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NITC 2020 conference on Oct. 14, 15

The 38th National Information Technology Conference (NITC), the country’s flagship ICT event themed ‘Towards a Sustainable Digital Sri Lanka’ and organized by the Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) will be held on October 14 and 15 at the Shangri-La Hotel Colombo.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will be the Chief Guest and ICTA Chairman Jayantha De Silva will be the Guest of Honor for the inauguration. Founder/CEO of 99X Technologies and Board Director of ICTA Mano Sekaram will deliver Keynote addresses on the inauguration day.

A fireside chat with the key industry stakeholders Prof. Kapila Perera, Secretary Education Ministry, Jayantha De Silva, Chairman ICTA, Oshada Senanayake, and Director General Telecom Regulatory Commission, on the Theme Digital Sustainable Sri Lanka Moderated by Indika De Zoysa will be a key feature of the inauguration day.

CSSL National ICT Awards recognizing outstanding national contributions by ICT Professionals of the country will also be a key highlight at the inauguration of the National ICT Conference 2020. NITC 2020 also features an annual colloquium track in which more than 15 papers shortlisted after an assiduous selection process will be presented by prominent local and international researchers on the third day of the conference.

Huawei is the Platinum sponsor and Sri Lanka Telecom and Mobitel are the joint Principal Sponsors. Bank of Ceylon came forwards as the Banking Partner and CryptoGen, SLIIT, Axiata Digital Labs also have joined in as sponsors.

Computer Society of Sri Lanka President Prabath Samindra Wickramaratne said Rapid digital transformation is a key need of any country to stay ahead in today’s globally competitive world and Sri Lanka has to be more proactive in digital policymaking, adaption and use of digital technologies on all spheres of the society. NITC 2020 will be an international platform to deliberate latest developments, trends, and challenges of the digital era and thousands of ICT practitioners are expected to gather at the largest and longest-running annual ICT conference in the country.

NITC Conference Chair, Heshan Karunaratne said “For the first time in history, we have a president who has sound knowledge on Technology advancements and has the vision to establish a digitally inclusive Sri Lanka. Therefore, we at CSSL have also considered our theme in line with this vision and are working closely together with ICTA and other industry partners towards making this event a successful one.”

This year’s version of the NITC will be focused on positioning Sri Lanka as a digitally sustainable nation. As the new government of Sri Lanka strive for rapid digitalization of the country NICT 2020 is held to create a common platform for effective interaction among all stakeholders locally and internationally.

NITC 2020 has lined up more than 25 eminent international and local speakers under the themes Industry 4.0& IoT, Robotics, AI, Deep Learning and Digital Health, Towards USD 3 Billion Journey, Sustainable Digital Innovations, Digital Payments and Digital Media. This event involves key ICT decision-makers in the private and public sector together to share and discuss the latest trends in Information and Communication Technology with over 30 foreign and local prominent speakers and 1,500 plus ICT professionals.