WITSA Announces Kuching, Sarawak as the Host of WCIT 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2022

Contact:               Dato’ Dan E. Khoo            danekhoo@witsa.org +60 (12) 650 8392
                             Anders Halvorsen             ahalvorsen@witsa.org +1 571 265-5964

 

WITSA Announces Kuching, Sarawak as the Host of WCIT 2023
Olympics of tech industry to shine spotlight on innovation and technology for economic prosperity, social inclusivity and environmental sustainability

 

Penang, Malaysia: On the third day of the 2022 World Congress on Innovation and Technology (WCIT), the World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) announced that the City of Kuching, the capital and the most populous city in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia, was selected to host its 27th WCIT in the fourth quarter of 2023.

Malaysia will become only the second country in WITSA’s 44-year storied history to host a World Congress on Innovation and Technology more than twice, following the successful conclusion of WCIT 2022 in Penang, and WCIT 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, and will be the first in Asia to do so. Only the United States of America has been a four-time host, with San Francisco, California; Washington DC; Fairfax, Virginia; and Austin, Texas providing the stunning locations for the WCIT in 1980, 1990, 1998 and 2006 respectively.

“WITSA is the leading recognized voice of the global tech industry which is the key driver of global economic growth,” stated WITSA Chairman Dr. Sean Seah. “At our successfully concluded 2022 WCIT in Penang, there were more than 4,000 congress delegates from over 60 nations and economies. WCIT 2023 will further WITSA’s aspirations of fulfilling the promise of the digital age for everyone,” continued Dr. Seah, who is also PIKOM Chairman. “PIKOM is honored that the WITSA Board of Directors chose the Sarawak bid for WCIT 2023.”

At the Crystal Handover ceremony traditionally held to signify the transfer of the hosting rights from one stunning location to the next, WITSA Deputy Chairman Robert Janssen from Brazil said, “It gives me great pleasure to announce that the winner of the WCIT 2023 bid is Sarawak as represented by PIKOM, Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) and Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC).”

Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation Bhd chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi congratulated the WCIT 2022 organizers PIKOM, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), HRD Corp, the Penang government, Penang lead agencies, WITSA, and the delegates for successfully hosting and participating in the successful and memorable congress. “SMA and SDEC representing the Sarawak Government is grateful beyond words to WITSA for giving us this opportunity to host the WCIT 2023 in Kuching, Sarawak on the exotic island of Borneo,” he said in his speech today.

“WCIT 2023 will have a sub-theme focus of Innovation and Technology Driving Economic Prosperity, Social Inclusivity and Environmental Sustainability, in line with Sarawak’s Post-Covid Development Plan 2030, and we look forward to welcoming all our guests to Kuching in the fourth quarter of next year.” he added.

 “PIKOM is privileged to be trusted with the honor of co-organizing next year’s WCIT with the Sarawak Multimedia Authority and the Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation,” continued Dr Seah.

WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant said the 27th edition of the World Congress is set to extend the reach of WCIT. “I am thrilled that WITSA’s signature event is reaching even more people as this is part and parcel of bringing the promise of the digital age to everyone,” he said.

“The WCIT 2023 in Kuching will be the catalyst that sparks idea generation, investment opportunities, business insights, policy action recommendations, delightful tech experiences, serendipitous discovery and partner-talent recruitment possibilities,” said WITSA CEO Dato’ Dan E. Khoo.

“I am excited that next year, the participants of the WCIT 2023 will witness the Congress in Sarawak, a land of infinite possibilities with unlimited potential on the exotic island of Borneo,” Dato’ Khoo added.

First held in 1978, the WCIT is unique in its global perspective on fulfilling the promise of the digital age and its ability to draw users, providers, media and academia from around the world to focus on tech for societal good. In addition, global business, government and academic leaders discuss emerging markets, legal and policy issues, political and economic trends, emerging technologies, tech user perspectives and business opportunities in the global marketplace.

Among the featured speakers will be internationally recognized leaders from government and the digital tech industry. A premier global tech congress, WCIT brings together more than 2,000 global leaders in business, government and academia from over 80 countries to impact economic and social development through the exchange of policies, practices, trends and ideas on tech. WCIT 2023, which will be held at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), will put a spotlight on Sarawak as it is progressively shifting from a traditional commodities-based economy to a marketplace driven by innovation, technology and sustainability.

About WITSA

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market.  WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.  WITSA hosts the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), the premier global industry sponsored ICT conference.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the ICT industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members — ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States — to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues.

 

WITSA Congratulates PIKOM on Organizing Malaysia’s Largest Innovation & Tech Event Ever, WCIT 2022 MALAYSIA; Positioning Penang as a Global Innovation Hub

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

September 15, 2022

 

Contact:           Dato’ Dan E. Khoo       danekhoo@witsa.org +60 (12) 650 8392
                          Anders Halvorsen        ahalvorsen@witsa.org +1 571 265-5964

 

WITSA Congratulates PIKOM on Organizing Malaysia’s Largest Innovation & Tech Event Ever, WCIT 2022 MALAYSIA; Positioning Penang as a Global Innovation Hub

 Penang, Malaysia: WITSA’s 26th World Congress on Innovation and Technology (WCIT 2022 MALAYSIA) concluded on its third day, on September 15, 2022 at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre in Penang, Malaysia. The spectacular event featured some 4,000 industry executives, government leaders, visionaries, innovators, academics and media from over 60 countries. Commonly referred to as the ‘Olympics of the World’s Information Technology Industry’, WCIT 2022 MALAYSIA featured a compelling event-filled program with more than 200 speakers, covering keynote speeches, business forums, roundtable discussions and interactive panels centered around topics such as new innovative technology, NFTs, Smart City development, SpaceTech, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, 5G, EduTech, Blockchain, HealthTech, E-Commerce and the furtherance of the world’s economic growth post-pandemic.

Delegates and speakers gathered in beautiful Penang to discuss the impact, challenges, and opportunities around WITSA’s vision of Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age, with special emphasis on Connecting and Transforming the World. Fulfilling the promise of the Digital Age envisions everyone on earth benefiting from innovations in digital technologies that bring about prosperity and opportunities to all corners of the world and how doing so will enrich populations, countries as well as the companies that drive our innovation economy by expanding the global marketplace and fostering sustainability.

Dr. Sean Seah, the newly elected WITSA Chairman and Chairman of PIKOM and Organizing Chairman of WCIT 2022 MALAYSIA said “the congress serves as a testament to the dynamic nature of WCIT, with multiple global stakeholders coming together to make this edition a resounding success. Malaysia hosting WCIT 2022 was both timely and opportune as we undergo economic recovery, pushing boundaries towards aggressive digitalization.”

“For those of us fortunate enough to already benefit from the Digital Age, we enjoy vast improvements in communications, education, health care, access to information, transportation, financial services, agriculture, inclusion, medical research, improved production, efficiencies, as well as in our personal and professional growth,” stated WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant.  “As leaders of the innovation tech industry, we are uniquely positioned to positively affect humankind by sharing the wealth of these benefits with others,” continued Dr. Poisant.

WITSA CEO Dato’ Dan E. Khoo congratulated the WCIT 2022 MALAYSIA organizers PIKOM, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), HRD Corp, the Penang government, and the delegates for successfully hosting and participating in the successful and memorable congress. WCIT 2022 MALAYSIA was organized by PIKOM, strategically enabled by MDEC and the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia as well as HRD Corp and the Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia and hosted by the Penang State Government. “WCIT 2022 succeeded as a platform to stimulate the conversations of tomorrow; drive collaboration with other participating economies and spearhead the quantum leaps of transformations through technological adoption, digital innovation, and foreign investment” stated Dato’ Khoo.

Commenting on the significant moment, WITSA Chairman Dr. Seah, confident that these agreements will serve Malaysia in multiple ways, said “the success of WCIT 2022 certainly cannot be overlooked as we have minimized the technological divide between Malaysia and some of the most developed countries in the world. We have also secured many new job opportunities through foreign and domestic digital investments. We will continuously seek to improve infrastructure, increase employment, foster technological innovation, and ultimately, advance forward as a nation actively pursuing technological excellence”, continued Dr. Seah.

WCIT 2022 MALAYSIA was the latest in WITSA’s 44-year storied history to host a World Congress on Innovation and Technology, with previous locations spanning nearly every corner of the world, from Washington, D.C., Toronto, Montreal, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Athens, Austin, San Francisco, Barcelona, Taipei, Yerevan, Dhaka, Hyderabad, Brasilia, Guadalajara, and others.

Contributing to WITSA’s vision of Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age as well as the theme of WCIT 2022 MALAYSIA; “Connecting and Transforming the World,” the program put a spotlight on how best to bring about the benefits of digital technology to children, citizens, governments, education, science, healthcare, the environment, industries and societies as well as nearly every aspect of our life.

WCIT 2022 MALAYSIA also featured the WITSA 2022 Global Innovation and Tech Excellence Awards, one of WITSA’s most popular programs which was started over 20 years ago, celebrating the innovative and impactful achievements of select individuals, academic institutions, corporations, NGOs and governments. At the September 14th Award Ceremony, 20 private and public sector organizations from four different continents were selected to receive the 2022 WITSA Awards and its highest award, the Eminent Person Award was bestowed upon Dato’ Hock E. Tan, one of this generation’s technology pioneers and a significant philanthropist, and Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, a Malaysian politician, author, and physician who served as the fourth and seventh prime minister of Malaysia. The Right Honorable Chow Kon Yeow, Chief Minister of Penang, was given the 2022 WCIT Most Valuable Person Award, which recognizes the leadership and tremendous strides made by an individual in advancing the ideals embodied by the spirit of the WCIT.

Penang is already home to 39 Fortune 1000 companies and is a key player in the global semiconductor and manufacturing industry. The island also has over 1,000 thriving tech startups and 300 Multinational Corporations. At WCIT 2022, more than RM46 billion worth of foreign and domestic digital investments were announced, signifying new investments pouring into Malaysia by some of the biggest companies in the global technology and digital arena. These agreements are set to further progress Malaysia’s technological advancements, as the country seeks to cement its position as a global digital innovation hub within the vast Asian geography.

The technology sector is one of the fastest growing in the Malaysian market, contributing 19.1% of the country’s GDP in 2019 and expected to reach 22.6% by 2025. According to a report by GlobalData Market Opportunity Forecasts, spending on ICT in Malaysia will reach US$25.2 billion by 2023.

“WCIT 2022 has positively positioned Penang on the world map as a global technological and innovation hub”, stated WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant. “Besides being home to some of the world’s leading tech companies, the successful fruition of this event has demonstrated that this ‘Silicon Island’ has even greater potential to thrive as the center for innovation and technological advancements”. “I would like to therefore congratulate everyone, especially all participants and stakeholders of WCIT 2022.”

About WITSA

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market.  WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.  WITSA hosts the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), the premier global industry sponsored ICT conference.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the ICT industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members — ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States — to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues.

 

WITSA Elects New Leadership for the 2022-24 Term: Selects Dr. Sean Seah as its Chairman

 

September 15, 2022

 

Contact:                 Anders Halvorsen        ahalvorsen@witsa.org
                                                                        +1 571 265-5964

 

WITSA Elects New Leadership for the 2022-24 Term
Selects Dr. Sean Seah as its Chairman

Penang, Malaysia: At its September 12, 2022 General Assembly meeting, the World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) elected a diverse slate of leaders for the 2022-24 term, including 20 Directors from five continents.

WITSA elected The National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) Chairman Dr. Sean Seah as Chairman for the 2022-2024 term. Dr. Seah is well-known throughout the WITSA community, having served in various capacities in support of WITSA, including most recently as WITSA’s Deputy Chairman and the Chairman of the WITSA Finance Committee. As the Chairman of the National Tech Association of Malaysia, Dr Sean is also the Organizing Committee Chairman of the World Congress on Innovation and Technology (WCIT) 2022, which was held at in Penang, Malaysia on September 13-15.

