Kazakh IT community to discuss country’s digital ecosystem at Digital Bridge 2019 international forum

NUR-SULTAN – Leading IT specialists and technology entrepreneurs will take a comprehensive look at Kazakhstan’s digital ecosystem at the Oct. 24-25 Digital Bridge 2019 international technology forum in the Kazakh capital. 

Digital Bridge 2018 forum. Photo credit: digitalbridge.kz.

“This year we planned the concept of the forum this way: Digital Bridge will be a great umbrella event for all discussions that relate to the digital ecosystem in Kazakhstan. We want Digital Bridge to truly become a bridge that brings together different audiences – businesses, start-ups, the (Kazakh) government, corporations and others who are involved in promoting digital ideas and intend to solve problems in this area or implement projects that will bring real result,” said Zerde National Infocommunication Holding Deputy Chair Pavel Koktyshev. Zerde is helping organise the event.

The key event at the forum will be Next Tech Entrepreneur Forum session. Session participants will discuss subjects, such as education of the future, venture capital financing, cybersports, business incubation and digital media.

“We will make a big emphasis for the business environment: in a separate location we will organise a platform where start-ups, investors, entrepreneurs, IT companies, specialists and the media will be able to find each other in one place and discuss specific issues in an informal setting without ties,” added Koktyshev.

Representatives from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will also offer a roundtable on digitisation. 

The forum will also arrange business-to-business meetings for the participants.

Five digitisation vice ministers and chief digital officers will answer questions about Kazakhstan’s planned projects on digitisation of healthcare, education, labour and finance at five CDO Open Talks Oct. 25.

The Astana Hub will coordinate its traditional Astana Hub Awards for contributions to the development of the IT industry in Kazakhstan and Astana Hub Battle, which is a competition between technology start-ups. The competition will accept applications until Oct. 15.

The Digital Bridge will also host the ceremonial opening of Astana IT University and Alem programming school as well as a demonstration of Digital Public Service Centre.

The forum is being held at the initiative of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to support young IT-specialists in Kazakhstan.

The event organisers are the Kazakh Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry with the participation of Zerde National Infocommunication Holding and Astana Hub international techno park of IT start-ups. Kazakhtelecom, Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) and BTS Digital support the forum.

Digital Bridge is the largest event for the IT community in Kazakhstan. It held its first forum in 2018. For more information, one can visit digitalbridge.kz.

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