WITSA Signs Multi-Association Letter on China Draft Personal Information Protection and Data Security Laws

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June 3, 2021

 

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

 

WITSA Signs Multi-Association Letter on China Draft Personal Information Protection and Data Security Laws

Fairfax, VA:  The World Information Technology and Services (WITSA) today signed a multi-association letter addressing data localization mandates and data transfer restrictions in the People’s Republic of China’s draft Data Security Law (DSL) and draft Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL). The letter raises concerns regarding certain provisions relating to data localization and data transfers in the draft legislation.

The multi-association letter reflects WITSA’s existing policy principles established in its Statement of Policy on Restrictions of the Free Flow of Information Across Nationality/Regional Borders. WITSA is taking a strong stance against forced localization of data requirements as these interrupts the free flow of data that underpins the complex online networks connecting the globe in ways that threaten the cultural and economic growth potential of the Internet and Internet-based technologies.

The ability to access technology and transfer data securely across international digital networks is of central importance to any company with international business activities. Cross-border data transfers support many important priorities, including international sales and marketing, transnational research and development, cybersecurity, fraud monitoring and prevention, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, and a broad range of other activities relating to the protection of health, privacy, security, intellectual property, and regulatory compliance. To avoid prejudicing these priorities, the multi-association letter recommends that the PIPL and DSL avoid the imposition of data localization mandates, onerous data transfer restrictions, and associated data-related barriers.

The signed letter can be found on the following link: https://witsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/China-DSL-PIPL-MultiAssociationLetter-20210602-English-Translation.pdf

 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 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 signs multi-association letter to make concrete policy recommendations to the G20 to drive the global digital recovery

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May 17, 2021

Contact:
Ms. Angela Mondou, WITSA Policy Chair: +1 (519) 589-4039 E: amondou@technationcanada.ca 
Mr. Anders Halvorsen: +1 571 265-5964 E: ahalvorsden@witsa.org

 

Fairfax, VA:  The World Information Technology and Services (WITSA) today co-signed a letter addressed to G20 governments. As we look ahead to this year’s G20 Summit in October, WITSA and our partners in the global digital and technology industries wish to emphasize the need to harness digital transformation to drive recovery and build resilience into the world economy WITSA and ten other leading international digital associations have put forward the following concrete policy proposals:

  • Avoid digital protectionism or imposing barriers to trade in recovery planning and economic stimulus packages;
  • Ensure that regulatory approaches impacting digital services, technologies and infrastructure are non-discriminatory;
  • Invest in strengthening the resilience of global value chains;
  • Commit to facilitating the free flow of data that recognizes the need for interoperability of regimes across borders and refraining from imposing damaging data localization requirements;
  • Follow the Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT) principles;
  • Support multilateral efforts at the OECD to establish a set of common practices and legal processes for ensuring trusted law enforcement; and
  • Establish common approaches to the regulation of emerging technologies, especially artificial intelligence (AI).

 

The signed letter can be found here.

 

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 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 Calls for Partnerships with Governments to Connect the World

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January 22, 2021

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

Fairfax, VA:  The World Information Technology and Services (WITSA) today published a statement of policy entitled “The Role of Government in Connecting the World – an Industry Perceptive”. The paper makes the case that, in a Digitally driven world economy, the need to fully join the Digital Age is no longer just a smart thing to do, -it is required for a nations’ future. It is up to governments, in partnership with industry and other stakeholders to shape e-commerce and the digital economy by adopting rules that favor the adoption of ICTs and economic growth. In many developing countries, this is an enormous challenge that will involve reforming existing policies, laws and regulations in many areas.

“The pandemic has highlighted the glaring need to bridge the digital divide, both within and across countries, given the crucial role the digital economy has played during the crisis”, said WITSA Chairman Yannis Sirros. “The COVID-19 crisis presents a unique opportunity to improve the lives and livelihoods of citizens. Governments, the private sector, international organizations and citizens must take up the challenge of increasing digitalization and dare to make a difference” continued Mr. Sirros. “The moment is now!”

“Unfortunately, the digital economy is still relatively unchartered territory in many emerging countries around the world, and policies and regulations are failing to keep pace with the ever-accelerating digital transformations taking place”, said WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant. “It is imperative that government leaders, in cooperation and partnership with the private sector embraces and employees the use of Digital technologies”, continued Dr. Poisant. “ICT must be at the core all of decision made by government leaders.”

The full statement can be found on the WITSA web site at the following link. 

 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 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 https://witsa.org/.

WITSA Congratulates President Biden

January 20, 2021

 

President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20500

 

Dear President Biden:

On behalf of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), we congratulate you on winning this important election and on having been inaugurated as the 46th United States President.

Looking ahead and facing the wide-ranging impacts of the pandemic, it is more important than ever for the United States to provide global leadership on a range of issues affecting its national prosperity, including international trade, climate change, sustainability, rule of law and support for a rules-based global economy.

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. We are dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services. On this basis, we are looking forward to becoming a partner with your Administration on policies that foster greater opportunity for families across all communities, in the United States as well abroad. From closing the digital divide to investing in research and development to a renewed collaboration with allies to achieve U.S. trade, economic, and national security objectives, our industry is committed to working constructively with yours to ensure that the United States adopts policies that support the well-being of all Americans as well as people around the world.

WITSA envisions itself as the leader in Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age for everyone. Your engagement with the wider world, including government and business leadership working together is indispensable to this effort. Such a comprehensive multi-stakeholder strategy will need to build upon America’s strengths in its innovation, entrepreneurship, know-how, educational system and world-class work force. It should seek to further leverage business to reinforce your global leadership and effectively engage with multilateral institutions for international rules that support business innovation and competitiveness. It should also insist that those institutions become more accountable to and inclusive of key global stakeholders, including the private sector, in pursuit of shared goals and values.

It is our mission to promote and facilitate the global growth of the ICT industry through public policy development and advocacy, and the promotion of global trade and investment. 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.

We are ready to work with your Administration to realize the Promise of the Digital Age to everyone -in America and around the world- and to reap the gains from participation in global markets and trade, to advance sustainable development, and to deliver benefits in the form of jobs and opportunities in the U.S. and beyond. These objectives should be pursued together as the U.S. moves to build forward better and stronger, in partnership with its allies worldwide.

