The10th eBorneo Knowledge Fair, 2023

eBorneo Knowledge Fair 2023, the 10th in the series of engaged conferencing model, will be held in Miri, Sarawak from the 16th to 18th of November 2023. The conference that started off as an unconference in 2007, has been acknowledged by leaders in ICT4D as a premier developmental unconference that has blossomed from the Heart of Borneo.  eBKF aims to bridging the gap between stakeholders to enable community members to share local knowledge and perspectives, researchers to better understand the realities of communities, policy makers to make informed decisions, and implementers to adapt programs to local contexts.


Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration

The eBorneo Knowledge Fair facilitates the exchange of knowledge and experiences among various stakeholders, including local communities, academics, policymakers, and practitioners. This collective wisdom can spark innovative solutions to local challenges. It also fosters a sense of community ownership and involvement in sustainable development projects.

Encouraging Community Participation

The Fair provides an opportunity for the community to voice their needs and concerns and be actively involved in the learning and research process. This kind of community-engaged learning and research ensures that projects are relevant and beneficial to the community, ultimately leading to more sustainable outcomes.

Enhancing Digital Literacy

The eBorneo Knowledge Fair often includes workshops and presentations on digital tools and resources that can enhance learning and research. Increasing digital literacy among community members can empower them to take part in digital learning and research activities and to access online resources that can help them improve their livelihoods.

Promoting Local Culture and Traditions

The Fair also showcases the rich cultural heritage and traditional knowledge of the local communities. By integrating this traditional knowledge with modern science and technology, more holistic and sustainable solutions can be developed.

Fostering Research Opportunities

For researchers, policy makers and implementers, the Fair provides a unique opportunity to understand the ground reality, engage with local communities, and identify relevant research topics. The findings and insights gathered can then be used to influence policy-making, more effective project implementation, contributing to long-term sustainable development.

Engaged Learning Opportunities

For students, the Fair offers real-world learning experiences that complement their formal education. Interacting with diverse stakeholders, understanding their perspectives, and working on community-centered projects can enhance their problem-solving skills, critical thinking abilities, and social responsibility.

The eBorneo Knowledge Fair serves as a valuable platform that facilitates sustainable social and economic development. It underscores the significance of community involvement, traditional knowledge, digital transformation, and collaborative efforts in driving sustainability.

Theme: Engaged Research and Learning for Sustainable Impact

The themes for the 10th version of the conference, which will be held as a Miri Summit, brings the past developments to a new emerging form. The focus of eBKF`23 Miri Summit, will be on mainstreaming innovation based on the two decades of community engagement partnering dispersed and diverse communities as our living laboratories. The partnership between UNIMAS and Miri City Council will be strategic as this brings about a tremendous potential for translational research outcomes as Smart Miri: Proof of Concept initiatives. We seek proposals for collaborative community-engagement that will build on the eBKF model of sustainable development.

  1. Transforming Communities through Innovation: Lessons from Past Developments
  2. The Power of Community Engagement: Empowering Dispersed and Diverse Populations
  3. Building Smart Cities: Translational Research and Proof of Concept Initiatives
  4. Advancing Sustainable Development: Collaborative Models for Community Engagement
  5. Bridging the Gap between Academia and Local Governance: UNIMAS and Miri City Council Partnership
  6. Harnessing Technology for Social Impact: From Theory to Practice
  7. Community-led Innovation: Amplifying Voices and Fostering Inclusion
  8. Emerging Trends in ICT for Sustainable Development: Case Studies and Best Practices
  9. Sustainable Solutions for Smart Cities: Lessons from Miri and Beyond
  10. Strengthening the eBKF Model: Strategies for Long-term Community Development

While the unique model has already been adopted across the world, in Africa and Europe, we invite all to come and join us in embracing its game changer spirit from the roots. You will discover its historical evolutionary ways in pioneering community engagement. eBKF is a sharing platform embracing participatory and collaborative approaches that foster inclusivity, accountability, transparency, understanding and trust among stakeholders to achieve greater impacts and changes in relevancy, effectiveness and sustainability.
We welcome your participation in this event and look forward to ideas that will bring about an impact for communities across the state and the region. Do join our prestigious list of speakers and partners who are on-board.
eBKF10 is a collaborative effort organized by  Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovations (ISITI), Institute of Borneo Studies (IBS), Institute of Creative Arts and Technology (iCreaTE), Institute of Sustainable and Renewable Energy (ISuRE), Institute for Tourism Research and Innovation (ITRI), Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation (IBEC) and Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts (FACA). Supported by UNIMAS Business School (UBS), UNIMAS Corporate, Cornell University and Microcasa.


Don't Miss the Date!

Proposal/Abstract Submission
4 September 2023

Proposal Acceptance Notification
18 September 2023

Full Proposal Submission
2 October 2023

Payment for Registration
Before or on 18 October 2023

Knowledge Fair
16-18 November 2023


Join us at the 10th eBorneo Knowledge Fair 2023, where you can become integral to a truly transformative experience. This is a unique opportunity that you cannot afford to miss – an occasion to convene with the local community, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. Together, we will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, insights, and inspiration that can shape the future. Don't hesitate to secure your place today by registering now!

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Yusri Bin Jumat,
Research Officer of the Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovation, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak

Norinda K. Su'ut,
Assistant Publishing Officer/Administrative Officer of the Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovation, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak