The second international conference on ICT for Sustainability, ICT4S
2014, took place in Stockholm in August 24-27 2014. ICT4S is a series of
research conferences bringing together leading researchers, developers
and government and industry representatives dedicated to exploring and
proposing how Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) could be
used as a tool to reach sustainability goals.
ICT for sustainability is about utilizing the transformational power of ICT for
making our world more sustainable: saving energy and material resources by
creating more value from less physical input, increasing quality of life for ever
more people without compromising future generations’ ability to meet their
The theme of ICT4S 2014 was “ICT and transformational change”. Sustainable
development demands transformational changes regarding both technology
and patterns of production and consumption. This conference explored the
role of ICT in this process, including both positive and negative impacts of ICT
Altogether 100 full papers from 31 countries were submitted, of which 49
papers from 18 countries were accepted for oral presentation. The papers were
single blind reviewed by three reviewers with a total of 302 reviews.
In the proceedings, you will find 47 out of the 49 full papers as well as 2
extended abstracts of papers that are published elsewhere, but that were
orally presented at the ICT4S 2014-conference.
Moreover, 23 (12 countries) out of 32 (17 countries) submitted poster
abstracts were accepted. In addition to these submissions, 7 papers that were
regarded as better suited for poster presentation by the program committee
were presented as posters.
In connection to the conference there was a Green Hackathon
, and a number
. The workshop review process and program was made possible and held together by
workshop chairs Wolfgang Lohmann (UZH and Empa, Zurich) and Birgit
Penzenstadler (UC Irvine), and the success of the workshops was ensured by
the workshop organizers.
The conference had not been possible without the contributions from the
75 members of the program committee
, from 18 countries, ensuring a conference of high scientific
standard. Also contributing to the standard of the conference were the 8
members of the poster program committee
An important part of the conference was the keynote speakers
. Contributions from (in order
of appearance) Göran Finnveden, (KTH Royal Institute of Technology,
Stockholm), Lorenz Hilty (UZH, Zurich), Lorraine Hudson, (Consultant Smart
Cities, Bristol), Cecilia Katzeff (Interactive Institute, Eskilstuna), Svetoslav
Mihaylov (DG Connect European Union, substituting Colette Maloney),
Luis Neves (Deutsche Telekom and GeSI), Debra Richardson (UC Irvine,
California) and Marko Turpeinen (EIT ICTLabs, Helsinki) highlighted the
Daniel Vare, local chair, has been key person for all organizational matters
and for acting as contact point for speakers and participants.
The conference aimed at renewing and vitalizing the concept of scientific
conferences with the help of a partly new design including
sessions and more time
than usual for interaction of the highly competent participants. The facilitator
Peter Woodward was responsible for the design and implementation of this.
The papers in the proceedings are organized into two “sessions”. One includes
the eight papers nominated for the Best paper award and the other consists of
all papers presented during the ConverStations.
Last but not least, we thank the conference sponsors: Ericsson, NCC, Sweco
and TeliaSonera as well as the City of Stockholm for hosting the reception in
the City Hall.
Mattias Höjer, Patricia Lago and Josefin Wangel
Proceedings Editors of ICT4S 2014