Respectfully

Yannis Sirros
Chairman
Dr. Jim Poisant
Secretary General
 

 

 

 

 

 

WITSA Highlights the Positive Impact and Contributions of ICT During a Time of Global Crisis

January 15, 2021

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

 

WITSA Highlights the Positive Impact and Contributions of ICT During a Time of Global Crisis

Fairfax, VA:  The World Information Technology and Services (WITSA) today published a statement of policy entitled “The Impact and Contributions of ICT During a Time of Global Crisis: Embracing Digital Technology in the New Normal”. The paper takes stock of how our industry has stepped up to the task during the crisis. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, changes have taken place in our homes, our workplaces, our governments, businesses, meetings, education, travel, our healthcare system to include medical research-thus we have adopted new ways to conduct our lives-this is our new normal.

The paper shows that the pandemic has forced an exponential growth in and usage of digital technologies, leading to a “new normal” that fully embraces digital transformation and opening the door to the 4th Industrial Revolution and the fusion of the digital, biological, and physical worlds, as well as the growing utilization of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, robotics, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, and advanced wireless technologies, among others.

“Sooner than later, the COVID-19 virus pandemic will go down in history among other global catastrophes”, said WITSA Chairman Mr. Yannis Sirros. “The most important question is how the world will recover and learn from this crisis and prepare for the next one. The digital technology industry can support society’s prosperity, drive economic growth and promote innovation, introducing a new digital future, all over the world”, continued Mr. Sirros.

“Among all the lessons derived from the COVID-19 pandemic, none is more important than stressing the importance of ICT development”, stated WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant. “Crises will come and go but falling behind in the Digital Age will cast nations into perpetual poverty and hardship”, continued Dr. Poisant. “Catching up is quite possible if nations act NOW with a sense of Urgency. As a matter of fact, now is the best time for nations to leapfrog ahead in their quest to become Digital nations and Digital Citizens.”

The full statement can be found on the WITSA web site at the following link: https://witsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/WITSA-COVID19-Report-2021.pdf

 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 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 Elects New Officers for the 2020-2022 Term

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December 3, 2020

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

 

Fairfax, Virginia: At its Board of Directors meetings on December 1, 2020, the World Information Technology and services Alliance (WITSA) voted on a new slate of officers for the 2020-2020 term.

Joining WITSA’s Chairman, Mr. Yannis Sirros,  Mr. Sean Seah representing the National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) was elected WITSA’s Deputy Chairman, who will serve in the absence of the Chairman, assuming all appropriate responsibilities. WITSA also elected eight Regional Vice Chairmen, who will be WITSA’s front-line representatives in their respective regions as well as conduits for new members joining WITSA.

Additionally, WITSA established two new committees that will be crucial to WITSA’s future: The Business Development Committee (BDC) and the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC).

Mr. Brian Shen of the Information Service Industry Association of Taiwan (CISA) will chair the Business Development Committee, which will be responsible for identifying new streams of revenue such as regional events, new memberships, grants and supporting existing WITSA programs, to include educational offerings, WITSA’s Business Excellence Certification program, WITSA’s Global Partnership programs, WITSA’s World Congress on IT, and other related activities with the express purpose of sustaining existing sources of WITSA’s revenue and creating new revenue sources in the near and long term in order to ensure WITSA’s financial sustainability.

Mr. Santiago Gutierrez of  the Mexican National Chamber of Electronics, Telecoms and IT Enterprises (CANIETI) will chair the new WITSA Strategic Planning Committee, which is responsible for increasing the global brand of WITSA as the Voice of the Global ICT Industry, contributing to WITSA’s long-term sustainability, establishing and implementing strategies for WITSA increase its relevant and valuable to WITSA members around the world.

Ms. Angela Mondou, the CEO & President of TECHNATION Canada, will Chair WITSA’s Global Policy Action Committee (GPAC), with a particular responsibility to ascertain and promote important issues affecting the global use of ICT as it relates to government policies.

Mr. Sean Seah of PIKOM, Malaysia, was re-elected as Chairman of WITSA’s Finance Committee, which is to oversee financial planning, prepare annual budgets for board approvals, financial management, ensure assets are protected,  and the drafting of fiscal policies.

Dr. Boris Komrakov of InfoPark, Belarus, was re-elected to lead WITSA’s Committee on Education, Training and Human Resources, which is responsible for understanding the problems, issues and roadblocks contributing to the shortage of ICT workers as they relate to education and training; identifying programs, curriculum, best practices, and opportunities as they apply to addressing the problems of the global ICT worker shortages.

Finally, Eng. Tarek Abd-elmonem Taha of the Egyptian Information Telecommunications, Electronics and Software Alliance (EITESAL), was elected Chairman of WITSA’s Nominating Committee, which is tasked with soliciting candidates for WITSA’s Board of Directors and Chairman.

“On behalf of the WITSA Secretariat, I wish to congratulate the new WITSA Officers upon their successful election”, said Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant. “We look forward to working with the new leadership to take WITSA to the next level”.

A list of the newly elected WITSA officers is provided below. WITSA also recently elected a new Chairman and Board of Directors for the 2020-2022 term. Please see that press release on the WITSA website at https://witsa.org/witsa-elects-new-leadership-for-the-2020-22-term-selects-mr-yannis-sirros-as-its-first-chairman-from-europe/.

Chairman

Mr. Yannis Sirros (SEPE Greece)

WITSA Deputy Chairman

Mr. Sean Seah, The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM)

WITSA Regional Vice Chairmen:

Regional Vice Chairman for Africa:
Mr. Matthias Ifesieh, ITAN, Nigeria

Regional Vice Chairman for Middle East and North Africa:
Eng. Tarek Abd-elmonem Taha, EITESAL, Egypt

Regional Vice Chairman for Europe (EU & EEA):
Mr. Julian David, techUK, United Kingdom

Regional Vice Chairman for Europe (Non-EU):
Mr. Zoran Lazarevski, MASIT, Republic of North Macedonia

Regional Vice Chairman for Latin America:
Mr. Alberto Patron, CESSI, Argentina

Regional Vice Chairman for North America:
Ms. Angela Mondou, TECHNATION, Canada

Regional Vice Chairman for Asia-Pacific:
Mr. Md. Shahid-Ul-Munir, BCS, Bangladesh

WITSA Committees

Finance Committee:
Mr. Sean Seah (PIKOM, Malaysia)

Global Policy Action Committee:
Ms. Angela Mondou (TECHNATION, Canada)

Committee on Education, Training and Human Resources:
Dr. Boris Komrakov (InfoPark, Belarus)

