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iTECH Gulf showcase set for Bahrain

Staff Report
Filed on October 25, 2013

Bahrain will play host to the inaugural iTECH Gulf Forum and Exhibition on April 9-10, 2014 which, say the organisers, will enhance the GCC’s growing credentials as an IT and ICT hub.

Hilal Conferences and Exhibitions (HCE) outlined their aims for this annual showcase at Gitex 2013 in Dubai to a select audience of potential supporters, including Sony and Microsft.

“The show will add to the region’s growing knowledge interchange in ICT and IT, leading thought and technologies,” said Jubran Abdulrahaman, HCE’s managing director.

“The decision to host the first event in Bahrain is based on the Kingdom’s increasing support for the IT/ICT sectors. ICT will contribute around $372 million this year to Bahrain’s economy, and is part of a sector that contributed up to seven per cent of national GDP in the second quarter of 2013. For this sector to continue to grow it is vital we encourage quality forums such as iTECH Gulf.”

A one-stop convention, iTECH Gulf 2014 will present a detailed technical programme to encourage idea and knowledge exchange on technologies and trends. Topics such as telecoms, 4G, LTE, app development, software development, hardware, middleware and mobile communication will dominate. Alongside the Forum, an expo will showcase latest hardware and software products as part of a well defined B2B and B2C platform.

Ahmed Suleiman, iTECH Gulf’s director, notes: “Through events such as Gitex and iTECH Gulf, the GCC is an established meeting point of professionals and developers. In developing the agenda for this groundbreaking pan-GCC Forum, we have canvassed the opinions of experts from across the IT world. Their response has been excellent, and some eminent speakers have already confirmed their intention to present their thoughts.

Among confirmed speakers is Dr Khaled Ben Letaief, Dean of Engineering Chair Professor of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Director of Hong Kong Telecom Institute of Information Technology and Associate Director of Center for Wireless Information Technology.

Aside from insightful presentations and speeches, the forum will also feature a ‘Technomics’ session, in which IT companies will be asked to consider the business case for IT and ICT infrastructural investment.

“It is very important that companies understand why they are spending on ICT and the business benefits of such capital investment. Sometimes companies can get too caught up with consumerism in seeking the newest software rather than purchasing according to business requirements,” Suleiman said.

In addition, the forum will present an App Academy, as well as what Suleiman describes as a “conference within a conference”. iTECH Gulf will also host a one-day ‘i-ntrepreneurs’ forum, the aim of which will be to encourage the growth of the next generation of IT entrepreneurs in the GCC. Special sessions will cover essentials including preparation for funding, copyright and intellectual property protection and marketing.

“To develop a vibrant IT economy it is vital to encourage the development of an IT private sector,” Abdulrahman remarks. “Nowhere is this more so than in the emerging IT hub economies of Bahrain and the GCC,” he added.

In addition to presenting a highly relevant, cutting edge technical programme, iTECH Gulf will seek to capitalise on Bahrain’s strategic geographical location — and in particular its long-standing links with India, the West and the Far East — to present a positive case for the kingdom, ranked second in the Mena region for internet connectivity, as an ICT centre.


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