A three-day event focused on the future of ICT innovation and industry across the Asia-Pacific region will hit Melbourne on December 14.
The Asia-Pacific Digital Innovation Summit (APDIS) is an annual ICT trade, export and industry analysis program being hosted by the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) this year.
The group claims the event is the largest seen in Australia for many years, and will showcase the critical role Australia plays bringing next-generation ICT innovation to the region. It is supported by the Asian-Oceanic Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO) and the Asia-Pacific ICT Alliance.
The event will be held over two days in Melbourne and will be attended by more than 500 delegates from the region including 37 associations, the AIIA said. A further 120 Australians have also registered so far.
Topics being covered range from the role of digital innovation in government, workforce and skills, business process outsourcing, convergence as well as an ICT sustainability forum. Breakout sessions will also look into exporting and industry collaboration networks, while Biz Matching Sessions are aimed at bringing together regional players and local providers looking for new markets for their ICT goods. These will be supported by a trade exhibition.
The AIIA said APDIS would also give local and regional ICT providers an opportunity to network with developers, buyers, leaders and strategists.
“APDIS will examine every element of the value chain for mission-critical technology in government and business,” AIIA CEO, Ian Birks, said in a statement. “There are a wealth of businesses attending who will be looking to do business here, along with governments and enterprise seeking Australian partners for their expansion across the Asia-Pacific region.”
Birks told ARN there were three key benefits for local suppliers: The ability to work with key ICT leaders to identify common processes and growth businesses across the region; the opportunity to strike up new business relationships; and the Asia-Pacific ICT Alliance Awards to recognise ICT innovators.
APDIS and the ICT Alliance Awards are usually held separately each year in different locations around the region.
“It’s a landmark event with local Government support and promises to be a lively conference,” Birks said.