PENANG will play host to the 24th World Congress On Information Technology (WCIT2020 Malaysia) at Setia SPICE Convention Centre end of next year.
The WCIT2020 from Sept 13 to 16 will see discussions on the implication of technology advancement in social, political and economic sectors.
Held since 1978, this international signature event is also known as the Olympics of the world’s information technology industry’s conventions.
Themed ‘Connecting The World’, the event is organised by the National ICT Association of Malaysia (Pikom) and the Malaysia Digital Economy Corp (MDEC).
MDEC chief operating officer Datuk Ng Wan Peng said this was the second time Malaysia was given the honour of hosting the event after Kuala Lumpur back in May 2008.
“This is a magnificent opportunity for Malaysia to influence global digital industry trends and policy advocacy.
“It is a chance for us to showcase our innovative role on the digital stage as well, ” he said.
Pikom chairman Ganesh Kumar Bangah said he was confident that the targeted RM10bil in Foreign Direct Investments would be achieved through WCIT 2020.
“This is because the South-East Asian digital economy has just hit US$100bil and is expected to grow to US$300bil by 2025.
“In this light, I hope that the Malaysian tech industry will leverage on WCIT2020 to showcase our local and regional successes to the world, ” he added.
The WCIT2020 Malaysia is expected to attract some 4,000 global visionaries, captains of industry, government leaders and academicians from over 80 countries.
In conjunction with the WCIT2020, the Techfest2020 will take place in Penang from Sept 11 to 20 next year.
The event aims to connect an eco-system of global technologies, solutions, consumers, key decision makers of policies in city planning, mobility, innovators and leading industry players.
It will feature public showcases of 300 new technologies, various activations of networking, meet and greets, pop-up discussions, curated interactive music, dance, arts and cultural events.