Nominating Committee:
Eng. Tarek Abd-elmonem Taha (EITESAL, Egypt)

Strategic Planning Committee:
Mr. Santiago Gutierrez (CANIETI, Mexico)

Business Development Committee:
Mr. Brian Shen (CISA, Taiwan)

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 2020 Global ICT Excellence Award Winners

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November 19, 2020

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

Penang, Malaysia: On the second day of the 2020 TECHFEST Live! x ROAD-TO-WCIT Malaysia hybrid event, the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) announced that twelve private and public sector organizations from four different continents were selected to receive the 2020 WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards, including the special WITSA Chairman’s Awards. WITSA is the leading recognized voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90% of the world’s ICT market. The WITSA Awards recognize the entities that made the most significant contributions to mankind in 2020

“Never before in WITSA’s 20 years of hosting the Global ICT Excellence Awards have we had the honor of reviewing as many well-qualified, unique and remarkable award submissions”, said WITSA Chairman Yvonne Chiu.

The nominations submitted to this year’s awards program spanned WITSA’s entire global membership, from Nigeria to Bangladesh, from Argentina to the United Kingdom and beyond.  “This year’s awards are happening at a very unique time in history.  In spite of going through a global pandemic we are delighted that we will be able to recognize some of the very best ICT solutions from governments, institutions, individuals and industry”, stated WITSA’s Secretary General, Dr. Jim Poisant.

The WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards is one of WITSA’s most popular programs. Started 20 years ago, at the 2000 World Congress on IT in Taipei, WITSA has – as the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry – utilized its unprecedented reach into the ICT 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 20 years, WITSA has recognized its award winners on the world stage, starting in Taipei, to Adelaide (Australia), Athens (Greece), Austin (Texas), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Montreal (Canada), Guadalajara (Mexico), Brasilia (Brazil), Hyderabad (India) and Yerevan (Armenia).

What makes the Global ICT Excellence Awards unique is that nominations are made by experts that know the industry best; the national and regional WITSA ICT industry associations. With unparalleled insight, the most innovative and impact 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 had to spend countless hours reviewing nearly 130 submissions.

The 2020 WITSA Awards was remarkable for its large number of highly qualified nominees, received from WITSA’s network of ICT industry associations in over 80 countries around the world. WITSA therefore decided to also recognize the most noteworthy Runner-up candidates and Merit winners. While not being selected as winners of one of the award categories, merit winners nevertheless displayed first-rate use of ICT.

The following are the winners of the 2020 WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards:

  1. 2020 Chairman’s Award (Two Awardees):
    -PEMANDU Associates Sdn Bhd (for their Global COVID-19 Index – GCI)
    – Intel (For their Intel Education AI for Youth Program)
  1. COVID-19 Tech Solutions for Cities and Localities:
    – Keelung City Government & Industrial Technology Research Institute: For AI-LiDAR Based People Flow Management System for Prevention of COVID-19
    – Taichung and III Regional Industry Service: For Sustainable Urban Business Solution
  2. COVID-19 Tech Solutions for Countries and Regions: Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare: For a pandemic preventive system from border to community: Taiwan model (Department of Information Management, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan)
  3. COVID-19 Best Industry Solutions:
    – Acer: AEB (Acer e-enabling Service Business Inc.) and the Taiwan healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (THAS): For iPLATO
  4. 2020 Public/Private Partnership Award: Chipside
  5. 2020 Digital Opportunity/Inclusion Award:
    – Arbusta
    – Spark for Software Solutions: doContact Series
  6. 2020 Sustainable Growth Award: Telekom Research & Development Sdn Bhd: For Smart Water Integrated Management System (SWIMS)
  7. 2020 Innovative E-Health Solutions Award: Fujitsu
  8. 2020 Digital Innovation Award: Tookitaki Holding Pte Ltd
  9. 2020 E-Education & Learning Award: Intel

 

Finally, WITSA recognized 10 Runners-up and 21 Merit awards.

 

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

 

The winners of the 2020 WITSA Awards are listed below:

 

THE CHAIRMAN’S AWARD

Intel: For their Intel Education AI for Youth Program

[Also, Winner of the 2020 E-Education & Learning Award – see below] Intel launched a comprehensive artificial intelligence (AI) readiness program, Intel® AI for Youth, in 2019. Driven in partnership with governments and academia worldwide, the program empowers youth to create their own social impact projects by enabling them to acquire technical skills in data science, computer vision, and coding, as well as teaching social skills focused on AI ethics and biases, and AI solutions-building. Participant projects have included a system to convert handwritten complaints by rural citizens to a digitized format that can be sent to government representatives, a project to predict depression among school children, a mini robot to remind elderly people to take their medications, and an AI drone to search for missing people. The Intel AI for Youth program is currently available in India, Germany, Poland, Singapore, and South Korea. We also launched a digital readiness program aimed at helping policy makers and government officials to connect, share, and learn a range of emerging technologies such as AI and 5G. This hands-on, immersive workshop focuses on using these technologies for improved governance and includes discussions around multiple use cases in areas such as smart cities, healthcare, and transportation.

Already, over 10,000 high school and vocational students have enrolled in this initiative in UK, USA, China, India, S Korea, Poland, Germany, Singapore, Israel, Russia, and Indonesia. Intel to train 30 million people in AI by 2030.

Contact person: Stuart Walker, Head of Education UK, Intel, stuart.walker@intel.com

For more information, see: https://www.intel.co.uk/content/www/uk/en/it-managers/ai-youth-education.html

 

PEMANDU Associates Sdn Bhd: For the Global COVID-19 Index (GCI)

The Global COVID-19 Index (GCI) is the world’s first holistic and comprehensive index on COVID-19. It rates and ranks countries based on how well they are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a fully data-driven and objective approach designed to assist decision-makers make critical decisions in the fight against COVID-19. The GCI is developed by PEMANDU Associates in partnership with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia, and is an initiative that will be kept live at least until the end of 2021.

The GCI is designed to assist countries in managing the COVID-19 pandemic – mitigating its severity and planning for their recovery from the crisis. It can help governments answer the key questions of when and how they should impose or relax their lockdowns with minimal guessing. It can also indicate when heavier measures may be needed to reinforce their healthcare system’s capacity. With its global rating system, it can also help answer the key question of what measures appear to be working or not working for countries around the world. From there, best practices can be derived and considered for countries with similar demographic, healthcare and socio-economic parameters. Businesses would benefit from knowing where their base country is on the severity-recovery scale. For countries who are on the road to recovery, knowing this can help business owners prepare to resume operations. For countries who are still far from recovery or may be struggling, the index can help businesses prepare their mitigation plan over an expected timeline.

