New technology symposium fails to stir interest

Symposium on "emerging technologies" cancelled for lack of interest

A local government ICT “symposium”, planned for late last month, was aimed at a broader base than previous similar events, but has had to be cancelled for lack of interest.

The symposium, scheduled for July 24, was a joint venture between ALGIM (Association of Local Government Information Management), and systems integrator Gen-i.

In local government, everything has to be advertised two months ahead to allow for meetings to approve attendance, says ALGIM executive director Graeme Marshall. Notice of the symposium was allowed to slip to one month.

Organisers also tried to change the profile of the event to appeal to a wider audience, he says. The previous two had been “aimed at webmasters”.

“I guess there was too much else going on at the same time,” Marshall says.

The focus was to have been “emerging technologies” but Marshall declined to discuss why this might not have aroused interest. Marshall says ALGIM hasn’t lost any money on the deal.

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