Conference to promote Viet Nam as emerging tech, innovation hub

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019 08:30

A press conference was held in HCM City on August 27 to introduce the Vietnam ITO conference 2019, which will be held at the Tan Son Nhat Saigon Hotel from October 23 to 25. — VNS Photo

The third International Conference on Information Technology Outsourcing in Viet Nam will be held in HCM City in October.

Vietnam ITO conference will seek to promote the potential of the country’s IT industry as an emerging destination for innovation and offer a business matching platform for local and international buyers and Vietnamese vendors.

Themed “Viet Nam – The Emerged Destination for Innovation,” the conference would underscore Viet Nam's long-term goal of becoming Southeast Asia's leading innovation centre, Tran Phuc Hong, vice president of the Viet Nam Information Technology Outsourcing Alliance (VN ITO Alliance), one of the event’s organisers, said.

It would feature an international conference with more than 500 participants, business-matching sessions to connect Vietnamese software companies and local and foreign buyers, a technology exhibition, and visits to top IT companies and software parks among others, he said.

Artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, the internet of things, digital transformation, and tech talent would be discussed, he said.

There would be two major panel discussions chaired by top experts from Japan and Korea, he said.

The former would discuss Japanese success stories when working with Viet Nam IT services companies, and how Vietnamese companies could expand their market to Japan, and the latter would discuss how Korean tech companies can work with Vietnamese IT companies for win-win co-operation, he added.

The technology exhibition is expected to have 60 booths, double the number two years ago, including nearly 30 by Korean and Japanese companies, who are keen to partner with Vietnamese IT companies.

Lam Nguyen Hai Long, honorary chairman of VNITO Alliance, and CEO of Quang Trung Software City, said: “Viet Nam has been very successful in the software outsourcing field over the past decade.

“International counterparts regard Viet Nam as an Asian hub for software outsourcing. Moreover, in recent years Viet Nam has implemented many new models and policies such as smart city model, creative cities programmes and start-up activities in response to the fourth industrial revolution.”

It is also a highly open economy, which enables its firms to reach large markets, he said.

As a country in the top 10 in terms of students studying abroad and with a large number of scientists working in developed countries, Viet Nam has favourable conditions to keep abreast of the most sophisticated products and technologies around the world, he said.

“Those conditions offer opportunities and premises for Viet Nam to become one of the centres for software development and innovation in Southeast Asia.”

Organised by the VNITO Alliance, QTSC, and the Investment and Trade Promotion Centre of HCM City, the biennial conference will be held at the Tan Son Nhat Saigon Hotel from October 23 to 25. — VNS

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