Digital Bridge-2022 has become the largest IT forum of the year, which brought together Central Asian countries (PHOTO)

The International Forum on Digital Technology and Digital Business Bridge 2022 was held in Astana on September 28-29. The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, and world business leaders, top international and domestic IT experts also participated in the Forum. Moreover, it became the main IT event of the year. The Forum brought together nearly 25,000 participants, 300 IT companies, 150 venture capitalists and business angels, more than 300 speakers and 100 startups from 15 countries.

This year’s theme was – “Central Eurasia as a New Technology Platform”. The organizers were the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Office of the Mayor of Astana and the Astana Hub International IT Startup Technopark.

“In the near future, our country aims to become one of the biggest digital hubs in Central Asia. Through the partnership with the biggest technology companies, we will train IT personnel and develop human capital. It is symbolic that during the Digital Bridge Days, The United Nations Global E-Government Development Index updated the results and reported that Kazakhstan ranked 28th in e-Government development, moving up of a line! Even though all the countries have followed the course of digitalization, we are developing. They say that to stay at the same level – you have to run like everyone else; to grow – you have to run faster. So, we manage to be ahead of more than 130 countries in digital development and stay in the top 30,” said Minister of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry Bagdat Mussin.

Among the Forum participants were also Mustafa Varank, Minister of Industry and Technology of Turkey; Sherzod Shermatov, Minister of Information Technologies and Communications of Uzbekistan; Farid Ahmadov, Deputy Minister of Digital Development and Transport of Azerbaijan; and Indira Sharshenova, Deputy Minister of Digital Development of Kyrgyzstan.

During the Digital Bridge roundtables (there were 45 of them), more than 300 speakers (diplomats, heads of leading international companies, world-renowned experts and representatives of government agencies) discussed current trends and issues. the most important computer innovations. They also discussed topics such as digital transformation of various industries, artificial intelligence, cloud services, GovTech development, high-speed internet access, 5G, personal data protection, crypto industry , digital mining, space data, remote sensing technologies, satellite technologies, blockchain, digital currencies, robotization, cybersecurity, venture capital investments, etc.

For two days, state agencies, large enterprises, international technoparks and other organizations signed 29 memoranda and cooperation agreements in the development of IT innovations. In particular, the international technology park of IT startups Astana Hub signed 11 memoranda, including an agreement between the technology parks of Turkish countries.

Thirteen technology parks from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Palestine and Kazakhstan participated in the technology parks exhibition.

“I think this platform is one of the best initiatives that unites Central Asian countries. For the global market, our countries are very small, but together as Turkic-speaking countries, we can reach a higher level “, said Chubak Temirov, the head of Kyrgyzstan’s High Tech Park.

About 100 top Central Asian startups in Edtech, Healthtech, Agritech and Fintech were showcased in one of Digital Bridge’s main areas – Startup Alley. In addition, 20 local and foreign IT companies offered about 500 vacancies at the IT job fair.

At the Computer Schools Exhibition, 20 computer training schools from different parts of the country presented their educational institutions to prospective students. In addition, during the Digital Bridge Forum, the first ten students received computer training vouchers from the Tech Orda program. We remind you that the Astana hub, with the support of the Minister of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry, launched the Tech Orda program, which provides funding for the training of IT professionals qualified up to 600,000 tenge for each student. .

During the Forum, Demo Day took place, a joint program of Astana Hub and Google for Startups – Silkway Accelerator, where 14 candidate startups presented their IT projects in front of venture capital funds, investors and business angels.

The Forum’s most exciting event was the Astana Hub Battle contest. This year, more than 250 entries were submitted for the competition and 97 projects from various Central Asian countries were admitted to the presentation on the Digital Bridge 2022. Ten of them reached the final and competed for 10,000 $ (1st place), $5,000 (2nd place) and $3,000 (3rd place) in cash checks. The winner was NBFIT, a startup from Kyrgyzstan, a fitness service that helps women take care of their health and recover from childbirth. 2nd place went to Easy Tap, a Kazakh online service that helps find part-time workers in retail and hospitality. Third place went to startup Cibionyx, a service for creating a remote work metaverse for blue-collar workers.

“First of all, Astana Hub Battle is an opportunity for startups to have their voices heard,” explained Magzhan Madiev, CEO of Astana Hub. – This event traditionally brings together a large number of viewers. Moreover, it is an opportunity for investors. Around 150 venture capitalists and business angels participated in the Forum. That’s why I’m sure the Forum will give investors and startups the opportunities they came for.”

One of the highlights of the Forum was the cybersports tournament – Alaman Digital Bridge, with a prize of 2 million tenge. The winner of the tournament was “Wet Killers” from Kyrgyzstan.

The general sponsor of the Forum was Kaspi.kz. Sponsors and partners – Kazakhtelecom, Freedom bank, Tengizchevroil, My Car, Tech culture, Huawei, G42, Halyk Bank, Prime source, Glovo, SF, Leica, BI Group, OneWeb, Citix, Global nomads.

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