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Gitex: From 5G to 2.4 billion Gen Z’ers and ethics in tech

GITEX Technology Week will present the region’s biggest-ever 5G showcase, investor-startups, and knowledge-building tech around AI, and robotics

40% of global mobile traffic is currently passing through Ericsson’s networks 225 million wearable devices are expected to be shipped in 2019 Gen Z are at the forefront of the digital economy, with a buying power of $44 billion

Dubai will be the epicentre of the innovation economy in October when GITEX Technology Week and GITEX Future Stars– the region’s premier technology and startup events – get underway from 6th-10thOctober 2019.

GITEX Technology Week’s 39th edition will present the region’s biggest-ever 5G showcase, its most illustrious investor-startup gathering, and a springboard for knowledge-building around AI, robotics and next-generation immersive technology, all encompassed under the movement of ‘Synergising the Mind and Technology Economy’.

Saudi Arabia is the official country partner for GITEX 2019, and will be represented by its smart logistics platform Fasah.

GITEX: the home of 5G’s most innovative applications

Nearly a decade in the making, 5G is finally becoming a reality and is set to transform the Middle East’s economy. It represents a major breakthrough that will change the way that devices connect to the internet, and to each other.The Middle East and Africa region is set to be at the centre of the 5G revolution, with30 million 5G mobile subscriptions expectedin the region by 2024, and all six GCC countries expected to launch 5G mobile services in the next two years, with the UAE aiming to deploy 5G by 2020. 

GITEX is set to feature a key presence from 5G heavyweights that are already in the process of transforming the world’s connectivity.

Etisalat is already leading the race to deploy 5G in the Middle East, and will use GITEX to exhibit some of the most compelling use cases for the technology. 

Global 5G leader Huawei has set out its stall to be the cornerstone of the ICT industry, with its multi-pronged approach to deliver world-class devices, networks and cloud, and will be showcasing its technology portfolio at GITEX. 

Swedish 5G giant Ericsson will have a key presence at GITEX, with the firm having already announced 24 global 5G contracts with major operators, including four in the Middle East, with over 40% of global mobile traffic currently passing through Ericsson’s networks. 

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Abu Dhabi leverages GITEX Future Stars to become a regional innovation hub

GITEX Future Stars, the leading event for tomorrow’s brightest technological minds, will featureover 750 local and international startups and corporate accelerators from more than 80 countries,and more than 1,500 investors and corporate buyers, as well as an all-new presence from countries including Austria, Brazil and Italy.

GITEX Future Stars will  see The Government of Abu Dhabi looking to make its mark on the event, with the Emirate’s hottest innovation prospects, including Hub71, Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), StartADKrypto Labs, Department of Health Abu Dhabi, all aiming to put Abu Dhabi on the map as an innovation hub of the future. Abu Dhabi has pledged AED 535 million into Hub71, a new initiative supported by Mubadala Investment Company, Microsoft, SoftBank Vision Fund and Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), to attract startups to set up shop in the UAE capital.

Technology’s new brain: Artificial Intelligence

The GITEX Artificial Intelligence Zone will unleash five incredible days of non-stop free learning sessions, 10 Hours of INSEAD-powered AI Workshops and will cover the paradigm-shifting ways that AI is affecting agriculture, construction, procurement, marketing, factory automation and government.

World-leading AI expert and GITEX keynote speaker DrBen Goertzel, Chairman and Chief Scientist of Singularity Studio, and CEOand Founder of Singularity NET Foundation, will reveal how AI will merge with blockchain to create deep value for businesses and society, increase human life expectancy and supportmedical research. Dr Goertzel is well-known in the technology world as the former chief scientist of Hanson Robotics, creator of social humanoid robot Sophia.

Siemens is making its GITEX debut this year, and the industrial automation and IoT leader will showcase the ways that intelligent infrastructure will be the foundation of the world’s future smart cities.  

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All new: Future Mobility, Lifestyle Tech

The latest in high-tech transport solutions will be featured in the Future Mobility segment of GITEX, with companies such as General Motors and Rolls Royce showcasing how the latest advances in IoT and 5G will reinvent the transport paradigm. 

GITEX Lifestyle Tech will serve as the intersection between 21stCentury innovation and a healthier life, with 225 million wearable devices expected to be shipped in 2019. In the Middle East alone, the smart home technology market is expected to reach $1.86 billion by 2022, while the consumer electronics market in the UAE will climb 6% to reach nearly $3.8 billion this year.

Samsung will provide game-changing insights into the smart home of the future.  

NXG: the next generation

GITEX Future Stars will spotlight the transformative impact of generation Z with the introduction of its NXG Stage. The latest generation of digital natives, Gen Z are at the forefront of the digital economy, with a buying power of $44 billion. With 60% of the MENA region population under the age of 25, GITEX will provide a platform for the future’s technology leaders, developers and consumers on the dedicated Gen Z stage.

The GITEX Future Stars NXG programme is set to feature content from some of the most exciting and inspiring global members and influencers of Gen Z, including 22-year-old technology architect Iddris Sandu, who has already coded for Google, Instagram and Snapchat, collaborated with hip-hop star Kanye West and received honours from former United States President Barack Obama.

The NXG programme will also feature 21-year-old Akshay Ruparelia, who has been labelled “the new Mark Zuckerberg” by international media, and is founder and managing director of the 14th largest real estate agency in the UK,, the company he started while he was still at school. 

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