GITEX Technology Week 2015 Drives Middle East’s Internet of Things Business Innovation with Drones, Robotics, and 3D Printing

Additional new and expanded GITEX Technology Week features include the world’s largest Google CSI Lab, All Night Hackathon, Hot Stuff Awards, Student Lab, and networking platforms the Connexions Majlis, Connexions Lounge, and Connexions Online.

“Dubai is committed to becoming a global benchmark for Smart Cities of the future. We are collaborating with leading public and private organizations to meet the needs of all residents and visitors, from government to education and healthcare, through a connected and responsive citywide infrastructure. Together with our partners, we are enabling smart economic conditions driving entrepreneurship and global competitiveness that will serve as a model for emerging nations. We are continually reviewing and refining the latest technology innovations, from mobile apps to drones, to understand how we may adopt these tools to make city experiences more seamless, safe, efficient and impactful for all,” said Dr. Aisha Butti Bin Bishr, Assistant Director General of The Executive Office and SmartDubai Taskforce leader.

“As the Official Country Partner for GITEX Technology Week 2015, the Kingdom will use this global platform to demonstrate best practices in government-led innovation to boost economic diversification, while encouraging foreign direct investment in the Kingdom’s ICT sector and supporting home-grown technology entrepreneurs to expand beyond our borders to deliver transformative services,” said Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Asiri, Official Spokesperson, National Information Center, Ministry of Interior, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

SAP, as Strategic Partner, will help guide digital transformation at GITEX Technology Week with the regional debut of the Run Simple Truck and demos of Big Data analytics solutions. SAP speakers at GTX Ignite include Jonathan Becher, Chief Digital Officer, SAP, and Oliver Bierhoff, General Manager of the German National Football Team, on how SAP solutions helped the team to win the 2014 World Cup.

“In order for Middle East organizations to succeed in the Internet of Things era and remain competitive in the Digital Economy, they must embark on a complete reimaging of their business across three dimensions: Business Models, Business Processes and how to organize Work within their organization. The most pressing issue facing Middle East organizations today is business complexity, which is causing organizations to lose 10 percent of their annual profits. With the regional Digital Economy set to double to USD 30 billion by 2018; real-time analytics of data will allow companies to reduce business complexity and run simple. At GITEX Technology Week, we will showcase roadmaps to support the digital transformation and demonstrate the power of Big Data analytics for real-time insights as the immediate entry that can drive digital growth and simplify business processes, from re-imaging the boardroom to Smart Cities and connected sports,” said Hannes Liebe, COO, SAP Middle East and North Africa.

“Digital transformation can boost competitiveness and economic growth, and our research shows that unlocking this potential can add trillions to the GDP of top global economies. This region’s appetite for innovation makes it uniquely positioned to take advantage of the digital opportunity and we’re delighted to be at the heart of this conversation at GITEX,” said Omar Boulos, regional managing director of Accenture in the Middle East and North Africa.

IBM returns to GITEX Technology Week as a Lead Smarter Cities Partner, under the theme “Welcome to the Cognitive Era”. At GITEX, IBM will be sharing its industry leadership on how can companies, leaders and cities take this journey with IBM to become cognitive by capitalizing on all the work they’ve done to deploy cloud, mobile, analytics, social and security.