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Special News Digest - WCIT 2019

September 8, 2019

ATN Partners with GoA and UATE in Promoting WCIT 2019

New Discount Promo Code: WCITYerevan-ATN

The ATN - Global Armenian Chamber of Commerce is honoured to announce its partnership with the GoA and UATE, which are organizing the largest global industry event to take place in Armenia. ATN member organizations worldwide are invited to participate with their delegations in the 23rd World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2019) to be held from October 6 to 9. ATN member organizations may register their international participants by using ATN’s new special promo code at a very special fee - WCITYerevan-ATN..

WCIT is the signature event of the World Information Technology & Services Alliance (WITSA), the consortium of information and communications technology associations from 83 countries, representing 90% of the industry. For 40 years, technology leaders have joined in this annual event to discuss the state of the industry, where it is headed, and what it means for the future. Past speakers include: Vint Cerf, Bill Clinton, Michael Dell, Larry Ellison, Steve Forbes, Bill Gates. WCIT 2019 will also host elite global leaders - stay tuned.

This year, WCIT will address The Power of Decentralization: Promise and Peril and explore how information and communications technology is transforming our lives for better and for worse—and its impact on profits and prosperity, safety and security, democracy and humanity. WCIT 2019 Yerevan promises to be a groundbreaking event— the launchpad to shape new technologies, influence policies, and transform lives for years to come. Our small, entrepreneurial and technologically-sophisticated country is steeped in a rich tradition of culture and creativity.

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Sky Team airlines offer special discount to WCIT2019 participants

Sky Team, an alliance of 19 leading airlines, which operate more than 14,500 flights a day, covering more than 1,350 destinations across 179 countries, has partnered with WCIT 2019, setting up exclusive discounts for thousands of visitors coming to Armenia for the October event. A special page for WCIT 2019 has been launched on Sky Team Airline Alliance official website and is open now for online reservations from anywhere in the world to Yerevan for the Congress.

AI; blockchain; “green” technologies: WCIT 2019 will explore most up-to-date topics

"More than 2,500 participants from 70 countries are expected to attend WCIT 2019. The agenda will include discussion of the hottest topics in the industry. ICT industry leaders and innovators, government and global policy leaders, startups, and investors will exchange ideas in sessions such as “Black Swan,” “Innovation Meets Capital,” “Artificial Intelligence in Genomics,” “How ‘Green’ is Silicon,” “Rise of the Machines,” and many others. WCIT 2019’s program will also feature a panel of ICT ministers from nations across the globe, and another one featuring the mayors of “smart” cities from around the world.

Armenia can become regional technological hub – WITSA Chairman

At a meeting with Deputy PM Tigran Avinyan, Chairman of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) Yvonne Chiu said that she is impressed by the technological potential of Armenia and expressed an opinion that Armenia can become a regional technological hub. Tigran Avinyan presented the investment and business environment of Armenia, emphasizing that WCIT-2019 is an excellent opportunity for the businessmen of the 82 member states to better examine Armenia, discover its investment potentials, as well as establish cooperation with Armenian companies.

Armenia-hosted WCIT 2019 is expected to host over 2000 delegates

"You can name all leading IT companies that you know, and they are among them. Some are approaching us. Automotive sector for example, they are discussing presence at the exhibition, even sponsorship. We will have top leaders of national giant companies from France, UK, Taiwan. We have huge representation from Taiwan, U.S.,” Mr. Alexandr Yesayan, the president of Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises (UATE) and WCIT 2019, said. Also Germany will participate in the World Congress on Information Technology in Armenia.

Alexis Ohanian to moderate panel at WCIT 2019 in Yerevan

“Great news to brighten up your week! Alexis Ohanian Sr., co-founder of Reddit and Initialized Capital, is going to moderate a panel discussion during WCIT2019. Alexis now helps pave the path for brand new startups with fresh ideas”, the WCIT 2019 said on Facebook. 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.

