InterYIT International Conference in Korea – October 2015

DSC_0287The International Conference organised by InterYIT held in Korea on 6th October 2015.


  Welcome note (Yasas V Abeywickrama, Chairman InterYIT)
Opening Remarks (Leon Strous, IFIP President)
Talk 1 by Stephen Ibaraki
Talk 2 by Yohan Ramasundara
Talk 3 by JeongGil Ko
Talk 4 – Yasas V. Abeywickrama
Panel Discussion

(Moderator: Yasas V. Abeywickrama, Panelists Yohan Ramasundara, Stephen Ibaraki and JeongGil Ko)
Speakers Profiles
1st Speaker : Leon Strous
Leon is the current President of IFIP. He has bachelor-equivalent degrees in business economics and business informatics, a postgraduate degree in EDP-Audit, he is qualified as a registered EDP-Auditor (RE) in the Dutch Association of Registered EDP-Auditors (NOREA), and he is also a Certified Leon StrousInformation Systems Auditor (CISA). Since 1993, Leon has been with the De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), which is the central (or national) bank of the Netherlands, in different positions as IT auditor in the internal audit department and as overseer in the oversight department of the cash and payments division, focusing on the security of payment systems. His work also links to the European System of Central Banks (ESCB).
2nd Speaker : Stephen Ibaraki
Stephen Ibaraki is awarded for outstanding lifetime achievements as an ICT nominated Fellow, Distinguished Fellow, Global Fellow, Global Hall of Fame, IT Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award, Advanced Technology Lifetime Achievement Award, Awards for Professionalism Career Achievement Award, IT Hero Award, Gary Hadford Award, Writing and Teaching awards, Microsoft Global Gold Awards, Most Valuable Professional (2006-present) and many more. Ibaraki is the first/founding chairman (United-Nations-founded IFIP-IP3 Global Industry Council, iGEN Knowledge Solutions, Global Board GITCA, The Vine Group, SIDO Capital); founding investor and partner (ChinaValue, ValueCap), executive board director (FEAPO, SIMCO); founder largest management blog IT Manager Connection; vice-chairman (World CIO Forum, IFIP IP3); board director / advisor (ZAKA, NPA, ACM, CIPS, GITCA); chairman ACM Practitioner Board PDC and oversees / appoints chairs of PDC subcommittees PDC-W, PDC-PCC; advisory boards / advisory panels / mentor / advisor (Government ZERDE Holdings, Government ZERDE Group of Companies, SECTOR, Prithvi, McKinsey, ICT Development Fund (Government and CE Industry Seed Fund), Accelerator HK, Neil Squire, Canadian Business All-Star Executive Panel etc); Advisor Kay Family Foundation (KFF); speaker, session chair, program committee, vice-chair and other related roles (IFIP World Computer Congress, ISACA World Congress, Astana Economic Forum / Connect, Dutch Tax Office, ITU WSIS, UNESCO WSIS+10, Astana Economic Forum ASTEX, World CIO Forum etc)
3rd Speaker : Yohan Ramasundara
He has over fifteen years of experience in managing and leading teams working in high-performing private, public and voluntary sectors. He now focuses his passion for business resilience and risk management at the Australian Federal Government agency administering intellectual property rights. Previously he was the National Manger of Assurance Services at Ecowise Environmental, Australia’s then largest provider of integrated environmental consulting services.Yohan is also the National Treasurer of the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Yohan was highly commended in the 2007 Young Professional of the Year Award from Professions Australia, recognising his contribution to the Australian ICT industry.
4th Speaker : Yasas V. Abeywickrama
He is the Chairman of the International Young ICT Professionals Group (InterYIT) of IFIP. Yasas is also the Vice President of Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL). He was a part of Australian Computer Society (ACS) from 2006 to 2010 and was the Director of Young IT Professionals Board of the ACS (2009/10). In 2010, Yasas returned to Sri Lanka. Since then he has been an active member of Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL), which is the apex body for IT professionals in Sri Lanka. Yasas is an entrepreneur and a freelance journalist. In 2011 he was recognized as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) in Sri Lanka. He is currently the CEO of Lanka BPO Academy (www.lankabpoacademy.lk).
5th Speaker : JeongGil Ko
JeongGil Ko received his Bachelors in Engineering (B.Eng.) degree in computer science and engineering from Korea University in 2007. He received his Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University in 2009 and 2012, respectively. At Johns Hopkins, JeongGil Ko was a member of the Hopkins interNetworking Research Group (HiNRG) led by Dr. Andreas Terzis. In 2010, he was at the Stanford Information Networking Group (SING) with Dr. Philip Levis at Stanford University as a visiting researcher. From June 2012 to June 2014, JeongGil Ko was a senior researcher at the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI). He is a recipient of the Abel Wolman Fellowship awarded by the Whiting School of Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University in 2007. His research interests are in the general area of developing web and cloud-based sensing systems with ambient intelligence for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber Physical Systems (CPS). As of September 2015, JeongGil Ko is with the Department of Software Convergence Technology at Ajou University as an assistant professor.



