TechInPacific – This year’s ICT Cluster Techinnovate event has brought together local and global innovators in the sector of ICT, STEM, and Entrepreneurship to discuss about how innovative technology can change the future of PNG as well as the recent issues on ICT including the development, trends, innovations, and issues in the digital ecosystem.
The second ICT Cluster Techinnovate was held on June 13th every year at the Hilton Hotel, Port Moresby. This year, the event was attended by the Patron of PNG Digital ICT Cluster Hon. MP Davis Steven, Member of Esa’ala and Deputy Prime Minister and Attorney General of the Independence State of Papua New Guinea.
“I am very pleased to announce that this government (PNG) will make technology an important priority. Technology is a priority,” said Hon. MP Davis Steven as he opened his keynote at the PNG ICT Cluster Techinnovate annual event. The Deputy said that the government of PNG is committed to supporting the adoption of digital technology as part of the efforts to improve the socio-economy in the country.
The event was initiated by the Papua New Guinea ICT Cluster and supported by WeRobotics, Kina Bank, Bank South Pacific (BSP), amongst others. Apart from the Deputy Prime Minister, the event was also attended by policymakers, thought leaders, business and ICT players, researchers, and educators from various sectors.
The PNG ICT Cluster holds the event and other similar events as part of its effort in becoming the Silicon Valley of the Pacific. Geographically, PNG is positioned as the gateway to Asia as well as the Pacific which has rich natural resources, biodiversities, and cultures.
It is driven by volunteers in the Computer Science and STEM which seeks to boost Foreign Direct investment and strengthen its digital entrepreneurship ecosystem. Furthermore, it hopes to eventually contribute to the country’s GDP and wealth, as well as improved living of the people.