Impact First
Digital Development Summit

October 10-11, 2024 | Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon

Impact First brings together iNGOs, international agencies, governments, and the private sector to engage in two days of learning, collaboration, and showcasing the latest trends across sectors within digital development.

2 Days (Wednesday-Thursday)  
28+ Sessions
Centro Cultural de Belém  
Praça do Império, 1449-003 Lisboa
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About the summit

BAO Systems is excited to welcome you to the annual Impact First Summit on October 10-11, 2024 in Lisbon, Portugal. The summit will convene speakers and organizations from the global health and development sector where together we explore the possibilities of achieving impact through technology and data innovations.

We believe digital technology is core to the future of the development sector, capable of improving development outcomes, driving economic growth, and lifting millions out of poverty. The rapidly changing data and technology landscape means that we have more information, evidence and insights than ever before, but
efforts must be coordinated to ensure all countries have the tools, knowledge, and

resources to use information effectively. By understanding the broad application of technologies across agriculture, health, education, governance, and environmental sectors, we can make meaningful gains.

The venue offers excellent spaces for presentations, networking and in-depth discussions, not to mention the scenic location by the waterfront in Lisbon. Join us as we spend two days discussing cutting-edge technologies and approaches to address the world's most pressing development challenges. The Summit will feature plenary and breakout sessions, panel discussions, exhibitor tables, and networking opportunities. The Impact First Summit will be a fully in-person event. Please note that it will not be possible to participate virtually.


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How it was in 2017

The event was a great opportunity to learn from other organizations innovating in technology in service of the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as to connect with people struggling with many of the same challenges we are in CARE.

Jay Goulden
CARE International Secretariat

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Leadership and NGO Management
(CEO, CTO, CIO, VPs, Directors)

Policy Makers and Government Representatives

Technical Staff
Data Scientists, Programmers, Engineers

Researchers and Scientists


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Registration extended until midnight May 1, 2023.

The summit

Join professionals from the global health and development sector and explore the possibilities of achieving impact through technology and data innovations.

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DHIS2 101:
what is it and why is everyone using it?
District Health Information Software 2 (DHIS2) is an open source, web-based platform most commonly used as a health management information system (HMIS).
1 day; 09:00 - 17:00
May 3, 2023
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB),
Lisbon, Portugal
No prerequisites are required
Who is this training course for?
Anyone wanting to learn more about DHIS2’s data entry, analytics, and data quality capabilities, impactful use cases, and how DHIS2 can be adapted to address certain challenges and meet specific needs.
Program managers, M&E staff, government officials, and donors may find this course particularly useful, but this training course is open to all who are using or considering using DHIS2.
Why should I attend this course?
Today, DHIS2 is the world's largest Health Management Information System platform, in use by ministries of health in 73 low and middle-income countries. 2.4 billion people live in countries where DHIS2 is used (over 30% of the world's population). When including NGO-based programs, DHIS2 is in use in more than 100 countries.
This Introduction to DHIS2 course is right for you if you want to know more about the ecosystem that supports DHIS2, how to enter data, how to visualize data, and how to ensure good data quality through the DHIS2 platform. Or if you aren’t sure whether DHIS2 can meet your specific data and analytics needs and want to understand more about its extensibility with other platforms.
In one day, highly experienced DHIS2 experts from BAO Systems will deliver this training course using a mix of presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises to give you a deeper understanding of the comprehensive  and powerful capabilities of DHIS2.
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Our Speakers

Kelly Willis

Managing Director

James Colborn

Senior Malaria Advisor

Tenly Snow

Director of Communications

Michael Cooper

Director of Research and Evaluation

Dr. Adebusoye Anifalaje

Chief Implementation Officer and Co-Founder

Ifeanyi Duruanyanwu

Health Informatics Advisor

Sarah Grieves

Senior Partnerships Manager

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Frequently asked questions

In what time zone does the event take place?

The Impact First Summit takes place in the Lisbon, Portugal time zone (GMT).

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Can I participate remotely?

The Impact First Summit 2024 is a fully in-person event. It will not be possible to participate remotely.

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Visa and entry into Portugal

You will need a Schengen visa in order to travel to Portugal if you are a citizen of a non-Schengen country without a visa-free travel agreement with Portugal, or if you have been refused for visa-free travel. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to determine if a visa is required, and to apply for a visa. For general guidance, you can view the list of countries whose citizens are required to obtain a Schengen visa in order to enter Portugal.

You can apply for a Schengen visa at the Portuguese embassy or consulate in the country you reside in. In addition to the embassy and consulate, you can also apply for a visa through VFS Global. We encourage everyone who would like to participate in the Summit to book a visa appointment at the embassy, consulate or through VFS Global immediately, to ensure your visa application is processed in time for the event. 

Please email us at events@baosystems.com to request an invitation letter to help support the visa application. Please include the following information in your email request: full name (as it appears on your passport), passport number, country of residence, nationality, work title, and organization name.

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Impact First Summit and Covid-19

To enter Portugal (including Azores and Madeira), it is no longer required to provide a negative Covid-19 test or to present a valid Covid-19 EU digital vaccination certificate. Learn more and stay updated about rules governing Covid-19 and Portugal here.

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Ministry of Health of Zambia
Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of Moldova
Ministry of Health of Brazil
Ministry of Health of Democratic Republic of Congo
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