The Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) is expecting a record 1,200 registrations for its National IT Conference (NITC) this year thanks to the combined drawing effect of the IFIP General Assembly and SEARCC Conference, which are being held at the same time.

With around 100 prominent internationals visiting Colombo for the joint events, CSSL President, Yasas Abeywickrama said he’s been able to assemble an impressive list of speakers to share their knowledge and expertise with local ICT professionals, researchers and academics.

“Last year we had almost 1,000 people attend NITC and we’re expecting more this year, given the calibre of international speakers we’ve been able to attract and the significant opportunity to network and make valuable business connections,” he said.

The five-day program includes the two day NITC/SEARCC conference on 14-15 September, preceded by three days of invitation-only meetings for the IFIP General Assembly and its various committees as well as the SEARCC Executive Committee.

“The confirmed guest list currently includes representatives from almost 50 nations so this is really an opportunity to showcase Sri Lankan ICT to the world,” said Mr Abeywickrama.

“We’ve scheduled several networking and social events such as the International ICT Gala Dinner and presentation of the CSSL Awards, SEARCC International Awards and International Schools Software Competition Awards, along with various lunches and morning/afternoon teas to give delegates numerous chances to connect with our international visitors,” said Mr Abeywickrama.

“This is definitely going to be the biggest ICT event, in terms of the breadth and diversity of representation, that Sri Lanka has even seen. The Sri Lankan Government has been quick to recognise the significance of this opportunity with both the ICT Agency and Sri Lanka Tourism coming on board as sponsoring partners.

“We’re delighted to have that level of support and involvement from the Government and are optimistic this event will bring important new knowledge and connections to Sri Lanka.”

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