In Budva, starting from 1994, every year, Festival of Information Technology Achievements – INFOFEST, is held as selective thematic gathering which represents central ICT event in the region. Organizers of the INFOFEST are the Government of Montenegro (Ministry of Information Society and Telecommunications) and Consulting Company Biznis Link from Belgrade.
The Government of Montenegro has, on 29th of July 1993, officially proclaimed that INFOFEST is an “Event of State-importance”. International Association FERAM declared INFOFEST as one of ten most important ICT events in the Mediterranean. Union of ICT Associations (JISA) awarded Organizers ten times, with the Discobolos prize for the best expert meeting in the region.
Right for Company participation at the INFOFEST is gathered on the basis of selected decision of Expert Committee.
Beside the official program quality, INFOFEST is well known on relaxant working atmosphere and intensive communication of participants. Organizer provides very attractive animation gatherings.
Moderate competition character of INFOFEST is based prizes and acknowledgements for the most successful participants based on decision of Management and Expert Committee of Festival of Information Technology Achievements. Prizes and acknowledgements gathered on INFOFEST have visible referral value.
Last year`s XXII Festival of Information Technology Achievements – Infofest, was held from 27th of September – 03rd of October. Beside the central festival program at the “Maestral”, because of the great interest for inclusion in the official agenda, some Infofest sessions was organzed in the hotels “Avala”, “Montenegro” and “Residence”.
The presentational part of the program featured a significant number of companies, including the world’s technological leaders (Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Oracle, Ericsson, Kaspersky Lab, Symantec…) and the most important ICT companies in the region (Saga, S&T, Energodata, Asseco SEE, Lanaco, TeleGroup Cikom, Digit Montenegro…). For the first time, at Infofest, well-known international company Aliter Technologies, based in Slovakia, which recently activated its company in Montenegro was present.
In addition to the presentation of new project solutions, 14 ICT companies presented their portfolio on their checkpoints within Infofest exhibition.
Last year, confirmed that INFOFEST is the site of important events. Special program of XXII Festival was Ministerial conference for participants of “Strategy for South East Europe 2020”, and members of Electronic SEE Initiative. The theme of the conference was: “Building a Digital Society as Means of Accelerated Development” and the organizers were Ministry for Information Society and Telecommunications of Montenegro and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC).
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Agency for Electronic Communications within Infofest organized the XIII International Conference on regulatory actions in this sector. Last year’s theme was “Expanding the availability of broadband access and adoption.” In addition to the Conference, the ITU was the holder of several important Infofest programs.
The Ministry for Information Society and Telecommunications of Montenegro had at last year’s Infofest educational programs dedicated to the standard of IT education, the implementation of Internet exchange points and other actual topics.
In the framework of Infofest was a regional conference “The sociological impact of ICT services and applications”, then the fifth e-Counseling of postal administrations in the region, as well as a special program devoted to issues of security of information systems. On the agenda of Infofest was IV International Seminar on incoming communication technologies (WECT 2015).
The program included invited lectures of prominent international experts, followed by presentation of the best authoring works selected by public invitation, as well as a series of problem-solving, discussion and educational sessions.
At the closing gala ceremony of XXII Infofest, based on the decision of the Steering and Expert Committee of the Festival of Information Technology Achievements, prizes and awards to the best participating companies were granted.