ACIST 2020



Digital innovation is shaping, to various degrees, all human activities around the world. For some activities which include significant volumes of information exchange, the degrees of digital innovation are very high. This is because digital innovation enables better, faster, and cheaper transactions, operations, and decisions. In Africa, it is positively influencing new ways of trade and development across the continent. With the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) leading to the beginning of trading in January 2021, we envision digital innovation to have a greater positive influence on Africa.

However, this influence cannot be taken for granted because driving digital innovation is hard work. Positively influencing trade and development requires significant research to produce knowledge on the relationship between digitization and the key issues in Africa trade and development. The target for every practical step in applying digitization will be shifting, disruptions of conventional ways will abound, and competition will increase. These are significant challenges which have to be researched so that we can produce knowledge on how and why they manifest, and how and why they can be addressed through digital innovation and policy.

The 2021 (7th) edition of ACIST focuses on digital innovation challenges and opportunities for Africa free trade and development. As we prepare for the conference, it is hoped that researchers in Africa and elsewhere will think creatively, broadly, and provocatively about the theme of Digital Innovation for Africa Free Trade & Development from many different theoretical, philosophical, policy and practical perspectives.

We invite you to participate in ACIST 2021 by submitting completed papers, research-in-progress papers or posters, position papers, panel discussion topics, and exhibition posters on topics which include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Resource exploitation and allocation
  • Citizen engagement
  • Infrastructure enhancement
  • Public and private decision making
  • Human capabilities extension
  • Business innovation
  • Social services delivery

Against this backdrop, ACIST 2020 seeks to discuss the role of information systems and technology (IST) research and education in the relationship between digital technologies and a smart Africa. We invite you to participate in ACIST 2020 through this call for completed papers, research-in-progress papers or posters, position papers, panel discussion topics, and exhibition posters on topics that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Digital Innovation
  • Smart Technologies and Development Sustainable (Green) ICTs
  • ICT and Organizational Structuring
  • • Smart Devices and Mobile Ecosystems
  • Sustainable (Green) ICTs
  • ICT and Organisational Structuring
  • Smart Devices and Mobile Ecosystems
  • Internet and IS Development
  • Smart Networks and Collaborations
  • Information Systems Strategy
  • Digital Society, Knowledge and Identity
  • ICT Curriculum and Education
  • Philosophy & Methods in IS Research
  • ICT and Social Inclusion/Exclusion
  • Digital Platforms and Smartness
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Big Data and Business Intelligence
  • Cloud and Smart Computing
  • Smart Cities and Wireless Communications
  • Smart Government and Smart Business
  • Smart Collaborations and Crowdsourcing
  • ICT in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Information and Computer Security
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Human Behaviour and ICT
  • ICT-Enabled Services

Paper submissions will be subjected to double-blind reviews by at least two Programme Committee members. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings with ISSN 2467-8988; and will be considered for further review and publication in the African Journal of Information Systems (www.ajisonline.com).

Conference venue: the ACIST’2021 conference is hosted both in person in Blantyre, Malawi and virtually via Microsoft Teams.

**Note: The times below are Ethiopian Time**

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