John von Neumann Computer Society (NJSZT)

Address: H-1054 Budapest, Báthori u. 16.
Telephone: (+36-1) 472 2730
Fax: (+36-1) 472 2739
E-mail: titkarsag [desktop] njszt [dot] hu

  • Founded: 1968
  • Membership: 2300 individual members, 100 corporate members

Aims of the Society

The Society as an independent professional forum is engaged to assist in:

  • Disseminating practical applications and results of IT, helping to solve current problems
  • Conserving and increasing the prestige, the standards and the ethics of the profession
  • Informing computer specialists about the development of theory, about useful practical results and experiences made by users
  • Pronouncing the views and representing the professional interests of the computer community
  • Spreading the culture of computing, providing regular further education for computer professionals
  • A wide-ranging participation in the international professional exchange of experience and information to IT professionals

About John Von Neumann

János Neumann was born in 1903 in Budapest. He received his secondary education in the capital of Hungary. In 1925 he obtained his degree in chemistry from Zurich University and in 1926 graduated at Budapest University as a mathematician. By 1930, when he arrived at Princeton University (USA) he had already been recognized as one of the outstanding mathematicians of this century. From then on he called himself John von Neumann. Participating in the design work on ENIAC he made essential contributions to the theory and architecture of computers. John von Neumann died in 1957 in Washington.

Scope of activities of the Society 

Our Society is a scientific organisation in the first place but we consider a very important task also playing a leading role the nation-wide dissemination of digital literacy. Our Society is member of the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Foundation and coordinates the ECDL activity all over Hungary.
John von Neumann Computer Society supports the activities of leading personalities and companies of the industry by staging conferences and running workshops as well as by virtue of regular events of its technical working units aiming at promoting the exchange of experience and information among computer professionals.
It also belongs to our tasks to organize company presentations and to coordinate joint events abroad for them.
We put our support behind new ideas in informatics and provide the necessary institutional framework for them to materialize. It was through the initiative taken by our Society that the first Copyright Act, protecting also the authors of software was passed in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. We initiated setting up a law on data base security. Furthermore, our society has compiled a Code of Ethics binding on all our members.
Young people's education is of special importance to our Society. To this end we have set up special standing committees. Many times over, we have acted as initiators and organisers of nation-wide contests in programming and we prepare the Hungarian team participating in the International Olympiads in Informatics.
Our Society, in order to achieve its objectives, as a non-profit organization provides the following services:

  • Provides opportunity to work in the professional public life
  • Expresses its opinion on research, development, education and training programs and is  involved in their preparation
  • Upon initiative of state agencies, economic and social organizations takes a stand on important questions related to professional information technology and social issues and with cooperation of experts develops  concepts, studies and opinions
  • Organizes conferences, congresses, workshops, exhibitions, courses, study tours in Hungary and abroad
  • Prepares applications, establishes awards, invites students and young professionals to play role in the professional public life
  • Establishes and keeps relations with  a variety of domestic and foreign organizations representing Hungary in the domestic and international scientific organizations
  • Promotes the exchange of experience and information among computer professionals
  • Supports new ideas in informatics and provides the necessary institutional frameworkfor them to materialize
  • Plays a leading role the nation-wide dissemination of digital literacy
  • Coordinates the ECDL activity all over Hungary

Bodies of the Society

The governing Board of the Society consists of the President, five Vice-Presidents, Supervisory Board, the Managing Director, the Past-President and the Honorary Presidents.
Daily business of the Society is run by the Managing Director.

A number of standing committees have been established to aid the decision-making of the Board:

  • Ethics Committee: IFIP Committee
  • Prizes and Award Committee: Committee for Information Policy
  • Committee for National Contests: Committee for Software Policy
  • Education Committee: ECDL Committee

Regional branches of the Society operate in 19 counties and another five major townships. In the technical working units experiences and results are exchanged.

  • The presidium of the Society consists of the president, 5 vice presidents, the managing director, members of the supervisory board, the previous president and honorary chairmen. The Society’s operation and management are supervised by the Supervisory Committee.
  • The supreme forum of the Society is the annually convened meeting of representatives.
  • The affairs of the Society are conducted by the secretariat headed by the managing director.
  • The work of the presidium is supported by standing committees and professional communities.
  • The Society has 15 regional organisations and 5 other regional organisations are active in the five major cities of Hungary.
  • Most up-to-date experience and results are made public through various professional events.
  • Experiences and questions about the application of the common hardware and software platforms are discussed on forums and events organised by the special User Groups.

