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TIMEDAY ONE - 17/05/2017
9.00 - 10.00 Opening of the Pacific ICT Days 2017

Welcome by Host: OGCIO
Opening Prayer: Pastor Shem Temar, Vanuatu Christian Council
Keynote: Honourable Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, Prime Minister
Address: Mr. Houlin Zhao, Secretary General of the ITU (Video Message)
High Commissioner Jenny Da Rin, Australian High Commission in Vanuatu
Mr. Keith Davidson, Pacific Internet Governance Forum
10.00 - 10.30 BREAK + Opening Ceremony Photo
10.30 - 11.30 Session 1: Leaders Roundtable: Big data for big impact

Leaders from government and industry offer their viewpoints and powerful insider insights on our theme, kicking off debate at the highest level on policies, perspectives and best practices around Big data and its role in economic development of small islands states.
Andrew McLaren Middlebrook, Head of Business Solutions, Digicel (Vanuatu) Limited
Dalsie Baniala, Regulator, TRR
Divik Deo, Chief Executive Officer, Telecom Vanuatu Limited
Gerard Metsan, Chief Information Officer, Vanuatu Government
Gregoire Nimbtik, Director, Department of Strategic Planning, Policy and Aid Coordination, Prime Minister's Office, Vanuatu Government
High Commissioner Jenny Da Rin, Australian High Commission in Vanuatu
Simil Johnson, Government Statistician, Vanuatu Government
11.30 - 12.30 Session 2: Innovation in the age of Internet of Things (IoT)

With the internet of things, no product is an island. Any device can be assigned an IP (internet protocol) address that allows it to connect and talk with other "things". International Data Corporation predicts that 30 billion things will be connected to the internet by 2020 and that revenue from the internet of things will reach $US8.9 trillion ($9.54 trillion) the same year. We are already seeing excitement and adoption in retail, transportation, and insurance applications, as well as expansion into other areas such as manufacturing, utilities, government, banking, and health care.
Huseyin Ozel, Technologist
Fred Samuel, Director, Pacific Group Limited
Mr. Dan McGarry, Media Director, Vanuatu Daily Post
Ms. Sue Bryant, Director, National ICT Solutions Marketing , Huawei
Mr. Wisit Atipayakoon, Program Officer, Asia Pacific ITU Regional Office, Thailand
12.30 - 13.30 Session 3: Online Privacy

As demand for internet services grow in the Vanuatu, with more people making online purchase, visit social networking sites, play online games, visit forums, so is privacy and security level of personal data published via the Internet. It is a broad term that refers to a variety of factors, techniques and technologies used to protect sensitive and private data, communications, and preferences. This session informs consumers to be smart users and care about personal information put out on the internet.
Mr Donnie Defreitas, Consultant, Pacific Islands Regulatory Resource Centre
Ms Noelle de Guzman, Internet Society Asia-Pacific Bureau
Elisabeth Leekly, Librarian, USP Emalus Campus Librarian
Mr Jeffrey Garae, Cybercrime Phd Student, Waikato University
13.30 - 14.30 Session 4: Social media in the workplace - A Vanuatu perspective

Social media influences and permeates many aspects of daily life for Pacific Islanders today, and the workforce is no exception. These digital platforms offer the potential to enhance worker productivity by fostering connections with colleagues and resources around the globe. At the same time, employers might worry that employees are using these tools for non-work purposes while on the job or engaging in speech in public venues that might reflect poorly on their organization.
Mr. Martin Mahe, Chairman, Public Service Commission, Vanuatu
Ms Jenny Ligo, Women Against Corruption Vanuatu
Mr. Kierry Manasseh, Communications Specialist
14.30 - 15.30 Session 5: The role of Big Data to Disaster Response

When disaster strikes, it is critical that experts, decision makers and emergency personnel have access to real-time information in order to assess the situation and respond appropriately.
Ms. Salma Farouque, ICT Preparedness Specialist, United Nations World Food Program
Mr. Paul Gardner-Stephen, Founder and CTO, Serval Project, Flinders University
Mr. Peter Korisa, Operations Manager, NDMO
Mr. Sajjad Ahmed, Chief Technical Officer, Digicel (Vanuatu) Limited
Lakshmi Sundarrajan, Director of Grounds Systems, Kacific Broadband Satellite
15.30 - 16.00 PRESENTATION SLOT: SMART Sista's Robot Demo
16.00 - 17.00 PRESENTATION SLOT: Mobile App Pitch

