GIS - 30 August, 2018: The Infotech 2018, providing a platform to showcase emerging avenues in the field of technology and bringing ICT closer to individuals as well as businesses, was officially launched yesterday in presence of the Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre, in Pailles. Some 600 invitees comprising exhibitors, sponsors and representatives of the public and private sector attended the event.
In his keynote address, Minister Sawmynaden underlined that the Salon Infotech has undoubtedly become a major annual event of the National Computer Board and has a key role in raising awareness, valorising the savoir-faire of tech-savvy individuals as well as fostering new business opportunities in ICT sector. Other objectives include increasing proximity to Government services through the provision of online public services; boosting opportunities in the sector; and promoting ICT literacy, he added.
Minister Sawmynaden highlighted that the ICT sector is viewed as one of the most dynamic sectors in the world, constituting a powerful tool to open up new prospects for future generations. On this score, he emphasised that Mauritius is poised to evolve as a regional ICT hub with its major digital transformation investments as regards Blockchain, Cyber Security, virtual reality in education, and Internet of Things in businesses.
He further pointed out that the National Open Data portal and Mobile Applications such as the Family Welfare Mobile Application, Emergency alert, Smart Police and Consumer Rights, amongst others, extend the benefits of technology to the wider population while ensuring an improved quality of life.
The Technology Minister seized the occasion to speak of the first Mauritian infrared Satellite to be deployed in 2019 which he qualified as a major milestone for the country. He stressed that the space project will allow the country to tackle three major problems of national priority set by the Government, namely: the monitoring of our ocean and the optimal management of resources, traffic congestion and natural disaster mitigation.
He recalled that with the inclusion of the Innovtech Conference and Demo Area, a new orientation was given to the Infotech last year in order to inform the public especially the youth of the new trends in the sector of technology. He added that some 300 people attended the Innovtech Conference thereby showing their keen interest to discover and learn more about the latest innovative products, services, apps and projects developed by Mauritians from the industry, institutions and academia. The Conference, he underscored, is a great opportunity for students wishing to develop their competencies and tap career opportunities in the sector.
The 25th edition of the Infotech 2018, expected to gather some 100 000 visitors, will be held from 30 August to 02 September.
The Infotech 2018 will include the following components:
· Innovtech Conferences over three days
· Innovtech Demo Area
· ICT Exhibitions
· 3D Printing
· Gaming zone
· Virtual Reality
· E-Government Services
The 2nd edition of Startup Weekend will be also organised with a view to encourage youngsters to develop their innovative concepts over the three days.
The Exhibition will be opened to the public as follows:
· Thursday 30 August 2018, 10.00 hrs to 19.00 hrs
· Friday 31 August 2018, 10.00 hrs to 19.00 hrs
· Saturday 1 September 2018, 10.00 hrs to 20.00 hrs
· Sunday 2 September 2018, 10.00 hrs to 19.00 hrs
Free bus shuttles will be available to the public from Victoria & Immigration stations (Port Louis) and Place Margéot (Rose Hill) during the four-day exhibition.
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