Events of the Society

The informal meetings of the NJSZT Újklub, operating within the framework of the Society, are the forum to discuss current topics of the profession.
The Neumann Congress (held tri-annually by the Society) was organized until 2006 and it was considered one of the most important Hungarian conferences in informatics.
In 2003, as the most important event of the „Neumann Memorial Year”, the Society organised the VIII. Neumann Congress and centenary celebration of John von Neumann’s birth (15-17 October) at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Number of other conferences with tradition are arranged periodically:

  • Computer Technology in Medical Sciences from 1969 held biannually
  • Networkshop from 1991 on
  • Hungarian Operational Research Conference from 1972 held tri-annually
  • Information Technology in Higher Education held tri-annually
  • Digital Equality: every year since 2007

Some international events

  • Computer Technology in Medical Sciences from 1969 on
  • CON (Austrian-Hungarian joint conference) from 1984 on
  • EUROPEN ’91
  • International Olympiad on Informatics '96
  • HISEC ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ‘97
  • Governmental and Municipal Information Systems '87, '91
  • European Conference on Artificial Intelligence '96
  • EuroLOGO '97.
  • IFIP'98 - XV. World Computer Congress
  • Agrarian Informatics (17-19 August 1999, Debrecen)
  • Informatics in Higher Education (27-29 August 1999, Debrecen)
  • HUSITA 5 Information Technology in the Human Services (29 August - 1 September 1999, Budapest, SOTE)
  • IWTCS'99 (September 1999, Budapest)
  • Document 2000 (26-27 October 2000, Budapest, Budapest University of Technology and Economics)

Events hosted by the Society (2000–2002)

  • ECDL Conference (16-17 February 2000, Pilisborosjenő)
  • Object-Oriented Conference (21 -24 March 2000, Budapest)
  • VII. Neumann Congress (21–23 June 2000, Eger)
  • XXII. Neumann Colloquium (9-11 November 2000, Veszprém)
  • Central European Olympiad in Informatics (10-17 August 2001, Zalaegerszeg)
  • The XVIIth International Congress of the European Federation For Medical Informatics (25-29 August 2002, Budapest)
  • Informatics in Higher Education (28-30 August 1999, Debrecen)
  • V. Object-Oriented Conference (16-18 October 2002, Dobogókő)

2003 - Neumann Memorial Year

  • Internet Fiesta  (17–20 March)
  • WWW World Conference
  • EFITA 2003 (5-9 June)
  • VIII. Neumann Congress (15-17 October)
  • Series of conferences on Information Society Models
  • Regional events (the whole year)
  • Competitions (Nemes Tihamér National Professional Academic Competition, National Logo Contest, Contest Garay, Kihívás (Challenge) 2003, IT Heptathlon)

Major events hosted by the Society (2003-2006)

  • WWW 2003 - The 12th International World Wide Web Conference
  • EFITA 2003 – International Conference on Agricultural Informatics 
  • National Conference of ECDL Test Centres (annually)
  • Internet Fiesta (annually)
  • Hungarian Conference on Computer Graphics and Geometry (2003 and 2005)
  • Hungarian PHP Conference  (annually)
  • HungaroLogo conference (annually)
  • International Seminar on Business Information Systems (annually)
  • IFIP Working Group 3.5 (Working Group of the Information Technology in the basic education) international workshop (2004) 
  • Conference of  the Hungarian Association for Image Processing and Pattern Recognition (KÉPAF) (2004 and 2006)
  • Hungarian-Austrian Conference on Image Processing and Pattern Recognition (HACIPPR) (2005)
  • Central-European Olympiad in Informatics (CEOI) (2005)
  • EuroSPI’2005 International Conference (2005)
  • ACM-ICPC Central-European Programming Contest
  • Informatics in Higher Education (2005)
  • ISBIS’2005 International Conference on Business Information Systems
  • Von Neumann Centennial Conference
  • IX. Neumann Congress
  • Series of programs of the Software Technology Forum operating in the framework of the NJSZT Újklub (annually)