It has been an action-packed three days, but our flagship industry conference NITEC19 has now come to a close.
If you were able to join us, thank you for taking the time to learn about the technology NATO is looking for to maintain its edge.
This past week, senior leaders from the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency met with industry representatives in Oslo, Norway, to hear their ideas and answer questions. During the conference, service line chiefs gave attendees a preview of 1.4 billion EUR in upcoming business opportunities.
More than 750 delegates, including 350 companies and 160 senior government representatives, attended NITEC19. NCI Agency experts participated in 100 bilateral meetings.
And we were thrilled to see more than 240 Business-to-Business speed dating meetings take place.
Those meetings are a great chance for innovative businesses to find synergies and opportunities with other industry partners. Events such as NITEC are very important for NATO, because we need your help to prepare for the Alliance's future.
We also would like to thank the Norwegian Ministry of Defence, including Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen, and AFCEA Europe for their support this year.
If you missed NITEC19, we hope you can join us next year in Austin, Texas.
That's right! For the first time we are taking this conference out of a Nation's capital, and dropping it in the middle of an innovative community that has caught our eye.
The city hasn't just gotten our attention. Austin is an innovation hub for several U.S. defence organizations, including the Defense Innovation Unit.
Don't miss out on this great opportunity to network with senior Agency leaders, while being inspired by the creative energy of Austin's technology scene. We are planning an event unlike any we have done before.
We also have another great event coming up later this year: the NATO Information Assurance Symposium (NIAS), NATO's largest cyber security conference.
NIAS will focus this year on "digital transformation: smart machines for smarter decisions." The event will be held on 15 to 17 October in Mons, Belgium at the Lotto Mons Expo..