Dr. Seah has an extensive and esteemed experience in the digital tech industry, having started his career in Silicon Valley in 1993 worked for Software Publishing Corp and Netscape Communications Inc. He subsequent worked for Sun Microsystems in Malaysia. Dr. Seah has founded and co-founded many innovative tech businesses, including Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX:5MQ) based Afor Pte Ltd.; London Stock Exchange (LSE:GLS) based Galasys PLC; US OTC Market based SEATech Ventures Corporation (OTC PINK: SEAV) and AsiaFIN Holdings Corp (OTC PINK: ASFH). Dr. Seah is currently the Executive Chairman of Angkasa-X Group.

During the General Assembly meeting, Dr. Seah presented his vision for the global industry alliance to grow as the leading innovation and tech industry voice and a global digital ambassador for a new digital future. “I am honored and humbled to be entrusted with this important undertaking”, stated Dr. Seah. “I will continue in the footsteps of Chairman Emeritus Yannis Sirros and strive to position digital technology and the digital economy as the new strategic pillar for our global community, to become a global digital ambassador and accelerator in order to promote the value of digital transformation as the key catalyst for economic growth and social prosperity, to promote greater international cooperation by supporting multilateral win-win trade agreements, to drive awareness of the competitive advantage of the digital technology industry, and to strengthen WITSA’s role in the development of technology-related international public policy”, continued Dr. Seah.

As WITSA Chairman, Dr. Seah also vowed to increase WITSA’s relevance and value across the organizations vast network of industry associations, spanning 80 countries and representing more than 90 percent of the global tech market. As part of this effort, Dr. Seah plans on working actively with WITSA’s Board of Directors to also recruit more active members in countries not yet covered by the Alliance, and to enhance cooperation with regional industry organizations such as ASOCIO, AfICTA, DIGITALEUROPE, and ALETI. Dr. Seah will also seek to grow WITSA’s Global Business Exchange program (GBX) through B2B business matching, online exhibitions, online WCIT registrations, speaker recruitment, and livestreaming of WITSA events. In order to provide more value and business opportunities for members, Dr. Seah also intends to create a WITSA Business Intelligence (BI) platform.

“I know I am leaving WITSA in good hands”, stated WITSA Chairman Emeritus Yannis Sirros. “Having known Sean for many years, I know he will bring to our organization the same business-oriented mentality and dedication that has made him so successful in the digital tech industry, and which will be critical to WITSA’s success as it establishes its new path in the post-COVID economy”.

“We all must work closely together to increase WITSA’s reach and capabilities”, stated Dr. Sean Seah. “Everyone’s ideas and proposals are crucial and vital if we are to succeed and strengthen our role. I am committed to dedicating my time, experience, efforts, business and personal relations to realize WITSA’s true potential, bringing added value to each and everyone’s local organization and market”. “Let us build a new digital world together.”

“On behalf of the entire global WITSA community, I am delighted to welcome Dr. Sean Seah as our new Chairman”, expressed WITSA’s Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant. “With so many challenges facing our industry in these troubled times, I am confident that with Dr. Seah’s trusted leadership and support, as well as friendship, we will continue to build on WITSA’s many accomplishments to ensure that WITSA will continue to grow and reach new levels of success”, said WITSA CEO Dato’ Dan E. Khoo.

Additionally, the new WITSA Board of Directors on September 12, 2022, selected a number of officers for the 2022-2024 term. Mr. Robert Janssen of ASSESPRO, Brazil was selected as WITSA’s Deputy Chairman. Mr. Roger Latchman of the Information Technology Association of South Africa was appointed Vice Chairman for Africa; Mr. Antonio Cimorra of the Spanish Trade Association for Electronics, Information Technologies, Telecommunications and Digital Content Industries (AMETIC) was selected as Vice Chairman for Europe (EU/EEA); Mr. Alexander Mora of the Costa Rican Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies (CAMTIC) was voted Vice Chairman for Latin America; and John Kyle of the Business Technology Division of the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce was selected as Vice Chairman for the Caribbean.

Mr. Doug Johnson, Vice President of Technology Policy at the U.S. based Consumer Technology Association (CTA) was selected as Chairman of WITSA’s Global Policy Action Committee; Mr. Brian Shen, Information Service Industry Association of Taiwan (CISA) was re-appointed Chairman of WITSA’s Business Development Committee; Mr. Tarek M. Abdel Monem Taha of the Egyptian Association for Information & Communication Technology (EITESAL was re-appointed to Chair WITSA’s Nominating Committee; and Dr. Boris Komrakov was re-appointed to Chair WITSA’s Committee on Education, Training and Human Resources.

A complete list of the newly elected WITSA leadership is provided below:

 

WITSA Board of Directors (2022-2024)

# Name & Title Position Association & Country
1 Dr.  Sean Seah Chairman The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM)
2 Mr. Robert Franz Janssen Deputy Chairman Association of ICT Companies in Brazil (ASSESPRO)
3 Mr. Antonio Cimorra Vice Chairman The Association of Electronics, IT, Communications and Digital Contents (AMETIC) Spain
4 Mr. John Kyle Vice Chairman Business Technology Division of the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce
5 Mr. Roger Latchman Vice Chairman Information Technology Association of South Africa (ITA)
6 Mr. Alexander Mora Vice Chairman Costa Rican Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies (CAMTIC)
7 Mr. Nidal Bitar Director The Information & Communications Technology Association (Jordan)
8 Mr. Francis Fong Director Hong Kong Information Technology Federation (HKITF)
9 Mr. Ahmed Al Hujairy Director Bahrain Technology Companies Society (BTECH)
10 Mr. Matthias Ifesieh Director Information Technology Industry Association of Nigeria (ITAN)
11 Mr. Hemant Kumar Chaursaia Director CAN Federation (Nepal)
12 Mr. Zoran Lazarevski Director ICT Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of North Macedonia(MASIT)
13 Ms. Angela Mondou Director TECHNATION Canada
14 Mr. Alberto Patron Director Cámara de Empresas de Software y Servicios Informáticos de la República Argentina (CESSI) Argentina
15 Engr. Subrata Sarkar Director Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS)
16 Mr. Yutaka Sasaki Director Japan Information Technology Services Industry Association (JISA)
17 Mr. Brian Shen Director Information Service Industry Association of Taiwan (CISA)
18 Eng. Tarek Abd-elmonem Taha Director EiTESAL Association for Information & Communication Technology Egypt
19 Mr. Florin Vrejoiu Director Association for Information Technology and Communications of Romania (ATIC)
20 Mr. Alexandr Yesayan Director Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises of Armenia (UATE)

 

About WITSA

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market.  WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA hosts the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), the premier global industry sponsored ICT conference.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the ICT industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members — ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States — to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues.

For more information on WITSA, please visit www.witsa.org

WITSA Announces 2022 Global Innovation and Tech Excellence Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2022

Contact: Anders Halvorsen           ahalvorsen@witsa.org     +1 571 265-5964

 

 

WITSA Announces 2022 Global Innovation and Tech Excellence Award Winners:
Winners demonstrated excellence in improving the human condition through digital innovation and public-private partnerships

Penang, Malaysia: On the second day of the 2022 World Congress on Innovation and Technology (WCIT 2022), the World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) announced that 20 private and public sector organizations from four different continents were selected to receive the 2022 WITSA Global Innovation and Tech Excellence Awards, a special WITSA Chairman’s Award as well as two WITSA Eminent Person Awards. Two lifetime achievement awards were also given as well as an inaugural WCIT MVP Award. WITSA is the leading recognized voice of the global digital technology industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90% of the world’s tech market. The WITSA Awards recognize the entities that made the most significant contributions to mankind in 2022.

“The Selection committee for the 2022 the Global Innovation and Tech Excellence Awards had the honor of reviewing well over 100 well-qualified, unique and remarkable award submissions,” said WITSA Chairman Yannis Sirros. “I would also like to congratulate all of the winners for the superb job that they are doing in bringing the benefits of digital technology to children, citizens, governments, education, science, healthcare, the environment, industries and societies as well as nearly every aspect of our life; thus, contributing to WITSA’s vision of Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age as well as the theme of this congress; “Connecting and Transforming the World,” continued Mr. Sirros.

The Awards also recognized a mobile wallet and payment gateway that improves the way we make payments and solve the fundamental problem of access to finance; an electronic invoicing application allowing users to easily, instantly, create digital invoices, and send them via email; a software developer that digitizes and automates site processes for the building and infrastructure industry that revolutionize field management with digitization and construction utilizing artificial intelligence (AI); an IT management system for renewable energy sources production licensing; and a digital health quality management platform delivering the core infrastructure needed to introduce digital health safely;

Governments were also recognized for the world’s largest public web portal for its outstanding contribution to information and services delivery of government services in an accountable, transparent, and inclusive manner; a city adopting diverse information technologies in order to transform itself as a sustainable, low carbon emissions, green and people-centric smart city with a data-driven governance and economy; a local authority that built a sustainable transportation system though mobility-as-a-service (MaaS); a government that embarked on a multi-phased, long-term plan taking advantage of advanced IoT and analytics technologies to build a truly “holistic” Smart City; a laboratory and project implementation using smartphones and a IOT platform for enriching home-based teaching and learning; and a corporate open online course (CooC)-cloud that breaks through traditional blackboard-based teaching methods by introducing digital technologies such as AR and simulation animation for teachers and students to use in and after class and closing parent-teacher distance as well as reducing the workload of school administrative staff.

“The nominations submitted to this year’s awards program spanned WITSA’s entire global membership, from Egypt to Bangladesh, from Argentina to the United Kingdom and beyond”, stated WITSA’s Secretary General, Dr. Jim Poisant. “We are delighted that we will be able to recognize some of the very best ICT solutions from governments, institutions, individuals, and industry”, continued Dr. Poisant.

The WITSA Global Innovation and Tech Excellence Awards is one of WITSA’s most popular programs. Started over 20 years ago, at the 2000 World Congress on IT in Taipei, WITSA has – as the leading recognized international voice of the global tech industry – utilized its unprecedented reach into the digital industry in over 80 countries, from Australia and New Zealand to Bangladesh and Malaysia, to South Africa and Nigeria, to Argentina and Canada, in order to select the most impactful and innovative candidates from every corner of the world.

Over the past 22 years, WITSA has recognized its award winners on the world stage, starting in Taipei, to Adelaide (Australia), Athens (Greece), Austin (Texas), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Montreal (Canada), Guadalajara (Mexico), Brasilia (Brazil), Hyderabad (India), Yerevan (Armenia), Penang (Malaysia), Dhaka, Bangladesh, and now Penang, Malaysia.

“What makes the Global Innovation and Tech Excellence Awards unique is that nominations are made by experts that know the industry best; the national and regional WITSA tech industry member associations” said WITSA CEO Dato’ Dan E. Khoo. “With unparalleled insight, the most innovative and impactful solutions are brought before an independent panel of judges, consisting of select industry leaders and luminaries from key international organizations, corporations and government entities, who spent countless hours reviewing submissions from all around the world”.

