WELCOME TO THE WITSA’s EMERGING DIGITAL SOLUTIONS 2017!
WITSA is very pleased to announce a unique opportunity for WITSA member companies to showcase their digital solutions and be recognized for their innovative solutions capable of transforming or positively impacting the well-being, prosperity, connectivity or productivity of others around the world. This new WITSA initiative will culminate at the 2017 World Congress on IT in Taipei, Taiwan (September 10-13).
If you consider that your company has an innovative solution that meets WEDS criteria, and your solution has already been implemented and effective in one or more locations, WITSA encourages you to apply for a WITSA EMERGING DIGITAL SOLUTIONS 2017 award.
The Emerging Digital Solutions program recognizes early-stage or veteran companies whose solutions are new, and scalable to other locations throughout the world. The Emerging Digital Solutions program is looking for solutions that can be presented to interested policy makers, investors, corporations and social stakeholders with the potential to boost its development and deployment, aiming to significantly impact individuals, groups and societies.
Be sure to apply no later than July 17, 2017 at
- https://www.witsa.org/WEDS/WITSA_EMERGING_DIGITAL_SOLUTIONS 2017-ApplicationForm_20170420.docx or
to be considered for the WITSA EMERGING DIGITAL SOLUTIONS SHOWCASE, where you will be given an opportunity to present your Solution to potential clients, investors, partners and ICT Leaders from around the world during the World Congress on Information Technology – WCIT 2017, in Taipei, Taiwan from September 10th – 13th). If selected, you will be provided the following:
- Four (4) Nights Lodging
- One (1) Full Delegate Registration Package
- An opportunity to showcase your solution at the 2017 World Congress on IT
- Your solution will be a candidate to receive a WITSA 2017 Global ICT Excellence Award (Award Ceremony to take place at the WCIT 2017 Gala Dinner on Tuesday, September 12, 2017)
The form must be completely filled out and agreed to by an official representative of the company presenting the candidate solution (ideally, a C-level executive: Founder, Chairman, CEO, Managing Partner
The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from nearly 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
The World Congress on Information Technology, which has taken place every two years since 1978, is organized by the World Information Technology and Services Alliance. WITSA is present in 82 countries, with the inclusion of members representing 90% of the global ICT market, as well as key global information technology companies. The WCIT is based
on four main pillars: speeches, exhibitions, B2B meetings, and social events. These afford a unique opportunity for expanding businesses and investments in companies and ideas, while generating competitiveness in the global market.
With the theme, “Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age: Challenges and Opportunities,” the 21st WCIT in Taipei on September 10-13, 2017 will be staging debates on the role of business leaders, best practices, policy challenges and opportunities, as well as digital inclusion and innovations. The goal is to devise innovative technology development strategies as a tool for building an interactive society, which will promote advances in education, healthcare, and transportation, as well as other goods and services that impact the quality of life for people in every corner of the world. The event will address how people can utilize technology to improve growth and accessibility by sharing new and innovative ideas. In addition, it will tackle how citizens can be empowered in bringing about positive changes throughout the world to improve the quality of life for all people.
For more information on WCIT 2017, see http://www.wcit2017.org/
World Congress on IT Background
First held in 1978, the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) is unique in its global perspective on ICT issues and its ability to draw users, providers, media and academia from around the world. Global business, government and academic leaders discuss emerging markets, legal and policy issues, political and economic trends, emerging technologies, ICT user perspectives and business opportunities in the global marketplace.
Among the featured speakers are internationally recognized leaders from government and industry. As an example, the 1998 World Congress had over 1900 delegates from 93 countries, with over 100 sponsoring organizations. WCIT 2000, held in Taipei, and WCIT 2002, held in Adelaide, Australia, were equally successful, with Former US President, Bill Clinton, Prime Minster Thatcher, President Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Gates and other notables featured in the programs. WCIT 2004 took place in Athens, Greece, and WCIT 2006 in Austin, Texas. WCIT 2006 hosted some 2,000 delegates from over 80 countries and featured keynote speakers such as General Colin Powell, Steve Ballmer, Paul Otellini, Michael Dell, Anne Mulcahy, John Gage, Don Tapscott and Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
The 2008 World Congress on IT took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. WCIT 2008 hosted over 3,000 delegates. The 2010 World Congress on IT took place in Amsterdam also included delegates from over 90 countries and won the European Best Event Awards (EuBEA) Award as the best European Congress and Convention in 2010. The 2012 World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2012) took place in Montréal, Canada from October 22 to 24. The event brought together 2,500 participants, including delegates and exhibitors, from 62 countries at the Palais des congrès de Montréal for a three-day conference under the theme of “ONE Vision or a Global Digital Society”. The program was extremely well received by the information and communication technology (ICT) community: over 75 keynotes and panelists took the stage including Larry King who chaired a roundtable of senior ICT executives. Don Tapscott was also onsite as WCIT 2012 host to integrate the many conversations and make sense of the different perspectives about the digital society. The economic impact of the WCIT 2012 Congress was estimated at 5.5 million dollars for the city of Montréal and the province of Québec. WCIT 2014 was held from September 29 to October 1, 2014 at the Expo Guadalajara Convention Center; Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. With the theme “Creating Collaboratively the Digital Age”, this spectacular was attended by 2,671 delegates from 49 countries. It offered a high-level program featuring 107 speakers participating in 14 panels, 10 keynotes, 14 workshops and 11 special events. The exhibition area had 11 international pavilions, 52 exhibitors from the IT industry and more than 1,000 business meetings took place during the congress.
WCIT 2016 was held on October 3-5, 2016 at the CICB Brasilia International Convention Center; Brasilia, Brazil, with the theme: "Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age: Challenges and Opportunities". WCIT 2016 was attended by 2,017 registered delegates from 50 countries, featuring 63 internationally renowned speakers. The event was covered by over 70 international and domestic media outlets, reached half a million people through Facebook (including 28,600 followers of the WCIT 2016 Facebook page and over a thousand unique views of live WCIT 2016 video streaming). It also produced 12 thousand Twitter impressions via the #WCIT 2016 profile during the live coverage and was a top Twitter trending topic in Brazil. Moreover, WCIT 2016 featured 200 B2B meetings – resulting in business deals worth millions of dollars in the medium to long term.