Con­fer­ence rep­re­sents ma­jor op­por­tu­nity for IT in­dus­try

Char­lot­te­town is site of North­east PHP 2017, Aug. 9-11

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Lin­coln Maskey be­lieves host­ing in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy (IT) pro­fes­sion­als from across North Amer­ica this month is a great op­por­tu­nity to grow Prince Ed­ward Is­land’s own in­dus­try.

Char­lot­te­town will be the site of North­east PHP 2017, Aug. 9-11, the sec­ond-con­sec­u­tive year this ma­jor IT con­fer­ence has hap­pened in P.E.I.

“North­east PHP 2017 gives in­creased pro­file to the in­dus­try here, and that may at­tract new start-ups or busi­ness ex­pan­sions to our prov­ince,” said Maskey, a se­nior soft­ware en­gi­neer with Is­land com­pany iWave In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems.

“But be­yond that, this is a tremen­dous learn­ing and net­work­ing op­por­tu­nity for in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als on the Is­land and one that will pay div­i­dends for the IT sec­tor.”

IT is a strong and grow­ing com­mu­nity on Prince Ed­ward Is­land, pro­vid­ing over $200 mil­lion an­nu­ally to the prov­ince’s econ­omy and em­ploy­ing more than 1,800 peo­ple in the sec­tor.

North­east PHP will bring to­gether dozens of IT ex­perts and web de­vel­op­ers from across North Amer­ica to dis­cuss ad­vance­ments in the in­dus­try and best prac­tices and to net­work and col­lab­o­rate with fel­low in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als.

“We had an amaz­ing re­sponse from the many pre­sen­ters and del­e­gates who came to Char­lot­te­town last year for the 2016 edi­tion of the con­fer­ence,” con­fer­ence or­ga­nizer Peter MacIn­tyre said. “This year we are try­ing to build on that suc­cess.”

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is sup­port­ing the con­fer­ence with an $8,000 grant.

For more in­for­ma­tion on North­east PHP 2017, visit http://2017. north­east­php.org.

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North­east PHP 2017 con­fer­ence chair­man Peter MacIn­tyre, left, and con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pant Lin­coln Maskey dis­cuss plans for this year’s event, which will see dozens of IT ex­perts from across North Amer­i­can meet Aug. 9-11 at the Rodd Char­lot­te­town Ho­tel.

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