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Silicon Mountains 2022 launched in Matenadaran

The third Silicon Mountains 2022 international technology summit, which this year is dedicated to digital transformation, kicked off in Yerevan, on June 17 this year. The topics for this year are digital transformation, fintech, and cybersecurity.

Within the framework of the conference, representatives from the Armenian government, heads of leading ICT companies, and international experts discussed the possibility of digital transformation and its application in various fields.

During Silicon Mountains International Tech Summit CBA presented Government and the CBA PUBLIC DIGITALIZATION AGENDA, the invited local and international experts discussed the importance of digital transformation and shared their vision on the topics of digital transformation, cybersecurity, and fintech.

Special guests of the Tech Summit 2022 are Andres Kutt, CTO of the Proud Engineers consulting company and Ramses Gallego, the International Chief Technology Officer at CyberRes, a Micro Focus line of business.

The Summit was organized by the Union of Employers of Information and Communication Technology (UEICT) with the support of the Central Bank of Armenia. Unicomp is also among the proud sponsors for the tech summit this year.

News.am’s coverage on the Silicon Mountains 2022 Tech Summit

The Organizing Committee of the Annual International Microelectronics Olympiad today announced that two winners of the 16th Olympiad arrived in Armenia to receive their prizes. They are third prizes winners Angela Kostić from Serbia and Dejan Gutić from Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Prizes were handed at a special ceremony in the Matenadaran Hall in Yerevan. Aside from the awarding ceremony, as usual, the winners enjoyed a special program to learn about the historical and cultural heritage of Armenia.

16th Annual International Microelectronics Olympiad attracted 436 participants from 13 countries, including Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Egypt, Peru, Russia, Serbia, Vietnam, UAE, Ukraine, and the United States.

The Olympiad was conducted in two stages. The first stage held simultaneously in the participants’ countries, involved a test to establish a baseline. The second, the final stage involved a challenging contest consisting of advanced engineering tasks requiring complex solutions. Of 436 participants in the first stage, 21 were qualified to progress to the second stage, which was held on October 8.  Of these 21 contestants, 6 were from Yerevan, and 15 were from a variety of other countries. The winners were announced during an on-line ceremony on October 19, 2021:

  • Zhanna Khajoyan from Armenia became the first prize winner.
  • Hassan Mostafa Imam Ali from Egypt got the second prize.
  • Three third prizes were awarded to –

    • Khaled Hammuda Mohamed Abdelrazek from Egypt
    • Angela Kostić  from Serbia
    • Dejan Gutić from Bosnia-Herzegovina.

It is noteworthy that this year the first prize was awarded to 23-year-old Zhanna Khojayan, representing Armenia, who is a second-year Master student enrolled in the joint program of the National Polytechnic University of Armenia and Synopsys Armenia Educational Department. She is already employed at Synopsys Armenia as an R&D Engineer.

“One of the goals of the Olympiad is to raise the visibility of Armenia as a leading country in the field of microelectronics,” said Armen Baldryan, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Olympiad and Director of Unicomp. “It is gratifying to see that Armenia continues preserving and developing the traditions of leadership and excellence in the field of microelectronics coming from the 50s of the last century.”

“It is very important that even in the conditions of this pandemic, the interest towards the Olympiad does not decrease. Moreover, the Olympiad continues to serve its mission successfully,” said the President of Olympiad Program Committee, Synopsys Armenia Educational Department’s Director, Chairman of the “Microelectronic Schemes and Systems” at the Armenian National Polytechnic University, prof. Vazgen Melikyan.

“The main goal of this Olympiad, founded by Synopsys Armenia, is to identify the brightest, most talented engineers under the age of 30 and to increase interest in microelectronics among young specialists both in Armenia and in participating countries. The Olympiad also plays an important role in discerning the level of knowledge of participants in the field of microelectronics in order to make necessary adjustments to regional educational programs and curricula,” said Dr. Yervand Zoryan, Synopsys Fellow and the President of Synopsys Armenia. “The fact that the student of the Synopsys educational program implemented jointly with the Polytechnic was recognized as the best among 436 participants from 13 countries of the world, testifies to the international quality of our educational programs in the field of microelectronics.”

The annual International Microelectronics Olympiad was founded in 2006 under the auspices of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia. It is held in cooperation with the Technical Council for Test Technologies (IEEE TTTC) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world’s largest technical professional organization.

The initiator and general organizer of the Olympiad is Synopsys Armenia, and the general partner is Viva-MTS. The main supporter is the Unicomp CJSC. Among the sponsors of the Olympiad are the Union of ICT Employers, “Viasphere” Technopark, “INGO ARMENIA” Insurance CJSC.

“Viva-MTS witnesses the positive impact of the Olympiad on the development of the ICT sector and its future potential. That’s why we support this great and long-term initiative for many years. Every year, with the help of the Olympiad, a lot of young people define their own boundaries to innovate, develop and invent. I am very excited and proud that the first prize winner of the 16th Olympiad is from Armenia. This is a great achievement and а huge success for all of us to celebrate together,” said Ralph Yirikian, the General Manager of Viva-MTS and the General Partner of the Olympiad.

