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Virtual Strategy Magazine: Egypt Hosts International ICT Event and World Summit Awards (WSA)

Hosted by ITIDA, three of the WSA winners are Egyptian nationals, highlighting the country's prestigious talent-base.
25.04.12 | Interesting article at Virtual Strategy Magazine

Showcasing Egypt's growing reputation for ICT excellence, this month the country will host Cairo ICT 2012; "The Spring of Technologies - From Dreams to Needs".

Held at the Cairo International Conference Centre from 26th to 29th April inclusive, the international trade fair is one of the top events in the Middle East and North Africa covering the fields of IT, electronics, satellite and broadcasting, hardware and software, as well as Internet and mobile services.

Communications and Information Technology ministers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and North Sudan will all be speaking alongside Egypt's Communications and Information Technology minister at the event's keynote address to discuss ways of connecting the continent.

The four day event will culminate with the World Summit Award (WSA), a global not-for-profit activity to select and promote best practice in e-Content production and creativity in innovative Internet applications.

Among the winners are three Egyptian natives, heralded for excellence in e-Content and innovative ICT applications, demonstrating the country's capacity to produce internationally acclaimed talent.

Specialized portal Erada addresses a significant need related to the knowledge and information empowerment for people with disabilities. Wael Zakeria, the portal's developer is blind himself; his innovation sprung from the desire to ensure visually impaired people can actively participate in Egyptian society. Now with over 2,000 monthly blog entries, Erada receives 610,000 daily visits to its site.

Other Egyptian winners include El3ab.com, one of the leading online portals for internet based game play in the region. And, in the e-Culture and Heritage category, the production of Description de l'Egypte to multi-lingual DVD was recognized as a monumental achievement.

WSA is hosted by the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), a governmental entity affiliated to Egypt's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, under the patronage of the Minister of Communications and Information Technology H.E. Mohamed Salem.

WSA implements the UN agenda for the development of the information society and supports the UN Millennium Development Goals of ending poverty, hunger and disease, providing education for all, saving the environment and giving a fair share to women through the use of ICT.

Yasser ElKady, CEO of ITIDA, said: "We take our responsibility for growing and developing Egypt's position as a leading global outsourcing location very seriously. Hosting the WSA at Cairo ITC 2012 is the perfect opportunity to show the world that Egypt produces world-class technically proficient talent."

Having postponed the 2011 winners' event due to political turmoil, the award ceremony will take place in Cairo. From over 460 projects and 105 countries the WSA Grand Jury selected 40 WSA Winners in 2011.