The following are the winners of the 2022 WITSA Global Innovation and Tech Excellence Awards:

  1. 2022 Chairman’s Award: Aspire to Innovate (a2i) Programme, ICT Division. Solution name: National Portal Framework (Bangladesh)
  2. 2022 Digital Opportunity/Inclusion Award (Private Sector/NGO):
    – Khalti Digital wallet (Sparrow Pay Private Limited)
    – Epsilon Smart: Οn Cloud Platform for SMEs
  3. 2022 Digital Opportunity/Inclusion Award (Public Sector): Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
  4. 2022 Smart Cities Award (Private Sector/NGO):
    – “Novade Solutions” by Novade
    – Chipside Ltd
  5. 2022 Smart Cities Award (Public Sector):
    – Taoyuan City Government: Smart Sustainable City – Constructing Taoyuan Digital Citizen Ecosphere
    – Taipei City Government: Smart Taipei Living Lab – Social Innovation Ecosystem
  6. 2022 Sustainable Growth Award/Circular Economy Award (Private Sector/NGO):
    – cosmoONE: IT Management System for Renewable Energy Sources Production Licensing
  7. 2022 Sustainable Growth Award/Circular Economy Award (Public Sector):
    – Kaohsiung City Government: Towards Sustainable Transport through MaaS
    – INTRACOM TELECOM: uiTOP™ Unified IoT Orchestration Platform & Smart City Solutions suite
  8. 2022 Innovative E-Health Solutions Award (Private Sector/NGO): ORCHA
  9. 2022 Innovative E-Health Solutions Award (Public Sector):
    – Covid-19 National Dashboard (Bangladesh)
    – IDIKA S.A.: E-Government Center for Social Security – MyHealth app
  10. 2022 Public/Private Partnership Award (Private Sector/NGO):
    – THETA TECHNOLOGIES SDN BHD: Accrual Accounting System for State Government (iSPEKS)
    – Acer e-Enabling Service Business Inc. (AEB) and Taiwan Ministry of Culture: Taiwan i-Registration Platform of Cultural Events
  11. 2022 Public/Private Partnership Award (Public Sector): Directorate General of Highways, MOTC, R.O.C.: The 3rd Generation Motor Vehicle and Driver Information System (M3)
  12. 2022 E-Education & Learning Award (Private Sector/NGO): InterBrain
  13. 2022 E-Education & Learning Award (Public Sector):
    – Lab@Home with ThingsSentral: Laboratory & Project Implementation Using Smartphones & IOT Platform for Enriching Home-Based Teaching & Learning
    – Department of Education, Taipei City Government
  14. 2022 Emerging Digital Solutions Award: nvbird offshore, Bird Detection and Monitoring System

WITSA bestowed its highest award, the Eminent Person Award to Dato’ Hock E. Tan, one of this generation’s technology pioneers and a significant philanthropist, and Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, a Malaysian politician, author, and physician who served as the fourth and seventh prime minister of Malaysia.

Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to WITSA Chairman Mr. Yannis Sirros and WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant for their dedication and contributions to WITSA and the digital industry. For more than twenty years, Mr. Sirros and Dr. Poisant have worked tirelessly to growing WITSA as the recognized voice of the global tech industry, and to make the WCIT the must-attend “Olympics” of the technology and innovation industry.

Finally, The Right Honorable Chow Kon Yeow, Chief Minister of Penang, was given the 2022 WCIT Most Valuable Person Award, which recognizes the leadership and tremendous strides made by an individual in advancing the ideals embodied by the spirit of the WCIT.

The 2022 WITSA Awards received a large number of highly qualified nominees, amassed though WITSA’s network of ICT industry associations across the globe. WITSA therefore decided to also recognize a number of noteworthy Runners-up and Merit winners. While not being selected as winners of one of the award categories, these nominees nevertheless displayed first-rate use and innovation of ICT.

On September 12h, WITSA recognized 7 Runner-up and 6 Merit awards. All winners of the 2022 WITSA Awards are profiled in detail below:

About WITSA

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market.  WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.  WITSA hosts the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), the premier global industry sponsored ICT conference.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the ICT industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members — ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States — to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues.

For more information on WITSA, please visit www.witsa.org

WITSA EMINENT PERSON AWARD

Dato’ Hock E. Tan

This year, we’re pleased to honor Dato’ Hock E. Tan, President and CEO of Broadcom, as one of the recipients. Born and raised in Penang, Malaysia, Dato’ Tan completed his education in the United States – first at MIT and then at Harvard Business School. He returned to Malaysia in the early 1980s to take on a leadership role at Hume Industries, in the building materials space.

In 2006, Dato’ Tan became CEO of Avago Technologies in California, a spin-out of the legacy Hewlett Packard semiconductors team. Avago later acquired Broadcom Corporation in 2016 and rebranded itself as the “Broadcom” you all know today as one of the largest technology enterprises in the world. Since Dato’ Tan became President and CEO in 2006, Broadcom has grown into one of the world’s leading infrastructure technology companies, and currently ranks among the top 50 largest companies by market capitalization – and top 10 for technology companies – within the S&P 500.

Dato’ Tan’s philanthropic contributions are equally impressive. Over the last decade, he has made substantial donations to autism and disabilities-related research through the creation of research centers at Cornell, Harvard and MIT in the United States.

As the father of adult children on the autism spectrum, his hope is that pulling together a critical mass of resources with these centers will catalyze much more work in this area.

In short, Dato’ Tan has become one of this generation’s technology pioneers, while recognizing the importance of helping the next generation. Malaysia is fortunate to have Dato’ Tan representing the best qualities of our country.

It’s WITSA’s honor to present one of the 2022 Eminent Person Awards to Dato’ Hock Tan for his outstanding leadership in using innovation and technology to create value for millions of people.

Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, a Malaysian politician, author and physician who served as the fourth and seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia. He held office from July 1981 to October 2003 and later from May 2018 to March 2020 for a cumulative grand total of 24 years, making him the country’s longest-serving prime minister.

Born in 1925, Tun Dr. Mahathir studied medicine in Singapore. But way before he served the country via politics, he served the people as a physician in government service upon his graduation, before returning to his hometown of Alor Setar, Kedah to open his own successful practice in 1957.

A visionary leader with often controversial and transformational ideas, Tun was also passionate about science and technology. It was during his tenure as Prime Minister that science and technology assumed prominence in national planning. The first Science Advisor was appointed during his time. Many scientific institutions were established during his term to help drive the country’s science and technology agenda. Even to this day, his passion for science has not withered. He remains a strong believer in the power of science and technology in nation building.

The launching of the National Car, Proton; the blast into orbit of MEASAT1; the creation of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) are just a few of the Science and Technology projects that were implemented under his leadership that successfully elevated Malaysia onto the world stage.

Past achievements are too numerous to list, but notable ones also include spearheading the modernisation of the country through the construction of the North-South Expressway, and his push for various infrastructure development and prestige projects such as the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Petronas Twin Towers. It is through these accomplishments and more that have earned him the sobriquet of Malaysia’s Father of Modernisation (Bapa Pemodenan).

It’s WITSA’s honor to present the other Eminent Person Award to Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for his outstanding leadership in the use of Innovation & Technology to better the lives of millions.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Mr. Yannis Sirros, WITSA chairman

Mr. Yannis Sirros is one of the longest-serving WITSA Directors, having joined its Board in 2002. In 2004, Mr. Sirros managed and organized a highly successful World Congress in Athens, which was attended by over 2,000 delegates from 67 countries and featured a top-notch program with keynotes by Professor Nicholas Negroponte of MIT Media Lab, Dr. Vint Cerf –the “co-Father of the Internet” -and also a speaker at this the 2022 World Congress in Penang-, Robert Bishop of SGI, Michel Fromont of NEC Computers, Mr. Risto Siilasmaa, of F-Secure, and many others. From 2012 to 2018, Mr. Sirros served as WITSA’s Vice Chairman for Europe, helping to drive member recruitment and engagement. In the two years before becoming WITSA Chairman, from 2018 to 2020, Sirros worked as Deputy Chairman. Following his successful tenure in WITSA at the conclusion of the 2022 World Congress in Penang, Mr. Sirros will embark on his next phase as WITSA Chairman Emeritus.

Dr. Jim Poisant, WITSA Secretary general

As everyone in the WITSA community knows, no one has had a bigger part in the success of WITSA than WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant. His tenure extends all the way back to 1996 in Bilbao, Spain, when he first started planning for his first World Congress which took place in Fairfax, Virginia in 1998. Dr. Poisant grew WITSA from being a subsidiary of an American member association to having its own independent Secretariat and extending over a 26 year period. Moreover, Poisant’s dedication to the WITSA global community has been obvious to everyone who knows him. The WITSA Congresses of the last few decades could not have happened without him. His professionalism and dedication and unique insights contributed more to WITSA’s growth as the voice of the global tech industry than anyone else. Dr. Poisant retires from WITSA at the end of September 2022.

WCIT 2022 MVP Award

The Right Honorable Chow Kon Yeow, Chief Minister of Penang

The WCIT Most Valuable Person Award recognizes the leadership and tremendous strides made by an individual in advancing the ideals embodied by the spirit of the WCIT. The recipient of this inaugural award has demonstrated inspirational leadership, outstanding resolve and dedication in the pursuit of a better future for millions under his care.

Under his strong leadership, Penang is making great strides in transforming itself from an industrialized economy with an excellent E&E base into a digitally advanced state that brings positive participation and impact to everyone under the Penang2030 vision. Under his stewardship, Penang has achieved record numbers in terms of investments, trade surplus and jobs.

Phase 2 of Penang2030 brings a three-pronged approach to build further on Penang’s manufacturing ecosystem, broaden the investor base and prepare for the digital future – one where governance, economy, community and infrastructure contribute towards a Digital Penang. As such, it is most apt that the inaugural award goes to the Right Honorable Tuan Chow Kon Yeow, the Chief Minister of Penang, whose inspirational leadership and steadfast determination also paved the way for the fantastic staging of the WITSA World Congress this week.

THE CHAIRMAN’S AWARD

Aspire to Innovate (a2i) Programme, ICT Division. Solution name: National Portal Framework (Bangladesh)

All information and services in one address: with this goal in mind, Aspire to Innovate (A2I) is implementing the Bangladesh National Portal in collaboration with all departments. It is considered as the world’s largest government web portal (www.bangladesh.gov.bd) that has been awarded the WSIS Award in 2015 by the UN specialized agency ITU for its outstanding contribution to information and services. In addition, the National Information Window has been awarded the PRESIDENT’S AWARD of The Open Group in 2017. There are 50,000+ government offices attached to this framework, from the union level to the ministry, which is unique as an example and a significant achievement in building a digital Bangladesh

Aspire to Innovate (A2I) is working closely to implement the Government of Bangladesh’s agenda ‘’Digital Bangladesh’’ and to help drive the country towards Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. In using the National Portal Framework, government institutions at the national to union (small administrative unit) levels are able to deliver public services, in a more accountable, transparent, and inclusive manner. This initiative was a nation’s dream, which we commonly call Digital Bangladesh. So special emphasis is given on the application of digital technologies to realize Vision 2021.By 2021, after 50 years of independence, our goal is to be a middle-income country with peace, prosperity and dignity. The government of Bangladesh implemented a large number of projects relating to digital technologies. Bangladesh National Portal is one of the big initiatives to embrace digital government. By understanding the necessity of easy, affordable and reliable access to quality public services for all citizens of Bangladesh, emerging and frontier technologies were integrated into this initiative.

Bangladesh National Portal is an excellent innovation that has resulted in positive changes in administrative procedures and service delivery which is automatically enhancing the effectiveness of public institutions. It has created and added new benefits for the people through quality improvement of government services. It has created opportunities to provide many more services in a short time. The time, cost in receiving the services has been reduced as compared to the past.

This initiative is continuously encouraging the citizens of Bangladesh to use technology to provide information and access government benefits. By creating a modern, technology based administrative system, it is establishing good infrastructure and ensuring good governance through various innovations. Bangladesh National Portal is ensuring accountability of government employees by making government employees modern and technology dependent as well as facilitating all government facilities to the people. The government plans to provide high-speed broadband internet connections to all public universities, colleges and training institutes as part of its ‘Digital Bangladesh’ initiative.

