Vietnam ITO conference will seek to promote the potential of the country’s IT industry as an emerging destination for innovation and offer a business matching platform for local and international buyers and Vietnamese vendors.
Themed “Vietnam – The Emerged Destination for Innovation,” the conference would underscore Vietnam's long-term goal of becoming Southeast Asia's leading innovation centre, Tran Phuc Hong, vice president of the Vietnam Information Technology Outsourcing Alliance (VN ITO Alliance), one of the event’s organisers, said.
It would feature an international conference with more than 500 participants, business-matching sessions to connect Vietnamese software companies and local and foreign buyers, a technology exhibition, and visits to top IT companies and software parks among others, he said.
Artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, the internet of things, digital transformation, and tech talent would be discussed, he said.
There would be two major panel discussions chaired by top experts from Japan and the Republic of Korea, he said.
The former would discuss Japanese success stories when working with Vietnam IT services companies, and how Vietnamese companies could expand their market to Japan, and the latter would discuss how Korean tech companies can work with Vietnamese IT companies for win-win cooperation, he added.
The technology exhibition is expected to have 60 booths, double the number two years ago, including nearly 30 by Korean and Japanese companies, who are keen to partner with Vietnamese IT companies.
Lam Nguyen Hai Long, honorary chairman of VNITO Alliance, said Vietnam has been very successful in the software outsourcing field over the past decade.
International counterparts regard Vietnam as an Asian hub for software outsourcing. Moreover, in recent years Vietnam has implemented many new models and policies such as smart city model, creative cities programmes and start-up activities in response to the fourth industrial revolution, he added.
It is also a highly open economy, which enables its firms to reach large markets, he said.
As a country in the top 10 in terms of students studying abroad and with a large number of scientists working in developed countries, Vietnam has favourable conditions to keep abreast of the most sophisticated products and technologies around the world, he said.
Those conditions offer opportunities and premises for Vietnam to become one of the centres for software development and innovation in Southeast Asia, he said.
Organised by the VNITO Alliance, QTSC, and the Investment and Trade Promotion Centre of HCM City, the biennial conference will be held at the Tan Son Nhat Saigon Hotel from October 23 to 25.