I spent final week within the Armenian capital of Yerevan, which performed host to this yr’s World Congress On Information Technology (WCIT). The celebrated occasion brings collectively authorities businesses, IT corporations, lobbying teams, buyers, and startups as they focus on the newest developments in data and communications tech. And this yr, it additionally noticed the announcement of a brand new social community — HyeConnect.

Derived from Hayastan, the Armenian identify for the nation, HyeConnect was described at a press convention as a platform to attach all Armenians across the globe, as they search to construct partnerships, launch new companies, and collaborate on initiatives to learn the nation and its individuals. That features the nation’s inhabitants of three million, in addition to its international diaspora of a whopping seven million individuals.

AVB and HyeConnect

🇦🇲Ազդարարվեց “Hye Join” և “Armenian Digital Bridge” Ծրագրերի մեկնարկը։—Kick-start of the “Hye Join” and the “Armenian Digital Bridge” Applications.

Posted by Hakob Arshakyan on Saturday, October 12, 2019

HyeConnect is at the moment nonetheless a piece in progress, which is why I don’t have any screenshots to indicate you. Nevertheless, I can inform you what a few of its chief proponents — Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, musician and activist Serj Tankian (who you would possibly know from legendary rock band System of a Down), and Armenia’s minister of high-tech trade, Hakob Arshakyan — take into consideration for the community whereas it’s being constructed.

Credit score: WCIT 2019