Alexis Ohanian, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Kim Kardashian West Among Global Leaders
YEREVAN, ARMENIA – September 17, 2019 – On October 6 – 9, 2019, world-renowned business executives, policymakers, government officials, academics, and more will descend upon Yerevan, Armenia, to discuss the transformation of information and communications technology with attendees of the 23rd World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT). Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder of Reddit and Initialized Capital; Gary Vaynerchuk, Chairman of VaynerX; and Kim Kardashian West, Activist, Entrepreneur, Beauty Mogul and Producer, are among this year’s ten special keynote speakers. More than eighty distinguished moderators and panelists will also round out the 2019 agenda.
The event will commence with a pre-opening celebration on October 6 in Republic Square, including a concert that will be led by the WCIT Orchestra feautring the world’s first performance of AI (Artificial Intelligence) music. The music will be composed in real time as part of a collaboration between the orchestra and the international superstar D.J. Armin van Buuren. The congress opening sessions will take place on October 7 and will be followed by an intimate conversation between the keynote speaker and Ohanian.
On October 8 at 9:00 a.m., attendees will learn how Vaynerchuk created an empire on leadership and motivational speaking. Later in the day, Kardashian West will address a plenary session called “Marketplace of Ideas.” This session will examine how decentralized technologies have democratized the worlds of entertainment, media, and journalism and revolutionized the manner in which we create and disseminate art and information, making new stars along the way. “Marketplace of Ideas” will explore what these developments mean for personal privacy, social relations, trust in institutions, and new business models.
The World Information Technology & Services Alliance’s (WITSA) ICT Excellence Awards will take place on the final day, October 9, followed by a conversation on AI and genomics. With the goal of identifying the most outstanding ICT users, the WITSA ICT Excellence Awards honor organizations that have demonstrated exceptional achievement in using IT to benefit societies, governments, individuals, organizations, and the private sector. At the “R/Evolution when AI Crosses Genomics” session, attendees will discuss how AI and genomics will soon fundamentally transform healthcare, agriculture, and human reproduction. The session will also explore how values are added to the decision-making processes of these technologies and will discuss how to enjoy the benefits of these intelligent and judicious applications while managing the risks of rogues and renegades.
To view the full agenda, please click here.
For more information about the 23rd World Congress on Information Technology, please visit www.wcit2019.org.
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About World Congress on Information Technology
WCIT 2019 will be held in Yerevan on October 6-9, 2019. The Congress is hosted by Armenia with the support and under the high patronage of the Government of the Republic of Armenia. The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) was established by the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA). Its main organizing body is the Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises (UATE).
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