More information: https://covid19.pemandu.org/

 

COVID-19 TECH SOLUTIONS FOR CITIES & LOCALITIES

Keelung City Government & Industrial Technology Research Institute: For AI-LiDAR Based People Flow Management System for Prevention of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic slowed down the growth of economy and block the interaction between people. The Taiwan government applied the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and border control at the beginning of the pandemic. The Keelung City Government, Industrial Technology Research Institute and AEMASS formed a technological epidemic prevention team to solve this issue. The team installed the advanced Artificial Intelligent Light Detection and Ranging (AILiDAR) based people flow management system in the Keelung MiaoKou Night Market for preventing COVID-19. The system solved the detection of social distancing, crowd control of people, counting people for occupancy rate. This system applied for dealing some prevention strategies for people gathering problem.

The AI-LiDAR based system is counting the time of flight of a pulse of light between an object and a detector. The light is emitted from the LiDAR and is reflected by the object. For producing the point cloud data, the AI-LiDAR has a very high sampling rate for moving people and environment. Every second more than a million pulse-lights are emitted and detected by the AI-LiDAR. The multiple line of emitters and detectors were integrated in the compact system. The emitted-lines in a rotation dimension which is the field of view of detection area. The scanning of emitted-lines increases the measurement range and spatial resolution

Contact: chrischchen@itri.org.tw; lyc2020@mail.klcg.gov.tw

More information: https://witsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CISA-Keelung-City-Government-_-Industrial-Technology-Research-Institute.pdf

 

Taichung and III Regional Industry Service: For Sustainable Urban Business Solution

As a transportation hub in central Taiwan, Taichung City is teeming with a rich array of cultural activities and unique industries. It attracts in average over 41.78 million visitations each year, which creates revenue of over NT$58 billion for the city. Meanwhile, statistic showed that in 2018 the average expense of Taichung citizens purchasing in shopping malls was 279,200 NT dollars, which was ranked second only to Taipei City. Nevertheless, since the beginning of 2020, COVID19 pandemic has plunged the world into deep recession, and companies have implemented remote work or diversion to maintain company operations. The lockdown of countries has brought severely damaged to many industries. Local stores were financially fragile and couldn’t maintain the business due to domestic and global travel restrictions. In view of this, Taichung City government has partnered with Institute of Information Industry(III) to develop Sustainable Urban Business Solution which connects Taichung’s key living areas and festivals using A/VR and AI solutions to offer diverse services for both residents and visitors. The goal is to create a smart application service ecosystem for the city through three modules: (1) digital content experience, (2) real and virtual data integration, and (3) business data analysis feedback. By introducing this solution, Taichung City has successfully combined local characteristics and consumption behaviors through technology interactions, encouraged the engagement of citizens and local enterprises, and pooled together open resources of the municipal government to gather huge amounts of data for analysis, thereby promoting the urban digitalization for better and improved urban and rural development to create local business opportunities.

Through the aggregation and analysis of online and offline data, Sustainable Urban Business Solution drives innovative business models which effectively revive the economy of the area for the post COVID-19 economy. With the boost of virtual economy and innovative business applications, the solution offers AR/VR and numerous digital content experiences to create the possibility of and achieve heterogeneous data standardization through data serialization modules to improve the quality of data. With the engagement of Taichung City throughout the past two 16 years, the service has successfully optimized the performance of the government data base through business data analysis to establish a sustainable urban business service solution for Taichung.

Contact: yuwenhuang@iii.org; lu23199760@gmail.com; garhung@iii.org.tw

More information: https://witsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CISA-Taichung-and-III-Regional-Industry-Service.pdf

 

COVID-19 TECH SOLUTIONS FOR COUNTRIES & REGIONS

Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare: A pandemic preventive system from border to community: Taiwan model (Department of Information Management, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan)

Worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to 17 million confirmed cases, half a million confirmed deaths, and the numbers just keep rising. When COVID-19 virus initially caused an outbreak in China, researchers at Johns Hopkins University, USA, had forecasted that due to the geographical relationship between China and Taiwan, Taiwan would be second most affected country by COVID-19 virus. However, Taiwan has defied those expectations. Up until July 31th, 2020, Taiwan had only 467 Covid-19 cases, 7 confirmed deaths and only 1.5% case fatality rate (CFR) (shown in Figure 1). The successful response to Covid-19 was not a matter of luck, but the result of careful planning and digital transformation. Taiwan has performed well in combating COVID-19 this time and this may be attributed to the lessons learned from the 2003 SARS outbreak and the actions took for deployment of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs). The SARS experience had prepared the Taiwan government and citizens to react to the COVID19 pandemic more promptly and stay cautious. Meanwhile, it has forced government to seek effective solutions to include ICTs to respond effectively. ICTs plays an essential role in the combating the COVID-19 pandemic in Taiwan, especially its roles as an information-driven provided tremendous help in containing the COVID-19 virus, which was not seen during the SARS pandemic.

The new Pandemic Preventive System from Border to Community activated an information-driven inter-organizational system and removed government department’s silos. Until now, the new Pandemic Preventive System from Border to Community is only used for entrants entering Taiwan. In the future expansion, it might be considered to connect with systems in other countries around the world.

Contact: ccparng@mohw.gov.tw

More information: https://witsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CISA-Ministry-of-Health-and-Welfare.pdf

 

COVID-19 BEST INDUSTRY SOLUTIONS

Acer: AEB (Acer e-enabling Service Business Inc.) and the Taiwan healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (THAS)

Acer e-Enabling Service Business Inc. (hereinafter “AEB”) was incorporated in 2012 as a key strategic investment in the IT service sector of the global IT leader Acer Group. AEB provides cloud platform and digital solutions to enterprises looking to outperform competition in the era of digital transformation. The company aims to create and integrate value for stakeholders in the ecosystem of IT vendors and enterprise client, where AEB has over 2500 plus long-term corporate accounts and over 200 first tier partners of different domains around the world.

There are many factors contributing to Taiwan CDC’s success, a well architect IT platform that can provide real-time and critical data to medical personnel when it accounts most certainly is an indispensable one. The THAS developed by AEB helps officials and professionals to stay updated and ahead of the curve.

