I get a boilerplate invitation now and then from someone purporting to represent China-based “BIT Congress“. The latest one goes like this:
Dear Rob Cottingham,
This is [redacted], the program coordinator of BIT’s 4th Annual World Congress of Emerging InfoTech-2015. On behalf of the organizing committee, I sent you a formal Invitation Letter several weeks ago, which is regarding inviting you to participate our congress as the Speaker of Module 2: Cloud Computing. But we haven’t received any reply from you. In case of your missing this grant event, I am writing again to extend to you our sincere invitation. (More program details at http://www.bitcongress.com/infotech2015/ScientificProgram.asp)
BIT’s 4th Annual World Congress of Emerging InfoTech-2015 will be held at Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, China during April 18-20, 2015. Since you are the prominent expert in the relevant field of Information Technology, your unique and inspirational message will highlight the congress.
I KNOW, right? Finally, my expertise in cloud computing and the very specific field of Information Technology has been recognized! For years, my credentials have been pooh-poohed by those who point out that I don’t have any. But now, vindication.
Sorry. Let’s continue.
[Two paras that boil down to "You'll meet and talk with other people. Also, China!"]
For more information regarding InfoTech-2015, please view our congress website via http://www.bitcongress.com/infotech2015
I would be appreciated if you may reply to me regarding this issue at your earliest convenience.
The Organizing Committee of InfoTech-2015
East Wing, 11F, Dalian Ascendas IT Park,
No. 1 Hui Xian Yuan,
Dalian Hi-tech Industrial Zone,
LN 116025, P. R. China