Read in today’s edition of L’express :
Infotech 2009 will be held on 18-22nd October 2009 Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 November 2009.
Every year, Mauritians have been disappointed by The Tech Fair, which finally turns out to be very dull! Nothing interesting nor innovative despite the tons of adverts and promises on the behalf of the organisers and the participants.
And this year, NCB announced their innovative idea :
The visitors will be able to buy items in the fair.
pff! What an idea! *cough* *cough*
For me, this expo has merely been a trade fair since ever.
The ISPs will be boasting about their 1Mbps internet connection while other countries are getting much more, at a lower price. And for sure, they will be exposing their 3G modems which cost a lot without any better connectivity. Of course, the rabbit modem will have to be there!
IT resellers will be displaying their laptops at excessive prices again. The biggest of them will be putting crazy 50% sales, which is coincidentally valid for the whole year.
Since the few years, Mauritians now know exactly which stands will be worth a visit… Apple and Emtel (i.e. their models!)
Personally, I am not excited about this event anymore! The first Infotech was nice and much better than all the expos which followed.
Infotech, what should be there?
I am sure, all of us have their own ideas and of course, its no use criticizing without giving some good examples. Examples that would give another proportion to this event.
Google Day Mauritius should be considered as an example. Do you imagine, the kick off of Google Activities in the African Continent started with a 2 day conference in Mauritius?
I would definitely call this great event as The Event of The Year 2009, and the credits go to the Board Of Investment. Events like this would be the most welcomed, especially for a tech expo in the cyber island.
Some months back, there was a yahoo engineer and some other guys in Mauritius. This should interest web developers.
Promote the web.
This event would be The Ideal Opportunity to make Mauritians discover the web. Internet is not only about doing stupid quizzes on facebook!
Blogging should have been introduced at a national level. There can’t be a better opportunity to promote this activity in the island.
Our bloggers community is growing, and we are bringing a change to the traditional Mauritian web.
Bring back the Web d’Or!
Finally, there’s something which really need to be re-introduced.
Organized by Mauritius Telecom in the years 2000, the Web D’Or was The web competition for the best web sites of the island. Unfortunately, it was never renewed after the second edition.
These are only a few interesting ideas.
Come on, we are talking about a tech expo, not a trade fair where people would be selling pickles or artisanal products.