NEWSLETTER WORLD COMPUTER CONGRESS #6, July 2012

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Welcome to WCC 2012
In Western Europe it is the holiday season. Meaning a lot of people are away from office and enjoying some time off from their job. But here at WCC 2012 headquarters the work goes on: finalizing program details, contacting speakers and delegates ... in short: giving shape to the next World Computer Congress. We are looking forward to see you all and discuss with you how IT may contribute to a better world!

WCC 2012 — September 24–26 2012 — Amsterdam. Be there!

Programme and Speakers
We are proud to announce the participation of Brent McClean, CTO of eBay classifieds. He will discuss with us: "Creating the ICT workforce for 2020".

Please visit the programme page for the latest and almost complete version of the program as established by the International Program committee of WCC 2012. This version of the program includes all speakers who have confirmed their presence. Details from the speakers (photograph and cv) are now collected and published on our website (see the speakers page). Follow the progress on our website or via the social media (see Follow WCC below).

Themes in the spotlight
In this newsletter we highlight again two themes:
  • Session 3, stream 3: ICT capacity building and economic growth
  • Session 6, stream 1: Do patents and intellectual property enable innovation in the computer software field?
ICT capacity building and economic growth
In this session the impact of ICT on economic growth is explored in relation to the ICT job market. Questions which will be addressed are:
  • The ICT job market in 2020 and the impact on globalization
  • The relationship between economic growth and the availability of ICT capacity
  • ICT capacity building programs
These topics will be introduced by
  • Tan Moorthy, Senior VP, Infosys, Group Head of Research and Education, India
  • Dr. Venkataraman Balaji, Director Technology & Knowledge Management, Commonwealth of Learning
  • Dr Robert Atkinson, President Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Your voice can be heard in the discussion on this important topic.

Do patents and intellectual property enable innovation in the computer software field?
Innovation is a very important topic in ICT. To protect the makers, patents and intellectual property rights may be established world-wide. But sometimes it looks as if these possibilities hamper instead of contributing to innovation. Topic in this sesion are:
  • Patents and intellectual property towards 2020
  • Are patents enabling or disabling innovation?
Presentations on this topic will be given by Mr Simon Davies (D. Young & Co. Partner, Southampton) and European Patent Office expert Ioannis Bozas. The chair in this session is for Karsten Gerloff, President of Free Software Foundation Europe, Netherlands.

Follow WCC
To get connected to the information about WCC2012 there are next to the website several opportunities via the social media:
  • We have started a community on our website, available for every one who is interested. Congress-participants and speakers will get an account, so speakers are able to start a discussion and congress-participants can join these discussions. Congress-participants can also compose their own program by selecting parallel sessions, and they have access to the lists of all congress-participants.
  • On Facebook there is a special page for WCC2012: search for World Computer Congress.
  • Also in Twitter the congress is present. Use hash tag #WCC2012 and username @wcc_2012.
  • Last but not least: there are a group WCC2012 and an event WCC2012 available in Linkedin.
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