KosICT 2016 for all kind of companies
Article written by Stefan Van Dijk (@StefanInKosovo)
This year, the biggest ICT conference of Southeast Europe, KosICT, will be more relevant for all kind of companies that want to grow their business. Speakers from the whole world speak about modern ways to reach out to an audience, funding startups, and education through digital programs.
In the past four years, most of the visitors had a strong connection with IT.“But IT is like oxygen, you can do everything with it. It is right now a tool for every sector. For example, when people search for a company, you go first to Facebook or LinkedIn to see if it’s present there”, says Bardh Kadiu, deputy executive director of STIKK, the Kosovo ICT Association.
STIKK organizes this yearly event in partnership with ICK and Universum College on October 28th and 29, 2016. In comparison with the four earlier events, KosICT will be more like a festival than a conference. Instead of being organised in a hotel, KosICT will be held in the centre of Pristina. In the evening, local bars are the place to hear speakers about different subjects. Besides that, to revive the eSports industry in Kosovo, KosICT organizes an international eSports Championship. Another unique event for Kosovo will be the Outsourcing & Startups Fair. This will bring parties together that are looking for business opportunities. “We like to promote Kosovar companies that are quiet successful. The international speakers and participants can meet each other.”
Four different kind of tickets
KosICT will of course still focus on IT-companies, but will be from this year more open for other sectors. Kadiu: “It will be useful to know how to use IT for their digital marketing, how to use big data to target their clients, or how to invest in a startup that might develop a product for them in the future.” Four different kind of tickets make the festival accessible for everyone.
Buying a ticket can be done online, for example via PayPal. Some big key note speakers are Marcin Malinowski (Google), Michael Capone (Capgemini), Till Ohrmann (Pirate Summit), Monika Mikac (Rimac Automobile), Amy Cosper (Entrepreneur Magazine) and Igor Tasic of the Startup Europe Week. You can see the whole list via kosict.com/#speakers. “The idea of KosICT has always been to bring the global trending topics to Kosovo. Even though we expanded the focus, we still want to have well known international people here, but we make it more concrete for all kind of companies from different sectors.”