Theme and topics

The theme of the 2019 conference is “Sisu”. Perhaps having no direct English equivalent, Sisu defines the soul of Finland: tenacity of purpose; a relentless perseverance to transform barriers into opportunities; courage in the face of adversity; an action-oriented mindset; a collective choice – we are strong together; and, a love for the long term potential. We believe that Sisu describes the essence of ICT4S: a collective empowering of people with the idea that there is a strength within us that is greater than the adversities we endure – ICT4S can make a positive difference, to empower an inclusive regeneration.

The transformational power of ICT is essential to put our society and all its stakeholders on the path to sustainability. This potential could embrace all levels, from individuals to communities, from public sector to all industry sectors, from business goals to social aspirations and environmental objectives within a nation and globally. ICT can bring people together to build thriving, resilient society. Papers relating to ICT for sustainability in a broad sense and papers developing this year’s theme (and beyond) are welcome.

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Subtheme: Regenerative technologies

Role of technologies in enhancing outcomes
Incentives for more sustainable ICT
Needs and challenges for technology enhancement
First and second order effects of technology enhancements
Smart cities, homes and offices
Sustainable infrastructures (Sustainability in data centers and communication networks)
Energy-efficient and energy-aware software engineering
Green transportation and logistics
Intelligent energy management in buildings
Reduced hardware obsolescence
E-waste and closed material cycles


Subtheme: Enabling responsible businesses
Challenges for an environmentally sustainable (ICT) industry
Matching the sustainability goals to business needs
Sustainability in business and organizations
Design principles for sustainable ICT
Supporting alternative models
Enabling socioecological transformation

Subtheme: Transforming societies
Needs and challenges of social change towards sustainable future
Third order impacts of sustainable development
ICT-induced behavioral and societal change
Tools supporting green decision making and development
Software for sustainable business governance
Sustainable community building via ICT
Systematic interdisciplinary efforts in ICT for sustainability
Enabling and systemic effects of ICT on society and/or the environment
Climate informaticsEducation in ICT for sustainability
Inclusion, privilege and power
Democracy and politics
Open and ethical data
Social (in)justice

Subtheme: Balance of responsibility
Incentives for individual changeStakeholders from all sectorsIndividual and collective responsibility
Values, mindsets
Ethical choices for consumers
Supporting workforcesImpact at scale