The American University of Armenia (AUA), led by its College of Science and Engineering, is participating in this year’s Digitec Expo, scheduled to take place October 5-7. More than 120 companies and institutions are expected to take part in this year’s event, with an anticipated 20,000 visitors, a four-fold increase compared to the first event in 2005. At the Expo, AUA will showcase its upcoming undergraduate programs (to begin in Fall 2013), its teaching and research in IT and engineering, and its leadership in boosting university-industry relations.
Categories represented during the Exhibition are: IT Equipment & Systems, IT & General Business, Financing/banking solutions, Business process automation, High – Tech & Engineering solutions, Education in IT sphere, E-Governance, Digital Graphics and Multimedia, Innovative Future, Job Fair.
Objectives of the Expo:
- Create a favorable business environment for companies, as well as state, business and individual users of information & communication technologies (ICT) and high-tech;
- Present the latest products of Armenian and foreign ICT/high-tech companies;
- Promote development of business linkages between Armenian and international businesses.
The study conducted by an independent expert Mike Ducker, who was invited by US company “Nathan Associates”, revealed that 44% of expo visitors were students, 19% – business managers in other sectors, 17% – employees of state institutions and bodies, and 20% – other citizens interested in the sector.
The same study showed that 86% of visitors expect to see first of all new technologies at the expo, 56% – mobile services, 39% – internet services, 37% – telecommunications services.
The number of visitors grows from year to year. In 2005 the number of visitors was 5000, in 2006 – 7000, in 2007 – 8000, in 2008 – 8000, in 2009 the number grew to approximately 12000 visitors, in 2010 more than 15000 people visited the expo and in 2011-about 17,000.
In the scope of the Digitec Expo the following related events will held:
- DigiLife seminars
- Education Fair
- Job Fair
- Armrobotics – Armenian Robots Open Championship
- Open Game – Armenian Game Development Contest
Digitec ICT/IT expo is organized by Union of Informational Technologies Enterprises.