New Annual Assembly of John von Neumann Computer Society

The General Annual Assembly of John von Neumann Computer Society (NJSZT) was successfully held on the 14th of May, 2009.
The Assembly provided a good opportunity to summarise achievements. The presidnet of NJSZT, Mr. Gabor Peceli, gave a detailed overview of NJSZT’s activities last year.

He emphasized that NJSZT – lead by Mr. Istvan Alfoldi, CEO – has a dominant position in disseminating the achievements of informatics professionals, the concept of computer literacy and in spreading the culture of computing in Hungarian society. He reviewed the progress of the organisation, praised the impressive work of NJSZT’s Regional Branches and Professional Communities, and spoke about international projects.

The second speaker was Mr. Istvan Alfoldi, CEO, who highlighted the continued success of ECDL which now sees over 350,000 Hungarian citizens having taken ECDL exams in 400 Test Centres. Mr Alfoldi highlighted that in 2008 NJSZT has also presented a number of innovative ideas to the ECDL Foundation (including the new 'ECDL Select' model).

The Digital Equal-Opportunities (DE!) has expanded with a new element: the eVITA National Programme (eVITA acronym comes from the Hungarian expression 'assistive infocommunication technologies and applications'). According to the eVITA Technological Platform, the application of infocommunication technologies aspires to solve a considerable part of society’s problems. The Platform’s aim is to develop a widely accepted strategy, development programmes and, primarily to promote cooperation between isolated and segmented R&D&I projects.

Finally, Mr. Alfoldi noted the importance of the project of establishing the unique Museum of History of Informatics in Szeged City. NJSZT shoulders not only the responsibility of providing the professional content of the Museum but is committed to operating it during the first five years, investing hundreds of millions of Forints in the project.

In keeping with tradition, members of Neumann Society also elected the new board of leading officials, a three-year term.

Thanks to Istvan Alfoldi, NJSZT for this contribution.