Digital World 2015, a four-day exposition on information technology, organised by the Information Communication division and Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) is set to kick off today in Dhaka.
The exposition, showcasing technology-based innovations and achievements aimed at unlocking the economic potential of the IT sector, will be held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) and inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“Digital World-2015 is the fourth-largest ICT event, and features many impressive technological advancements of this country,” said State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak at a press conference at BICC yesterday.
According to organisers, the nation’s top technology expo will feature 85 high-profile tech personalities from 25 countries, and 120 companies and 100 governmental organisations will participate.
The Access to Information (A2i) project of the Prime Minister’s office and Bangladesh Computer Council will also support the mega expo, which has the “Future is here” as its theme.
According to a statement made by BASIS, in addition to 24 seminars, nine conferences and 11 workshops, the four-day long tech conference will have four expositions: E-Governance Expo, BASIS Soft Expo, Mobile Innovation Expo, and E-Commerce Expo.
Commenting on the event’s preparation, Russel T Ahmed, convener of the fair’s organising committee, said: “Ministerial delegates from five countries will attend the different conferences, which include Women in IT, IT Career of students, and Titanium Conference for Mobile Developers.”
A digital experience zone will also take place at the conference, he added.
The guest list includes Houlin Zhao, the secretary-general of International Telecommunication Union, Ben King, head of sales of South Asia Emerging Markets at Google, Bickey Russell, head of agency development of Global SMB Revenue Organisation at Google, Katie Sanders, marketing specialist of Google, Linne Ha, senior program manager at Machine Intelligence, Ravi Rajakumar, software engineer of Google Speech, and Arne Mauser, Software engineer at Google Translate.
Guests also include Ankhi Das, director and head of public policy of Facebook India, Boydlee Pollentine, founder of Tipsy & Tumbler, Dave Nielsen, founder of CloudCamp, Venk Shukla, President of TiE Silicon Valley, and Ian Shakil, cofounder and CEO of Augmedix.
According to an official statement, for the first time ever, a “National ICT Award” will be presented at the convention for individuals and companies who have made a significant mark in the industry with seven private, 47 public, and four special category entrants. In total, 58 awards of recognition will be given out.
From the country’s seven divisions, the best government officials will be recognised, while a best digital city, municipal corporation, hospital, bank, e-Initiative and e-Entrepreneur will also be awarded.
In the private sector, the five best IT inventions, one female technology personality, and one male technology personality will be presented with lifetime achievement awards. Four participating companies at the expo will also be awarded.
The Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Association of Call Centres and Outsourcing, Bangladesh Computer Shamity, Bangladesh ICT Journalists Forum, Bangladesh Women in Technology, CTO Forum, Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh, and the Silicon Valley-based ICT organisation TiE Bangladesh are partners of the expo.
A total of 137 stalls – 44 public and 93 private – will be open at Digital World.
Additionally, as many as 22 pavilions, including 12 mini pavilions, from the public sector, and 59 pavilions, including 43 mini pavilions, from the private sector will be open at the four-day ICT event. Digital World will remain open for all from 10am to 8pm every day.