Board Member Di4 and Executive Director, kawikani
Professor and Consultant
PTC welcomes your participation in a variety of formats at its Annual Conference — a hybrid event, offered both in-person and online — to be held in Honolulu from 16 to 19 January 2022. PTC encourages submissions for papers and presentations that address the themes below, highlighting the value and impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) in fields ranging from humanitarian and social services to the global digital economy.
All stakeholders in the digital and connectivity communities are invited to submit proposals for inclusion in the program, including industry executives, business strategists, innovators, policy makers, academics and other researchers, regulatory and legal experts, financial analysts, technologists, and consultants. PTC’22 offers a rare opportunity to meet with colleagues — either physically or virtually — to reunite, share, collaborate, and brainstorm.
Between the emergence from a global pandemic, shifting customer needs, emerging technologies, and disruptive entrants, PTC’22 will offer the chance to rethink, redesign, reengineer, and restructure strategies, product/service portfolios, business models, and organization structures and partner ecosystems. Thus, PTC welcomes submissions that help inform and ignite discussions in a variety of areas:
CROSS-DISCIPLINARY AND MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TOPICS
PTC highlights cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary applications, services, and research. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas: disruption and innovation, privacy and security, shifting pandemic impacts, sustainability, and the digital divide.
NETWORK TECHNOLOGIES, INFRASTRUCTURE, AND SERVICES
Network hardware and software innovations have always been a core interest of the PTC community. Presentations and discussions regarding mobile and fixed wireless networks, terrestrial and satellite communications, and subsea networks are welcome. Other topics include network-related and network-agnostic applications and services such as network slicing, hybrid and intelligent networks, or network performance optimization.
With network technologies as enablers, innovative applications and services that can augment digital business models and the digital society are of interest. These target areas include e-business, e-commerce, e-health or e-government, online education, media and entertainment, collaboration software, and platforms. In addition, applications and services that support survival and well-being are more important than ever before, including first responder and emergency communications, disease control and monitoring, and humanitarian relief.
Besides network applications, complementary enabling technologies are driving digitalization. PTC is interested in presentations, discussions, and research on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, big data and analytics, SaaS/PaaS/IaaS, cloud exchanges, software development methods, tools, and frameworks, and virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. Recent interest has increased especially in the area of blockchain, cryptocurrency, and privacy.
REGULATION, POLICY, AND ETHICS
PTC is interested in contributions examining the framework of the information society – analyses of policies such as spectrum allocation, platform regulation, changing consumer needs, universal service, privacy, and security. Other relevant topics include media and ICT ethics, public participation in regulation and policy proceedings, and the role of ICTs in environmental sustainability such as climate, energy consumption, and carbon reduction.
Submit a proposal from either enterprise, government, or consumer perspectives such as financing, customer satisfaction, changing demands for service quality and bandwidth, cybersecurity, and privacy issues.
PACIFIC REGION AND DEVELOPMENT
PTC has emphasized the Pacific and developing regions since its inception. PTC welcomes proposals regarding innovation and research in ICTs for developing economies and sustainable development in rural and Indigenous regions. Examples of topics include research on applications and technologies for development, project evaluation, policy and regulatory challenges, consumer issues, and network financing and sustainability.
The deadline to submit a proposal, including research paper abstracts is 9 July 2021.
Finally, PTC’22 offers the opportunity to refresh and renew, to start the year off with a re-emphasis on existing strategies or to determine and implement new directions. The PTC ambiance enables relaxed discussions with colleagues on long-standing critical topics and breaking news; a chance to re-energize before tackling important priorities; and an opportunity to start the year with a fresh attitude and outlook.
Building on experience from the pandemic, PTC plans to offer Center Stage sessions, presentations, and PTC HUB features in a hybrid form.