40th National IT Conference today

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The 40th anniversary edition of the National Information Technology Conference (NITC) organised by the Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) themed ‘Digitally Enriching Lives’, will be held today at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo Sri Lanka.

At a pre-event press conference held recently at the CSSL Secretariat office, organisers and sponsors of NITC 2022 outlined the details of the conference and invited all ICT practitioners to join Sri Lanka’s flagship ICT Conference. The event’s main features are Digitally Enriching Lives, Digital Investment Summit, and Social Media Self Governance. 

“This year’s National IT Conference theme, ‘Digitally Enriching Lives’ reflects CSSL’s vision of enriching citizens’ lives through digital transformation. CSSL emphasises the need for Sri Lankan ICT professionals to play the catalyst role in enriching citizens’ lives through digital solutions. CSSL has been striving to take this message of the importance of rapid digital transformation and technology adaptation to enrich the lives of Sri Lankan citizens. The recent example of the National Fuel pass epitomises the endless possibilities of digital technologies and solutions to solve national problems in an unimaginable manner. CSSL has been championing the cause of making awareness amongst policymakers and the general public using the National Information Technology Conference (NITC) as a platform for this cause,” said Computer Society of Sri Lanka President Damith Hettihewa. 

“We are in an era of a digital revolution. During the post-pandemic period, digital acceleration will create new wealthy nations. If Sri Lanka is to leverage Industry 4.0 and associated digital acceleration across the world to an opportunity to become a wealthy nation, technology diffusion and early adapting of frontier technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Augmented Reality, Internet of Things, Robotic Process Automation and Integration, Big Data and Real-Time Analytics, Cloud Computing, Blockchain and Crypto Currencies is imperative. Our country needs to accelerate, R&D, policy formation, and legal enactments to adopt and leverage frontier technologies in the vital sectors of the economy. 

“At this year’s conference, our ICT fraternity will deliberate these aspects along with several global experts on these topics over two days,” said Hettihewa.

NITC 2022 is organised under the leadership of CSSL President Damith Hettihewa. CSSL Vice President Dr. Ajantha Atukorale is spearheading the organising effort of the CSSL Awards and research paper colloquium track of the conference. CSSL Treasurer Heshan Karunaratne will be the Conference Chair of the 40th anniversary edition of NITC 2022.

NITC 2022 will also be supported by the Ministry of Technology, Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka as the National Partner. SLT-Mobitel as the Platinum sponsor, Meta has joined hands as a partner and Sysco Labs has joined hands with NITC as the Strategic Partner. Axiata Digital Labs has partnered with NITC 2022 as the Innovation Partner, Millennium IT and Fortinet as Managed Security Services Partner and SLIIT as the Education Partner. LankaPay facilitates NITC as the official payment network. 

The third CSSL Colloquium at NITC 2022 will be supported by Meta to foster ICT research in Sri Lanka. Bell Solutions joins NITC 2022 as the Solutions Partner, FinTech & Zoom will be the Platform Partner for the NITC 2022 which will be held as a hybrid conference enabling foreign investors to join the Digital Investment Summit online. Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. and Daily FT is the Print Media Partner of NITC 2022 and TV Derana and Derana 24x7 is the exclusive Electronics Media Partner of NITC 2022.