Welcome remarks by Dr. Elias Nyandwi-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee

Application of geo-science, technology, and innovation, including the recent advances in artificial intelligence (especially Artificial Geospatial Intelligence), machine learning, and computer vision, are globally recognized as key drivers of national and international socio-economic transformations. Over the past two decades, the development of infrastructure for communication and ICT-enabled development strategies have played a major role in the proliferation of use of science and information technologies in decision making in Rwanda.

The International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), founded in Beijing China in 2004, is mainly promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration in Digital Earth. ISDE shares several research interests including the promotion of GEO-ICT with the University of Rwanda, the top higher-learning institution in the Country. Therefore, the good collaboration supported by the Government’s vision to transform the Country in a Geo-ICT hub for the whole central and East African countries, resulted in hosting the 10th Digital earth Summit by the University of Rwanda that brings together key players in geospatial technologies for both scientifical exchanges and industrial exhibitions.

The 10th edition of the Digital Earth Summit will take place from 19th to 22nd November 2024 at Kigali Convention and Exhibition Village (KCEV), Kigali, Rwanda, and we expect to host around 600 researchers and practitioners in different areas related to digital earth from different regions of the world. In addition, we expect to attract more than 30 international companies which will come to exhibit their products in geospatial technology.

We thank ISDE for co-organization of the conference and the Government of Rwanda for hosting the Conference through the Rwanda Convention Bureau. We call upon students, researchers, NGO, and Governmental professionals to participate in this very important GEO-ICT gathering to showcase their works and learn from others. Moreover, the conference would be a good opportunity for companies to exhibit their innovations to a wider audience.
Warm welcome