Hyderabad will host the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) in 2018. This will be the first WCIT to be held in India and the theme of the 2018 WCIT will be Future of enterprises.
The decision to hold the event was taken during a meeting between Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrasekhar Rao and National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) on 16 January 2015.
WCIT will be attended by over 2500 delegates from 80 countries and would cover Issues such as cyber security, global collaborative models, IT continuing education policies, global convergence, future of technology and others.
As part of this, the Chief Minister would visit the US, the UK and other countries to invite the bigwigs of the IT industry to the 2018 event. Also, a State government delegation would visit WCIT to be held in Brazil in 2016 as part of the preparations for 2018 event. The State Government would release 1 million US dollars funds for the event by March 2015.
The hosting of WCIT will give a big push to the information technology industry in Telangana and is expected to create opportunities for business worth 2 trillion US dollars, besides helping brand building of Hyderabad.
In 2014, the 19th WCIT was held in Guadalajara in Mexico. The theme was Building the Digital Age Together.
The first WCIT was held in 1978 and it is held since then every two years.