DWTC’s new umbrella show collects GISEC, IoTX, The Big Data Show and GEMEC

Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, former UK Secretary of State for Defence, will address GISEC

This week’s inaugural Future Technology Week at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) will provide a strategic reference point in driving regional network security spend in a GCC-wide sector set to grow from US$340 million to US$1 billion by 2018, according to a Frost & Sullivan report.

Starting on Tuesday 29 and running until Thursday 31 March, Future Technology Week is DWTC’s new umbrella identity collecting Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference (GISEC), the Internet of Things Expo (IoTX), The Big Data Show and Gulf Enterprise Mobility Exhibition & Conference (GEMEC).

The consolidated platform arrives as Internet of Things (IoT) and Internet of Everything (IoE) technologies spur rapid regional growth in the adoption of secure connectivity, enterprise mobility and big data services.

As the GCC moves towards a new era of cyber security readiness and IoT savviness, Future Technology Week will provide a cluster programme for an anticipated 10,000 public and private sector Information Communications Technology (ICT) professionals – comprising providers, vendors and buyers – to converge and explore software, hardware and infrastructure investments opportunities.

Spread over three days, Future Technology Week includes a series of ground-breaking technology exhibitions, game-changing plenary talks and innovation-centric workshops and entrepreneurial competitions featuring ready-to-market inventions that will disrupt the future of how civilians and organisations live, work and connect.

“Technology is thriving and the relentless progress is changing our daily habits, lifestyle patterns and business functions – a world of possibilities is available to us faster and easier than ever before,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events, DWTC. “In this climate, the question of how safe, secure and reliable our technologies are is paramount. Future Technology Week collects four of the region’s leading specialised shows to create a compelling umbrella concept where global ICT leaders can converge  and experience, discuss and dissect the industry’s top trends, issues and solutions.”

In addition to its core exhibitions and conferences, Future Technology Week will host free-to-attend training sessions for Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSP) delivered by (ISC)2 CBK accredited instructors. Covering multiple verticals, the sessions – dubbed ‘Future Tech Market Labs’ – will allow visitors to upgrade their technical knowledge on various topics including interconnected and behaviour analytics, the impact of IoT, mobility for leading enterprises and insights into global cyber threats.

Commenting on Future Technology Week, Faisal Al Bannai, Chief Executive Officer of DarkMatter, the Cyber Security Innovation Partner for GISEC, said: “Cybersecurity now stands at the centre of further progress of the modern, electronic-based global economy. Pro-activity and a holistic approach to cybersecurity has never been more important and we’re looking forward to holding discussions around this critical subject during Future Technology Week.”

IoT is fuelling innovation in nearly every part of our lives,” added Tommi Raitio, Regional Director of IoT, Intel. “Simply connecting things that were unconnected previously is leading to new data insights that translate into meaningful change for business and governments. There are numerous IoT companies as well as start-ups in Dubai and Intel believes the growth potential of the UAE’s IoT market is relatively untapped. We look forward to working with relevant ecosystem companies to achieve His Highness’ vison of the UAE being a global smart city leader.”

Future Technology Week will house several interactive features including a live hackathon for innovative developers, designers and entrepreneurs to pitch and build prototype solutions for smart transportation, smart environment and smart cities, as well as a one-day, code-cracking Capture The Flag competition where developers, engineers and code breaking enthusiasts will vie for cash prizes.

“Middle East businesses are early adopters of digitisation plans in the Internet of Things era,” said Irfan Khan, Chief Technology Officer, Global Customer Operations, SAP. “They now face the pressing challenge of surviving the digital transformation while re-imagining business processes and customer experiences. SAP saw a strong industry response to IoTX 2015 – the region’s key spring IT event – and we’re back to help drive the Middle East’s digital and innovation-led economy.”

Each of the four events at Future Technology Week will feature conferences led by leading speakers from across the world. Among the key speakers headlining GISEC are Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, former Secretary of State for Defence, United Kingdom; Über Hacker John Bumgarner, Chief Technology Officer, US Cyber Consequences Unit; Tudor Enache, Specialist, aeCERT; Mark Hughes, President – BT Security, BT Global Services; and Faisal Al Bannai, Chief Executive Officer – DarkMatter. Speaking at IoTX are Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General – Dubai Smart Government Office; Karine Dognin-Sauze, Deputy Mayor, Greater Lyon; Safder Nazir, Regional Vice President Smart Cities & IoT – Huawei; Jonny Voon, IoT Leader, Innovate UK; Dilip Rahulan, Executive Chairman & CEO – Pacific Controls; Irfan Khan, Chief Technology Officer – SAP Global Customer Operations; and Rutger Reman, President of Industry & Society Unit – Ericsson Middle East.

Meanwhile, speakers at The Big Data Show and GEMEC include Aamena Alshamsi, First UAE, Phd Graduate in Big Data and Assistant Professor at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology; Mike Bugembe, Global Chief Analytics Officer, JustGiving; Mohamed Mikou, Region Services Lead, Microsoft; Ashi Sheth, Manager Enterprise Platforms, Netflix; and Eric Eifert, Senior Vice President – Managed Security Services, DarkMatter among others.

Future Technology Week is supported by Dubai Smart Office as Smart City Partner to drive awareness on Dubai’s Smart City initiative. The Big Data Show and IoTX has attracted sponsors including Microsoft as Hackathon & Business Intelligence Analytics Partner of The Big Data Show; while IoTX has Pacific Controls as Keynote Sponsor; Huawei, Intel Corporation and SAP as Diamond Sponsors; Advantech B&B SmartWorx, Cisco, Dell and Ericsson Middle East as Platinum Sponsors; General Electric and MachinesTalk as Gold Sponsors; and Cybercom, Red Solutions and WebNMS as Silver Sponsors.

Key sponsors of GISEC include Strategic Partner BT, DarkMatter as Cyber Security Innovation Partner; GBM as Diamond Sponsor; Spire Solutions as Platinum Sponsor; Cisco, Fidelis Cybersecurity, VMWare, and Forcepoint as Gold Sponsor; Guidance Software as Silver Sponsor. Furthermore, The Big Data Show has attracted Microsoft as the Hackathon & Business Intelligence Analytics Partner.

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