The World Congress in Information Technology (WCIT) is to be held in Armenia from 6-9 October, including sessions on topics ranging from artificial intelligence and virtual reality, to smart cities and cyber security, climate change, and more.
The event will be an opportunity to attract investments, the president of the Union of the Information Technology Enterprises (UITE) Alexander Yesayan has told reporters.
WCIT is the signature event of the World Information Technology & Services Alliance (WITSA), a consortium of ICT associations from 83 countries, representing 90% of the industry.
For 40 years, technology leaders– CEOs and investors, policymakers and government officials, academics and technologists– have joined in this annual event to discuss the state of the industry, where it is headed and what it means for our future. Past speakers include Bill Clinton, Vint Cerf, Bill Gates, Ginni Rometty, Larry Ellison, Anne Mulcahey, Faqir Chand Kohli, and Michael Dell.
The event will bring together over 2,000 delegates from more than 70 countries, as well as more than 80 expert panellists.
This year, WCIT will address The Power of Decentralization: Promise and Peril to explore how information and communications technology is transforming our lives for better and for worse – its impact on profits and prosperity, safety and security, democracy and humanity.
Key topics will include
- Artificial Intelligence
- Climate Change
- Internet of Things (IoT)
- Smart Cities
- National Digital Agendas
- Impact of ICT in Education
- Startups and Incubators
- Digital Inclusion and Equality
- Connecting the Next Billion
- Women in Technology
Armenia became a member of the Alliance of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) in 2004. In 2014, UITE won the right to hold WCIT-2019 in Armenia.