Photo: Cibersociedad 2017

A memorandum of understanding was signed October 18 between Cuba’s software applications company, Desoft, and Germany’s International Software Quality Institute, iSQI, as part of the Cibersociedad 2017 international event, underway in Varadero.

The Directors of Desoft and iSQI, Luis Guillermo Fernández Pérez and Stephan Georicke, respectively, signed the agreement with the objective of ensuring the international certification of Cuban specialists in different software development life cycle processes, and allowing iSQI to expand its market to the region.

Meanwhile, the Cuban Union of Computer Scientists (UIC) and the Information Technology Company, belonging to the BiocubaFarma business group, also signed an agreement. Aylin Febles, president of the UIC, explained that this will allow for collaboration between both entities in terms of courses, events and the training of sector personnel.

The Cibersociedad 2017 civil society forum was inaugurated the same day, with broad participation of the non-state sector, academics, state enterprises and government representatives. The main topics addressed were Industry 4.0, virtual education in health, Internet governance, human capital in the development of ICTs, and emerging platforms. Discussions also arose on information technology architecture, cybersecurity, software production, virtual teaching, among other areas.

“The civil society forum has been very enriching. The debate was full of suggestions on how to access virtual education. The views were diverse and that underscored the importance of debate in spaces like this,” explained Dunia Colomé, a delegate to Cibersociedad and a member of the UIC.

Meanwhile, Sheila Esquivel, a Uruguayan participant in the event, stated: “I work in the technology side of Banca en Uruguay, and the event has been very good. I have learned new terms related to information technologies, and subjects that I believe will be very interesting to apply in my country.”

The day was also marked by several keynote speeches. Topics such as the development of the high-performance computing platform for biopharmaceuticals in Cuba; infrastructures based on Huawei’s experience; data analytics; big data; and democratic and inclusive governance, featured.

Carlos de Castro, executive president of the Multimedia Production Center for Interactive Television, traveled from Córdoba, Spain, to explain the power of data analytics and cognitive intelligence applied to health, business and tourism.

To conclude the day’s activities, the NOVA operating system, made in Cuba, was launched. This software, among other facilities, represents an important step toward the island’s technological independence.

Today, scientific sessions and the civil society forum continued. Issues related to the Internet of Things, and human and economic development coupled with technology, featured on the agenda.