Thursday, May 22, 2008

World Congress on Information Technology, WCIT 2008

At the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) 2008 in Kuala Lumpur.

Held once every two years, the World Congress on Information Technology is a premier global ICT forum that brings together global leaders in business, government and academia. Often billed as the Olympics of ICT, it impacts global economic and social development through the exchange of policies and ideas on technology.

WCIT 2008  held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on May 18 – 22, 2008. Themed “The Global Impact of Information and Communications Technology: Enable Businesses, Empower Societies, Enrich Economies”, the five-day event is expected to draw more than 2,500 delegates from over 80 countries. Keynote speakers are expected to include some of the most respected and admired names in Government and industry.

Past Event Hosts

Coming to life: Bill Gates couldn’t make it to the WCIT 2008 in Kuala Lumpur Monday but he ‘appeared’ anyway via holographic projection which impressed the crowd.

Bill Gates, chairman of software powerhouse Microsoft Corp, made a five-minute virtual appearance at the World Congress on Information Technology 2008 here.

A 4.6m holographic projection of the billionaire enthralled the 400-strong audience at the congress yesterday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

The image was shot in high definition and projected onto plastic foil which was stretched out in the centre’s Plenary Hall.

The result was life-like and impressive and the crowd applauded the effort.

Microsoft claimed this was the first holographic appearance of Gates anywhere in the world.

Making it happen involved rendering a pre-recorded image of Gates with speech that was filmed in Seattle, United States, two weeks ago.

Rendering work was done by local entertainment company Fat Boys Records Sdn Bhd and involved about a dozen specialists.

The holographic Gates spoke about the wonders of computing power and how it was growing and creating more opportunities worldwide.

“There are one billion people (in the world) who have a personal computer each but there are five billion others who don’t. Microsoft also wants to reach these people.”

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