Artificial Intelligence: At the Intersection of Innovation, Technology and Talent — WCIT 2019

Armenia Yerevan Oct. 6, 2019, WCIT 2019 opening day: This coming Sunday, on Yerevan’s iconic Republic Square, the WCIT 2019’s opening ceremony will take place. A ceremony unique in its format. Artificial intelligence will be at center stage: The audience will be treated to a concert blending human and computer talent.

A very special orchestra has been created to perform for the first time at the WCIT 2019 opening ceremony. Grammy award-winning DJ Armin Van Buuren will be the highlight performer alongside this special orchestra musicians.

The fascinating part is that WCIT 2019 opening event features an exceptionally diverse orchestra. In fact, the WCIT orchestra is composed of musicians from 15 countries, and will perform on stage music composed by AI in real time.

The WCIT orchestra will have 100 musicians, including 30 from Armenia. Participating nations include Canada, the Netherlands, Malaysia, the United States, Greece, Taipei, Spain, Japan, France, Denmark, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and India. Essentially every corner of the planet.

Besides music, what is WCIT? It is the key event for the World Information Technology & Services Alliance (WITSA), a consortium of ICT associations from 83 countries, representing 90% of the industry. Big deal indeed.

So who will be speaking? You probably guessed it from the video below, none other than Mr Gary Vaynerchuck, and yes Kim Kardashian. This is her place after all. Let’s not forget that this event is big, so big that for the past 40 years anyone you can think of has come to say “hi”. Past speakers include Bill Clinton, Vint Cerf, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Anne Mulcahey, Faqir Chand Kohli, Michael Dell and many more.


So prepare to network like a boss, know your speakers and prepare well your plan for the battleground as this is where you will need to find and talk to potential partners and investors.

Finally, do not forget to enjoy the ceremony which will conclude with the hypnotic sound of Armin Van Buuren. His show will be accompanied by psychedelic visual effects.

Tomorrowland meets high tech!


WCIT 2019 will be held in Yerevan on October 6-9, 2019. The Congress is hosted by Armenia with the support and under the high patronage of the Government of the Republic of Armenia. The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) was established by the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA). Its main organizing body is the Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises (UATE).

The president of the Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises (UATE), Alexander Yesayan had this to say about the event:

“Initially, we have intended to make the IT World Congress in Yerevan an unforgettable and remarkable event: this is one of the surprises we have prepared for the international community to show the Armenian innovative thought. As it is known, the music will be composed by artificial intelligence, which we call artificial talent. We prove that the center of the world is where there is talent and innovation, in this particular case in Yerevan’s heart, in the Republic Square.”

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra Sergey Smbatyan added his insight on the key role of music at the meeting:

“It is considered that technologies distance people. With the creation of the WCIT global orchestra we break that stereotype: the orchestra unites musicians from different countries providing a new platform for communication. Both music and technologies contribute to this union as a means of communication. As a rule, world orchestras are formed around an idea. By the creation of the WCIT orchestra the IT world highlights the power of art and music. Thus, the IT world promotes the development of classical music.”


About the Author /

Tigran Hakobyan is a recent Business Administration masters graduate at University of Rome Tor Vergata. Alongside his degree he was running his own digital commerce start-up for three years and has trained and gained profound experience in marketing, media, and advertising, also having worked as Media Planning Specialist at Veon later on. Being passionate about the idea of collaborative consumption and its future potential, he had his thesis on the impact that the sharing economy has.

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