Keynotes

DAVIDE STORTI
Davide is a UNESCO Programme Specialist, within the Communication and Information Sector. His work is informed by the vision to promote universal access to information and building inclusive knowledge societies. He is the focal point of the UNESCO Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) programme, which aims at spreading and supporting FOSS worldwide. He is also UNESCO YouthMobile focal point and initiator. Through UNESCO YouthMobile, he oversaw the deployment of projects in over 26 countries around the world and increased digital skills and empowerment of local communities.
Aaditeshwar Seth co-founder of Gram Vaani
Aaditeshwar Seth is the co-founder of Gram Vaani, a startup that builds innovative community media technologies for poor and marginalized communities to voice their opinions and demands. ... Gram Vaani is a pioneer in using voice-based technologies to build interactive applications for low-literate and low-income communities. Aaditeshwar is also an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Delhi, where he runs the ACT4D (Appropriate Computing Technologies for Development) research group. He has a PhD from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and a BTech from IIT Kanpur. Work by Aaditeshwar's team is used by over 100 organizations in India and elsewhere, and has influenced the use of ICTs for development within many international aid and development organizations.

In this keynote, Aaditeshwar will offer insights from several years of deployment of Gram Vaani platforms in rural and low-income communities, and the complexities involved in translating technology into participative development and lifelong learning outcomes. He will illustrate pathways of impact in building equitable communities and lifelong learning practices through participatory media, concerned with topics such as behavior change communication on gender equality, awareness and learning on health and nutrition practices, and social accountability for local governance. He will also reflect Gram Vaani’s approaches to deal with day-to-day challenges of technology design and management, and conclude with offering some critical thoughts about ensuring responsible outcomes from information systems.
Padma M. Sarangapani
Padma M. Sarangapani is Professor of Education and Chairperson of the Centre for Education, Innovation and Action Research at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, INDIA. ... Her recent areas of research are in the areas of teacher professional development, quality in education, and education and culture. She has been involved in National and International policy consultations and closely working with government, including the National Curriculum Framework 2005, the National Council for Teacher Education, and the UNESCO Teacher Task Force. She has led the Connected Learning Initiative from 2015,which was awarded the UNESCO-King Hamad Prize for Use of ICTs in Education in 2018, and the Open Education Consortium Prize for Excellence in Collaboration in 2019. Her recent publications including ‘School Education in India: Market, State and Quality’ ( Routledge, 2018) and Springer Handbook on Education Systems in South Asia ( Springer Major Reference Work, 2020).