. The Institute, and the University more broadly, is interested in exploring with Cambridge partners the opportunity to establish cutting edge digital infrastructure that prioritises inclusion and equity and advances the wellbeing and economic development of all the city's residents.

The collaboration will be led by Dr Tesfa Tegene, director of the University's ICT4D Centre, and Dr Mengiste Abate, director of the University’s office of the Bahir Dar City Infrastructure Plan Project, which is working with the municipality to develop a master plan for the city. The Bahir Dar Digital Infrastructure Initiative (BDDII) aims to contribute to this master plan through workshops in Cambridge and Bahir Dar to produce a digital infrastructure roadmap for the city.

Draft Workshop Schedule:

09.30 – 13.00 - Academic Workshop
13.00 – 14.00 - Lunch
14.00 – 17.30 - Industry Workshop

Participants are welcome to attend both academic and industry workshops.

Representatives from Bahir Dar University and the Amhara Regional State Government will attend by video link and will set out the context, opportunities and issues.

In the morning workshop participants will identify and discuss potential risks that might be associated with the centralisation of systems, the potential for seizure and censorship, along with opportunities for next generation communications and the enablement of new approaches to social systems, commerce and agriculture.

In the afternoon discussion will focus on the technological aspects of the whole internet system. This will include backhaul, wireless, access, mobile apps, IOT and smart infrastructure.

Tickets for the event are free and can be booked through Eventbrite:

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