SICT Summit 2019

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The 2019 IEEE Sustainability through ICT Summit (StICT), in its second edition, will be held on 18-19 June 2019 at the ETS campus in Montreal. Under the theme of “ICT - A Key Driver for Sustainability,” the Summit promotes a holistic approach on prospects for technologies, standards and policies for ICT-enabled sustainable development that also takes into consideration the sustainability of ICT resources. The summit is sponsored by the IEEE Sustainable ICT Initiative.

Professionals from different disciplines are invited to contribute to the open dialogue over the 2-day summit. The summit will provide an inter-discipline collaboration platform for ICT practitioners; users; technology providers; the standardization community; policy makers; and the research community to exchange views and share expertise through:

Tuesday, June 18th will be The World Cafe event, which is an inclusive conversational process for knowledge sharing for all participants.



Wednesday, June 19th will host Keynote speeches, a discussion on Data Center Sustainability, and technical paper presentations from industry and academia will round out the day.

Sustainable ICT Summit Program

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Time Topic
8:00–9:00 Registration and Coffee
9:00–10:00 World Café: Framing & Overview
10:00–11:00 Topic #1: Sustainable Electronics -
Challenges, Solutions and the Role of Standards and Certification
11:00-11:15 Plenary: Capturing Ideas and Insights on Topic #1
11:15-11:35 Refreshment Break and Networking Opportunities
11:35–12:35 Topic #2: Sustainable ICT Supply Chain and Data Centers -
Challenges, Solutions and the Role of Standards and Certification
Speaker: Catherine Goyer
12:35-12:50 Plenary: Capturing Ideas & Insights on Topic #2
12:50–2:00 Lunch
2:00–3:25 Topic #3: Making “Smart” Sustainable -
How can public policy, citizens and corporations together leverage Sustainable ICT to help achieve the SDG’s?
3:25-4:10 Plenary: Capturing Ideas and Insights on Topic #3
4:10-4:30 Refreshment Break and Networking Opportunities
4:30-5:30 Plenary: Capturing Ideas and Insights of the Day and Closing
5:30–8:00 Networking Reception

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Time Topic
8:30–9:30 Technical Papers: Energy Sustainability and ICTs
9:30–10:00 Refreshment Break and Networking Opportunities
10:00–10:45 Keynote Speaker: Winston A. Saunders, Microsoft Data Center Sustainability
10:45-11:30 Keynote Speaker: Professor Mohamed-Slim Alouini, Computer, Electrical, and Mathematical Science and Engineering (CEMSE) Division; King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30–2:00 Group Discussion: Towards a New Sustainable ICT White Paper
2:00-3:00 Technical Papers: Smart and Sustainable Cities
3:00-3:30 Refreshment Break and Networking Opportunities
3:30-4:30 Technical Papers: Sustainable Computing and Communications
4:30-5:00 Wrap Up and Closing



The first keynote speaker will be focused on Data Center Sustainability. Here's a snapshot of the discussion: Large data centers have become integral to the Internet and are continuing rapid growth by serving a wide range of cloud based applications, most recently fueled by machine learning and big data analytics. The move to hyperscale architectures and a multi-generation of data center design evolution have sustained recent growth to massive scale. Continued growth is contingent on sustainable energy, water, and resource utilization, which have to be considered along with new computing architectures such as disaggregation. 5G wireless and low latency applications are further changing data centers by stimulating the expansion of edge computing and new edge cloud architectures. This panel will examine these emerging trends in data center design and the importance of sustainable approaches. Challenges for the industry in going to larger scale and supporting distributed edge infrastructure will be discussed.