With its aim to inspire the youth and recognize them as key drivers in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry, the biggest IT event in the Philippines is set for its 12th year. Organized by the UP System IT Foundation (UPSITF), the Youth Congress on Information Technology (Y4iT) will be held on 10-12 September 2014 at the SMX Convention
Center, Pasay City.
Attended by 25,000 participants nationwide, Y4iT has served as a melting pot of the best minds in the industry. “For the past 11 years, the congress has consistently served as a hub for computer enthusiasts and technopreneurs to share ideas and discuss the latest IT breakthroughs,” said Dr. Jaime D.L. Caro, Executive Director of UPSITF. According to Caro, Y4iT has inspired individuals to engage with one another and build on ideas that are both innovative and relevant to the community.
This year’s theme, “Harnessing the Power of Me”, aspires to motivate the participants to give back to society through the use of IT. “ICT usage in the Philippines is very prevalent, and I think as a tool of social activism, we’ve seen how effective it is,” said Prof. Harry Roque, Center for International Law Philippines Chairman.
On September, attendees can expect to benefit from more than 40 local and international speakers. One of them is Ann Gervacio, President of NEC Philippines. Students can also benefit from the lecture of Kelvin Wong, ICANN’S Head of Outreach and Public Responsibility for Asia Pacific.
This year, not only do the attendees get to will the attendees learn from the speakers, they will also have the opportunity to express their opinions regarding certain problems in the community. In line with this year’s theme, participants are asked to submit their concept papers that tackle their ideas and proposed solutions to various societal issues. The proponents of the chosen paper will be given the chance to present during the event.
Y4iT, formerly known as the Philippine Youth Congress on Information Technology, was established in 2003. The first event was held in the University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City with 5,000 attendees from all over the Philippines. From the year Y4iT was launched, the number of participants has been increasing year after year.