Digital Nova Scotia, the association representing ICT in the province, issued the following press release:

Digital Nova Scotia and Halifax Convention Centre Form New Partnership to Attract National and International ICT Events

HALIFAX, May 5, 2015 – Digital Nova Scotia (DNS), the industry association for the Province’s fastest growing sector, and the Halifax Convention Centre (HCC) announced a partnership this morning to attract national and international Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and ICT-related events to Halifax. The two organizations have been developing a targeted list of events they would like to bring to the region to benefit Nova Scotia’s growing ICT sector.

“It is within our mission and mandate as an industry association to encourage the growth of Nova Scotia’s digital economy. We believe this partnership will result in greater global business opportunities and a broader eco-system of support for our members and stakeholders,” says Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, President and CEO, DNS.

As a sponsor and organizing partner of the highly anticipated 2015 Big Data for Productivity Congress, DNS is already collaborating on high-level conferences scheduled in the region. Set for Oct. 19th – 21st, the Big Data for Productivity Congress features a global trade track and internationally recognized speakers including Ray Kurzweil of Google. Both organizations are also actively involved in the coordination of STEMfest, a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education-focused initiative, which will be hosted in the new state-of-the-art Halifax Convention Centre in 2018.

“We’re proud to partner with DNS to attract ICT conferences to our new Centre,” said Scott Ferguson, President and CEO, Halifax Convention Centre. “By working together, we will not only connect our local experts with their global counterparts, but help to enhance the profile of Nova Scotia’s ICT sector worldwide.”

During this morning’s announcement, DNS invited its members and partners to work alongside both DNS and HCC in identifying potential events and to maintain momentum by leveraging the hashtag “#BringITtoNS” in support of the initiative.