A major international conference on the subject of electronic governance (EGOV) is being held in Galway this week.
Nearly 200 participants from 49 countries around the world will come to Galway to attend ICEGOV 2018 which will run from the 3rd to the 6th of April.
ICEGOV is a series of International Conferences on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance taking place annually around the world. This year it is being hosted by the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway.
The Insight Centre is home to a world-renowned E-Government research unit which is the reason for the decision to hold ICEGOV 2018 in Galway. The conference focuses on the use of technology to transform the working of government and its relationships with citizens, businesses, and other non-state actors in order to improve public governance and its contribution to public policy and development. It also promotes the interaction and cooperation between universities, research centres, governments, industries, and non-governmental organizations needed to develop the EGOV community. It is supported by a rich program of keynote lectures, plenary sessions, papers presentations within the thematic sessions, invited sessions, and networking sessions. Several United Nations organisations are actively involved in ICEGOV 2018.
Dr Adegboyega Ojo, Senior Research Fellow and head of the E-Government unit at the Insight Centre, NUI Galway and the Program Committee co-chair of the conference said, “Hosting ICEGOV2018 in Ireland provides a unique opportunity for the Irish Government to showcase its strategy and success stories in the area of digital government and digital transformation to the global e-government community. We also expect the ICEGOV2018 conference to generate over €200,000 for the local Galway economy.”
This year will be the 11th ICEGOV, the first having taken place in Macau in 2007. Over the past decade ICEGOV has addressed important and pertinent subjects for academics, practitioners, and decision-makers in the EGOV domain. The conference is coordinated by the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV), based in the city of Guimarães, Portugal.
Speakers this year will include Ciarán Cannon, Minister of State of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, DG and CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency of Nigeria; Stephen Ibaraki, Social Entrepreneur and Futurist and Viswanath Venkatesh of the University of Arkansas.