Digital Development Forum 2018 (DDF 2018)

Event | 4 - 5 September 2018
ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines

Pre-event: ADB-AIM Hackathon 2018

Do you want to make a difference in people’s lives? 

ADB, together with AIM, is hosting its first-ever hackathon on 1-3 September 2018. Join today for to a chance to win US$10,000, and the opportunity to incubate your solution. 

How it works

You and up to four other team members would pit your wits and skills against one of three real development challenges: Know Your Customer, Rural Health, and Digital ID. It’s coding and more — you also need to pitch your solution to a panel of judges.
Learn more and register at the ADB-AIM Hackathon 2018 information page. Registration deadline is on 15 August 2018

Objectives of DDF 2018

DDF 2018 will be a venue for participants to discover ways to maximize the emerging digital technologies for development within the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Participants will discuss new strategies and ideas, share best practices, and network with all development partners and stakeholders across the region. DDF 2018 will cover the following corporate priorities that are indicated in the ADB Strategy 2030:

  1. addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities;
  2. accelerating progress in gender equality;
  3. making cities more livable;
  4. promoting rural development and food security; and
  5. strengthening governance and institutional capacity.

At the same time, the event will highlight the progress of ADB’s internal IT reform initiatives and introduce the draft Digital Agenda 2030 to address the huge demand for more modern, digital-based solutions. The digital learning labs will provide participants with opportunities to explore how artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and the fintech space could be applied in their workplace as well as the importance of cyber security.

Target participants

DDF 2018 participants are from ADB, national and local governments in DMCs, private companies specializing in digital technologies, NGOs and civil society sector, academic institutions, and include digital technologies for development practitioners, and young entrepreneurs.

Resource speakers

Resource speakers will come from the private sector, governments, academia, and NGOs.

How to register

Register through the DDF 2018 website.

Event organizers/partners

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST)


The Digital Development Forum is an ADB annual event on ICT for Development. Started in 2014, it has become a venue for high level discussions on digital technologies for development in Asia and the Pacific. It tackles country and sectoral/thematic development strategies towards a digital economy. The Digital Development Forum 2018 will focus on digital transformation of economies for our development member countries (DMCs) and ADB's institutional transformation in implementing its new corporate Strategy 2030. It will specifically cover ADB’s operational priorities under Strategy 2030 in the face of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Presentation materials

See presentation materials from this event on ADB Knowledge Events.