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With the rapid growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) catalysing a global surge in data volumes, this month’s Internet of Things Expo (IoTX) and The Big Data Show at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) will explore how advanced connectivity, smart cities digitalisation and cloud-based control of devices, people and enterprise operations are poised to transform the region’s business landscape.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), public and private sector investment across the Middle East and Africa’s public safety and security, telecommunications, banking, energy, transportation, manufacturing, consumer and Smart Cities industries will drive the region’s IoT market to a valuation of US$10.9 billion in 2019 – up from US$5.1 billion last year.

High penetration of mobile devices in the GCC combined with the broad availability of the latest generation of mobile networks are driving regional IoT projects aimed at delivering mobile services to end users and, consequently, creating unfathomable quantities of new data in the process. In this environment, regional business face a race against the clock to enhance their operations, develop new business models and deliver innovative services to their customers.

“More data has been created in the past two years than in the entire history of the human race; the growth in IoT products and resulting surge in big data are transforming traditional business models” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events, DWTC. “Our IoTX and the Big Data Show provide segmented conference and exhibition platforms for companies to explore innovative technologies and solutions upgrades that will maximise monetisation avenues and benefit their customers.”

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Future Technology Week – which runs 29-31 March across four halls at DWTC – will collect and showcase various ‘pipeline technologies’ and services featured within IoTX, The Big Data Show, the Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference (GISEC) and the Gulf Enterprise Mobility Exhibition & Conference (GEMEC). The show is supported by Dubai Smart Office as Smart City Partner to drive awareness on Dubai’s Smart City initiative.

With more than 6000 decision-makers, 500 delegates, 70 speakers and 100 exhibitors, IoTX at Future Technology Week will explore trends such as IoT blueprint technologies, connecting the unconnected, wearables, consumer behaviour, mitigating pervasive risks and disruptive hardware.

The event will feature an interactive conference, innovative tech exhibition, certified security training sessions, a Microsoft sponsored hackathon, capture the flag code breaking competition and entrepreneur platform called the Hive supported by Dubai SME, Wamda Capital and Astrolabs.

More than 1,500 regional business leaders are also expected to attend The Big Data Show, which will highlight technologies – including smart cities, industrial data, advanced analytics, industrial applications, big data security and big data at work – that adopt and improve big data and analytics practices and strategies.

The Big Data Show will also host the Microsoft sponsored second annual Hackathon held under three themes: Smart Transportation, Smart Environment and Smart Cities.

High-calibre speakers at the IoTX conference include Karine Dognin-Sauze, Deputy Mayor, Greater Lyon; Dr. Janusz Bryzsek, founder of Exo systems; Jonny Voon, Lead Technologist – Internet Technology, InnovateUK; Dilip Rahulan, Executive Chairman & CEO, Pacific Controls; and Mark Hughes, President, BT Security Enterprise, BT Global Services; Eric Eifert, Senior Vice President – Managed Security Services, DarkMatter. Other key speakers include Geoff Moore, Chief Technology Officer, Red Solutions; Rutger Reman, President of Industry & Society, Ericsson Middle East; Safder Nazir, Regional Vice President, Huawei; Irfan Khan, Chief Technology Officer, SAP Global Customer Operations, amongst others.

IoTX has attracted sponsors including Pacific Controls as Keynote Sponsor; Huawei, Intel Corporation, and SAP  as Diamond Sponsors; Advantech B&B SmartWorx, Dell, and Ericsson Middle East as Platinum Sponsors; General Electric and NOMD as Gold Sponsors; and Cybercom, Red Solutions and Zoho Corporation as Silver Sponsors. The Big Data Show has attracted Microsoft as the Hackathon & Business Intelligence Analytics Partner.

As part of Future Technology Week, IoTX opens on March 29 and concludes on March 30, the one-day GEMEC runs on March 29, GISEC opens on March 30 and ends on March 31, and the one-day The Big Data Show runs on March 31. Meanwhile, the exhibition segment runs for three days from March 29 to 31.

Future Technology Week and its associated segmented exhibitions and conferences are strictly trade-only events open to business and trade visitors only. Visitor attendance to Future Technology Week exhibitions is free of charge but conference attendance is charged on either a single conference or ‘season pass’ basis.  For more information on conference charges, please visit www.futuretechweek.com/visit

About Future Technology Week

Future Technology Week is a new, collective banner encompassing four specialised industry trade platforms: Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference (GISEC), Gulf Enterprise Mobility Exhibition & Conference (GEMEC), the Internet of Things Expo (IoTX) and The Big Data Show. www.futuretechweek.com

About the Internet of Things Expo (IoTX)

Entering its second year, IoTX is a dedicated platform conceived to increase UAE and regional governments and firms’ capacity to transform their business models and leverage monetisation opportunities from the ever-increasing array of smart devices, machines and products in our globally-connected, tech-led societies. IoTX will be held 29 – 30 March 2016. www.iotx.ae

About Gulf Enterprise Mobility Exhibition and Conference (GEMEC)

The Gulf Enterprise Mobility Exhibition and Conference (GEMEC) provides regional enterprise, government decision-makers and senior executives – from across a range of industries – to identify, evaluate and source technology and mobility solutions to meet their current and future mobile requirements. GEMEC will be held on 29th March 2016. www.gemec.ae

About Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC)

Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) is the Middle East’s most anticipated IT security knowledge platform for 2016. The two-day exhibition and conference will be held on 30-31 March 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. www.gisec.ae

About The Big Data Show

Entering its second year, The Big Data Show will attract more than 1,000 regional business leaders eager to access and adopt cutting-edge ideas and technologies to improve big data and analytics practices and explore open data strategies in their respective domains. Big Data will be held 31 March at Dubai World Trade Centre.  www.bigdatashow.ae

About Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC):

As the organiser of Future Technology Week 2016, Dubai World Trade Centre offers more than 35 years’ experience delivering world-class events in the Middle East, providing local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and in-depth market knowledge. Our team organises 20 of the region’s largest and most successful international and regional shows, providing an ideal platform for business development across the Middle East. Our commitment to ongoing innovation within the exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors. DWTC works with the leading trade bodies and industry associations to ensure that all exhibitions deliver full value and are built upon the real needs of their specific sector. www.dwtc.com


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