21st International Federation of Information Processing World Computer Congresses

Event:21st International Federation of Information Processing World Computer Congresses
Delegates:More than 1,250 attendees from over 50 countries
Destination:Brisbane, Australia
Duration:20-23 September 2010

The World Computer Congress is held every two to three years under the auspices of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP). It is the peak meeting for the world’s information and communications technologists and scientists.

 

The bidding document and presentation was prepared over several months by an Australian Computer Society (ACS) Planning Committee with the bid support of Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and marketing and site inspection support from Brisbane Marketing.

 

Australia’s bid was presented at the World IT Forum in Ethiopia in 2007. It was at the IFIP’s General Assembly, held in conjunction with the Forum, that the success of the Australian bid was announced.  

 

Australia overcame rivals China, India and South Africa to secure the rights to host the Congress.

 

“Australia is a major Information and Communication Technology [ICT] hub in South East Asia and a convenient, affordable and safe location for our many neighbours,” Mr Simon Kwan, the General Manager of Corporate Affairs and Policy at the ACS.

 

“IFIP chose Australia for our capabilities as an ICT nation of global significance. We have world class industry, academic, research and university culture as well as our great track record of early adoption and development of ICT products and services.

 

“We were delighted that the South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC) showed its support by endorsing Australia and our ACS bid.

 

“Brisbane is an ideal host city as it is the nation’s premier tourist gateway and the headquarters for many major corporations in South East Asia, including SAP, Boeing and Virgin.”

More than 1,250 delegates attended the Congress, from more than 50 countries. Just under 40% were international visitors. “The World Computer Congress 2010 was one of the largest ever IFIP conferences. It was well supported with sponsorship, including Queensland Government and the ACS,” Mr Kwan said.

The principle purpose of the Congress was to provide a platform for bringing together some of the best minds in ICT from around the world to share their knowledge and encourage thought-provoking discussion on the use, impact and future of ICT.

“Overall, the conference was very successful. It attracted over 400 speakers, in 16 IFIP and eight Industry streams, and over 1,250 delegates from nearly 50 countries.

 

“In general, most people in our field no longer travel to conferences because of video conferencing,” Mr Kwan said. “They came here because they want to know more about Australia and the National Broadband Network. It was the right timing. 

 

“Excellent media coverage was achieved. This included coverage of the event as a whole and … articles on presentations, particularly by Keynote speakers. Material was published in every major newspaper, on TV and online. This helped to raise the profile of ICT, the sponsors as well as the ACS, both locally and internationally.

 

“Both IFIP and the South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC) publicly acknowledged the contribution of the Society in hosting the successful event and this helps to strengthen the leadership position of the ACS and ICT practitioners in Australia amongst key stakeholders.”

 

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre gave good support throughout the bidding process and ongoing until the event. The Queensland Government gave a significant amount of money in sponsorship, and Brisbane Marketing helped with the technical services, branding, marketing.

IFIP chose Australia for our capabilities as an ICT nation of global significance. We have world-class industry, academic, research and university culture as well as our great track record of early adoption and development of ICT products and services.

Mr Simon Kwan, General Manager of Corporate Affairs and Policy, Australian Computer Society (ACS).