The largest technology conference in the world will be held for the first time in Canada next year, Ibrahim Gedeon, Telus Corp.'s chief technology officer the IEEE general conference chair, says. The 2012 IEEE International Communications Conference will involve almost 1,500 presentations such as keynote speeches, panels, workshops and tutorials, and will be held in Ottawa, Ont., from June 10-15, 2012, a release said. Under the conference banner “connect, communicate, collaborate,” industry professionals, scientists, academics and government officials are expected to gather at the newly refurbished Ottawa Convention Centre. Telus, IBM, Cisco Systems Inc. and Alcatel-Lucent are among the participating companies, as well as China's Walway. Gedeon said in an interview that the conference gives national and international companies an opportunity to present their latest research and development to some of the industry’s most influential people. It also provides an opportunity for startups to show what they are working on, network, and receive advice from experienced technology players. “It provides a melting pot in Canada,” Gedeon said. “It gives us the opportunity to know what 2,000 of the biggest minds in the industry are thinking and to see where technology is going.” The deadline for original papers for the conference in the areas of wireless networking and communications, signal processing, or cognitive radio and networks, among others, is Sept. 6, 2011.