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Asia Internet Symposium, Kathmandu 2013


Symposium Details



International studies that correlate the growth of Internet usage to enhanced productivity and increased national competitiveness are all based on the groundwork that there are appropriate applications and content relevant to the socio economic environment within a country.  
Internet is now measured as an optimum medium of local content delivery, providing opportunities for people to interact with each other, expressing ideas, knowledge and culture in their own languages.
Asia Internet Symposium (AIS) Kathmandu will draw from its proceedings to examine how local content in a developing country (Nepal) is created, exchanged and adapted. The event will discuss challenges linked with local content development in a country with 123 languages spoken as mother tongue. 
Answers to the following ‘How To’ will be explored to determine the present and future prospects of local content market inside Nepal and similar economies:
•Invest resources in a wide spectrum of local initiatives that create and
   transport local content?
•Work with existing content market, host platforms and intermediaries to
   exchange and deliver community-oriented content?
•Provide incentives for local content?
•Strengthen the ‘collaboration’ capacities of organisations working with both
  ‘global’ and ‘local’ content development.

Participants / Invitees

- Public Institutes including Ministry of Information and Communications
- Representatives from Internet and IT industry
- Representatives from Academic and Research Institutes
- Internet Bloggers / Content Supplier
- Civil Society Organizations
- Mass Media


14:00 -14:15  Registration / Participants to be seated
14:15 - 14:20 Inaugural Ceremony
14:20 - 14:25 Welcome and Event highlights
14:25 - 14:45
Inauguration Speech by Chief Guest and speech
14:45 - 15:00 Opening Remarks:
Rajnesh D Singh, Regional Director, ISOC Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau
15:00 - 15:20
Key Note:
Osama Manzar, Founder & Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation
15:20 - 15.40 Key Note:
Subir Pradhananga, Chair, Free and Open Source (FOSS), Nepal
15:40 - 16.00
Key Note:
Venki Nishtala, CTO,
16:00 - 16.30 Networking Break 
16:30 - 17:30 Moderated Panel Discussion with

Hempal Shrestha, Local ICT4D expert (Moderator)
Osama Manzar, Digital Empowerment Foundation
Manohar K Bhattarai, Local ICT4D expert
Binay Bohara, ISP Association of Nepal
Allan B Tuladhar, Unlimited Technologies Pvt Ltd
Ravi Karmacharya, Open Learning Exchange, Nepal
17:30 - 18:00 Question & Answer Session and Note of Thanks by the Chair, ISOC Nepal
18:00 - 20:00 Cocktail Reception
A webcast of the event can be viewed here: Part 1 Part 2