Contact: Olive C. Chang: Olive.C.Chang@aceraeb.com

More information: https://witsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CISA-Acer.pdf

 

iPLATO

For providing free remote consultation and COVID-19 reporting tools to 3,000 GP practices. PLATO Healthcare is a London based innovation company dedicated to mobile health since 2006. iPLATO’s evidence based mobile health solutions have proven to improve patient access to healthcare, to enable powerful health promotion targeted at people at risk and to support people with long term conditions. Serving millions of patients and thousands of healthcare professionals every day iPLATO has emerged as the leader in mobile health. Across this network the company is running campaigns to promote smoking cessation, weight loss, childhood immunization and pandemic awareness as well as mobile disease management services for people with diabetes, hypertension, epilepsy and HIV.

iPLATO Healthcare’s mission is to, in partnership with healthcare professionals and provider organizations, support patients in achieving longer, healthier lives. IPLATO, the developers of myGP, have created two new-to-market tools to help GP practices manage their patients during the current Covid-19 pandemic. Three thousand GP practices in the UK currently use one or several products on the myGP platform. In May 2020, video consultations on the myGP platform have increased by over 1,000% with practices switching their appointments to video or telephone consultations. To help practices to continue their work, without putting themselves or their patients at risk, iPLATO has developed a ‘lite’ version of its remote consultation offering.

Contact: Louise Kitchingham, Senior Communications Manager, iPLATO Healthcare

Louise.Kitchingham@iplato.com | Tel. +44 20 3915 3946 | www.mygp.com | www.iplato.com

More information: https://witsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/tecUK-3_iPlato.docx

 

Public/Private Partnership Award

Chipside

The UK Government have declared the end of carbon fuel vehicles by 2035. It has also announced that the UK should be greenhouse gas net neutral by 2050, the world’s first major economy to do so. To achieve these aims, the UK Government has published the national industrial plan. This is then passed down to local government (regional, city and town leaders) to implement with their local industry strategy. Sustainable developments goals include a section on smart cities and 11.6 on reducing adverse impact of cities.

Chipside has worked with 170 UK Local Authorities for many years on transforming local government and bringing it into the digital age. It has formed a unique public / private partnership with 170 Local Authorities (these range from regional government to smart city managers to town and village leaders) to ensure that sustainability is put at the heart of everything that the parking and traffic managers do. This working group, run entirely voluntarily, rather than for commercial gain, encompasses some 20 million people within the UK population of 65Million. Managing traffic and reducing emissions to zero is easy. You simply ban the car. However, personal cars are often a lifeline for the citizen to improve their financial status, to keep themselves fed and to provide a better future for their children. Whilst this is true of the UK, it is also true of all countries of the world. And a key part of delivering SDG 8. Chipside has developed systems that provide their smart city managers with the ability to manage driver behavior in real time. This is a mix of big open data, real time data analytics and control room display terminals. The tools developed allow managers to deploy a mix of pricing, regulation change and social considerations to persuade drivers to change their behavior. Two (2) citizens a minute are joining the service – every minutes, 24 hours a day. Some examples are attached as evidence, but of note is

Contact: Paul J Moorby OBE FRSA, Managing Director | Chipside Limited

paul.moorby@chipside.com Tel: 0345 470 9009

More information: https://witsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/tecUK-4_Chipside.docx

 

Digital Opportunity/Inclusion Award

Arbusta

Arbusta is a seven (7) years company with operations in Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay, delivering quality assurance services, providing first job opportunities for underprivileged youth, serving global major brands. We are a company where ongoing learning and service delivery are part of the business model, where our team’s capabilities evolve by learning by doing while addressing our clients’ business problems. We are 303 people in Buenos Aires, Medellín, Montevideo and Rosario. Our team consists of 95% young millennials and centennials that come from fragile socio-economic backgrounds. Today, digital skills are inherent to young people, as well as universal, regardless of geography and education. In Arbusta we unleash millennial talent and prepare ourselves for the future.

What we try to do at Arbusta is to develop talent to unlock the potential in this forgotten group of people. They are millennials, centennials, and most importantly: digital natives. They know how to work with mobiles, they are very familiar with technology. So our hypothesis is, if Arbusta can manage to train them, guide them in their weaknesses and strengths, we can develop their potential. Arbusta can then package those skills together as a team and provide that service to clients. We believe in identifying the potential talent that is not yet discovered by the industry. We trust in that talent, we can manage that talent and place them in a team. 

Contact: Noel Alvarez / Coordinadora de Comunicaciones
noel.alvarez@arbusta.net @arbusta.net / +5491124518001
Arbusta / Buenos Aires, Argentina

More information: https://witsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Argentina_Reporte-Arbusta-ENG.pdf

 

Spark for Software Solutions: doContact Series

doContact series, is a series of mobile applications in Egypt for deaf and dumb (children and adults) to help them communicate more easily with normal people. It includes the following applications:

  1. doContact, for children to help them communicate with others
  2. iTalk, for adults to help them communicate with others
  3. iWrite, for both adults and children to enable them to express their needs by writing

These applications are designed with a very simple interface that is very easy to use. This series of applications is mainly based on visual images that will be used in expressing the need or feeling. The main objective of these applications is to make the disabled person express his needs & communicate with others in a very normal manner either by speaking images (like in doContact and iTalk) or by writing simple sentences (iWrite). All of the applications in this series have won prizes in Tamkeen contest which is organized by the Egyptian ministry of communication on yearly basis, as follows:

  • doContact, won a prize in Tamkeen 5, held in 2018.
  • iTalk and iWrite, won prizes in Tamkeen 6, held in 2019.

It is worth to mention that Tamkeen is not just a contest, but it is a partnership to encourage the ICT community in Egypt to contribute in enhancing the lives of the disabled people in Egypt and making their lives easier. Also, Tamkeen makes use of these applications by spreading them in the relevant communities like schools, education centers. etc.

Contact: Salema Ahmed,  Founder & COO

Tel: +202 2630 7031 | Email: salema.ahmed@spark-sol.com | Website:  www.spark-sol.com

More information: https://witsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Egypt_Etisal-WITSA-Award-5-doContact-series-V2.0.pdf

 

Sustainable Growth Award

Telekom Research & Development Sdn Bhd: Smart Water Integrated Management System (SWIMS)

As the incumbent service provider in Malaysia, Telekom Malaysia (TM) via its innovation arm, TM R&D, is leading the market in the Internet of Water (IoW) solution, capitalizing its first-to-market advantages in end-to-end enterprise capabilities. Smart Water Integrated Management System (SWIMS) is a leading IoT case study developed for Air Selangor (AS) as part of its digital transformation journey to shape the next era of autonomous network in water supply management.

