North Karelia Information Technology association POKAT ry – is a member of The Finnish Information Processing Association, TIVIA, (Tieto- ja viestintätekniikan ammattilaiset ry), and it covers the North Karelia region of the country.
POKAT is an independent association founded in 1981. Its goal is to develop professional skills of its members by means of networking, member activities, training, research and development in the region of North Karelia.
In order to fulfill its mission, POKAT arranges various member events, training sessions, seminars and other informative or recreational gatherings. A close collaboration with educational institutions in the area is regarded as an important function of POKAT. A national level influence is conducted through TIVIA.