DigiTec Expo 2011: New participants, business contacts and robotics

Yerevan saw a key event in the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector at the weekend. The DigiTec annual exhibition of technology, according to organizers, has proved the largest and most successful so far both by the number of participating companies and the displayed services.

Organized by the Association of IT Enterprises under the auspices of the Prime Minister and with VivaCell-MTS’s platinum sponsorship, the expo took place at the Karen Demirchyan Sport and Concert Complex on October 7-9. DigiTec 2011 was attended by 115 companies, which is a 70-percent rise as compared to last year’s number of participants.

According to the organizers, DigiTec is aimed at providing a favorable environment for communication between high-tech companies, business consumers and the society as well as at attracting investment.

Companies from Georgia, Russia, Singapore, Poland and Taiwan participated in the latest expo in Yerevan.

Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said in his remarks that in 2005 Armenia’s government declared IT and telecommunications as a priority sector of the country’s economy.

“Today Armenia has 300 IT companies, which have a total of about 5,500 employees, while around 10,000 people are employed in the telecommunications sector, thus providing an annual investment of $200 million,” said the head of the Armenian government.

An IT job market was for the first time featured on the sidelines of the exhibition. There, representatives of 30-40 companies presented vacancies and educational programs, offering potential employees an opportunity to get firsthand information about jobs, get into databanks of potential employers so as to hope to get job offers later.

Robots presented by students of a senior school attached to the State Engineering University of Armenia were in the center of visitors’ attention. Their robots were designed to overcome a rugged area.

“There are robots with various functions and if interesting ideas arise in the future, then with automation they may be of use at factories and plants,” the authors of robots said.

For the first time this year the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic was represented at the exhibition with a separate pavilion.