Contact: Dr. Dewan Muhammad Humayun Kab, Project Director – a2i (Joint Secretary)
E-mail: dewan.kabir@a2i.gov.bd | Phone: + 8801715616649
Nominated by: BCS, Bangladesh
For more information, see: Award Nomination | My Digital Bangladesh: a2i for Innovation

DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY/INCLUSION AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

Khalti Digital wallet (Sparrow Pay Private Limited) – Nepal

Khalti is a mobile wallet, payment gateway & service provider in Nepal. Khalti launched in the year 2017 at CAN InfoTech with the vision to improve the way we make payments and solve the fundamental problem of ‘Access to Finance’. Khalti is operated and owned by Sparrow Pay Pvt. Ltd. Khalti offers payment solutions to over hundreds of merchants and millions of users across Nepal and provide seamless payments using e-banking, smart banking, cards, and wallet. Being not just limited to mobile app users, Khalti has more than 50,000 POS and Agent networks providing Khalti services to end-users.

Khalti aims to contribute our best in promoting digital inclusivity, imparting digital awareness, and providing digital opportunities to those in need. Our goal includes benefitting rural women to achieve their financial independence. They can carry out digital transactions with increased control over finances, increased productivity, higher financial privacy, and also Income generating opportunities for the women engaged in informal MSMEs. Currently, Khalti can be accessed by people with different kinds of disabilities, except for the visually impaired in the current context. It is in Khalti’s goal to be able to introduce voice commands (IVR) to assist the visually impaired. We aim to empower the underprivileged to be financially independent and more digitally equipped.

Contact: Binay Khadka, CEO
Email: binay@khalti.com Phone/Mobile: +977 9801856380
For more information, see the Award Nomination

Epsilon Smart: Οn Cloud Platform for SMEs

Epsilon Smart is an electronic invoicing application allowing you to easily, instantly, create digital invoices, and send them via email. Aimed at Small to Medium businesses, professionals and freelancers. Epsilon Smart platform operates on cloud providing a full digital and comprehensive framework for daily commercial activities. In parallel, competitive advantages of the system are: a. interoperability with the Greek Independent Public Revenues Authority platform, named “myDATA” and b. the online connection with the software that accounting solution providers are using in order to support the SMEs operation and tax issues. m

myDATA platform and the digital framework for SMEs are a crucial step towards the digital transformation of the Greek Tax Administration and its relationship with Greek tax entities despite of their size. In order to comply with the tax regulations, SMEs need an easy-to-use solution that fully automates the declaration of their daily Revenue/Expenses’ transactions to myDATA platform. More than 80.000 Small to Medium businesses, professionals and freelancers are currently using Epsilon Smart (www.epsilonsmart.gr). Epsilon Smart assists the user to issue their invoices electronically and transfer the obligatory data to AADE myDATA platform (IPRA) easily, quickly, and reliably. In addition, Epsilon Net Group’s technology expertise and legislation knowledge ensures the solution’s compliance to any change of legislation, via constantly online updated versions.

Epsilon Net Group was the first certified provider for digital tax transactions with the name Epsilon Digital (https://www.aade.gr/adeiodotimena-logismika-parohon-ilektronikis-timologisis).

Contact: Maria Karali, Marketing Manager
Tel: +30 2111080000 Ext. 2736
Email: m.karali@epsilonnet.gr
For more information, see the Award Nomination; Presentation

DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY/INCLUSION AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is the agency under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia leading the digital transformation of the economy since 1996. MDEC aims to enable a progressive, innovation-led digital economy. On 4 July 2022, the Government of Malaysia launched Malaysia Digital, the initiative to accelerate the growth of the nation’s digital economy for the benefit of Keluarga Malaysia.

Driven by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (K-KOMM) through Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Malaysia’s lead digital economy agency, Malaysia Digital is a national strategic initiative by the Government to encourage and attract companies, talents and investment while enabling Malaysian businesses and the Rakyat to play a leading part in the global digital economy. Malaysia Digital is the initiative to succeed MSC Malaysia, which has served to transform Malaysia into a knowledge-based economy since 1996. With a new and enhanced framework, the new initiative seeks to enhance the nation’s digital capabilities and boost the digital economy.

Since 1996, MDEC has played an important role in transforming the Malaysian Digital Economy. Currently, the digital economy contributes 22.6% to Malaysia’s GDP and is expected to contribute 25.5% to the national GDP by 2025.

MDEC also played an important role in WCIT 2022 as a strategic enabler.

Contact: Khairul Mizan Bin Shagul Hamid
Email: khairul.mizan@mdec.com.my  Phone/Mobile: +6012-6550831
More information: Award nomination; Website; Facebook; Twitter @mymdec

SMART CITIES AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

“Novade Solutions” by Novade

Novade is a leading field management software developer for the building and infrastructure industry. Novade digitizes and automates site processes including quality, safety, progress monitoring, workforce management, and maintenance. Powerful analytics provides insights for customers to streamline operations and drive results. Leading contractors, real estate developers, owners, and operators around the world trust Novade to drive their digital transformation. Founded in 2014, Novade is headquartered in Singapore and operates globally with offices in Paris, London, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Tokyo, Sydney, New Delhi, Bangkok, Beijing, and Beirut.

Novade’s vision is to revolutionize field management with digitization and construction Artificial Intelligence (AI). We aim to bring together the power of man and machine so that construction site data can be captured and translated using analytics and AI, and decisions can be made in real time, on or off the field. We want to create an industry where everyone goes home safety when AI predicts incidents before they happen. They are working with clients on projects in over 20 countries across Asia and Europe. Novade has been implemented by over 100,000 users across the world. Our platform is well suited for main contractors, sub-contractors, specialty contractors, property developers, homebuilders, interior designers, and civil engineers

Contact: Harpreet Kaur, Marketing Specialist
Email: harpreet.kaur@novade.net Phone/Mobile: +65 9870 7835
More information:  Award nomination; Overview.

Chipside Ltd.

Chipside is a specialist software development company providing products and services to around a quarter of local and regional government traffic authorities in the UK. They have been developing advancements in smart parking technology to maintain personal mobility while achieving net zero, reducing congestion, protecting the economy, both personal and societal. Innovate UK have funded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) that will support Chipside Ltd in setting out a strategic systems roadmap to 2025, which brings local government parking, city access, and vehicle movement in line with the ten-point plan set out by local government. The KTP will combine specially developed algorithms with the latest thinking in AI applications. This will enable Chipside Ltd to develop a suite of real-time AI decision services, designed to enable local authorities to better understand and control their regional transport networks.

CONTACT Paul Moorby, CEO Co-Founder, Chipside
Email: paul.moorby@chipside.com Phone/Mobile: +44 (0)345470900
More information: Nomination DocumentChipside WebsiteUniversity awarded new KTP with Chipside Ltd to develop AI analysis of driver behavior]

SMART CITIES AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

Taoyuan City Government: Smart Sustainable City – Constructing Taoyuan Digital Citizen Ecosphere

Since December 2014, Taoyuan became one of Taiwan’s six special municipalities. As an airport city, Taoyuan is an East Asian transport hub, through which one can easily travel to other major East Asian cities. In 2017, the fast and accessible MRT Taoyuan Airport Line debuted, effectively connecting the airport and the high-speed railway, making commutes between Taoyuan and other cities even more easier. Thanks to Taoyuan’s convenient location and transport, the city has developed recently with a fast pace. More and more people are moving to Taoyuan city, making the city one with the highest population growth. Migrants include Hoklo, Hakka, indigenous peoples, and most numerous of them all, migrant workers from South-East Asia. Together they enrich the city, contributing to a diverse social and cultural scene in Taoyuan.

By adopting diverse information technologies, Taoyuan aims to transform itself as a sustainable, low carbon emissions, green and people-center smart city. Right now, Taoyuan is building up its intelligent brain and the digital living ecosystem of citizens in order to achieve data-driven governance and economy.

Contact: Tai, Hung-Chieh, Section Head
Email: 10034462@mail.tycg.gov.tw Phone/Mobile: +886-3-3322101#6963
More information:  Nomination Document; Video

Taipei City Government: Smart Taipei Living Lab – Social Innovation Ecosystem

For Taipei City, “Smart city” is a dynamic process that adjusts to the needs of the city at any time, in turn enabling the municipality to answer quickly to the needs of citizens. Therefore, to promote Taipei City as a sustainable and livable city for citizens, under the authorization of Taipei City Government, Department of Information Technology established the “Taipei Smart City Project Management Office (TPMO)” in 2016 to accelerate digital transformation and facilitate digital governance. With the concept of ‘Government as a Platform, City as a Living Lab’, Taipei City opens public test field and introduces creativity and resource from collaborative private sectors to promote both Top-down and Bottom-up proof of concept (PoC) projects. By bringing together public departments and private companies with cutting-edge solutions, creating Public-Private Partnership, Taipei City embraces innovation and hence facilitates Smart Taipei. In addition, by creating the mechanism on having adopting proof of concept (PoC) project (project) for collaborative public and private sectors, the public departments don’t need to be afraid of falling failure directly connecting to cost-effectiveness and efficacy of departments’ budget anymore.

Contact: Amanda YEH, Manager of Marketing and Public Relations, Taipei Smart City Project
anagement Office Email: amanda.tpmo@gmail.com Phone/Mobile: +886-2-2720-8889 ext.1515 ext.281/ +886-912-161-555
More information: Nomination Document; Videos

SUSTAINABLE GROWTH / CIRCULAR ECONOMY (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

cosmoONE: IT Management System for Renewable Energy Sources Production Licensing

One of the most important problems that humanity is called upon to confront, is the climate change, caused by the ongoing destruction of the environment, due to pollution and over usage of resources. Among the key actions taken, is the emerging shift of Energy production from Fossil to Renewable Energy Sources (RES), so that future generations will be able to enjoy continuous prosperity without damaging the environment and compromising the quality of life. RES apart from technology, is a matter of systematic study, planning, financing, constructing, licensing and operating expensive assets and investments. Information Technology is the enabler for Governments, Authorities, and Investors to collaborate along the journey of RES projects, from its application inquiry till its connection on the grid, in order to be realized the earliest possible and with the minimum administration friction among the stakeholders. IT technology is the catalyst, by establishing automated rules and procedures to ensure equal treatment, transparency and accuracy of information, data and actions, aiming that the overall energy production transformation, will satisfy humans, companies, institutions, and fulfill the national Energy targets towards a sustainable future.

cosmoONE participation in WITSA 2022 awards, is related to its contribution to the fulfillment of the Greek RES energy targets in the period 2020-2022, as it provided complex I.T. systems to the Greek Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) for RES Applications and Production Licensing. cosmoONE after studying RAE requirements and the Legal Framework, analyzed, developed, supported, and maintained an IT “connected environment”, which assisted the participants along the entire process steps, i.e. from submitting their interest with declaring, filling, attaching, and validating data, to processing their inquiries with assigning, approving, communicating, paying, and authorizing engagements, till the final posting and issuing of the RES production license.

Contact: Mr. Thanassis Petmezas, CEO cosmoONE
Email: thanassis.petmezas@cosmo-one.gr Phone/Mobile: +30 6972217111
More information:  Nomination Document

SUSTAINABLE GROWTH / CIRCULAR ECONOMY (PUBLIC SECTOR

Kaohsiung City Government: Towards Sustainable Transportation through MaaS

Kaohsiung is a city in transformation. While global climate change is creating more extreme weather events, the Kaohsiung City Government has long been committed to promoting mitigation and adaptation actions. Energy-saving, carbon reduction and circular developments are the top priorities in building more livable and sustainable city. According to the latest data, the net CO2 emissions of Kaohsiung City in 2020 were 53.31 million metric tons of CO2e, which was 19.4% lower than the base year (2005), far exceeding the 2025 target set by the central government. Kaohsiung City aims to be net-zero in 2050 and is committed to tackle this problem by introducing carbon reduction measures, which include having an orange and red line for MRT, and circular light rail, an introduction of shared vehicles including electric scooters and bikes such as YouBike 2.0 and Goshare for last mile travelling. Furthermore, the city also upgrades the current fleet of buses and boats with electric buses and boats. Lastly, the MeNGo (Mobility-as-a-Service) integrates the diversified transportation into one single large network to finish the last piece for the comprehensive completion of the interconnected and multimodal transportation network in Kaohsiung City.

