About us

The Polish Information Processing Society, PIPS (Polskie Towarzystwo Informatyczne, PTI) was established in 1981 as professional organization representing people who work in the IT. From its beginning the PIPS fosters links between experts from industry, academia and business promoting education, knowledge sharing, codes of conduct and skills frameworks. It voices the Society’s members opinions, needs, interests, and rights in relations with the general public, local and central government and with other associations in Poland and abroad. In 1992 PIPS was the first organisation from the post-communist countries to become a member of the Council of European Professional Information Societies (CEPIS).

With a membership of over 1,300 PIPS is Poland’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation by promoting the study and application of computing technologies. Members of the Society are individuals who have computer sciences or information technology degrees, or for at least 3 consecutive years were working in, broadly understood, information technology.

Regional branches:

  • Kuyavian-Pomeranian Branch (Oddział Kujawsko-Pomorski in Toruń)
  • Lodz Branch (Oddział Łódzki in Łódź)
  • Lower Silesian Branch (Oddział Dolnośląski in Wrocław)
  • Lublin Branch (Oddział Lubelski in Lublin)
  • Podkarpacie Branch (Oddział Podkarpacki in Rzeszow)
  • Podlasie Branch (Oddział Podlaski in Białystok)
  • Pomeranian Branch (Oddział Pomorski in Gdańsk)
  • Malopolska Branch (Oddział Małopolski in Kraków)
  • Mazovian Branch (Oddział Mazowiecki in Warszawa)
  • Switokrzyskie/ Holly Cross Branch (Oddział Świętokrzyski in Sandomierz)
  • Upper Silesian Branch (Oddział Górnośląski in Katowice)
  • West Pomeranian Branch (Oddział Zachodniopomorski in Szczecin)
  • Wielkopolska Branch (Oddział Wielkopolski in Poznań)

Special interest sections:

  • Global Information Society
  • IT History
  • eHealth
  • Data Analysis
  • ECDL Examiners
  • Information Security
  • Future IT
  • IT Specialists of Public Administration
  • IT Education
  • IT in Management
  • IT Terminology

Activities: The Society organizes numerous courses, conferences, lectures, exhibitions, technology shows and competitions. Some of the major events, organized on a regular basis, are:

  • World Information Society Day (May; cluster of public debates and seminars on basic problems of the information society)
  • Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (September; various sites)
  • Information Technology in Education (July; Torun)
  • National Conference on Software Engineering (Fall; various sites)

PIPS has been very vigorous in introducing information technologies to schools, in determination of strategies for the further development of computer sciences and information technologies in Poland, as well as in shaping the legislation concerning all aspects of information technology. The Society effectively supports the European Commission in its task of implementing the European Computer Driving Licence(ECDL) by managing 14 regional coordinators, 10 product coordinators and about 2000 examiners. Currently, PTI cooperates with 74 examination centers and 531 laboratories (including 254 educational and 203 mobile laboratories). Since many prominent specialists in different IT fields are PIPS members, we also offer a wide range of consultancy services through our Chamber of Experts (Izba Rzeczoznawców). By using their knowledge, resources and expertise we were able to provide independent, objective opinions, help to adopt best practices, perform analysis and solve many complex cases in various ICT projects.