WCIT 2014

The industry's leading global IT Congress took place in Guadalajara, September 29th – October 1st. NEA members  MexicoIT, Softtek and iTexico could not miss this worldwide event.

Here is a brief summary and highlights of the activities and highlights:

- More than 50 exhibitors registered and over 2,500 delegates from 80 nations.

- Mexico is the first Latin American country designated to host the WCIT. Thanks to the joined efforts of CANIETI, WITSA and the Federal Government of the State of Jalisco.

- Speakers included business leaders, academics, representatives of the Mexican Government, Ministers of different countries, as well as directors and CEOs of international organizations.

- There were workshops, business meetings, conferences and a floor with thousands of meters of exhibition.

With the presence of the Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal; the Governor of the State of Jalisco, Aristoteles Sandoval Diaz; Alejandra Soto Lagunes Ruiz, Coordinator of the National Digital Strategy of the Presidency of the Republic; the Secretary for Industry and Commerce, Rogelio Garza Garza; the Assistant Secretary for Communications Jose Ignacio Peralta; Santiago Gutiérrez Fernández, President of the World Information Technology Services Alliance (WITSA) and Víctor Gutiérrez Martínez, President of CANIETI (National Chamber of Electronics and Telecommunication Information Technology), among others, the 19th edition of the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) was inaugurated in Guadalajara on September 29th.

Representing the President of Mexico, Lic. Enrique Peña Nieto, the Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal inaugurated what is considered the world's premier IT event. During the ceremony, Guajardo Villarreal said the growth of ICT in Mexico has been really significant, since the product of the industry for the period between 2002 and 2013 increased from 4000 to 14 billion dollars. He added that the goal for 2024 is for Mexico to be the second largest supplier of ICT services globally and worldwide.

Both the Governor of Jalisco, Aristoteles Sandoval Diaz; and the Mayor of Guadalajara, Ramiro Hernández García, agreed on the importance of bringing events such as the WCIT to the country and driving the industry of national and local high technology in the international terms.

After the inauguration, Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary General of the UN, gave the first Keynote Speech of the Congress. He mentioned that ICT helps promoting health care, mitigating the effects of climate change, promoting educational development and positively impacts the economy. He also mentioned that ICTs will play a key role in the post millennium goals.

The President of CANIETI, Víctor Gutiérrez Martínez, said the WCIT contributes to positioning Mexico as an innovative country, high technology and global market leader in the Information Technology, which means prosperity for Mexicans.

Under the slogan “Building the Digital Age Together", the Expo Guadalajara hosted interesting lectures, including Dr. Robert E. Khan, known as the Co-father of the Internet, who spoke about the future of the Internet; and Fadi Chehade, President of ICANN, on the role of the web as a shared global resource for human solidarity and economic progress ; and Laura Garcia Vitoria, Honorary President of the Network LEILAC (Living Labs and areas of Latin American and Caribbean Innovation) and Vice President and Scientific Director of the Foundation of the Territories of Tomorrow, discussed “Smart Cities”.

Along with the conference program, there were special events, agency strategy meetings, business conferences attended by 500 national and international companies, business presentations by government and industry and thousands of square meters of exhibition.

The next WCIT will take place in Brazil in 2016. For more information on the 19th World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) please visit: http://wcit2014.org.