Georgian ICT Development and Cyber Security Event - GITI 2014
07 November, 2014

On November 6-7, Data Exchange Agency of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and ICT Business Council organized the 7th annual regional conference (exhibition, award) at “Sheraton Metechi Palace” hotel. Main subjects of the conference were issues related to Cyber Security and directions towards Information Technology development. Conference ended on November 7th with award ceremony of this year’s best IT project authors.

The event was opened by the first Deputy Minister of Justice Alexander Baramidze.

This year’s conference, which had a motto “Partnerships for Competitiveness, Innovation and Cyber Security”, hosted an unprecedented number of participants. Approximately 400 participants representing 20 countries registered to take part in the conference, discussed the issues related to the development of Cyber Security and Information Technology, presented innovative IT projects developed during the year, and got known to the achievements of other countries in the above mentioned issues.

Special attention was given to E-governance development projects in Georgia as well as in the entire region, and the introduction of technological innovation processes in those projects.

“The annual conference used to climb a new stage of development during these last 7 years of its existence. Today, we can safely declare that the conference organized by Data Exchange Agency of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and ICT Business Council is one of the trusted and well-established events in the region dedicated to IT and information security issues. GITI brings together a number of leading players in ICT industry from the US, Europe and Asia, representatives of public and private bodies and renowned experts. It is really important that the conference, during the period of last 7 years, has created a unique example of Public-Private Partnership, under which private and governmental organizations are working hand in hand for ensuring a robust development of ICTs.” – Giga Shubitidze, President of ICT Business Council commented.

The second day of the conference was entirely dedicated to the Cyber Security issues. Worldwide recognized experts gave speeches about Cyber Security.

“Developing Information Technology is unimaginable without developing Information Security solutions. Nowadays Georgia is facing an important stage of E-governance development. Different public institutions develop a number of services based on information technologies, which simplifies and brings the relationship of state and citizens to a new stage. This process is correlated to Information Security. As a result the conference is given a big importance. E-governance and Information Security issues are main directions Data Exchange Agency is working for.” – Irakli Gvenetadze, Chairman of the LEPL Data Exchange Agency.

The conference traditionally concluded with an award ceremony. This year 50 different projects both from the public and private sectors were presented in 15 nominations. This year, by the decision of organizing committee, the holder of Grand-Prix was not unveiled and the value of every single project registered in various nominations was specially praised.

In previous years a number of winners were presented in the same competition: In 2013 Grand-Prix was awarded to the National Agency of Public Registry of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia. In 2012 - Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia. In 2011 Grand-Prix was awarded to National Agency of Civil Registry of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia. In 2008 and 2010 National Agency of Public Registry of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia claimed the title, and in 2009 – Ministry of Finance of Georgia.

GITI 2014 Gold Sponsors: Microsoft and HP. Silver Sponsors: Cisco, Orient Logic, Magticom and UGT.