Innovation: An ICT infrastructure provider is (pardon the pun) putting on quite a networking event in November.
The third week of November, the Grand Duchy opens its doors to the information and communications technology community with a conference featuring speakers ranging from Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel to Android application engineers. Organisers say the event is an opportunity to feel the heart beat of the ICT sector in Grand Duchy and the Greater Region.
Luxembourg Internet Days is divided up into three mini-events, starting off with a look into the online gaming and digital life and entertainment industries, then delving into the problem of internet security, before rounding it up with the silent world of data centres.
The event is organised by LU-CIX, the Luxembourg Commercial Internet Exchange, a five year old outfit that aims to keep network speeds fast in the Grand Duchy.
Its president, Marco Houwen, explains that “this event is important to raise awareness that, from an ICT point of view, Luxembourg is the place to be” and that it is very much “an event from professionals for professionals.”
Although LU-CIX had previously put on specialised internet conferences in the Grand Duchy, this is the first year the group has combined the three fields into a single summit, the group’s Frédérique Ulrich tells Delano. She also says that it’s “important for Luxembourg to open its doors, to place ourselves in Europe and the world.”
In Houwen’s view, Luxembourg has really developed this sector in the past couple of years, with people from all over the world starting to base themselves here at big steps in their career.
Indeed, Ulrich estimates that around a third of the attendees will be coming from abroad, and she hopes that the event will contribute to “placing Luxembourg on the map.”
That includes Jérôme Labbé, a French software engineer who has started a video game company that launched in September called Carbon Fire Studio, the maker of “Frenchy Bird”, available for the Wii U. When asked why he signed up for the event, Labbé told Delano: “I really like Luxembourg. It’s where I work, where I wish to continue my career and so this is a great opportunity to promote my company.” He added: “It is an opportunity to network.”
With around 400 people already registered to attend at press time, and total attendees possibly exceeding 500, there shouldn’t be a lack of company. And with “mind-opening conferences,” “faster-than-light” pitches and “business speed-dating opportunities,” according to the event’s website, it aims to be an event to behold for the internet-savvy in Luxembourg and elsewhere.