IT Week to bring novel elements to Macau this year

Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Issue 539, Page 2
Word count: 417
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The eighth edition of the IT Week, which will be held between November 28 and November 30, will be injected new components this year in order to promote the application of information technology to a wider public.

The three day event will mainly take place at the Tap Seac Multi-sport Pavilion, from 10am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 10am to 8pm on Sunday.

A number of new features will be added to this year’s IT Week, which president of the Computer Chamber of Macau, Johnny Au said was to attract more patrons of about 55,000 so as to enhance their awareness in regard to information technology.

The new programs include a “Technology Research Outcome” exhibition area which will present to the public various science and technology research projects conducted by different industries in Macau, and a “Technology and the Past” exhibition area which will showcase IT products from the past.

Also, the Student Booth Design Competition and the IT Life Digital Camera Short Video Competition will be made part of the event.

Patrons can vote for their favourite short video and enter a lucky draw.

In addition, different activities will be on throughout the three days, including IT product launch fairs, prized games and auctions.

As science and technology was ever-changing, Mr Au said the first day of the IT Week 2008 would feature a forum themed on IT and security from 3pm to 5pm in which three guest speakers from Microsoft Macau, Symantec and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (Macau Chapter) will form a panel discussion.

At the same time, this year the event will carry on the three main components as in the past, which are the Academic Exhibition, Exhibition for IT Week and the Annual Information Fair.

More than 110 booths set up by 54 organisations such as the Science and Technology Development Fund, the Macau Science Centre, educational institutes and commercial enterprises will participate in the two exhibitions.

“The IT Week hopes to trigger unimaginable creativity of the academia, the IT industry and residents of different age groups, and yet introduce an element of fun to our daily lives,” Mr Au said.

The IT Week was incepted in 2000 with the number of participants increasing year-on-year, from about 10,000 in the inauguration to more than 50,000 in 2007.

The opening ceremony will be held on November 28 at 6.30pm in the Pavilion and chaired by Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah.

More details can be viewed at http://itweek.org.mo.

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