Impact First
Digital Development Summit

May 4-5, 2023 | Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon | In-person event

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.

3 Days (Friday-Sunday)
70+ Workshops
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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 May 4-5, 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. This two-day 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.







2022 Recorded sessions

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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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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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 2023 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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Accommodation in Lisbon

Please find more information about accommodation and transportation here.

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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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