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ADOC International Conference : The 10th Year Presentation

The APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Project, officially launched in 2004, aims to transform digital divides into digital opportunities. In cooperation with dedicated partners around the APEC member economies, ADOC Project has received much support and help throughout the years. As of July 2014, 101 centers have been established in 10 Partner Member Economies (PMEs) and over 650,000 people in the APEC region have benefited.

The ADOC partners and ADOC Secretariat have been working together for the past several years in developing new approaches to study, practice and apply new applications in order to bridge the digital divides. By bringing different partners and experts, we are able to view and analyze pressing challenges in those topics. Challenges include:

• Devising appropriate technical solutions;

• Designing feasible operational models – proof of concept (PoC), proof of service (PoS), and proof of business (PoB);

• Maintenance and sustainability;

•  Innovation adoption and conveying values to the end-users;

•  Implementation, distribution and scaling.

To overcome these challenges, the ADOC Secretariat held annual international workshop since 2006. In focusing on international digital economy policies and best practices in 2014, the “ADOC International Conference: The 10th Year Presentation,” will bring together international speakers and representatives from APEC member economies. The main objective of this international conference is to share ideas and experiences that can help APEC member economies gain new insights into bridging the digital divide within their communities. ADOC developmental progress and results over the last 10 years will also be presented. The conference will be held at Dusit Thani in Manila, the Philippines.

This conference is a 2-day conference that focuses on digital economy. September 10th will be a closed-door meeting joined by invited “influentials” and “practitioners” from the Philippines and the ADOC PMEs who are involved in the area of bridging digital divide. Themes to be covered include:

•  ICT4ALL: Shaping the Future of Digital Economy through Asia-Pacific Partnership

♦  Friendly Technology for Minority

♦  ICT Enabled and Value-Added Clusters vs. Regional Development

♦  Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

On the morning of September 11th, all the invited guests from the PMEs will visit 2 ADOC centers collaborating with the Love & Care Foundation and Zone One Tondo Organization (ZOTO), to see how their work and practices in the Philippines. In the afternoon, the guests will be divided into 2 groups. The first group is the representatives from government sectors who will be discussing digital economic policies. The other group will be joined by those from the ADOC partners and collaborators to share their own practical experiences on digital economy in the ADOC centers. We expect to generate new ideas from the group discussion for improving the current ADOC Project to a higher level.