SWIMS offers tremendous business benefits, and this can best be viewed from operational efficiency perspective. Via initial installations in 3,300 sites in Sepang district of Selangor, SWIMS had transformed Air Selangor’s operation going from manual water meters and workforce-heavy meter reading activities, into fully digitalized operation in terms of control, maintenance, analytics and even workforce management. Usage visibility of each user has been improved by 3,000% which means usage figures are available daily instead of only monthly previously. The use of SWIMS coupled with automated meter reader shows an improvement in the accuracy of the meter reading by 10 to 15%, when compared to older water meters using manual reading, partly due to aging and mechanical issues. In terms of manpower, the cost for manual meter reading have been reduced close to none, requiring only supervisory monitoring of the daily water usage figures and the respective analytics.

Contact: Dr. Hizamel Bin Mohd Hizan, Senior Researcher Tel. +60 19-218 0890

More information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1s31f6Hxn3zNpMTbXi7zkQREbHNEYDbtv/view?usp=sharing

 

Innovative E-Health Solutions Award

Fujitsu

 Fujitsu is one of the top information and communication technology providers in the world, with over fifty years of experience in delivering technology solutions and innovation to customers around the globe.

Fujitsu and their partner PolarisQB have developed a new solution combining Fujitsu’s Quantum-inspired Optimisation Services with AI/ML software to accelerate the early stages of the drug discovery process from 15 months to 7 weeks. Traditionally, the discovery of new therapeutic drugs is a slow and resource-intensive process, taking many years to develop new treatments and costing multi-millions of pounds. Underpinning the platform is the unique Digital Annealer technology from Fujitsu.  They are able to search a chemical space of over several billion new molecules, a significant increase on the tens of millions of molecules that current technology is able to search today.  Fujitsu’s quantum inspired technology is capable of screening this space 10,000 times faster than any other solution currently available on the market.  The output is a small number of high-quality new molecules that can then be tested further for drug like properties in a laboratory. 

Fujitsu’s Quantum-inspired Optimisation Services offers the ability to:

  • Deliver novel molecules in 7 weeks, reducing the timeline or drug discovery from 15 months, down to 7 weeks
  • Filter Molecules up to 10,000 times faster – allowing higher accuracy predictions from a virtual molecule library of over 1 billion
  • Release pressure on R&D budgets and accelerate the backlog of discovery targets – development that has been impacted by the ongoing global pandemic

The platform has been piloted in tests on the dengue fever polymerase, and work has now progressed with COVID-19.  The aim of these initial projects is to support scientists with finding a cure, where other efforts in research and drug development have been unsuccessful.

Contact: Jessica Shaw, Fujitsu, jessica.shaw@fujitsu.com

More information: https://witsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/tecUK-7_Fujitsu.docx

 

Digital Innovation Award

Tookitaki Holding Pte Ltd

Tookitaki is a global regulatory technology company providing an ecosystem of AI-based smart solutions that create sustainable compliance programs for the financial services industry. We would like to nominate the company for its advanced, machine learning-powered, end-to-end AML/CFT analytics platform that detects, investigates and reports financial crime, leveraging a comprehensive library of money laundering patterns.

Tookitaki has developed the Anti-Money Laundering Suite (AMLS), which combines the efficiency gains and effectiveness of Artificial Intelligence, to address these challenges. It is the first AI-based AML compliance platform to be deployed in a production environment and can be adapted to suite the AML/CFT needs of various financial institutions. Our approach is novel as it does not depend on pre-defined rules or fixed thresholds. Instead, it learns from our proprietary engine, titled Typology Repository Management (TRM) and uses semi-supervised learning approach to identify complex money laundering techniques and detect suspicious cases faster and with high accuracy. TRM can be scaled to include any type of typologies across products, locations, techniques and predicate offence.

AMLS also features an Automated Model Management Framework that provides consistent model performance, scale and cost efficiency over time. While building AMLS, we broke the jinx that machine learning is a Blackbox and needs superior skill sets to understand. Our patent-pending explainability framework explains the model and every outcome for business users and regulators.

Contact: jerin.mathew@tookitaki.com; abhishek@tookitaki.com

More information: https://witsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/SGTECH-Tookitaki-2020_Virtual_Awards_NominatingForm-1.docx

 

E-Education & Learning Award

Intel: For their Intel Education AI for Youth Program

Intel launched a comprehensive artificial intelligence (AI) readiness program, Intel® AI for Youth, in 2019. Driven in partnership with governments and academia worldwide, the program empowers youth to create their own social impact projects by enabling them to acquire technical skills in data science, computer vision, and coding, as well as teaching social skills focused on AI ethics and biases, and AI solutions-building. Participant projects have included a system to convert handwritten complaints by rural citizens to a digitized format that can be sent to government representatives, a project to predict depression among school children, a mini robot to remind elderly people to take their medications, and an AI drone to search for missing people. The Intel AI for Youth program is currently available in India, Germany, Poland, Singapore, and South Korea. We also launched a digital readiness program aimed at helping policy makers and government officials to connect, share, and learn a range of emerging technologies such as AI and 5G. This hands-on, immersive workshop focuses on using these technologies for improved governance and includes discussions around multiple use cases in areas such as smart cities, healthcare, and transportation.

Already, over 10,000 high school and vocational students have enrolled in this initiative in UK, USA, China, India, S Korea, Poland, Germany, Singapore, Israel, Russia, and Indonesia. Intel to train 30 million people in AI by 2030.