Kaohsiung, being the first city to implement mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) in Asia, the green and low carbon transport network is made complete, as at present, 35% of the citizens who use MeNGo cards are transferred from the original car and motorcycle owners. It is obvious that such innovative services can indeed attract the public to change their habits of transportation, thereby reducing air pollution and the accident rate of riding motorcycles. MeNGo 2.0 had replaced the need of the MeNGo card with the QR cord feature app on the portable phone, both on android and iPhone. As of February 10, 2022, the members have exceeded 44,000. A cumulative 210,000 monthly passes have been sold, with over 12 million users.

Contact: Anderson Kuo, Project Manager of Kaohsiung Smart City Project Management Office
Email: andersonkuo@iii.org.tw Phone/Mobile: +886-936-229-211
More information : Nomination DocumentVideo

INTRACOM TELECOM: uiTOP™ Unified IoT Orchestration Platform & Smart City Solutions suite

A living example of a Smart City that puts the challenge of Environmental Protection and Sustainability high on its agenda, setting a solid course of action with the contribution of a reliable and experienced Technology Partner, jointly building a comprehensive, constantly evolving and future-proof solution for a Smarter City. A solution that addresses real problems, impacting directly and positively, the lives of the citizens.

The City of Belgrade, in an effort to address its operations & citizens lives’ challenges intelligently & effectively, embarked on a multi-phased, long-term plan, to take advantage of advanced IoT & Analytics technologies and build a truly “holistic” Smart City. The core idea was simple yet fundamental: all the critical factors of a modern city life will be monitored, analyzed and used so that the Authorities make the right decisions, with the right information, at the right time. Emphasis and priority were given to the Environment and the City Sustainability; a choice that obviously had a deep rationale backing it up, if one considers both the environmental conditions in Serbia and the city of Belgrade, but also the global situation and sensitivity in these areas.

Contact: Alexandros Tarnaris
Email: atarnar@intracom-telecom.com Phone/Mobile: +30210-6677027
More information: Nomination Document; Supporting Document

INNOVATIVE EHEALTH SOLUTIONS AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

ORCHA

Orcha exists to make digital healthcare healthy. Their digital health quality management platform delivers the core infrastructure needed to introduce digital health safely. This award-winning technology is used by national bodies, healthcare providers and digital health innovators in twelve countries. It delivers a systematic approach to assessing, accrediting, deploying and embedding digital health technologies into clinical services and pathways, using a risk management approach, that has long been in place for medicine.

The Nordic region aims to be the most integrated health region in the world by 2030, according to the Nordic Council of Ministers. A shift towards digital health, and its focus on the self-management of health by Nordic populations, will be an important step on this journey, but it also brings new risks.  Despite the 350,000 digital health technologies on the market, no standardised regulation or risk management system is in place in any of the Nordic countries. This has left medical professionals unable to find and prescribe digital technologies safely. 

To resolve this critical issue and lead the world in adopting connected health technologies on a large scale, the Nordic Digital Health and Evaluation Criteria (NordDEC) programme, has been created. The NordDEC is a world-first programme to unify digital health standards across multiple countries, delivering safe digital health across Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland. The accreditation framework was developed by UK-based, ORCHA, the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps, and the project is funded jointly by NIP and the Nordic healthtech industry. 

Contact:  Liz Ashall-Payne, Orcha Founding CEO
Email: liz@orcha.co.uk Phone/Mobile: +44 (0) 1925 606542

More information:  Nomination DocumentOrcha websiteUK’s first digital health training programme for all NHS frontline staffORCHA’s Liz Ashall-Payne named Entrepreneur of the Year at Women in IT AwardsThe world’s first cross-border digital health accreditation system to be launched at HIMMS EuropeNew Digital Health Assessment Framework Launches in the USORCHA’s Founding CEO contributes to The Economist’s Technology Quarterly]

INNOVATIVE EHEALTH SOLUTIONS AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

Covid-19 National Dashboard (Bangladesh)

The COVID-19 National Policy Dashboard is providing real-time disease progression monitoring, policy guidance to field administration and field health administration, real-time policy advocacy on resource allocation. Based on analysis of COVID-19 syndromic surveillance data, telco mobility data, telehealth data, confirmed case data, test data, test positivity, death data, hospitalization capacity data, analytics are developed to visualize real-time disease progression. The different sources are DHIS2, MIS, DGHS, IEDCR, DGHS Press Release, Worldometer etc. Everyday a large volume of structured and unstructured data come to the a2i COVID-19 data warehouse. These whole datasets are analyzed by the renowned epidemiologists and data analysts and insights are created to inform management and policymakers.

The indicators of the dashboards are daily Case data analysis in bar chart and trendline, district-wise risk map, risk matrix (Based on positivity rate, case number and combined), hospital capacity, hospital-wise death etc. This dashboard not only visualizes the analytics but also generates policy recommendations for the field administrators. Currently, 64 Civil Surgeons, 64 Deputy Commissioners, 8 Divisional Commissioners, 8 Divisional Health Officers, and Senior Secretaries from various ministries are using the dashboard. It is assisting the Prime Minister’s Office, Cabinet Division, Health Ministry and field administration at Division, district levels to take prompt, needs based and high-impact interventions to help citizens to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 pandemic. The Risk Matrix generated on the dashboard shows clearly which districts have a high infection rate, allowing policymakers to take quick action. Weekly national and district-wise bulletin of the dashboard for field administration is circulated with district-wise Positive Case Location Analytics based on telco mobility data. The dashboard has become one of the priorities of national Covid-19 decision making. The analytical analysis of the dashboard supports the National Public Health Committee to take decisions on controlling disease spread, mobilizing health related resources, promoting health care and enforcing local administration.

Contact: Kawsar Hosan Data Innovation Associate, a2i
Email: kawsar.sojib@a2i.gov.bd Phone/Mobile: +88 01671800287
More information:  BCS Nomination

IDIKA S.A.: E-Government Center for Social Security – MyHealth app

As part of a comprehensive strategy for the digital transformation of health-related services in Greece, E-Government Center for Social Security (IDIKA) has developed the myHealth app which introduces a set of modern services to Greek citizens, reduces red-tape, ensures accountability and transparency, and sets the foundation for the development of new health and social security services. The eHealth app is available for Android and iOS smartphones and incorporates health related information to citizens as they have complete access to their health profiles. The application provides an environment for the management of prescriptions and medical referrals. In detail, citizens can receive through push notifications information for the next available prescription and referral, while they can access information related to the medicine they receive. Parents and custodians have also access to digital prescriptions of the children and their vaccination program. The application incorporates two-factor authentication login options and supports biometric access if users choose to opt in.

The eHealth app was launched in the autumn of 2021 and in the first months of availability, it has been downloaded more than 300,000 times. Since its launch, eHealth has provided citizens with credible and valuable details, while IDIKA plans the evolution of the app with further functionalities including notifications for preventive medical examinations and setting up appointments with their doctor. eHealth is an innovative, comprehensive, and trusted application that empowers citizens, provides clarity and accurate information, and enhances the confidence of citizens towards the National Health System in Greece.

Contact: Christina Tsallou, Executive Assistant
Email: tsallou@idika.gr Phone/Mobile:+30 213 216 8405 / +30 6944 811 568

More information: Nomination Document; PresentationDigital medical certificationsMore than 3,000,000 citizens making use of digital prescription; Health services for children and teenagers presented at the Prime MinisterAbout us; MyHealth DemoMyHealthApp_Master; COSMOTE myHealth app

PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AWARDS (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

THETA TECHNOLOGIES SDN BHD: Accrual Accounting System for State Government (iSPEKS)

The Malaysian Government Reform Finance Strategic Initiatives set the stage for the transition from Cash to Accrual Accounting allowing for more transparency and accountability. Theta Technologies SDN Bhd. Developed an accrual accounting system complement to SAGA compliance; Produce more accurate representation of actual financial position which allow more transparency and accountability for an organization; Empowering an organization to be financially accountable for their respective budgeting, revenues & expenditures; better financial management through complete view of an organization’s assets & liabilities

Contact: Wan Muhd Shukri Bin Wan Affandi, GM Theta Technologies Sdn Bhd
Email : wan.shukri@theta-edge.com Phone/Mobile : 03-7622 1188 / 019-912 2100
More information:  NominationSupporting Documentation

AEB (Acer e-Enabling Service Business Inc.) and Taiwan Ministry of Culture: Taiwan i-Registration Platform of Cultural Events

The Project is a partnership between Taiwan Ministry of Culture, the governing authority of cultural-related policy/infrastructure and the main promoter of art events in Taiwan, and Acer e-Enabling Service Business Inc. (hereafter AEB), an IT service provider for organizations looking for solutions of digital transformation. The Project set a goal at the inception to “increase public participation in cultural affairs, build open platforms for cultural exchange and presentation, and create a positive environment for the development of cultural industry,” through the nationwide promotion of culture and art activities on a well-architect information infrastructure for inquiry and registration.

The Taiwan i-Registration Platform of cultural events was built and operated live from 2013 until today, and in the process has implemented 15 module systems. The Project brings enormous benefits to not only the cultural industry but also the overall society. In a nutshell, up until now, the project has successfully recruited 29 venue operators to join the platform, covering 80% of the island’s public agencies offering the service, and about 11~12 art/cultural events of different nature were published each day through the platform.

Contact: Olive Chang, Marketing Manager
Email: Olive.C.Chang@aceraeb.com Phone/Mobile: (886)2-26963131# 5022 / (886) 909132661
More information: Nomination DocumentVideo

PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AWARDS (PUBLIC SECTOR)

Directorate General of Highways, MOTC, R.O.C.: The 3rd Generation Motor Vehicle and Driver Information System (M3)

With the high intensity of traffic and transportation in Taiwan, several tens of thousands of vehicles circulating on the road on a daily basis, and with the various types of specialized vehicles, a comprehensive Motor Vehicle and Driver Information System (MVDIS) is necessary for traffic management purposes to ensure that all types of vehicles and road users are operating on the road under legal and compliant conditions, so as to ensure overall road safety. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), Taiwan’s primary highway authority, has been working with the ICT industry since 2014 to establish a unique 3rd generation MVDIS to address the need for digital highway management, which has been undergoing intensive development over the past two years following the impact of the covid-19 pandemic, providing a better information infrastructure and improving the integration of online and offline services, offering one-stop motor vehicle office service. In addition, in response to the high popularity of smartphones and the internet in Taiwan, the MOTC has consolidated online services from the user’s perspective to provide comprehensive service chains from identification, service provision to fee payment; meanwhile, the MOTC has developed multiple service models for vehicles and drivers in response to different situations, which also plays a vital role in the post-pandemic industry relief solutions. Furthermore, through the integration of information and service APIs, monitoring data can be applied to more diversified aspects such as law enforcement and environmental protection, thereby refining the depth and breadth of digital governance and services in Taiwan.

The Directorate General of Highways of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications and the domestic ICT industry have collaborated to build the 3rd generation highway surveillance system, which has become the core of traffic surveillance that can be expanded in G2S, G2C, G2G, G2B and other aspects under the guidance of the central government’s smart government and digital governance, based on the cornerstone of a complete and secure information system that continues to evolve and improve, and has become a model of public/private partnership. Progress is continuous; whether in the application of big data analysis on traffic data, the combination of AR/VR to provide possible road driving training, or the further refinement of mobile service experience, the next public/private partnership system must be further discussed and explored, combining the power of the government and industry to make Taiwan’s transportation smoother and more convenient, to achieve the goal of “people-oriented transportation.”