International Young ICT Conference that was organized in parallel to the World Computer Congress (WCC) held in South Korea in October 2015. The WCC was hosted by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), a UN affiliated body with representation from 50+ countries in the world. Here, we discussed how the world is changing due to many innovations, which are of disruptive nature.

For instance, in some parts of the world, the Uber taxi service has become very popular. Uber does not own any taxis, but has an IT system where passengers are connected with car drivers. Facebook has changed the way people interact with each other. eBay, Amazon and many other local and international eCommerce websites are changing the way people shop. Skype and WhatsApp has changed the way people communicate and connect with others. The list goes on.

Most of the disruptive technologies, platforms and businesses were, are and will be introduced by young entrepreneurs. The technological and other professionals working in the execution of those ground breaking ideas are also young people. Well, to be fair, let’s say a majority of them are young people who would understand the ideas of those young entrepreneurs.

So, you have an industry in ICT, Informational Communication Technology, which is driven and run by young people.

If the industry is young, if the key drivers of that industry are young then the supporting organizations, government bodies, governing organizations as well as industry bodies should reflect that. They should also have young representation.

This question will be relevant for most if not all government organizations making decisions regarding ICT, policy making bodies developing policy related to the information age, industry associations as well as professional bodies that influence the direction of the industry.

It’s similar to the discussion whether we have enough women in politics. Roughly, half the population is female. So you would expect a fair representation. This is not the case. This leads to decisions and policies made by those who really don’t feel it.

To fix it, can we bring groups of young people overnight into government ministries, departments and industry bodies related to ICT? The practical answer is, No. However, the possible way to do is to take small steps. Slowly increase the representation.

At the moment, on a certain board or a forum, if there are no young people, let’s bring one person on board. A fair percentage will develop over time, but let’s start with one.

What is the definition for being ‘Young’? Well that’s arguable again. Under 40 is a safe demarcation.

When it comes to IFIP, they identified this gap a few years ago. So, they formed InterYIT (International Young IT Group) back in 2010. It is the international association for Young IT Professionals and operates under the auspices of IFIP, the global federation of ICT societies and associations covering 50 nations and regions with a total membership of over 500,000 ICT professionals. InterYIT exists to encourage professionalism amongst young IT practitioners; foster communication between different Young IT groups; and to provide opportunities for young professionals to connect, share knowledge and be recognized for their achievements.

What we need is inclusion at highest levels, so that ideas can be shared and influences can be made. This whole area of IT and Telecoms present a world of things to think about and work on. But it is clear that the future is in that direction. The social justice today, the democracy today is highly linked to technology. We have seen what social media could do. We see in some countries how corruption and bribery is controlled through the use of technology. Today many apps are being launched, changing the way we do things.

ICT sector is creating a silent revolution. Youth are the pathfinders in that. Let’s recognize them and include them!