Contact person: Stuart Walker, Head of Education UK, Intel, stuart.walker@intel.com

For more information, see: https://www.intel.co.uk/content/www/uk/en/it-managers/ai-youth-education.html

Runners-Up

 

COVID-19 TECH SOLUTIONS FOR CITIES & LOCALITIES NOMINATED BY
Synesis IT Ltd. & a2i, ICT Division [Nomination form, Presentation PPTPDF] BCS, Bangladesh
COVID-19 TECH SOLUTIONS FOR COUNTRIES & REGIONS NOMINATED BY
Ministry of Health Malaysia: Malaysia’ Pandemic Response Systems [NominationSupporting documentWebsite, PIKOM Nominee details] PIKOM, Malaysia
PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AWARD NOMINATED BY
Chiao Tung University and Quanta Computer: Quanta-NCTU Joint AI Research Center (sponsored by National Chiao Tung University and Quanta Computer Inc.) [Nomination] CISA, Taiwan
Innovation Design and Entrepreneurship Academy (iDEA) Project
[Nomination form, Supporting document MS Word/PDF]
BCS, Bangladesh
DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY/INCLUSION AWARD NOMINATED BY
eCare – Electronic Residential Care Management System (Caritas I.T. Advancement Centre, Caritas Hong Kong) [NominationLeaflet] HKITF, Hong Kong
SUSTAINABLE GROWTH AWARD NOMINATED BY
Equinix [NominationMedia coverage] techUK, United Kingdom
INNOVATIVE E-HEALTH SOLUTIONS AWARD NOMINATED BY
Belun™ Ring [Nomination; Obstructive sleep apnea
(OSA) Brochure; Diabetic and Cardiovascular Brochure; Sleep Interpretation GuideArticle-distribution in the U.S.Collaboration with NGO to manage chronic diseases (Chinese only), New Product in response to COVID-19 (Chinese only), Interview by ChinaDailyInterview by HK Economic JournalWinning of Hong Kong ICT Awards 2018]
HKITF, Hong Kong
MyHealthBD, Virtual Hospital of Bangladesh
[Nomination form, Supporting document MS Word/PDF]
BCS, Bangladesh
DIGITAL INNOVATION AWARD NOMINATED BY
CyCarrier: CyCraft Technology Corporation [Nomination] CISA, Taiwan
E-EDUCATION & LEARNING AWARD NOMINATED BY
Bijoy Digital [Nomination form, Supporting document MS Word/PDF] BCS, Bangladesh

 

Merit winners

 

COVID-19 TECH SOLUTIONS FOR CITIES & LOCALITIES NOMINATED BY
Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI): PGCare Penang Contact Tracer [NominationSupporting documentWebsite, PIKOM Nominee details] PIKOM, Malaysia
Local Government Division, Penang State Secretary: Initiative to reduce contact via Cashless Transaction [NominationSupporting document, Website, PIKOM Nominee details] PIKOM, Malaysia
54gene [Nomination] ITAN, Nigeria
COVID-19 TECH SOLUTIONS FOR COUNTRIES & REGIONS NOMINATED BY
TraceTogether national contact tracing programme [Nomination] SGTECH, Singapore
Saw Saw Shar: Covid19 Contact Tracing project [NominationMCIA Letter] MCIA, Myanmar
COVID-19 BEST INDUSTRY SOLUTIONS NOMINATED BY
Nextsense: For the Nextsense Contact Tracing Technology/mobile app [NominationSupporting DocumentationPresentationClarification] MASIT, Republic of North Macedonia
SafeEntry [Nomination] SGTECH, Singapore
XVision [NominationWebsite & product informationArticles] ATIC, Romania
Imark Private Limited. [NominationBrochureClarification from CAN] CAN Federation, Nepal
DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY/INCLUSION AWARD NOMINATED BY
Nagad, The Digital Financial Service of Bangladesh Post Office
[Nomination form, Supporting document MS Word/PDF]
BCS, Bangladesh
WorldLink Communications Limited. [Nomination] CAN Federation, Nepal
Coding with patience (Programare cu rabdare) – an EduSoft initiative [NominationSupporting Document] ATIC, Romania
SUSTAINABLE GROWTH AWARD NOMINATED BY
PrismERP, Divine IT Limited
[Nomination formSupporting document, Environmental Impact: MS Word PDF]
BCS, Bangladesh
MAIN ONE [Nomination] ITAN, Nigeria
INNOVATIVE E-HEALTH SOLUTIONS AWARD NOMINATED BY
Lemon Healthcare [NominationSupporting DocumentClarification] FKII, Republic of Korea
OnDoctor Company Limited [NominationMCIA Letter] MCIA, Myanmar
DIGITAL INNOVATION AWARD NOMINATED BY
“Bird Monitoring System”, by Digisec [NominationPresentation] SEPE, Greece
Elevate-global LLC Skopje: For the Solution “BAT” [NominationBAT info-deckBAT AI energy care presentationBrochure (Macedonian) Google translation (English); BAT Introduction (English/Macedonian); Reference Letter ITS ISKRATELReference Letter-EVN-Stefen-PeterReference Letter-TokWiseAdditional links] MASIT, Republic of North Macedonia
ITRI CITC: Next-Generation AI-Powered Robo-Advisor technology, NeGAP [Nomination] CISA, Taiwan
E-EDUCATION & LEARNING AWARD NOMINATED BY
Find Solution AI Limited – 4 Little Trees [NominationHong Kong team bag 16 awards at 19th APICTA Awards (with photos); HKCS Outstanding ICT Women Awards 2020 Results Announcement; 4 Little Trees website; Find Solution AI Limited websiteLeafletUser Guide] HKITF, Hong Kong
Aprender en Casa – Learning at home [NominationPresentationPress ReleasePre-K Video Presentation (multi-lingual); K-12 Video Presentation (multi-lingual); Additional Supporting documentation (Spanish/English), Web Site] CESSI, Argentina

 

2020 Award Judges

Name Title & Company/

Organization

Bio
Ms. Yvonne Chiu WITSA  Chairman
Dr. Jim Poisant, Secretariat Judge 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.

Mr. Nick Ashton-Hart, Awards Judge 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. Gary J Beach, Awards Judge Publisher Emeritus

CIO Magazine

Gary J. Beach is Publisher Emeritus of CIO Magazine. He also is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and founder of Tech Corps, an education technology non-profit.

https://e.givesmart.com/events/i9R/page/GaryBeach/

Mr. Oleg Petrov, Awards Judge Senior Digital Development Specialist, World Bank

Oleg Petrov has been with the World Bank since 1996 driving knowledge sharing, digital transformation and data-driven economy development working with over 40 countries. More recently he coordinated World Bank’s Digital CASA investment projects in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Smart City and AI project in Kazakhstan; Digital Economy advisory engagements in Russia and global knowledge sharing activities of the Bank’s Digital Development team, including the High-level Experts, Leaders, and Practitioners (HELP) for Transformation, Smart Nations, Digital Economy and Open Data Communities. Oleg holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University) and Diplomas from the Plekhanov Russian Economics University and Moscow International University.

