WCIT announced today that five visionary world leaders of the ICT industry and a major American media influencer will participate as distinguished speakers in WCIT 2019, the 23rd World Congress on Information Technology. WCIT is one of the world's most prestigious and influential ICT events and will be held this year in Yerevan from October 6-9.
The announcement came at a press conference held by Alexander Yesayan, chairman of the WCIT 2019 organizing committee, who is also president of the Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises of Armenia and co-founcer of UCom!, the largest telecommuications provider in Armenia. Yesayan announced the following names:
- Narayana Murphy - founder of Infosys, a global high-tech software provider ($11․8 billion in revenue, 228,000 employees).
- Sten Shih - Founder of Acer, hardware and electronics corporation ($7․4 billion in revenue last year).
- Min H. Kao - Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Garmin Corporation, a leader in the production of GPS navigation systems ($3.37 billion revenue last year).
- Artur Vayloyan, CEO of Bitcoin Suisse AG, a leading financial service provider specializing in crypto assets.
- Gary Vaynerchuk - entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, speaker and internet personality, and an early investor in leading tech companies such as Twitter, Snapchat, Venmo, and Uber.
WCIT previously announced the participation of Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and Initialized Capital, Vahe Torosyan, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft, Jenny Boffinger-Schuster, Vice President of Siemens, the Secretary General of the Permanent International Secretariat (PERMIS) of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Michael B. Christides and other speakers.
The theme of the event is The Power of Decentralization: Promise and Peril. The event promises to 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 expects to bring over 2000 participants from over 70 countries to Armenia to discuss issues such as: Rise of the Machines, Black Swan, Disruption Delusion, How Green is Silicon?, Blockchain, Crypto-currency, and IoT, and Innovation Meets Capital.
The Government of Armenia has declared IT as one of its strategic areas of focus. The country's legislation creates favourable conditions for foreign direct investments in the IT sector. Furthermore, consistent efforts are made to promote the development of high-tech innovations, ecosystems, and start-ups in the industry. The ICT sector compromises up to 3.3% of the national GDP. Over 45 percent of the industry's exports go to the USA and Canada, 25 percent to Europe, and 11 percent to Asia. Armenia is a home to over 900 ICT companies, including the globally-recognized PicsArt, Renderforest, Softconstruct, and Joomag.
WCIT 2019 will be held in Yerevan on October 6-9, 2019. The Congress is hosted by Armenia with the support and under the high patronage of the Government of the Republic of Armenia. The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) was established by the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA). Its main organizing body is the Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises (UATE).