10th Anniversary - Georgian Cyber Security and IT Innovation Conference / Georgian IT Innovation Awards - GITI 2017
20 November, 2017

On November 16-17, Data Exchange Agency of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and ICT Business Council celebrated the 10th anniversary of the annual regional conference (exhibition, award) at “Hotels and Preference Hualing Tbilisi”. Main subjects of the conference were issues related to Cyber Security and directions towards Information Technology development. The event was opened by the Minister of Justice Thea Tsulukiani.

This year’s conference, which had a motto “Partnerships for Competitiveness, Innovation and Cyber Security”, hosted an unprecedented number of participants. Up to 600 participants representing 30 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 acquainted with the achievements of other countries.

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.

“From year to year the number of participants of the conference, which was established after the war between Georgia and Russia in 2008, is gradually increasing. 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 10 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.” – Thea Tsulukiani, the Minister of Justice 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 takes the relationship of state and citizens to a whole new level. 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 on and we are delighted that from the very beginning, DEA is one of the founders of the event” – Stated Nikoloz Gagnidze, Acting 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.