Contact: CHUN-JU, YU/ section Chief
Email: Carol@thb.gov.tw Phone/Mobile: +886-2-2720-0123 ext.5850
More information:   Nomination Document; Video

E-EDUCATION & LEARNING AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

InterBrain

InterBrain is an EdTech start-up which innovates in the way of learning, empowering work teams with its own Immersive Learning Technology. They develop immersive learning solutions such as simulators in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and 3D; these resources are deployed within our own platform with artificial intelligence “Interactive Academy” (www.interactive-academy.com), which allows organizations to use Training Analytics in order to improve corporate training processes, to reduce their hidden training and opportunity costs, to reduce workplace accident rates, a decrease in breakage and damage to expensive equipment; and retention of talent. On the other hand, it produces the benefit of having reliable data to manage the company efficiently. InterBrain’s clients are medium and large companies and organizations, with payrolls higher than 100 employees, which recognize the need to incorporate technology into their training processes and procedures. They seek to perform data-management of the company. Their corporate language is Spanish and/or English and they have teams in more than one location. They are mainly in large urban centers and/or industrial cordons of the Latin American and North American.

The market for this type of solution is global, given that it is an intangible product that can be easily distributed anywhere in the world and there is a high demand for this type of innovation. From the social point of view, our solutions have an impact as they improve the speed, ease and accessibility to acquire new skills by a person, equalizing opportunities in a world where technology advances are faster than what people can incorporate, making obsolete skills that hours ago were essential to obtain or develop a job. At the level of environmental impact, InterBrain’s solutions allow a considerable reduction in the use of materials, consumables and waste generation, thanks to the fact that the simulators allow training in a virtual environment with unlimited resources; For example, in a welding simulator, students do not need to use real consumables or energy. In fact, another improvement occurs when they allow remote training by the person, avoiding using a car or public transport. InterBrain plans to improve the quality of life, improve the knowledge and employability of 33.000 people per month in LATAM for 2023 with a growth rate of 100% for the following 5 years.

Contact: Jaime Alberto Aguiló Iztueta (Executive Director)
Email: alberto.aguilo@interbrainco.com Phone/Mobile: +54 9 261 525 5473
More information: Nomination DocumentCorporate BrochureWebsite

E-EDUCATION & LEARNING AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

Lab@Home with ThingsSentral: Laboratory & Project Implementation Using Smartphones & IOT Platform for Enriching Home-Based Teaching & Learning

Numerous students worldwide had their education disrupted due to the spread of the viral COVID-19 recently. This constituted a challenge for the entire education community, forcing academics to adopt remote learning and novel techniques to conduct experiments. However, physical access to laboratory facilities were limited, and the unavailability of laboratory apparatus complicates the learning process. In our project, we utilized smartphones and a cloud-based IoT platform to enrich online teaching experience for students and educators during COVID-19 related lockdowns. Using built-in sensors in smartphones (such as light intensity sensor, proximity sensor, orientation sensor, position sensor, vibration sensor and noise measurement from microphone) students can collect data from the sensors available in the smartphone. The data captured will be uploaded to a central cloud platform called ThingsSentralTM. This enables students to create their own innovative and home-based experiments, such as (i) utilizing the phone’s light intensity and sound sensor to determine the optimal place to study in their home and (ii) utilizing the light sensor to determine the optimal location in their home for growing indoor plants (iii) using phones light sensor to determine the turbidity of water (iv) using orientation sensor to determine human joints angle during their movement and many others.

This approach is innovative because it enriches the learning process, which was done mostly using online platform such as Microsoft Team, with the ability to conduct projects and experiments from the student’s home without them having to come to school. It is also sustainable because most household with Internet connection have smartphones. It is easily scalable juts by increasing the IoT platform server capability without burdening the end user.

Traditionally the use of sensors is done in laboratories. To use sensors in their homes, usually students would have to use of microcontrollers and single board computers such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Not everyone has Arduino and raspberry PI at their home and not everyone is comfortable with microcontrollers and single board computer. Most students have smartphones in their home. Therefore, the use of smartphones as a device to acquire data and to enable the students to conduct projects and experiments in their home during COVID-19 related lockdown was very useful and enriches the learning process.

This innovation enriches the learning process because it incorporates physical project activities into the online learning process utilizing a tool that is mostly available in every household with internet connectivity. Even if the threat of academic institution closure due to COVID-19 is no longer eminent, the use of this approach still can be implemented in academic institution and benefits the society at large.

Contact: Assoc Prof Dr Mohamad Hanif Md Saad, Deputy Director, Institute of IR4.0 UKM
Group Leader, CAISER Research Group, Fac. of Eng. & Built Env. UKM.
Email : hanifsaad@ukm.edu.my Phone/Mobile :+60196669395
More information: Nomination Document; Presentation; Video

Department of Education, Taipei City Government

Taipei City Government, Department of Education’s Taipei corporate open online course (Cooc) Cloud 4.0 creates an Interactive social media for Parents, Teachers, and Students. Since 2016, Taipei CooC-Cloud gathered course teachers in Taipei and recorded more than 11,248 online learning videos covering a total of 24 subjects from elementary school to high school. In addition, 21 electronic databases were developed. Taipei CooC-Cloud breaks through traditional blackboard-based teaching methods by introducing such digital technologies as AR and simulation animation for teachers and students to use in and after class. The introduction of such new technologies allows students to understand the contents lectured more deeply. In 2021, an upgraded version of Taipei CooC-Cloud was launched, and a CooC APP was developed as a parent-teacher-student platform, effectively closing parent-teacher distance and reducing the workload of school administrative staff. In addition, it offers the functions of electronic contact books, online survey forms, campus electronic payments, activity registration, score query and more. Therefore, apart from assisting students in their studies, CooC-Cloud strives to satisfy their daily needs in a smarter world.

COOC 4.0 uses technology to facilitate the establishment of a highly interactive community for parents, teachers and students, and to integrate intelligent administration, teaching and learning. Moreover, the COOC 4.0 will also expand smart campus projects such as smart health care and open up any service that can meet the needs of parents, teachers and students. Taipei City will establish account integration and standardized specifications and provide opportunities for various services to hit the shelves. Taipei City will also provide a platform for technology education service providers who are interested in cooperating with the city to showcase and try out the functions for parents, teachers and students with a view to creating a new type of business model.

Contact: Kuo Pei-Chi
Email: edu_ict.15@mail.taipei.gov.tw Phone/Mobile:886+2-27208889#1239
More information: Nomination Document; Video

EMERGING DIGITAL SOLUTIONS AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

nvbird offshore, Bird Detection and Monitoring System

As more and more wind parks are built around the world, low-conflict areas for wind turbines are becoming scarce, the global need for bird protection is rising and there is also a clear need for more accurate and reliable solutions. For the first time an innovative system combines radars and cameras to achieve the required accuracy and reliability and at the same time to maximize wind turbine availability. The system can be installed at offshore wind parks and at large flat areas where onshore wind parks are located.

nvbird® is a new innovative system for offshore wind farms that combines 3D radars and cameras to achieve the required accuracy, reliability and at the same time maximize the electricity production of wind turbines. The system consists of a very powerful server, capable of processing high-resolution images quickly, data from 3D radars, from ultra-high resolution 12MPixels cameras with starlight technology that allow the system to capture high-resolution color images, even in low light conditions, thermal cameras for night, fog or bad weather conditions and optional speakers that emit a special sound (ASR) that targets the birds’ auditory reflexes, deterring birds without disturbing them. Another key feature and advantage of the system is the use of an artificial intelligent (AI) algorithm that distinguishes birds from anything else that moves with great accuracy and efficiency. The software and the algorithm are based on artificial intelligence, artificial vision, machine learning and have been developed in collaboration with a large team of ornithologists, who have implemented the data annotation, i.e., the analysis and interpretation of the visual recordings, the detection, marking, categorization and classification of birds. This work has been done on a sufficient database of photographs and videos of birds. Whenever the system needs to be trained to identify a new species, or if a bird is not successfully identified and is simply categorized as small, medium or large, the team of ornithologists step-in to update the database. This method has created and continues to improve a huge database (dataset) of images and characteristics of rare birds to be identified (bird size, special features, wing-opening shape, etc.). As the database is enriched and improved, the algorithm is retrained by machine learning and systems are updated online wherever in the world they are installed.

Contact: nvbird® – offshore
Email: io@nvisionist.com Phone/Mobile: +302103008269
More information: Nomination Document; Presentation; Video

 

Runners-Up

 

DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY/INCLUSION AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

SP Setia Berhad [Nomination email, Nomination Document; Supporting Deck] PIKOM, Malaysia

DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY/INCLUSION AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore: Robots4Autism [Nomination DocumentAppendix A Progress Report Card; Appendix B Parent Resource BookletAppendix B Parent Resource Booklet 2Appendix B Parent Resource Booklet 3Appendix B Parent Resource Booklet 4Appendix C Robots4Autism SlidesElla Robot’s Interface (picture)] SGTech, Singapore

INNOVATIVE EHEALTH SOLUTIONS AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

Foot Care & Limb Design Centre, Tan Tock Seng Hospital:

Digitalization of Customized Orthoses and Prostheses [E-mailNomination Document]

SGTech, Singapore

INNOVATIVE EHEALTH SOLUTIONS AWARD/NGO)

Family of ventilators (BioVENT A Series) [E-mail; EITESAL Nominee ListSummaryBiovent Specs R2Biovent AllBioVent presentation PDF] EITESAL, Egypt

PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

Babel Group, Microsoft, CCSS (Costar Rican Social Security Fund). Project Name: Covid-19 response system [CAMTC E-mailNomination Document] CAMTIC, Costa Rica

PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

Nativa Digital – Zona ENARD [Nomination] CESSI, Argentina

E-EDUCATION & LEARNING AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

Science and Technology for Autism Remediation (STAR) Limited Robot for Autism Behavioral Intervention® (RABI®) [HKTF Nominee listNomination Documentstar website_RABIstar website_RABI teamstar website_parent testimonials; star website_FAQReuters2021World University Ranking 2021Education Today2020Standard2018Learning and Teaching Expo 2018SCMP2017SCMP2016] HKITF, Hong Kong

 

Merit winners

DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY/INCLUSION AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

Kaohsiung City Government / Smart Agriculture to Turbocharge Your Efforts – Agriculture Information All-In-One [CISA list of nomineesNomination DocumentVideo] CISA, Taiwan

INNOVATIVE EHEALTH SOLUTIONS AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

MEDICAI: Bridging the Gap Between Patients and Doctors [ATIC NominationsNomination Document] ATIC, Romania

PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

SPACE HELLAS [SEPE e-mailNomination Document] SEPE, Greece

EMERGING DIGITAL SOLUTIONS AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

IPMAGIX: Magix Museum [E-mail; EITESAL Nominee ListSummaryCompany PresentationUse CaseProduct Description] EITESAL, Egypt
.lumen – Empowering the Blind [ATIC NominationsNomination Document] ATIC, Romania
OPTIMUM DESK [ATIC NominationsNomination Document] ATIC, Romania

 

 

2022 Award Judges

 

