In October 2012, thanks to the efforts of ITAC and the Canadian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry, Canada hosted, for the first time, the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT).
This significant event featured prominent speakers, leading thinkers, and business leaders from all over the world. Convened under the theme of ONE Vision for a Global Digital Society, the Congress, in a fast–paced 3–day conference, delivered more than 100 high–profile speakers, attracted over 2,000 delegates from more than 60 countries, including representatives from industry, governments, academia, and civil society, and showcased innovative technologies such as augmented reality and a digital river.
It also showcased the Canadian information and communications technology industry. For example, Export Development Canada , in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, Industry Canada and the Business Development Bank of Canada, lead the C200 event where Canada’s high potential ICT companies were showcased and introduced to over 20 international venture capital investment firms.
This Congress was preceded by the World Tech Jam (WTJ) on June 5-7, 2012. History was made as citizens from 84 countries logged onto the WTJ more than 11,000 times to contribute ideas and identify actions that governments, businesses and society can adopt in order to help address global societal and economic challenges. This real-time, democratic brainstorming shaped the WCIT 2012 agenda and generated the Global Digital Society Action Plan which was presented to Congress delegates, ICT stakeholders, government, academic and civil society leaders. The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is promoting the use of this Action Plan as a tool for policy development, educational curriculum and corporate citizenship programs until WCIT 2014.
WCIT is the bi-annual, signature event of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) and WCIT 2012 was the 18th such event.