Five keynote speakers of WCIT 2019 Yerevan named

Acer founder Stan Shih, Infosys founder Narayana Murthy, Garmin Corporation co-founder and CEO Min Kao, NVIDIA founder Jensen Huang and VaynerX Chairman Gary Vaynerchuk are named among the five confirmed keynote speakers, told Alexander Yesayan, president of UATE. He did not announce the name of the person who will open the forum, hinting that this is a famous figure. Full list of speakers is available here.

Organizers negotiate with Obama for potential WCIT 2019 appearance in Yerevan

The Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises, the organizer of the upcoming World Congress of Information Technologies (WCIT 2019) in Yerevan, is negotiating already for 4 months with former US President Barack Obama’s Office around a potential participation in the event. “At this moment we can’t say anything more, however I will say that surprises are expected,” Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises President Alexander Yesayan said.

Microsoft corporate vice president one of speakers at WCIT 2019

“We’re proud to feature Vahé Torossian as one of the #WCIT2019 keynote speakers. Having more than 25 years of experience in his background and running multiple lines of business for Microsoft in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, Vahé currently holds the position of Corporate Vice President at Microsoft,” says the statement on WCIT’s Facebook.

Microsoft’s Regional General Manager for CEE to keynote WCIT 2019 in Yerevan

Anke den Ouden, Microsoft’s Regional General Manager of 24 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, will be one of the keynote speakers at the The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) in Yerevan. Featuring the most profound leaders of the industry, the largest congress on IT will explore the ways  technology transforms our lives.

Senior Vice President of Siemens to attend WCIT 2019

Jenny Bofinger-Schuster, Senior Vice President for Sustainability and Cities at Siemens, will take part in the 23rd World Congress on Information Technology. “With more than 12 years’ experience in management consultancy within and outside of Siemens, Jenny Bofinger-Schuster developed trendsetting strategies in areas ranging from mobility to healthcare, around the globe. Jenny’s professional focus encompasses resource and energy efficiency and sustainability management”, the WCIT said.

Axel Pawlik is one of speakers at WCIT 2019

Axel Pawlik, Managing Director at Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia, will be one of the keynote speakers of the WCIT 2019 in Yerevan. The full list of speakers at WCIT 2019 is available here.

Neil Bansal to join panelists at WCIT 2019

Neil Bansal, Managing Director at UBCI - Groupe BNP Paribas, the world's 8th largest bank by total assets, will join panelists of WCIT 2019 to discuss the transformation of the IT industry, as well as its effect on our lives and economy globally.

Less than 10 days to register your startup to compete at WCIT 2019 Lightning Rounds

WCIT will host Lightning Rounds for the first time ever. Over 3 days, 15 companies and/or technologies will be showcased at the plenary session attended by 2,000 information and communications technology (ICT) leaders-CEOs and investors, policy makers and government officials, academics and technologists. Each presenter will have 3 minutes. WCIT2019 will award the winners by “Armenian Tech Community Prize”, in total amount of $105,000.

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Do It Like Armenia: A Silicon Valley in the Caucasus - CNN Greece

In a 3-minute report CNN Greece’s video journalist Kostas Pliakos explores Armenia’s IT industry, the Silicon Valley in the South Caucasus, introducing the country’s technological developments and achievements starting from Yerevan’s startup companies up to the innovative centers operating in the remote provinces. The main goal of the visit to Armenia is the 23rd World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2019), which will take place in Yerevan in October.

Caucasian Silicon Valley – Italian leading news outlet refers to Armenia’s IT sector

Leading Italian RaiNews news outlet referred to the development of the IT sector in Armenia in an article headlined “Caucasian Silicon Valley”. Martino Seniga toured in the leading IT companies in Armenia and presented their innovations. “In the capital city of Armenia, Yerevan numerous start-ups and companies are flourishing, many of which are global leaders in their spheres. For that very reason WCIT-2019 will take place in Yerevan on October 6-9”, the journalist wrote.

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