In an effort to promote Zamboanga City as the next target of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies, some 300 stakeholders composed of businessmen, academe, national government agencies, local government units, ICT professionals / enthusiasts, and private individuals will converge in the 2012 ZamPen ICT Conference & Trade Exhibit : An ICTO Roadshow on September 26, 2012, at Astoria Plaza, Grand Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City.
The event’s theme “Harnessing ICT for Smarter Countryside”, will lead the way towards the development and understanding of knowledge, linking communication and technological gaps, building more sustainable projects, widening local and international networks, improving society in general, and of course envisioning Zamboanga City as part of the “Next Wave Cities” in the Philippines, and the rest of the region as an investment hub. Honorable Undersecretary Louis Napoleon C. Casambre, Executive Director of DOST-ICTO will be the keynote speaker.
Highlighting the road show, is an industry panel discussions of distinguished resource speakers from various ICT industry associations, such as the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP), Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP), Animation Council of the Philippines, Incorporated (ACPI), Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines (HIMOAP), and Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA).
Successful blogger and social media entrepreneur, BPO company owner, BPO project leader, call center supervisor, programmer, and parent of an IT/BPO worker are expected to share their experiences and challenges in taking advantage of the fast growing IT-BPO industry.
Spreading the benefits of economic growth across the nation, the whole day event will tackle 1) The ICT industry and the “Next Wave Cities” in both government and private perspectives; 2) Zamboanga City as a Next Wave City; 3) Smarter Countryside; and 4) iGov Philippines.
Sustainable Development Specialist based in Canada, Mr. Nicholas Luff, will make a presentation on “Developing Cross-Sector Partnerships at a Global Stage: Case Studies between the Philippines and Canada.
The Honorable City Mayor Celso L. Lobregat will officially welcome the delegates and host the Fellowship Night.
The road show is organized by Regional Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Committee under the Regional Development Council (RITECC – RDC IX) and Zamboanga ICT Council of Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce & Industry Foundation (ZICTC-ZCCCIF), with support of the Information and Communication Technology Office - Department of Science and Technology (ICTO-DOST), Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. IX (DOST-IX) and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP).
The ICTO-DOST is the Philippine government’s lead agency on ICT-related matters. Its primary thrusts are 1) ICT Industry Development; 2) eGovernment; 3) ICT Policy Development; 4) Internet for All; and 5) Cybersecurity.