Digitec22 Summit

DigiTec Summit is a global conference focused on how emerging technology-oriented countries respond to global challenges and opportunities, and the largest such event in the southern Caucasus region. The conference consists of a series of keynote panel discussions moderated by international technology journalists, and features both in-person and online participation by leading entrepreneurs, executives, policy-makers and members of research and academia. In addition to the keynote panel discussions, the conference also contains thematic breakouts, a variety of networking events, and government-level participation.

Digitec Summit 2022 will address the following topic: “How do emerging countries with large tech ambitions compete on a global scale?” and will feature C-level execs and founders from existing and to-be unicorns from countries such as Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Taiwan (in addition to Armenia, the host country). If you’re part of the tech ecosystem in an emerging technology country, this is the conference for you and your peers.

Speakers

 

Dr. Lucy Abgaryan, CEO, Founder of GrittGene Therapeutics & Proone Labs

Hovhannes Avoyan, CEO and Founder, PicsArt 

Matt Bartelsian, CEO and co-Founder, Puzl

Davit Baghdasaryan, CEO and co-Founder, Krisp

Levon Budagyan, CEO and Founder, Waveye

Hayk Chobanyan, CEO, Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises

Artak Chopuryan, CEO, Instigate Mobile

Al Eisaian, co-Founder & Board Member, IntelinAir, Inc.;CEO and Board Member, cognaize 

Mike Feerick, CEO and co-Founder, Alison

Shamam Gevorgyan, Director, Educational Programs, UATE

Pierre Hennes, Partner and co-Founder, Granatus Ventures; Executive Director, Tagit Singapore

Yeva Hyusyan, CEO and co-Founder, Sololearn

Raffi Kassarjian, CEO and Principal Advisor, Sensyan

Vahe Kuzoyan, President and co-Founder, ServiceTitan 

Marie Lou Papazian, CEO, TUMO Center for Creative Technologies

Vahagn Poghosyan, CEO and Founder, RealSchool Foundation 

Oxana Raim, ICLUB.vc Regional Director Central Asia & Caucasus

Tony Safoian, CEO, SADA Systems 

Kevin Whitcher, Vice President, Enterprise Apps, DISQO

Alex Yemenidjian, Former Chairman and CEO of MGM Studios, Former President of MGM Resorts

Alexandr Yesayan, CEO and co-Founder, Intent.ai 

Hovakim Zakaryan, CEO and co-Founder, Denovo Science

Yervant Zorian, Chief Architect, Synopsys

Agenda


Friday, September 30th

10:00-18:00 Summit Registration
11:00-12:30
DigiTec Expo Official Opening
12:30-17:00 DigiTec Expo Curated Tours
17:00-18:00 Armenian Classics Concert by Armenian State Symphony Orchestra 
17:30-19:00 Opening Cocktail Reception

Saturday, October 1st

9:00-18:00 Summit Registration
10:00-10:30
Audience Seating
10:45-11:30 Opening Ceremony

Mr. Alexander Yesayan, Chairman, UATE

Mr. Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister, Republic of Armenia

Mr. Raffi Kassarjian, Chairman, DigiTec Summit

11:30-12:00
Keynote Address 

Mr. Alex Yemenidjian, Chairman, Armenco Capital

12:00-13:00 Keynote Panel 1- Breaking the success code: How do start-ups from emerging countries compete on a global scale
13:00-14:30
Networking Lunch Break
14:30-15:30 Keynote Panel 2- Finding common ground: How tech start-ups and established companies partner to turbocharge the tech ecosystem
15:30-16:30 Keynote Panel 3- Thriving in a decentralized world: digital nomadism, hybrid and global angels
16:30-17:00
Networking Coffee Break
17:00-18:00 Keynote Panel 4- Is it still a US-centric world? Are there alternative paths to financing and market entry/scaling?
18:00-18:30 Fireside Chat
22:00-2:00 DigiTec Summit Networking Night Out

Sunday, October 2nd

10:00-10:30 Keynote Address
10:30-11:30 Keynote Panel 5- Feeding the system: How are alternative educational models helping address the supply/demand gap in tech?
11:30-12:30 Keynote Panel 6- Deepening deep tech: Unleashing the potential of research universities and institutes to fuel future waves of unicorns
12:30-14:00
Networking Lunch Break
14:00-14:30 Fireside Chat
14:30-15:30 Keynote Panel 7- Does origin matter? How important are country branding, positioning and specialization?
15:30-16:30 Keynote Panel 8- Ministerial Roundtable: Fostering an ecosystem for scaling innovation and competitiveness 
16:30-16:45
Special memorandum signing ceremony
16:45-17:00 Closing Remarks

*denotes sessions reserved only for speakers and participants with DigiTec Full Networking Access Pass

**special networking zones for speakers and participants with DigiTec Full Networking Access Pass

WCIT2019 Yerevan and DigiTec Summit21 Highlights

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The Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises (UATE) hosted the 2019 Edition of The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT2019 Yerevan) on Oct. 6-9, 2019. For four days, the attention of the global technology community was focused on Yerevan. This exceptional event featured over 120 renowned speakers such as in 21 panels and 7 special speaker sessions, and drew over 6400 attendees representing over 3000 companies from around the world. Topics included Art in the coming age of intelligent machines, national defense and information warfare, Black Swan infrastructure events, the environmental impact of the technology industry, and the impact of technology on society and democracy.

Building on the success of WCIT2019, the inaugural edition of the DigiTec Summit took place on Oct. 29-31, 2020, just as the world was coming out of global pandemic restrictions. Over 800 in-person and thousands of online attendees heard 35 keynote panelists from some of the most interesting established and rising tech companies discuss topics under the “Thriving in a post-Covid World” conference title. Panels were moderated by high-tech journalists from leading media outlets such as CNBC and tech.eu, and featured C-level panelists from existing unicorns ServiceTitan and PicsArt, up-and-coming companies such as CodeSignal, DISQO, Krisp, and SADA Systems, and senior executives from established tech giants VMWare, Siemens and SAP. Conference highlights also included a keynote speech by Dr. Noubar Afeyan, Chairman of Flagship Pioneering and Moderna, supporting comments by Mr. Andres Sutt, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of Estonia, and a discussion on the future of technology in Armenia featuring the ministers of High Tech Industry and Economy of the Republic of Armenia. 

Armenia: Land of Innovation and Technology

DigiTec Summit will take place in Yerevan, the cultural and economic capital of Armenia. Armenia has a proud history of innovative excellence. Armenians have been responsible for cutting-edge inventions and creative solutions such as the MRI machine, the ATM, the color TV and automatic transmission, and more recently have produced unicorns and unicorns-to-be such as ServiceTitan, PicsArt, Krisp, DISQO and CodeSignal. The top-10 Armenian-led companies with operations in Armenia have raised over $1.6 billion in venture financing in the last few years, and collectively represent over $11 billion in combined market value. In addition, leading global technology companies such as Synopsys, VMWare, Siemens, TeamViewer, Veritas and NVidia have significant operations in the country.