NSW weakest link in Congress roll-up

NSW IT professionals appear to have snubbed the forthcoming IT World Congress to be held in Adelaide this month, accounting for a little more than 100 of the 700 Australian delegates registered for the event.

While more than 40 per cent of Australia's IT revenue is generated in NSW, and 60 per cent of IT headquarters are concentrated within the state, only 124 delegates from Sydney have registered of a total of 700 local registrations.

Congress CEO John Gygar said NSW's IT industry needs to "get its act together" for the event which is being held for the first time in the southern hemisphere; it runs from February 25 to March 1, 2002.

Gygar said organisers expected NSW to lead the charge with more than 200 delegates from the state, followed by Victoria and Queensland.

However, many of the local delegates registered so far are from Adelaide with 400 registrations received from overseas delegates.

Ultimately, Gygar said the organisers expect to beat the 1500 registration mark by the time the Congress starts later this month.

"Most delegates are business leaders rather than technology people; this is not your normal technology conference presenting the latest gadgets," he said.

"The topics are geared towards business leaders and deal with the type of issues a CIO needs to help shape his company."

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