Dr. Michael R. Nelson, Awards Judge Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and International Affairs

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

https://carnegieendowment.org/experts/1779

Mr. Patrice Chazerand,Awards Judge Director for Digital Trade and Taxation – DIGITALEUROPE

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

 

 

WITSA Elects New Leadership for the 2020-22 Term: Selects Mr. Yannis Sirros as its First Chairman from Europe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 17, 2020

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

Fairfax, Virginia: At its November 17, 2020 General Assembly meeting, the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) elected a diverse slate of leaders for the 2020-22 term, including 22 Directors from four continents.

Mr. Yannis Sirros, WITSA Chairman
Mr. Yannis Sirros, WITSA Chairman

WITSA elected Federation of Hellenic Information Technology and Communications Enterprises (SEPE) Executive Director Mr. Yannis Sirros as Chairman for the 2020-2022 term. Mr. Sirros is well-known throughout the WITSA community, having served in various capacities in support of WITSA for 20 years, including most recently as WITSA’s Deputy Chairman. Mr. Sirros also successfully hosted WITSA’s flagship event, the World Congress on IT, in Athens, Greece in 2004. Mr. Sirros is a member of the Task Force of the European IT Observatory (EITO) and an Executive Board member of DIGITALEUROPE, the European digital industry technology organization.

During the General Assembly meeting, Mr. Yannis Sirros presented his vision for the global industry alliance to become the leading industry voice and a global digital ambassador for a new digital future. Mr. Sirros laid out a four-pillar strategy to achieve these goals, including: (1) building the WITSA brand, (2) enhancing WITSA’s public policy leadership, (3) increasing value for WITSA’s members, and (4) ensuring long-term financial stability by developing new revenue streams. Going forward, Mr. Sirros will work to strengthen WITSA’s ties with globally recognized institutions, develop a strong common industry digital agenda, and enhance WITSA’s public policy role by driving awareness and promoting greater international economic cooperation. Mr. Sirros’ top public policy priorities include improving the quality of digital skills and leadership in the workforce, driving innovation throughout the industry, such as in AI, robotics, privacy, security, and smart cities, and promoting and enhancing women’s role in the digital technology industry and digital economy.

“We all must work closely together to increase WITSA’s reach and capabilities”, stated Mr. Sirros. “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”, continued Mr. Sirros. “Our industry’s dream is not something we will never achieve. Our Dream is what we have not achieved yet! Let us “build a new digital world” all together.”

Mr. Sirros noted that, during these unpreceded times that we are all experiencing, the pandemic of COVID-19 has affected global and local economies, and societies all over the world. It has challenged and changed drastically the way we work, move, socialize, think, and live. “There is no doubt that the current crisis of the pandemic has brought in the global forefront the necessity of digitization in every sector of the economy, in every aspect of our life, stated Mr. Sirros. “I believe we can do so much more. For our future, for our homelands, for the technology’s role in the global economy, for each and every one of us. This can only be achieved if we join our forces and synthesize our views and strategies.”

“On behalf of the entire global WITSA community, I am delighted to welcome Yannis Sirros 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 Mr. Sirros’ 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”, continued Dr. Poisant.

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

 

WITSA Chairman

Mr. Yannis Sirros, Director General of the Federation of Hellenic Information Technology & Communications Enterprises (SEPE) Email: ysirros@sepe.gr

 

Board of Directors (2020-2022)

# Name & Title Association & Country
1 Mr. Yannis Sirros Federation of Hellenic Information Technology and Communications Enterprises (SEPE)

Greece

2 Mr.  Sean Seah The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM)

Malaysia

3 Mr. Francis Fong Hong Kong Information Technology Federation (HKITF)

Hong Kong

4 Mr. Brian Shen Information Service Industry Association of Taiwan (CISA)

Taiwan

5 Mr. John Kyle Business Technology Division of the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce

Bermuda

6 Dr. Boris Komrakov Belarus Association of Software Development Companies (InfoPark)

Belarus

7 Mr. Robert Franz Janssen Association of ICT Companies in Brazil (ASSESPRO)

Brazil

8. Dr. Vasile Baltac Association for Information Technology and Communications of Romania (ATIC)

Romania

9. Mr. Antonio Cimorra The Association of Electronics, IT, Communications and Digital Contents (AMETIC)

Spain

10. Mr. Zoran Lazarevski ICT Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of North Macedonia(MASIT)
11 Mr. Toshio Iwamoto Japan Information Technology Services Industry Association (JISA)

Japan

12 Mr. Julian David techUK

United Kingdom

13 Mr. Hemant Kumar Chaursaia CAN Federation

Nepal

14 Ms. Choi Min Hee Federation of Korean Information Industries (FKII)

Republic of Korea

15 Mr. Md. Shahid-Ul-Munir Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS)

Bangladesh

16 Mr. Alexandr Yesayan Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises of Armenia (UATE)

Armenia

17 Mr. Alberto Patron Cámara de Empresas de Software y Servicios Informáticos de la República Argentina (CESSI)

Argentina

18 Mr. Matthias Ifesieh Information Technology Industry Association of Nigeria (ITAN)

Nigeria

19 Eng. Tarek Abd-elmonem Taha Egyptian Information Telecommunications, Electronics and Software Alliance (EITESAL)

Egypt

20 Mr. Santiago Gutierrez CANIETI

Mexico

21 Ms. Angela Mondou TECHNATION

Canada

22 Mr. Alexander Mora-Delgado Costa Rican Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies (CAMTIC)

 

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 Mourns the Passing of Marilyn Cade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 6, 2020

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

WITSA mourns the passing of Marilyn Cade, one of the foremost experts on Internet governance and a dedicated and trusted ally of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance. Ms. Cade worked with and advised WITSA and its member associations around the world for more than twenty years, helping raise awareness to important issues, especially with respect to The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the U.N. Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Moreover, Marilyn was enthusiastically working with many of our developing country members, helping them engaging in international fora and establishing several regional IGFs around the world.

Marilyn Cade

Marilyn’s staunch support of the multistakeholder approach to Internet governance and her advocacy for inclusion of all stakeholders and regions left an indelible impact. Her relationships with the WITSA community went beyond the professional. Her warmth, dedication and enthusiasm resulted in many friendships and she will be greatly missed.

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