Photo Name Title & Affiliation Bio
Mr. Yannis Sirros WITSA Chairman Mr. Yannis Sirros is one of the longest-serving WITSA Directors, having joined its Board in 2002. From 2012 to 2018, Mr. Sirros served as WITSA’s Vice Chairman for Europe, helping to drive member recruitment and engagement. In the two years before becoming WITSA Chairman, from 2018 to 2020, Sirros worked as Deputy Chairman and from 2020-2022 As Chairman. Following his successful tenure in WITSA at the conclusion of the 2022 World Congress in Penang, Mr. Sirros will embark on his next phase as WITSA Chairman Emeritus.
Dr. Jim Poisant WITSA Secretary General Jim Poisant was appointed the Secretary General of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) in June 2006. In that capacity, he directs the day-to-day operations of the alliance. The WITSA alliance consists of over 80 leading ICT Associations from around the globe.
Dato’ Dan E. Khoo WITSA CEO Dato’ Dan E. Khoo was appointed CEO of WITSA on May 1, 2022. Dan organized the highly successful World Congress in Kuala Lumpur in 2008, which hosted more than 3,300 delegates from 92 countries, 105 speakers, and over $10 million in sponsorships! He has been involved with WITSA for more than 25 years, first as a speaker at the World Congress in Bilbao, Spain in 1996.
Mr. Nick Ashton-Hart Geneva Representative

Digital Trade Network (DTN)

Nick Ashton-Hart is the Geneva Representative of the Digital Trade Network. following on from his work over than a decade as the only Geneva-based representative from the technology sector to the UN, its specialized agencies, and member-state delegations.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Ashton-Hart

Mr. Jeff Lande President at The Lande Group LLC Lande Group LLC operates as an advisory and government affairs firm. The Firm provides government relations, public affairs, coalition building, research, geopolitical and market analysis, business facilitation, and strategic planning services.
Dr. Michael R. Nelson Senior Fellow, Technology and International Affairs

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Dr. Mike Nelson is a senior fellow in the Carnegie Endowment’s Technology and International Affairs Program, which studies the implications of emerging technologies, including digital technologies, biotechnology, and artificial intelligence.

https://carnegieendowment.org/experts/1779

Mr. Patrice Chazerand Director for Digital Trade and Taxation – DIGITALEUROPE Patrice Chazerand is Director in charge of Digital Economy, Digital Taxation and Brexit groups at DIGITALEUROPE.

https://www.digitaleurope.org/staffs/patrice-chazerand/

 

WITSA Signs Global Industry Letter, Warns Against Chinese Proposed Restrictions on Data Flows

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August 19, 2022

Contact:          Dr. Jim Poisant, Secretary General. Mobile +1 703 728-4547 E: jpoisant@witsa.org
                          Mr. Anders Halvorsen. Mobile: +1 571 265-5964 E: ahalvorsen@witsa.org  

 

WITSA Signs Global Industry Letter, Warns Against Chinese Proposed Restrictions on Data Flows

 Fairfax, VA:  The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) has co-signed a global industry letter providing comments on China’s draft Standard Contract Provisions for the Exit of Personal Information (“Standard Contract Provisions”). The letter is in response to an open consultation by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) and argues that it is important that the CAC design the standard contract provisions to be a valid and effective transfer mechanism under the Personal Information Protection Law (“PIPL”). As designed, there is concern that the proposed framework may be unworkable in practice for many Chinese and foreign entities. The ability to transfer data securely across transnational digital networks is of central importance to the national policy objectives of many countries, including China.

WITSA has an established policy advocating against restrictions of the free flow of information across borders in its data flows paper, calling ‘data’ an essential resource for healthy economic growth and warning that that excessive restrictions on the flow of data hinders the barrier to secure management and protection of data

“In today’s global economy, consumers, regulators, and businesses all benefit from a constant stream of data flowing seamlessly back and forth across national borders”, stated WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant. “Businesses use data to create valuable products and services, enhance productivity, reduce costs, improve efficiency, deter fraud, protect consumers, and foster economic growth and jobs”, continued. Dr. Poisant. “To secure these benefits, it is essential to have clear, consistent rules in place that allow for the unimpeded flow of data except as limited to legitimate public policy objectives.” In general, National Security, Data Privacy etc. should not be used as a lever to restrict data flows, and mandate data localization.

“When foreign goods, services, or IP are disadvantaged in a market, that can distort trade, discourage foreign direct investment, and push other trading partners to impose similarly detrimental measures”, stated WITSA Vice President for Global Public Policy, Anders Halvorsen. “Often over the long term, these measures can hinder economic growth and competitiveness objectives that they were intended to achieve”, continued Halvorsen. “For these reasons, WITSA strongly advocates against localization and other barriers and instead encourage governments to pursue policy approaches that help their economic growth and competitiveness without discriminating against imported goods or services.”

WITSA has been vigilant in working with likeminded industry groups in opposing restrictive data-flows regulations. In December 2021, WITSA signed a global industry letter on draft data transfer assessment measures from the Cyberspace Administration of China, and in June 2021, WITSA signed another multi-association letter on China’s draft Personal Information Protection and Data Security Laws.

About WITSA:

The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global digital technology industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world tech market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in digital technology products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the digital technology industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members – ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States – to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. For more information on WITSA, please visit https://witsa.org/.

WITSA Applauds Extension of WTO’s Moratorium on Customs Duties on Electronic Transmissions

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June 17, 2022

Contact:          Dr. Jim Poisant, Secretary General. Mobile +1 703 728-4547 E: jpoisant@witsa.org

Mr. Anders Halvorsen. Mobile: +1 571 265-5964 E: ahalvorsen@witsa.org  

 

WITSA Applauds Extension of WTO’s Moratorium on Customs Duties on Electronic Transmissions

 Fairfax, VA:  The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) welcomes the World Trade Organization’s decision to extend the moratorium on placing customs duties on electronic transmissions, from streaming services to financial transactions and corporate data flows, worth hundreds of billions of dollars a year. The moratorium, which has been in place since 1998, was extended until the next WTO ministerial conference, which would normally be held by the end of 2023, but in any case, will expire on March 31, 2024. A few countries had been critical of further extensions, citing lost customs revenues.

“The customs revenue implications of the Moratorium are likely to be small and outweighed by important gains from ensuring that electronic transmissions remain tariff-free”, stated WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant. “On the basis of existing evidence, there is therefore, a strong case for renewing the Moratorium. Overall, the fiscal policy case for abandoning the Moratorium on customs duties on electronic commerce does not stand up to scrutiny”, continued Dr. Poisant.

The fiscal policy case is just one part of the equation. There are considerable benefits from digitalization for trade across all sectors of the economy and for countries at different levels of development. Electronic transmissions reduce trade costs and imposing tariffs is welfare-reducing. Moreover, empirical evidence suggests that the use of foreign business services is key for export competitiveness. The Moratorium is particularly beneficial to Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs), whose ability to access and leverage digital tools has allowed them to stay in business amidst physical restrictions and lockdown.

“WITSA is pleased that WTO members ultimately took into consideration the wider benefits of the Moratorium and did not focus solely on the potential customs revenue implications,” said WITSA Vice President for Global Public Policy Anders Halvorsen. “A lapse would come at the expense of wider gains in the economy, including in terms of consumer welfare and export competitiveness”, continued Halvorsen. The onus is now on the WTO members to come together to agree on a permanent solution to the moratorium before the next ministerial”.

About WITSA:

The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global digital technology industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world tech market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in digital technology products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the digital technology industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members – ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States – to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. For more information on WITSA, please visit https://witsa.org/.

WITSA Signs Global Industry Statement on WTO ITA Expansion (ITA-3)

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May 24, 2022

Contact:          Mr. Anders Halvorsen. Mobile: +1 571 265-5964 E: ahalvorsen@witsa.org  

 

WITSA Signs Global Industry Statement on WTO ITA Expansion (ITA-3)

An expanded ITA would grow the global GDP $800 billion over the next decade

 

Fairfax, VA:  The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) on May 16th signed a global industry statement calling on WTO Information Technology Agreement (ITA) member countries to launch a new round of negotiations to expand its product coverage (ITA-3).

The ITA, implemented in 1996 and expanded in 2016, has played a pivotal role in growing the global economy and bridging the digital divide. By eliminating tariffs on hundreds of high-tech goods and components, from semiconductors to smartphones, the ITA makes transformational technology products more affordable and accessible, while spurring productivity, innovation, and economic growth in both developing and developed economies. To date, 82 WTO members are signatories of the ITA, and 54 are signatories of ITA Expansion (ITA-E/ITA-2). WITSA had been a long supporter of the ITA and ITA-2, as established in its Statement of Policy on International Trade in ICT Goods and Services. In 2017, WITSA signed on to a multi-association trade letter, calling on non-signatories to join this pioneering agreement and asking members in those countries to encourage participation. That statement turned out to be a powerful advocacy tool and we appreciate members support in reaching out to their respective governments.

However, as technology continues to transform society and industry in ever new sectors, there is now a need to take another fresh look at the ITA and another expansion of covered products (ITA-3).

An ITA-3 would bring a number of emerging technologies driving the global digital economy under ITA coverage, further bridge the digital divide, give a bigger window to the world for students learning remotely, better facilitate remote working and reduced carbon emissions, provide new tools to address climate change, and promote better remote healthcare solutions and save lives. And it would give another strong boost to economic growth. By one estimate, an additional significant expansion of the ITA would add nearly $800 billion to the global GDP over 10-years.

The ITA-1 and its 2015 expansion, or ITA-2, have increased employment, put innovative and affordable tech products in the hands of consumers, empowered workers, driven the digital economy, played a catalytic role in developing global value chains, boosted economic growth around the world, and bridged communities across the globe in ways unimagined when the original agreement was launched 25 years ago. More immediately, technologies covered by the ITA have enabled the world to better weather global lockdowns by facilitating remote working and learning in ways that could not have been imagined when ITA-1 was being negotiated, and by increasing access to vital goods needed to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, including the rapid development of mRNA vaccines. Another round of ITA product expansion, coupled with expansion of geographic scope of the agreement would yield immediate and sweeping benefits, removing tariffs on a vast array of tech products not currently covered and spreading the benefits of digital innovation around the world to developing and developed economies alike.

While ITA-2 captured an impressive $1.3 trillion in tech trade, there have been major advances in ICT technology since 2015.  More than seven years have passed since the ITA-2 was achieved and not a single product has been added to the agreement even though the ICT sector is bursting with innovation and demand for digital technologies is growing exponentially. A letter is now being drafted, calling on ITA members to support launching another ambitious new round of negotiations to further expand this critically important agreement and carry forward the robust momentum produced by the original ITA and its 2015 expansion. An ITA-3 would give a strong boost the World Trade Organization, generate enormous benefits to workers across the world, support the global environment, bring more developing countries into the digital supply chain, and promote global prosperity.

Several associations and companies traveled to Geneva to present the global industry statement to the WTO and trade missions on May 16, 2022. As part of the visit, the delegation met with WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Deputy Directors-General Angela Paolini ELLARD, ITA Committee Secretariat Dr Xiaodong Wang, and numerous Ambassadors from countries with missions in Geneva, including Amb. Pagan of the US, Amb. Stephen de Boer of Canada, Amb. Yamazaki of Japan, Amb. Manuel Teehankee of the Philippines, Amb. Lee of South Korea, and Amb. Lo of Chinese Taipei. During the meetings, the group presented the global industry statement signed by more than 40 associations from around the world — from Bangladesh to Bahrain and representing millions of workers — urging ITA members to launch another ambitious new round of ITA expansion negotiations (or ITA-3) to significantly expand product coverage of the agreement.

The global industry statement is available on the WITSA web site.

About WITSA:

The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global digital technology industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world tech market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in digital technology products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the digital technology industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members – ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States – to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. For more information on WITSA, please visit https://witsa.org/.

Malaysia Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Meets WITSA SG, to Officially Open WCIT 2022 Malaysia in Penang

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May 16, 2022

Contact:        Dr. Sean Seah. Mobile: +6012 (336) 1933 E: sseah2005@gmail.com

                        Dr. Jim Poisant. Mobile +1 703 728-4547 E: jpoisant@witsa.org

 

Malaysia Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Meets WITSA SG, to Officially Open WCIT 2022 Malaysia in Penang; MoU Signed to Drive Transformation, Grow Industry

 

Fairfax, VA:  WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant on May 11 met with His Excellency Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob, Prime Minister of Malaysia at Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C. Hotel. During the one-on-one session, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri strongly expressed his support for WITSA’s flagship event, the World Congress on Innovation and Technology (WCIT), which will next be held in Penang, Malaysia, on September 13-15, 2022. The Hon. Prime Minister was confident WCIT would help to grow the tech industry both globally and in Malaysia and put a spotlight on how technology can benefit humankind through innovation and entrepreneurship. He was looking forward to officially opening WCIT 2022 Malaysia in Penang on September 13th, 2022.

