Call for Papers Open Now for 15th IAC Annual Conference, Sept. 28-30, 2020 Arlington, VA, U.S.

Technology Leadership and Policy in the Age of AI, Blockchain, Robotics and 5G

The 15th International Academy of CIO Annual Conference on September 28th to 30th, 2020 in Arlington, VA U.S.A. is being held at a time of great technology related opportunity and risk.

With AI, Blockchain and 5G, there is opportunity in new product and services and also new industries that bridge time and space and enable greater access and speed in fields as diverse as government, healthcare, transportation and manufacturing.

And there are risks including in the fields of cybersecurity and privacy and also digital divide.

As with previous International Academy of CIO annual conferences, the 15th Annual Conference will address the potential and challenge of new technologies and applications to major world challenges such ICT and natural disasters and major world trends including ageing society and urbanization.

For the 15th Annual Conference, we are inviting research and practitioner papers and innovations related to the conference theme of “Technology Leadership and Policy in the Age of AI, Blockchain and 5G” and encompassing:

  • Challenges of ICT innovation, governance and capacity building
  • Strengthening leadership and institutions
  • Application of new technologies including blockchain and AI
  • Associated policy and policy development
  • Risks including security, privacy and digital divide.

About the International Academy of CIO (IAC):

The IAC or International Academy of CIO was founded in 2006 in Japan by co-founders including Japan, USA, Indonesia, Philippines, Switzerland and Thailand. The IAC members, partnerships and alliances now span all regions with economies such as China, Cambodia, Netherlands, India, Korea, Laos, Hong Kong, Macao, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Nigeria, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The IAC has active participation from over 50 countries and partners with NGOs and multilateral organizations including APEC, OECD and ITU.

The IAC promotes and facilitates CIO and IT Executive leadership education and education standards; government CIO and IT governance policies and institution building related to CIOs and CIO Councils; and application and innovation of ICT such as mobile, IoT and blockchain in areas including ICT and ageing society, smart cities, and ICT and natural disasters.

The IAC publishes the annual Waseda University – IAC Digital Government Rankings now in its 14th year and the Journal of CIO and Digital Innovation. The IAC also partners with IOS Press on a Global E-Governance book series. In education, the IAC accredits CIO master’s degree programs and provides CIO certificates to graduates as well as directly partnering on training through the Asia CIO University Network on topics including CIO and data science. The IAC hosts an annual conference and partners on conferences and workshops with governments and NGOs such as APECTEL, OECD and U.N.  For more information, please go to:

About the International Academy of CIO Annual Conference:

The IAC Annual Conference brings together government, private sector and academia participants to discuss and exchange ideas and best practices on ICT leadership and governance in light of rapidly changing technology. The conferences are research to practice oriented in that the talks and presentations include both strategy and practice talks and presentations by government leaders, private sector executives and NGO leaders as well as research related talks by academics.

In addition, the conferences focus on major world challenges and opportunities where ICT has the potential to contribute including the two topics of ageing society and natural disasters.  The conferences are well attended by speakers and participants from around the world and are highlighted by active host government support and engagement.

Previous conferences were held in Asia, Europe and North America and in ten countries:

2019 – Taiwan

2018 – Astana, Kazakhstan

2017 – Moscow, Russia

2016 – Milan, Italy

2015 – Tokyo, Japan

2014 – Singapore

2013 – Beijing, China

2012 – Moscow, Russia

2011 – Manila, Philippines

2010 – Bandung, Indonesia

2009 – Bangkok, Thailand

2008 – Tokyo, Japan

2007 – Fairfax, Virginia

2006 – Tokyo, Japan.


Paper Topics and Important Dates:

Papers are invited that contribute to the conference sessions of: 

  • CIO and Digital Transformation of Economy
  • Innovations in Digital Government
  • Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and the Digital Future
  • Cybersecurity
  • Blockchain for Government
  • E-Participation.

Submitted papers may refer to four dimensions of innovation, analyzed by clear data driven methods:

  • Social and economic context innovations and issues: ageing society, urban transformation, healthcare system challenges, natural disasters, government’s role evolution, industry transformation, policy agendas, emerging business models, etc;
  • Citizens’, patients’ and customers’ changing value drivers:  empowerment, co-creation, online behavior and expectations, etc;
  • Technology development and Management: challenges and ramifications of rapidly developing technologies such as robotics, autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence and major challenges such as capacity building, cyber-security, big data.
  • CIO new skills and roles: Government CIO, Business CIO, CIO core competences, innovative management.

Application Timelines:

  • Abstracts due by May 15th  ,2020

Please submit to:  Luca Buccoliero at:,   Elena Bellio at: and J.P. Auffret at:

  • Notifications of Acceptance by June 1st, 2019
  • Full papers due by September 1st.,2019

All submissions should be in English.

Submission Categories:

The submission categories are research papers, practitioner experience papers and posters:

  • Academic research papers or research in progress –  limited to ten pages
  • Practitioner experience papers – limited to six pages
  • Posters – A1 size poster.

Publication and Awards:

Selected papers will be published in the fall 2020 edition of the IAC Journal of CIO and Digital Innovation.

In addition, there will be Best Paper Awards for each of the research, practitioner and poster submission categories.


For more information, please contact J.P. Auffret at or Luca Buccoliero at .