Asia Internet Symposium, Kathmandu 2013



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 -14:15Registration / Participants to be seated
14:15 – 14:20Inaugural Ceremony
14:20 – 14:25Welcome and Event highlights
14:25 – 14:45Inauguration Speech by Chief Guest and speech
14:45 – 15:00Opening Remarks:
Rajnesh D Singh, Regional Director, ISOC Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau
15:00 – 15:20Key Note:
Osama Manzar, Founder & Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation
15:20 – 15.40Key Note:
Subir Pradhananga, Chair, Free and Open Source (FOSS), Nepal
15:40 – 16.00Key Note:
Venki Nishtala, CTO,
16:00 – 16.30Networking Break
16:30 – 17:30Moderated 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 – 18:00Question & Answer Session and Note of Thanks by the Chair, ISOC Nepal
18:00 – 20:00Cocktail Reception
Date and Time


Tuesday 01 October 2013


Yak and Yeti Hotel

Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal