iWeek 2006 attracts heavyweights
The annual iWeek Internet service provider-focused conference is expanding this year and already lists a number of industry heavyweights among its speakers.
Chief among these is ICANN founding chairperson and premier Internet commentator Esther Dyson. Dyson has previously visited South Africa as part of Thabo Mbeki’s presidential advisory council on technology but this is one of the first times she will be speaking in a public forum.
Also on the speaker list is Mark Shuttleworth, David Jarvis of the UniFi Knysna Project, Mark Todes, an ex Co-Chair of ISPA, Internet Solutions co-founder David Frankel, Ferdinand Tjombe of ISPA Namibia, Iyavar Chetty of the Film & Publications Board of SA, Veni Markovski of the ICANN Board and ISOC Board of Trustees, and Tracey Cohen of ICASA.
The conference will also include a significantly boosted parallel exhibition this year.
Taking place from 4 – 7 September 2006, iWeek has emerged from a purely South African event to an international conference attracting the best and brightest from the world’s Internet community.
“It is especially fitting that the 10th anniversary of the formation of ISPA sees iWeek relocating to its new premier conference venue of the Castle in Kyalami,” said Greg Massel, co-chair of ISPA.
Mr Massel said the addition of a large exhibition element to this year’s iWeek would also attract greater numbers of delegates and provide vendors with the opportunity to profile products and services specifically targeted at Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
In an effort to include as many attendees as possible, attendance at iWeek is free although delegates are required to register at www.ispa.org.za/iweek/2006/ prior to the conference.