Montreal has been announced as the site of this year’s World Congress on Information Technology, a global IT conference held in a different country every two years.
The event will take place at the city’s Palais des Congres from Oct. 23to 24, according to a release today from the body that organizes WCIT,the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA).
From June 5 to 7 a preview event will be held called World Tech Jam, soan estimated 20,000 online contributors can post their ideas about whatelements should form a Global Digital Society Action Plan. Part of thatplan will be used to shape the agenda for events at WCIT in October,organizers said in the release.
Founded in 1978, WCIT will select and invite about 200 Canadiancompanies to attend its C200 Investment Forum, a networking eventattended by international investors.
About 3,000 delegates and 300 journalists are expected to attend WCITfrom over 80 countries. The three-day conference will feature more than100 speakers. Past high-profile presenters have included MicrosoftCorp. co-founder Bill Gates, former Russianpresident MikhailGorbachev, ex-U.S. president Bill Clinton and Dell Inc. founder and CEOMichael Dell.