From World's First AI Concert to Francophonie Congress: Armenia as a Host of Prominent Events
Armenia has hosted several major events that have brought together tens of thousands of participants from across the globe.
WCIT 2019 and World's First AI Concert
Top technology and business leaders from around the world ascended in Yerevan, Armenia for the 23rd World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2019) on October 6-9, 2019.
Focused on the Power of Decentralization: Promise and Peril, this year’s conference became one of the most comprehensive discussions on technology and its impact on society in the 40-year history of the WCIT, said Yvonne Chiu, Head of WITSA, organizer of WCIT series.
Kim Kardashian, Alex Chung, GIPHY CEO, Gary Vaynerchuk, Alexis Ohanian, Founder of Reddit, and IBM, Pixar, Yandex, Ericsson and Boston Consulting Group delegates how tech is changing the environment and our lives, both for the better or the worse.
WCIT 2019 included panel sessions on governance, economy and security, democracy, support for creative tech startups and the problems of 'increased' humanity. Arkady Volozh, Yandex Founder and CEO, shared thoughts about the future of transport in mega-cities and drones. Kim Kardashian spoke about her SKIMS lingerie brand and her hopes to move the production to Armenia.
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The event opened with the World’s first AI concert on Sunday evening at Yerevan's landmark Republic Square. The orchestra, which included over 100 musicians from all 15 countries that have hosted WCIT during its 40-year history, played under the tutelage of renowned Armenian maestro Sergey Smbatyan. The musicians played classical music composed in real-time by AI technology, derived from the musical DNA of all the 15 countries. A set by the electronic music pioneer Armin Van Buuren completed the show.
Francophonie Congress 2018
A full-fledged member of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) since 2008, Armenia was one of the first non-francophone countries to be granted such an honour as hosting a Francophonie Summit.
The 17th international summit gathered the French-speaking community in Yerevan on October 07-12, 2018 though there are just around 10,000 French-speakers among Armenia’s three million population.
The two-day meeting attracted 100 delegations from OIF states and governments, including French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The delegations included representatives from Belgium, Switzerland, Haiti, Niger, Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Gabon, Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Ecuador, and the Central African Republic and many other countries. In his speech, French President Emanuel Macron thanked the Prime Minister of Armenia adding: "You know how deep your country is in the hearts of the French. In the souls of the French people in Paris, Marseilles, Lyon or elsewhere, the word Armenia evokes very delicate and touching feelings."
Now Armenia chairs the summit before the 18th Francophonie Summit is held in Tunis, Tunisia, in 2020, marking the 50th anniversary of the International Francophonie Organization.