The world’s foremost event for the most innovative and disruptive technologies, starts tomorrow at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Over the years, the GITEX Technology Week and GITEX Future Stars, has brought together world-class industry innovators, government leaders, technology creators and forward thinkers, and this year, it looks like the event is going to be even better.

Visitors to the 39th GITEX Technology week will experience the region’s biggest ever 5G showcase and the definitive platform for knowledge sharing around Artificial Intelligence and the impact of generation Z, along with all-new Future Mobility and GITEX Lifestyle Tech sections, all hosted under GITEX’s ‘Synergising the Mind and Technology Economy’ movement.

“As we open the 39th edition of GITEX Technology Week and the fourth edition of GITEX Future Stars, we will create the definitive innovation ecosystem with a focus on maximising the potential of human ingenuity. From the UAE and around the world, we look forward to welcoming partners, visitors, investors and disruptors who are leveraging innovation to achieve first-mover success,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Events Management, Dubai World Trade Centre, organisers of GITEX Technology Week.

GITEX Technology Week starts Tomorrow - Here's everything you need to know.

Here’s a look at what you can experience at the GITEX 2019 event from the 6th to the 10th of October –

Future Mobility –

Exhibiting for the first time at GITEX, Virgin Hyperloop One is set to revolutionise long distance travel, with its electromagnetically levitated pods travelling through low-pressure tubes at speeds up to 760 mph (1,223.1 km/h). The silent, low turbulence means of travel will cut travel times from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to an astonishing 12 minutes. The system is expected to be entirely autonomous, direct-to-destination and on-demand.

GITEX conferences: champions of change and digital truth

GITEX’s conference agenda will feature world-renowned whistleblower Tyler Shultz, who played a huge role in forcing the closure of blood-testing startup Theranos, once valued at $10 billion. Shultzwill discuss the increasing importance of digital ethics, and how to establish boundaries for business founders and entrepreneurs. Also speaking at the conference are, Bozoma Saint John, CMO of Endeavor andformer Head of Global Marketing at iTunes and Apple Music, CBO at Uber and VP of Marketing at Pepsi, Connor Blakley, Chief Marketing Officer, Campus Agency, Phillip Raub, Co-Founder and President, B8ta & Co-CEO, Toys ‘R’ Us; as well as Vish Sankaran, Chief Innovation Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Hans-Holger Albrecht, CEO, Deezer, the music-tech startup that is available in more than 180 countries and attracts 12 million active users and Zak Normandin, Founder & CEO, Iris Nova and many more.

All we can say is that visitors are going to walk away with a huge truck load of experiences and latest knowledge on emerging trends in technology.

Artificial Intelligence: the brains of technology’s future

World-leading AI expert and GITEX keynote speaker DrBen Goertzel, Chairman and Chief Scientist of Singularity Studio, and CEO and Founder of SingularityNET Foundation, will reveal how AI will merge with blockchain to create deep value for businesses and society, increase human life expectancy and support medical research. 

TECHCHAT with the CEO – doing business in the digital age: 

In an exclusive on-stage interview, Ronaldo Mouchawar, CEO and co-founder of leading e-commerce site, which was sold to technology giant Amazon for $580 million in 2017, will tell his story of the behind-the-scenes work that went into completing the biggest technology acquisition ever in the Middle East. 

Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports, will discuss how technology is affecting and disrupting the operation and development of Dubai International (DXB) – the world’s busiest airport for international passengers.

The battleground for 5G

With 5G technology now more than just a fantasy, GITEX 2019 will address the much anticipated battle ground for 5G technology, with a star studded panel comprising of Fadi Pharaon, President, Middle East and Africa, Ericsson; Hatem Bamatraf, Chief Technology Officer, Etisalat International; Saleem Alblooshi, Chief Technology Officer, du and Du Yeqing, Vice President, 5G Product Line, Huawei

GITEX Smart Citi Zens

For the first time ever, GITEX attendees will experience sessions about the future of city building from leading experts of the industry Gary Brantley, CIO, City of Atlanta, and Eduard Lysenko, Minister, Head of the Department of IT, Government of Moscow, and Aik van Eemeren, CTO, Innovation and Lead of Public Tech, City of Amsterdam.

The architects of tomorrow: GITEX Future Stars

GITEX Future Stars 2019 will reinforce its position as the fastest growing startup event in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia by bringing together key stakeholders and global leaders of the ecosystem, including William Chappell, CFO and EVP, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, who has made significant contributions towards developing the startup ecosystem in the UAE; Ines Verschueren, Principal, Greyhound Capital, a growth equity investor with unicorns including Deliveroo, Revolut, and Careem in its portfolio; Chris Haley, an active deep tech investor for 01Ventures taking on global problems and Henry Wigan, Co-Founder of Mustard Seed Impact, a venture capital fund making seed and early-stage investments across various sectors focusing on social impact.

All this and much much more will enthrall the audience and give them a truly tech filled week. The most global GITEX Technology Week ever will attract over 4,500 exhibitors from over 100 countries. Companies from Algeria, Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, and Morocco will make their debuts at GITEX this year, in a venue spread over 1.4 million square feet. This year’s events are expected to receive over 100,000 visitors from over 140 countries. 

These are truly some incredible numbers, and we hope that you will be a part of GITEX too !!