ACS wins bid to host World Computer Congress in 2010

Event to be held in Brisbane, Queensland

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has won the bid to be the host organisation for the prestigious International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) World Computer Congress.

The Congress will be held in Brisbane in September 2010.

The IFIP president, professor Klaus Brunnstein from Germany, announced Australia's success in Ethiopia as part of IFIP's General Assembly deliberations.

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

More than a thousand Information and Communication Technology (ICT) leaders from around the world are expected to attend the Congress, which will generate significant opportunities for sponsors to market to this elite international community.

IFIP is the leading international body for Information & Communications Technologies and Sciences.

A United Nations-founded organisation, IFIP has more than 85 member bodies or affiliated ICT associations representing over 800,000 influencers and professionals worldwide.

The ACS has supported IFIP since its inception in 1961 with numerous IFIP office bearers among the ACS membership. .

ACS president Philip Argy said Australia's success in securing the hosting rights underscores its capabilities as an ICT nation of global significance.

He called on the ICT industry and academia to use the opportunity to showcase Australia's ICT expertise and research capability.

"This announcement reinforces Queensland, and Australia's world class industry, academic, research and university culture. It also confirms our great track record of early adoption and development of ICT products and services.," Argy said.

"The Congress is a valuable opportunity for Australia's ICT leaders to showcase national capabilities on a world stage."

The Queensland government pledged $150,000 to support the Congress and the ACS has written to the Prime Minister John Howard to match funding.

Bid committee chairman and ACS chairman of 'technologists in the public interest' Mark Lloyd said Australia is a major ICT hub in South East Asia and a convenient, affordable and safe location for neighbours.

He said an Australian 2010 Congress presents a golden opportunity for IFIP to work closer with this part of the world.

The South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC) also showed its support by endorsing the bid.

The IFIP also reaches its 50th anniversary in 2010, so the event is set to be a special milestone.

Lloyd said the recent World IT Forum (WITFOR) in Ethiopia attracted over 1,200 delegates and many ministerial level and senior government staff from across Africa.

Also today, the ACS launched an ICT Liability Insurance Package for members to protect the personal assets of ICT professionals against damages awarded against them by a court or resulting from an approved negotiated settlement.

It covers free legal defence costs, public indemnity and fee income up to $10,000.

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