“When we launched this important competition in 2006, we had no idea that in coming years it would become an international Olympiad in the field of microelectronics with a very high international standard and help in creating of the community of young specialists involved in microelectronics”, said Vice President of Olympiad Org Committee, Synopsys Armenia Director Hovik Musayelyan.

The Olympiad covers the following topics: Olympiad topics for 2011 included Digital IC Design and Test, Analog and Mixed Signal IC Design and Test, Semiconductor Devices and Technology, and Mathematics and Algorithmic Issues of Electronic Design Automation (EDA).  

For more information, visit the annual International Microelectronics Olympiad website at www.microelectronicsolympiad.org.

Today, on November 19, the SILICON MOUNTAINS 2021 International Technological Summit on Digital Smart Economy has taken place at Matenadaran (the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts).

The event is organized by the Union of Employers of Information and Communication Technology (UEICT). Held for the second time, the summit has covered the prospects of the application of smart solutions and digitization of the economy.

The summit has featured a special guest – President and co-Chief Executive Officer of Synopsys, recipient of the 2020 Global IT Award of Armenia, Dr. Chi-Foon Chan.

“It will be very useful for Armenia to understand the changes in the technological world and identify possible advantages,” said Dr. Chan. “Armenia can be a major exporter of intellectual property and software – not just a provider of services, but a provider of key solutions. Through the years that I have worked with Armenian experts, I have noticed this: in the first 5 years, they practice their professional skills, in the next 5 years they do very complex projects, and in the last 5-6 years they lead the most complex international programs. I hope that now they will go even further and set new directions in the market.”

“Technology affects all areas of life, and we should consider how we can use and develop the technologies of future to facilitate the advancement in Armenia. Corresponding education should begin from the school, and we have to encourage young people to pursue careers in science and IT – both locally and internationally,” stated Synopsys Armenia President Yervant Zorian.

“Recently, an environment has been created where the representatives of the high-tech community organize several events during a month – Engineering Week, DigiWeek, DigiTec, and now we have the Silicon Mountains Tech Summit. The changes of the last 20 years have led to the fact that greater appreciation is paid to the knowledge, opportunity, and talent; things which were being used in other directions in the past. The upcoming success depends on all of us: the state, society, and especially the community. During all the meetings, the community raises an important issue: the only way to develop Armenia is through knowledge,” said RA Minister of HTI Vahagn Khachaturyan in his speech.

“SILICON MOUNTAINS 2021 includes meetings of business leaders and an open discussion where the representatives of the tech sphere present their experience and future plans. Today, there are areas that have little to do with modern technology and the companies do not have all the information needed for further development. It is necessary to provide this information as soon as possible so that businesses remain competitive in the international market”, noted Armen Baldryan, President of UEICT.

According to Eduard Musayelyan, Executive Director of UEICT, one of the most important challenges for Armenia is to actively use and export digital solutions.

“We can be competitive in the world only with the existence of qualified engineers. This summit is our adequate response to Silicon Valley, at this moment only in the form of a summit. It is a good way to state our plans on where Armenia intends to be on the global technological map as a country which is offering and exporting sophisticated engineering solutions”.

The general sponsor of the summit is UNICOMP. The event is supported by the Ministry of High-Tech Industry, Synopsys Armenia and ACBA-CREDIT AGRICOLE BANK.

In the framework of the summit, a two-sided postcard with one stamp dedicated to the theme “High Technologies. “Silicon Mountains”” has been put into circulation. The postcard cancellation ceremony has been attended by the Deputy Minister of High-Technological Industry of the Republic of Armenia Robert Khachatryan, the Head of the Philately Department of “HayPost” CJSC Shushan Aleksanayan, the President and co-Chief Executive Officer of “Synopsys” company Dr. Chi-Foon Chan, the Executive Director of the Union of Employers of Information and Communication Technologies Eduard Musayelyan, the President of the Philatelists’ Armenian Association Hovik Musayelyan.

The postage stamp of the postcard depicts the photo of “Silicon Mountains” Forum which was held in Armenia in 2019. The bottom left corner of the postcard depicts the inscriptions “SILICON MOUNTAINS” in Armenian and English languages. The backside of the postcard depicts the logotype of “Silicon Mountains” Forum of 2021.

Four panel discussions have been held during the summit. The first one, Engine of Digital Smart Economy (Microelectronics, Artificial Intelligence) featured Synopsys Armenia President Yervant Zorian, President of the Union of Employers of ICT Armen Baldryan, Care Technologies CEO Arthur Ghulyan, and CEO of the Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST) Armen Orujyan.

The second panel discussion, titled ICT Infrastructure as a Basis for Digital Economy (Telecommunication), has been attended byViva-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian, Rostelecom General Director Hayk Faramazyan, Ucom General Director Ara Khachatryan, and Head of Communications Department at the Armenian Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC) Gevorg Gevorgyan.

The third panel discussion, which has featured Director of TUMO Center for Creative Technologies Marie-Lou Papazian, Enterprise Incubator Foundation Director Bagrat Yengibaryan, BANA Director Grigor Hovhannisyan, and Synopsys Armenia Director Hovik Musayelyan, has covered the topic of Development of Ecosystem of Digital Smart Economy (Education, Regional Development, Smart City, Startups).

