The second edition of QITCOM, Qatar’s information technology conference, is just around the corner, running from March 5-7.
Featuring speakers & exhibitors from around the world and up-and-coming innovators from across the Middle East, there’s a lot going on in those three days, so we thought we’d break it down for you:
- Open to the public: Everyone (over the age of 18 according to the form) is welcome to attend. All you have to do is fill out the application form, providing basic information about yourself and ticking off which programs you’d like to attend.
- Conference program: Some of the more interesting topics include “Accelerating Entrepreneurship in the Arab World” and “Internet Gaming & Social Media” (Schedule PDF).
- Keynote speakers include theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, and brain scientist/entrepreneur Jeffrey M. Stibel. Amongst the raft of other scheduled speakers, we’re looking forward to hearing what Mark Little, founder of Storyful, has to say, as well as ILoveQatar.net’s Khalifa Haroon.
- Exhibition: 200+ companies are due to show off their latest products at QITCOM’s exhibition hall, including the likes of Microsoft, IBM & Ericsson.
- Innovation Theater: It’s like American Idol for Middle East tech start-ups, kinda. At the Innovation Theater in the exhibition hall, regional start-ups wil be pitching their ideas to a panel of judges, competing for business advice and funding from ictQatar. Plus, they’re offering business education sessions.
- Tech zone: This section of the Exhibition hall is dedicated to demonstrations of the latest, greatest tech innovations in the region.
So, who’s excited? Who’s going? Who bored by all this tech talk?
Credit: Photo of Guy Kawasaki speaking at last year’s event, courtesy of QITCOM