The Prime Minister traveled to the United States on a four-day working visit, during which he also met with President Joe Biden, ASEAN leaders and major U.S. companies, including Microsoft, Google, Tesla, Boeing, IBM, Texas Instruments, GE Aviation, Conoco Phillips, Ford, National Instruments, Infineon, Micron, and Insulet.

“The WCIT is unique in its global perspective on tech issues and its ability to draw users, providers, media and academia from around the world”, said WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant.  “Global business, government and academic leaders discuss emerging markets, legal and policy issues, political and economic trends, emerging technologies, tech user perspectives and business opportunities in the global marketplace,” continued Dr. Poisant. “I am delighted that Prime Minister Ismail Sabri will personally join us in Penang to open our ‘Olympics of IT’, which help connect and transform the world by exploring innovative approaches to      fulfill the promise of the digital age for everyone.”

Dr. Poisant on May 12, 2022 also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between WITSA, Malaysia’s Human Resource Development Corporation (HRDC) and The National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM). The signing ceremony was attended by      the Malaysian      Minister of Human Resources Datuk Seri Saravanan Murugan,      Senior Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah. HRDC was represented by its Chief Executive Datuk Shahul Dawood.

In the MoU, HRDC, PIKOM and WITSA committed to collaborate in organizing WCIT 2022 Malaysia and to drive transformation and grow the industry given that tech is the key driver of the global economy. The parties also agreed to advocate international public policies that advance the industry’s growth and development, to facilitate international trade and investment in tech products and services through their respective global network of contacts, and to promote industry cooperation and strengthen their national associations through the sharing of knowledge, experience, and critical information. The MoU also stipulated that the parties would work closely with internationally recognized organizations to promote and facilitate growth.

PIKOM Chairman and WITSA Deputy Chairman Dr. Sean Seah urged businesses, governments, users, media and academia from all around the world to participate in WCIT 2022 Malaysia on September 13-15 and join the conversations to “Connect and Transform the World”, the theme of this year’s Congress. “Billions of online connections are driving innovation and changing everything,”      said Dr. Seah. “This changing landscape is a world of opportunities. Make the digital economy relevant to you and you to it,” continued Dr. Seah. “Different economies perceive advances in technology in different ways. How should policy nurture innovation and diversity? What deployment and data are used by governments to respond to change? How should countries and corporations anticipate and respond to shifts and drive actions for positive change, future-proofing technology? Discussions will focus on areas including innovation indices, economic growth, resource depletion, public & private policies, development and more.”

Dr. Seah also stated that Malaysia now is open for business, with most COVID-19 travel restrictions lifted since 1st April 2022. Early Bird tickets for attending the congress both in person and virtually are available until June 30 at https://wcit2022.com/wcit/home.

About WITSA:

The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global digital technology industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world tech market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in digital technology products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the digital technology industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members – ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States – to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. For more information on WITSA, please visit https://witsa.org/.

About WCIT 2022 Malaysia:

WCIT 2022 Malaysia is organized by PIKOM, strategically enabled by MDEC, and the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia and hosted by the Penang State Government. WCIT 2022 Malaysia includes discussions relating to the implications of technological advancements to legal, political and economic trends affecting tech business processes; presentations of innovative solutions from breakthrough technologies; and B2B/G2G meetings to identify and secure new investment opportunities. Past speakers of WCIT include Al Gore, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, Michael Dell, Larry Ellison, Bill Clinton, Don Tapscott, Bill Gates, Steve Balmer, John Chambers, Craig Barrett, Nicholas Negroponte, Craig Venter and Colin Powell.

For more information about the September 13-15, 2002 World Congress on Innovation and Technology 2022 Malaysia, please visit the official website at https://wcit2022.com/.

 

 

The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance Appoints New CEO

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May 6, 2022

Contact:          Mr. Yannis Sirros. Mobile: +30 (6) 9 44 77 88 18 E: Yannis@WITSA.org

                         Mr. Dan E. Khoo. Mobile +60 12-650 8392 E: danekhoo@witsa.org

                         Dr. Jim Poisant. Mobile +1 703 728-4547 E: jpoisant@witsa.org

The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance Appoints New CEO

 Fairfax, VA:  The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) today appointed Dato Dan E. Khoo as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Khoo will work alongside Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant until his retirement on September 30, 2022.

“After many years at the helm of WITSA, Jim will be retiring at the end of September, following the World Congress on Innovation and Technology in Penang, Malaysia, our flagship event,” stated WITSA Chairman Yannis Sirros. “Jim is responsible for leading WITSA to the great organization that it is today, growing the organization and developing our hugely successful WCIT brand. Jim has been a cornerstone of WITSA for over 25 years, and it is hard to envisage a future without his steadfast leadership, marketing skills, and vision. But, in the words of Heraclitus, ‘There is nothing permanent except change’,” continued Mr. Sirros.

“After extensive vetting and a competitive recruitment outreach, WITSA has chosen a uniquely qualified individual in Dan E Khoo, who has previously served as the Chairman of WITSA,” said WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant.  “In addition, Dan organized the highly successful World Congress in Kuala Lumpur in 2008, which hosted more than 3,300 delegates from 92 countries, 105 speakers, and over $10 million in sponsorships! He has been involved with WITSA for more than 25 years, first as a speaker at our World Congress in Bilbao, Spain. I am therefore extremely pleased to welcome Dan back to our esteemed organization!” continued Dr. Poisant.

“I am honored and privileged to return to WITSA in this executive capacity. WITSA’s unique alliance of tech industry associations from over 80 countries and economies provides a global platform and an exciting opportunity to impact change on a global scale. I look forward to contributing towards an organization that is the leading recognized voice of the global tech industry, a key driver of digital transformation and the global economy, and an advocate of international public policies that advance the industry’s growth and development,” stated Dan Khoo.

About Dato’ Dan E Khoo:

Born in Penang, Dato’ Dan E Khoo has a lifelong passion for technology, strategy and entrepreneurship. His global outlook is shaped by leadership experience in California’s Silicon Valley, Malaysia, Vietnam and Hong Kong with roles in private enterprise, non-profit and the public sector. Entrepreneurship exits with a trade sale of a tech startup to a Nasdaq-listed enterprise at the height of the dot-com boom and an IPO in Bursa Malaysia came after he led the creation of technology sections in two English-language newspapers. Khoo’s involvement in non-profit organizations led to stints as Chairman of the National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM), Director of The Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO), President of the Southeast-Asia Information Technology Organization (SITO) and Chairman of WITSA. He has also served as Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation’s Head of Strategy and as President of MDEC Americas Inc in Palo Alto, California. He has won multiple awards including the WITSA Lifetime Achievement Award and PIKOM Man of the Year.

About WITSA:

The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global digital technology industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in digital technology products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the digital technology industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members – ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States – to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. For more information on WITSA, please visit https://witsa.org/.

WITSA and IT Ukraine Association Applauds Ukraine’s ‘Hidden IT Heroes’, Calls on Support from the Global ICT Industry

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 March 28, 2022

Contact:     Mr. Yannis Sirros. Mob: +30 (6) 9 44 77 88 18 E: Yannis@WITSA.org

                     Dr. Jim Poisant. Mob. +1 703 728-4547 E: jpoisant@witsa.org

                     Mr. Constantine Vasuk. Mob: +38 099 266 39 03 E: hello@itukraine.org.ua

WITSA and IT Ukraine Association Applauds Ukraine’s ‘Hidden IT Heroes’, Calls on Support from the Global ICT Industry

Fairfax, VA: The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) and IT Ukraine Association fully support UN Secretary António Guterres and his appeal to President Putin to end the war in Ukraine. “Such unilateral measures conflict directly with the United Nations Charter, which states that all members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations”, said WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant.

As an organization dedicated to the peace and prosperity and fulfilment of the digital promise to all by enhancing international trade and the rule of law for nearly 50 years, we stand with the innocent people of Ukraine in these difficult times and encourage the world community to do the same, said WITSA Chairman Mr. Yannis Sirros. “We implore President Putin to withdraw his weapons immediately and work toward restoring a path of dialogue and negotiations to save the people of Ukraine from the scourge of war”, continued Mr. Sirros.

In recent years, Ukraine has made major strides toward becoming a digital nation, with the ambitious goal of transforming Ukraine into a large European IT hub. Even though Ukraine has been entangled in a perpetual war with Russia since 2014, the Ukrainian IT industry has experienced a rapid growth of 36% and the sector has seen a significant influx of new talent. Information technology products and services is now one of the key export industries of Ukraine and, over the past three years, the industry has more than doubled its exports and has boosted its workforce by more than 50%. Many apps, programs and services are produced by Ukrainian companies, and citizens around the world rely on Ukrainian talent and expertise every day. Ukraine’s tech sector grew 20 percent in 2020 and is powered by a tradition of technical education and a recent boom in outsourcing from more expensive countries.

“Having already had reliable cooperation with WITSA beforehand, we are delighted to partner again, this time to provide support to Ukraine in this difficult hour. Currently being the only operating export industry, Ukrainian Tech has been demonstrating its resilience and still keeping its potential to grow. The way the Ukrainian IT businesses are holding up under the conditions of war is very encouraging and I am confident that together with the representatives of the global tech market we will have enough strength and motivation to rise to today’s challenges and to do this with dignity,” said Konstantin Vasuk, Executive Director of the IT Ukraine Association.

It is imperative that the global ICT sector support Ukraine by maintaining business operations and to further invest in and helping build and preserve the burgeoning tech sector in Europe’s second largest country. In particular, corporations that are looking for providers for their projects, as well as those that have divested or suspended their business in Russia should consider investing and finding partners in the Ukrainian tech sector. By supporting Ukraine during the war, clients will most importantly continue to receive their desired products and results.

WITSA and IT Ukraine Association strongly encourage all tech companies to assess the human rights impacts of their business decisions in line with the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

We therefore strongly encourage people from the global tech industry to consider supporting Ukraine through the #StandwithUkraine global initiative. The NGO Techiia Foundation, verified by the IT Ukraine Association, joined the #StandwithUkraine global initiative. The idea is to let public figures and entrepreneurs express their support for Ukrainians via video recorded at the WePlay Arena L. A., which is uniquely decorated as a platform for the #StandwithUkraine initiative. The Ambassador and Consul General of Belgium Gunther Sleeuwagen, IT entrepreneurs Andrei Komarovsky and Ivan Agapchev, the Film Director, Screenwriter, and Producer Roland Emmerich have joined the project already. The IT Ukraine Association calls for entrepreneurs, who would like to feature in the next videos – live from the arena in Los Angeles (USA) or online, broadcasting the video on the screens.

Courtesy of DIGITALEUROPE, a non-exhaustive list of organisations – both international and local – active on the ground which you can support, as well as individual and collective initiatives from the tech and scientific communities to help the people of Ukraine is provided below:

 About WITSA:

The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global digital technology industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in digital technology products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the digital technology industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members – ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States – to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. For more information on WITSA, please visit https://witsa.org/.

About IT Ukraine

IT Ukraine is the country’s largest association of IT companies, representing the interests of more than 75,000 IT professionals. Since the Russian aggression, the association has been at the forefront of the industry’s response, coordinating cyber and IT support, partnering with humanitarian organizations, and spreading news and information to counter Russian propaganda.