Finally, the fourth panel discussion has considered the Challenges of Digital Economy (Cybersecurity in the era of 4th Industrial Revolution and Fintech). The participants’ group has included Unicomp’s Chief Officer of System Integration Department Khoren Mamikonyan, IT Director of the Central Bank of Armenia Komitas Stepanyan, ACBA Bank’s Deputy CEO on Platforms and Technologies Development Tigran Simonyan, and Head of Internal Control and Audit Department at Viva-MTS Kim Avanesyan.

Unicomp is pleased to announce to have been recognized as a Kyocera Authorized Service Provider. Unicomp has successfully completed all conditions required and now holds another important partner status with Kyocera Document Solutions. This means that our technical engineers are trained and certified by Kyocera to perform warranty and post-warranty repair and maintenance of Kyocera printing solutions, including printers, copiers, and multifunction devices.

We have the competency to provide a full cycle of expert printing solutions and services to every customer from consultation and sales to maintenance and support.

Obtaining this status is another important contribution to our set of competencies, which enables us to offer our customers advanced solutions and services in accordance with the individual needs of their business.

Having met all authorization program requirements and criteria necessary, Unicomp has achieved the designation of Collaboration SaaS Authorized Partner. This ensures Unicomp’s ability to design, quote, deploy and support the best Webex meeting solution for any customer.

This is an extremely important achievement, especially nowadays with the expanding role of collaboration solutions, as businesses have to adapt to the new situation to stay operating amid a global pandemic.

Cisco Webex is a secure cloud team collaboration platform. Cisco Webex products provide capabilities including online meetings, events, team messaging, and file sharing. The suite is considered a leading collaboration platform in the unified communications area and is geared toward both small group collaboration for SMBs as well as large group meetings and events for enterprise-wide deployments.

The set includes a set of collaboration services, the main of which are: Webex Meetings, Webex Teams, Webex Trainings, and Webex Events.

In view of the recent cases of coronavirus disease in our country and the government’s decision to declare a state of emergency in the country, many educational institutions, state and private companies are forced to shift to working from home.  Amid the global increase in remote work driven by the outbreak of COVID-19, Unicomp partnering with Cisco has taken action to meet the changing needs of the customers.

As a premier partner of Cisco Systems, we offer extended free licenses for three of Cisco’s key technologies to allow employees to stay connected to their teams and continue their business operations.

The offer includes the following main systems:

Cisco Webex – a collaboration platform that offers a rich, real-time experience with a powerful feature set for productive and efficient meetings anytime, anywhere, on any device.

The Webex suite includes the following services:

  • Webex Training Center – hosted online training solution that allows to deliver highly effective, interactive live instruction to any user, anywhere with access to the Internet.
  • Webex Meeting Center – a powerful web meeting solution that includes embedded videoconferencing, audio conferencing, and desktop/application sharing capabilities.
  • Cisco Webex Events – an online hosted solution for organizing large-scale online events, such as webinars, events and conferences, product launches, or employee communications in real-time.
  • Cisco Webex Support – a dynamic platform for remote technical support and customer service anywhere in the world.

As the number of remote users rises, you’ll also need to increase your security. To help you do this quickly and easily, Cisco has expanded their security offerings, providing extended free licenses for the following security technologies:

Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client (VPN) – empowers employees to work from anywhere on company laptops or personal mobile devices. It also provides the visibility and control security teams need to identify who and which devices are accessing their infrastructure.

Cisco Umbrella – protects users from malicious Internet destinations whether they are on or off the network. Because it is delivered from the cloud, Umbrella makes it easy to protect users everywhere in minutes.

Ensuring the safety of its employees and taking all necessary measures, Unicomp continues to operate, ready to provide professional support to all partners.

Talk to your account manager or email us at covid19@unicomp.am today to find out how you can take advantage of the offerings. Our staff is ready to answer all your questions and assist you in obtaining the appropriate licenses.

As predicted by many international organizations, the Coronavirus has started to affect the world economy.

The virus started to spread globally and still continues in the first quarter of 2020. The outbreak of the virus caused force majeure because of the tightened measures taken to combat it. The operation of the Chinese and international factories located in China is either partially restricted or terminated.

Owing to the situation, the Chinese New Year holidays were extended from 24 January to 08 February. As a result, technological enterprises were affected greatly, as either their main manufacturing facilities are located in China or the spare parts are mainly manufactured in China. Currently, all international manufacturers have significant production constraints.

Unfortunately, this situation also affected the supply and contractual obligations of our company, which led to significant delays and deviations from the expected delivery schedule. The supply of 80 laptops under the contract with the National Center for Educational Technologies for the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture, and Sports of the Republic of Armenia has already been significantly delayed.

If the situation continues, the supplies of our other customers may also be affected. We keep in constant contact with our suppliers and partners to handle the situation. We hope that the efforts of the states and international organizations will help to overcome the force majeure situation the soonest possible.

The health of our employees, suppliers, and partners is our top priority. We follow the developments with due attention and will make every effort to minimize the delays.