This year`s XXII Festival of Information Technology Achievements – Infofest 2015 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”.
Infofest is, for years, the most significant regional event in field of information and communication technologies, which, each year, register more than 1,000 individual participants – representatives of public enterprises, government bodies, education, financial institutions, energy sector, telecommunications operators and other large economic systems.
The presentational part of the program featured a large 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.
After last year’s signing of a regional agreement on the reduction of roaming prices, Infofest, this year, confirmed that it 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. This year’s theme is “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 this 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.
From the very beginning, Infofest has the status of event of national importance. The festival is jointly organized by the Ministry for Information Society and Telecommunications of Montenegro and company Biznis Link from Belgrade.