News & Events

Upcoming events, symposia, lectures

Victor de Boer and Anna Bon will present two papers, related to the m-agro pilot, on May 28th, at the First International Workskop "Downscaling the Semantic Web", hosted at ESWC 2012, Heraklion, Greece.

Hans Akkermans is Keynote speaker at the International Conference on ICTs for rural development at Martyr's University, Kampala, Uganda on May 31st, presenting

Presentation at IICD, The Hague 13 March 2012

The VOICES-W4RA project was presented by Christophe Guéret and Anna Bon at IICD in The Hague during a seminar on 13 March 2012 before an audience of twelve project managers of "ICT for development" projects.

Film productions by VOICES

  • Radio Marché, a Pangea production about the development of a distributed voice-based market information system for farmers and community radio in Mali.
  • Demonstration of the prototype of the Radio Marché market information system
  • Short trailer – 2 minutes about how the VOICES project Work Package 5 m-agro Knowledge Sharing Pilot was done.

Conférences, événements et présentations


January 27, 2012: Guest lecture Sustainable Land Management Course, at the VUA Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Amsterdam. The VOICES project and ICTs for Social Development in Africa. By Anna Bon (VUA).


January 2011: Visit and presentation on speech technology in VOICES at Université Gaston Bergé in Saint-Louis, Senegal, Etienne Barnard (NWU).

Symposia, events and presentations


20 June 2013 Final Conference of the VOICES project was held in Hotel Savanna, Dakar, Senegal. Representatives from the health sector as well as ICT-entrepreneurs from Dakar were present during this event. The results of the m-health pilot in Senegal were presented as examples of voice-based services that can benefit health workers and other stakeholders. The Open Source voice-platform Emerginov was presented as the central tool for development of voice-services for global development.

Past events and presentations

  • 19 Nov 2011: WP5 m-agro pilot Radio Marché film shown at the Semantic Web Meeting in Amsterdam

Scientific papers related to VOICES

Nana Baah Gyan, Victor de Boer, Anna Bon, Chris van Aart, Hans Akkermans, Stephane Boyera, Max Froumentin, Aman Grewal, Mary Allen: Voice-based Web Access in Rural Africa. In: Proc. of the WebSci’13, May 1 – May 5, 2013, Paris, France.

Courte métrage Radio Marché sur le pilote m-Agro à VU Amsterdam

Le 19 Decembre 2011 le film, nommé Radio Marché, sur le projet pilote m-Agro, déployé au Mali, pour WP 5, a été présenté, dans use réunion du Semantic Web dans le Intertain Lab du département de Informatique de l'Université Libre Amsterdam.

Voilá le court métrage.

Latest m-Agro pilot documentary shown at Semantic Web Meeting Amsterdam

On 19th December 2011 the latest documentary named Radio Marché, about the approach of the m-Agro pilot in Mali, for Work Package 5, was shown in a pre-release, at the Semantic Web Meeting at the Intertain Lab in Amsterdam.

Watch the short trailer.

WP6 Mobile Training Lab

The aim of this WP is to setup of mobile training local in Senegal to disseminate expertise on mobile technologies that are relevant to the developing countries context, and that will enable local entrepreneurs to launch new services to provide locally relevant content and applications to the country and give them a stream of revenues.