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International IT Fest 2013 showcases Hong Kong's strengths in information and communications technology (with photos)

     The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, in collaboration with its technology partners and the local information and communications technology (ICT) industry, will stage the International IT Fest 2013 from April 8 to 21. The International IT Fest, featuring a series of events to showcase Hong Kong's information technology (IT) development and achievements, aims at reinforcing Hong Kong's position as an ICT hub in the Asia-Pacific region.

     Speaking at a press briefing today (March 21), the Government Chief Information Officer, Mr Daniel Lai, said, "Hong Kong has a vibrant ICT sector with over 73 000 agile, skilled and innovative ICT professionals. Our ICT enterprises are agile and creative, and adapt swiftly to market trends and demands. Many of our home-grown technological products have risen to global fame and won renowned international awards.

     "With its strategic location, sophisticated infrastructure and a tech-savvy culture, Hong Kong is an ideal place to do ICT business, share knowledge and exchange insights."

     Mr Lai noted that by bundling a variety of ICT events in two weeks under the International IT Fest, the Government and the ICT industry are working together to promote the strengths and vibrancy of the industry and create greater promotional impact, thus further strengthening Hong Kong's image as a regional ICT hub and enhancing its position in the global arena.

     The first ever International IT Fest encompasses 25 events, including the annual signature event Hong Kong ICT Awards 2013 Awards Presentation Ceremony, which recognises outstanding IT applications and solutions; the International ICT Expo, which is Asia's largest event of its type; and a series of seminars, symposiums, conferences, competitions, award presentations, recognition schemes and exhibitions. The events cover a wide range of ICT domains in which Hong Kong is developing fast, such as mobile technology, cloud computing, information security, digital entertainment, the Internet of Things and digital inclusion, forming a showcase of interactive Hong Kong.

     Information on International IT Fest events is in the Annex. For more details, please visit

Ends/Thursday, March 21, 2013
Issued at HKT 15:25


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