IST-Africa 2016 (11 -13 May, Durban, South Africa) attracted over 400 delegates from 37 countries. It was supported by the Department of Science and Technology, South Africa, Durban Kwazulu-Natal Convention Bureau, eThekwini Municipality and Technically Co-Sponsored by IEEE.

Hosted by IST-Africa Partner Countries since 2006, the annual IST-Africa Week showcases international cooperation and African Information Society, ICT and Innovation Adoption, Policy and Research Capacity Developments and Success Stories.

Focused on Information Society, ICT and Innovation Policy Dialogues, International Development, Research Cooperation and Community Building, IST-Africa Week brings together 500 senior representatives of leading Public, Private, Education and Research Sector Organisations from 50 countries to discuss policy, share insight and identify collaboration opportunities.

Core thematic priorities include: eHealth; eGovernment; Technology Enhanced Learning; eInfrastructures; Digital libraries and Digital Preservation; Future Internet and Internet of Things; ICT for Agriculture; ICT for Environmental Sustainability; Living Labs, Mobile Applications; Next Generation Computing (Big Data, Cloud Computing, Data Localisation and Visualisation); Open Source Software; Transformation of Research Results into Local Innovation; and Societal Implications of Technology.

IST-Africa Conferences feature an Opening Ministerial Roundtable focused on Policy and International Cooperation, a Closing Plenary focused on African Initiatives including Host Country Success Stories, and a Scientific Programme featuring parallel thematic tracks. Papers in the Conference Proceedings are selected through a double blind peer review process. 

Previous IST-Africa Conferences: 2006 – Pretoria; 2007 – Maputo; 2008 – Windhoek; 2009 – Kampala; 2010 – Durban; 2011 – Gaborone; 2012 – Dar es Salaam; 2013 – Nairobi, 2014 - Mauritius, 2015 - Lilongwe, 2015 - Durban.