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Y4iT 2009

The country’s information and communications technology (ICT) leaders, professionals, enthusiasts, educators and students converged for the 7th Philippine Youth Congress in Information Technology (Y4iT) last 08–11 September 2009 at the University Theater, UP Film Institute and Ang Bahay ng Alumni at the University of the Philippines–Diliman, Quezon City.

Held annually, Y4iT is consistently flocked by delegates from different regions of the country for a brighter perspective on the current trends, knowledge sources and career opportunities in ICT. It also provides a venue for discovering and evaluating the new technologies that impact our lives.

Organized by the UP IT Training Center (UP ITTC), Y4iT 2009 went “green” with featured keynote speeches and side events that focused on ecological issues such as Commission on ICT (CICT) Commissioner Mon Ibrahim’s talk on a “Smarter Planet” and exhibits by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF–Phils.) and Biomodd. Among the other keynote speakers were Sen. Chiz Escudero, Sen. Dick Gordon, Sen. Manny Villar as represented by his son Mark Villar, CICT Chair-Sec. Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua III, CICT Cmmr. Consuelo Perez, CICT Cmmr. Angelo Timoteo Diaz De Rivera as represented by NCI OIC Ma. Lourdes Aquilizan, Ms. Imee Marcos (CreaM), Mr. Winston Damarillo (G2iX) and Mr. Jay Trinidad (Google Asia Pacific).

After six years when the 1st Y4iT Congress was launched and after 60,000 attendees, this year, around 20,000 delegates took part in this momentous event. That is because we had the freshest and hottest topics in the world of communication and computing, exhibits, games, a job fair and a Mini-DevCon (Developers Connect).

Y4iT 2009 was presented by UP ITTC, UP System IT Foundation (UP SITF) and UP ITTC Student Volunteer Corps, in cooperation with the Philippine Society of IT Educators (PSITE), Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP), Philippine Computer Society (PCS), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) and CyberPress.

View the pictures here. Or visit our website. And for behind-the-scenes videos, check out Ms. Myra Siason's Qik uploads.