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ArmTech CONGRESS '07

ArmTechArmenian Technology Congress (ArmTech) 2007, a global high-technology-focused event held in San Francisco from July 4 to 7 at the historic Fairmont hotel. ArmTech ’07 was an essential conference and exhibition for professionals to participate and join the global Armenian community and rapidly rising technology sector of Armenia. Designed to promote both professional networking and valuable connections for operating companies and entrepreneurs, the event featured presentations of the technology achievements and challenges of Armenia by numerous operating companies, service providers, academic institutions, and government officials from the
US, Armenia, and around the world. The event also included keynote speakers, presenters and exhibits from leading companies.

AESA was represented by Misak Zetilyan, and Meghedi Babakhanian, who showcased AESA’s achievements and activities to the attendees of the congress, as well as attended and participated in presentations and panel discussions. Razmik Gharakhanian from AESA was also present, representing his company Hybrid Systems. The presentations were focused on Education, Software Industry, Investment, Biotech and GeoTech, and Renewable Energy. Under the latter, the AESA Fast Growing Tree Project was presented as a potential alternative fuel for Armenia. Misak Zetilyan represented the role of AESA in a panel discussion on Professional Networking. Other panel discussions focused on Telecom and Internet, Software Industry, and Research & Development.

Keynote Speakers included Vartan Oskanian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, Vahram Nercissiantz Chief Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic of Armenia, Dr. Haroutune Armenian President of AUA, Harut Sassounian; President of United Armenian Fund, Vahagn Movsisyan Director of Armenian Development Agency (ADA), and other distinguished leaders of our community. Armenia's Foreign Minister outlined the plan to make Armenia a key player in the global high tech industry into two steps. “First, we must invest thought and money in education: Capitalism has mutated in a way that puts a premium on a knowledge economy, on technologies, on individual skills and on flexibility in both labor and business; Second, to enhance our capacity for innovation, we must commit thought and money to research and development. This is a neglected area of Armenia-Diaspora cooperation,” outlined Oskanian.

The Armenian Technology Congress was founded by technology and business professionals to foster professional growth in the worldwide Armenian technology community, and to promote the growth of Armenia’s rapidly rising technology sector. The organization welcomes liaisons with other entities that are similarly aligned and has no commercial or political affiliations. ArmTech ‘07 was presented by APS San Francisco Bay Area, and sponsored by Synopsys and Viva Cell as well as organizational sponsors; Armenian Development Agency (ADA), AGBU, and USAID. ArmTech is intended to continue biannually and expand to Russia, Europe, and China. Plans for Arm- Tech ’09 are already underway. We hope that AESA will play a more significant role in 2009 and future congresses.