A mobile application pitch, whereby developers pitch to a panel, ideas for a mobile application. Here the contestants get up and present/pitch their idea to the judges (and the audience).
Moderator: TRR
17.00 - 17.30 BREAK
18.00 - 22.00ENTERTAINMENT

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TIMEDAY TWO - 18/05/2017
9.00 - 10.00 Session 6: Big data and impact on our culture

This session looks at how the developments in ICT have affected our traditional ways of life and the way we do things in our Vanuatu way of life. Pros and cons of the use of ICT in our daily lives and national participation in economic and social developments.
Ms. Anju Mangal, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
Ms. Miriama Kunawave, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
Ms. Doreen Leona, Women and Girls in ICT Vanuatu
Mr. Charlie Harrison, VANGO
Mr Madhukar Saini, Commercial Director, Digicel (Vanuatu) Limited
10.00 - 10.30BREAK
10.30 - 11.30 Session 7: e-Government for big impact

Electronic government (or e-government) essentially refers to "utilization of Information Technology (IT), Information and Communication Technologies (ICT s), and other web-based telecommunication technologies to improve and/or enhance on the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery in the public sector." This session looks at e-Government and the potential to transform public sector services to reach our citizens through the use of e-Applications.
Mr. Stanley Trief, ASYCUDA World Project Manager, Department of Customs & Inland Revenue, Vanuatu Government
Mr. Huseyin Ozel, Technologist
Mr. Xavier Beaumont, Chief Technology Officer, Orange Wallis & Futuna
Mr. Tony Lansdell, Advisor, Stretem Rod blong Justice Program, Ministry of Justice
Mr. Barry Lerner, CIO, South Pacific, Huawei
11.30 - 12.30 Session 8: Geographic Information Systems for big impact

GIS is a broad term that can refer to a number of different technologies, processes, and methods. It is attached to many operations and has many applications related to engineering, planning, management, transport/logistics, insurance, telecommunications, and business. For that reason, GIS and location intelligence applications can be the foundation for many location-enabled services that rely on analysis and visualization.
Ms. Lonpanga Ores, National Disaster Management Office, Vanuatu
Unasa Nomeneta Saili, Director, Skyeye Pacific
12.30 - 13.30 Session 9: Big data and its impact on Healthcare

Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technologies to provide clinical health care at a distance. It helps eliminate distance barriers and can improve access to medical services that would often not be consistently available in distant rural communities. It is also used to save lives in critical care and emergency situations.
This is a case study of the pilot project currently being undertaken on Maewo and the lessons learnt and how that can improve access to quality healthcare to the people throughout Vanuatu using ICTs.
Telemedicine project team
Ministry of Health
13.30 - 14.30 Session 10: Big data: Trends in the Education Sector

New technologies allow schools, colleges and universities to analyse absolutely everything that happens. From student behaviour, testing results, careers developments of students as well as educational needs based on changing societies. A lot of these data has already been stored and is used for statistical analysis by government. Big data allow for very exciting changes in the educational field that will revolutionize the way students learn and teachers teach.
Mr. Ian Thomson, e-Learning Fellow, USP, Fiji
Dr Krishna Kotra, Science Programme Coordinator, USP, Emalus Campus
Sue Bryant, ICT Solutions Marketing Director - Pacific, Huawei
Ministry of Education, Vanuatu
14.30 - 15.30 Session 11: Big data for Smart Islands

This session looks at how big data will shape the future and how ICTs as enabler of services will impact the way of doing business and overall impact on the lives of people from small island countries such as Vanuatu.
Mr. Barry Lerner, CIO, South Pacific, Huawei
Ms. Dalsie Baniala, Regulator, TRR
Mr. Gerard Metsan, CIO, Vanuatu Government
Mr. Keith Davidson, Pacific Internet Governance Forum
Mr. Save Vocea, VP Stakeholder Engagement, ICANN
Huseyin Ozel, Technologist

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