Gitex Technology Week has generated an unprecedented response from the industry and from various other corners of the whole ICT ecosystem Driving a great platform of ICT communities, the 33rd edition of Gitex Technology Week 2013, was executed with the theme christened as “Lets Create, Disrupt and Re-imagine Together” from October 20-24 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, with Dubai Internet City as its Strategic Partner. This event had various industry segments coming in and cashing in on the overwhelming response from all corners of the ICT ecosystem.
Billed as one of the biggest congregation of IT vendors and its users, Gitex Technology Week 2013 began with the major announcement of the innovative Smart City project that would transform Dubai into one of the world’s leading “smart cities”.
As a country, India has had a great presence within the event and saw a lot of its IT and communication companies participating at the event. In its bid to provide support for entrepreneurs and small businesses, Dubai Internet City and Microsoft announced a partnership on the in5 Innovation Hub, which will use Microsoft software solutions in an environment that supports entrepreneurship and cultivates the development of the ICT and digital media start-up ecosystem in Dubai.
In other developments, empowering youth in the UAE, Google in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Education and Etisalat, launched a new video tutorial service and dedicated YouTube channel called “Duroosi”, which enables Grade 11 and 12 students the tools to drive self-learning. Similar initiatives were driven by other vendors and operators such Du.
Google, which also was a partner on the Student Lab competition within Gitex, also had a lot of strong response to its technology solutions for businesses, non-profits, and the general public. This included Google Apps for businesses, a suite of GEO Products, Chromebook devices, and search for enterprise. All this generated a big excitement among the people who attended Gitex.
Additionally, this year’s Gitex Technology Week 2013 received widespread and even critical acclaim for a host of incisive, trend-setting conferences, including the Big Data Conference, Cloud Confex, and the Digital Strategies Forum. This was further amplified by the free-to-attend Smart Sessions, a powerful showcase for anyone with innovative solutions and insight.
A number of partnerships and launches were in support of the “Smart Cities” initiative, including Etisalat’s partnership with SAP, the Germany-based global software leader, to align and accelerate its support of the m-Government strategic goals and initiatives. Thanks to the partnership, customers will now be able to smoothly and easily use the wide range of mobile apps and mobile services to access and share information on government departments. All in all this year’s Gitex was very special, informative and generated a huge interest at the widespread global as well as local level.