NorshenArmathmainOn January 19, the official opening ceremony of "Armath" engineering laboratory took place at the school named after Leonid Hurunts in Norshen community of Artsakh. The Minister of Education, Science and Sports of Artsakh, Narine Aghabalyan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh, Masis Mayilyan, the Executive Director of the UITE, Karen Vardanyan, representatives of UITE member companies, representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports and others participated in the event.

Since 2014 the educational network of "Armath" engineering laboratories of the UITE has been established and is expanding its borders day by day and has the aim to provide conditions for free engineering education for each schoolchild. Schoolchildren study basics of robotics and programming at ‘’Armath’’, participate in a number of encouraging competitions, camps and other events, meet representatives of the IT sector, etc.

artsakhmemorandumsliderOn January 19, a memorandum on cooperation within the framework of ‘’Establishment of primary engineering education in the educational system of the Republic of Artsakh through ‘’Armath’’ engineering laboratories’’ program was signed between the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Artsakh, represented by Minister Narine Aghabalyan, and the Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE), represented by Karen Vardanyan.

Narine Aghabalyan, the RA ESS Minister, noted: "By signing this memorandum, we also confirm our readiness to continue this cooperation and to be more consistent, also by combining our efforts both for finding resources and for implementing the program."

nerqinkarmiraghbyurfollowupHayk Yesayan, the Director General at Ucom, recently visited the students of “Armath” engineering laboratory, operating in the rural school of Nerkin Karmiraghbyur community in Tavush province. With the support of Ucom, the laboratory was opened 2 years ago in this school, which is immediately under the fire of the enemy. If two years ago the lessons of young engineers and programmers were being held in a psychologically strained environment, now the situation is different, as the school is protected with a 3m high protective wall, which allows children to feel safer and concentrate on the learning process. Nevertheless, the feeling of everyday danger hinders these children from understanding clearly how to apply their school knowledge in future.

“The village has a population of 400, out of which 79 are schoolchildren, who attend this rural school. The protective wall around the school is the guarantee of the learning process. It’s clear that under such conditions a school should be more than a school. It should connect these children with the outside world and expand their worldview. Everything should be done to help these children discover the world without leaving their village, we should bring the world with all its knowledge, difficulties and opportunities to these children. We can achieve this goal by leveraging on our staff and the Internet,” said Hayk Yesayan, the Director General at Ucom.

bif2017closingengThe 5th Annual Business Innovation International Forum under the slogan "STEP FORWARD INTO THE NEW REALITY" has been held on Nov.10-11, 2017. The two-day Forum is being implemented by the Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE) in Dilijan, Armenia. It claims to become the Armenian "Davos", where innovative and technological urgent issues are raised.

During the two-day Business Innovation Forum interactive workshops have been organized where the Armenian and international experts discussed the perspectives and problems of digitization, research, ICT culture, innovation, intellectual property, IT security and technology education. The recommendations on the raised issues will be summarized and published in the near future.

bif2017pressconfThe 5th Annual Business Innovation Forum will be held under the slogan "Step Forward into The New Reality”. BIF will take place on November 10-11 in Dilijan.  Karen Vardanyan, organizer of Business Innovation Forum, the Executive Director of Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE) and Eva Naeher the Team Leader of the “Support to SME Development in Armenia" (SMEDA) Project announced about this today at press conference.

"The technology is being developed so fast that it needs to be constantly adjusted to life and business. The innovative approaches are successfully applied in the IT sector, and positive trends are definitely noticeable. However, the level of application of innovations in Armenia is low, that is why we create a platform for its development and effective use. We have a positive shift in the fields of IT and engineering, but the level of the demand of innovative solutions by other businesses is not that high. The innovation also assumes the need for investment which is essentially linked to the competition and business thinking. If the businessman's thinking is focused only on the market of Yerevan, and there is no a certain task to be represented to the global market, then the innovation approaches are not in the line with his interests", said Karen Vardanyan, Executive Director, UITE.