QITCOM 2017 to take place from 6 to 8 March 2017
QITCOM exhibition and conference launched its fourth edition at an official press conference held in Doha. Under a high level of patronage, QITCOM will take place from 6 to 8 March 2017 at the Qatar National Convention Centre. QITCOM 2017 is managed by the Ministry of Transport and Communications under the theme: ‘Qatar - Towards a Smart Future.’
The press conference, attended by the Ministry of Transport and Communications and QITCOM sponsors, provided an overview of the event, highlights of the activities taking place and new activities for QITCOM 2017. Salam Technology was also announced as the event’s strategic sponsor.
QITCOM 2017 is Qatar’s biggest digital event, connecting smart technology with international expertise, industry leadership and innovators. New for QITCOM 2017 is the ‘Smart Qatar Zone.’ Located at the heart of the event, the ‘Smart Qatar Zone’ will demonstrate the application of smart solutions and services to five key sectors of the economy selected for their contribution to achieving the Qatar National Vision 2030: transport, environment, health, sports, and logistics.
QITCOM 2017 strongly promotes entrepreneurship, innovation and learning to help Qatar generate and sustain a vibrant knowledge-based economy and the Smart Qatar Zone also contains areas dedicated to entrepreneurs, SMEs and eCommerce through an Entrepreneurship Zone, Innovation Zone, Digital Masrah zone, BizTech Zone, Innovation Theatre and Youth Festival. eGovernment also plays a big part at QITCOM 2017, with achievements and announcements to feature in a Qatar Digital Government zone.
Alongside the ‘Smart Qatar Zone’ is QITCOM’s exhibition, where around 90 exhibitors and co-exhibitors comprising international tech giants and local companies will be demonstrating the latest digital technologies and smart solutions. Away from the exhibition, a major component of QITCOM 2017 is the conference, where senior-level government officials, business leaders, academics, innovators and investors will explore and discuss how to foster smart technology and innovation to address challenges across the priority sectors of transport, environment, health, sports, and logistics. To further empower entrepreneurs and SMEs, QITCOM 2017 will feature Start Up Matchmaking, as well as digital awards to recognize pioneering Qatari companies in digital innovation. Also brand new to QITCOM is the Hackathon competition, where young computer programmers and software developers from high schools and universities will compete to develop software solutions to real problems in real time, and a Youth Festival.
Ms. Reem Al Mansoori, Assistant Undersecretary of Digital Society Development Sector, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, said: “QITCOM is now in its fourth successful year and QITCOM 2017 brings together a large and diverse ecosystem of stakeholders involved in the technology sector from international CEOs and CIOs, Qatar’s key decision makers, smart technology providers, entrepreneurs, researchers and innovators under one umbrella to exchange ideas and collaborate towards achieving the vision of a smarter Qatar.”
She added: “QITCOM 2017 is important for all Qataris and residents, as it aims to have a transformative impact not only on Qatar’s tech industry, but also the key sectors of transport, environment, health, sports, and logistics through the application of smart technology, thereby enhancing the private economy, the public sector, and quality of life for the general public in pursuit of the National Vision 2030.”
AbdulSalam Abu-Issa, Deputy COO, Salam Technology said: “Salam Technology is proud to be the strategic sponsor for QITCOM 2017. As a Qatari Technology Integrator Company with a regional presence, we strive to support the Local market with its upcoming developments to build a smart infrastructure aligning with Qatar National Vision 2030. Our main objective is to be a significant contributor to this country's growth. At QITCOM 2017, we will be displaying our large portfolio of state of the art services and solutions that are available today and can help businesses grow in the future.”
Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Executive Office, Ooredoo Qatar, said: “Ooredoo is delighted to be the Integrity Sponsor for QITCOM 2017. We are committed to connecting Qatar and its people to a smarter future and will be demonstrating our latest solutions and service at the event, all connected to our award-winning Supernet. We look forward to helping host some of the world’s biggest technology companies in Qatar and building on our leading expertise in this area.”
Mr Yousef Ali Darwish, General Manager of QNB Group Communications, said: ‘’We are proud to announce our official sponsorship to the 4th edition of the QITCOM Exhibition and Conference 2017, which comes as part of our keenness to support the state’s institutions sponsoring the event to help build a vital and safe IT and communications sector. Today, technology plays a key role in the development and growth of modern societies, as well as the development of the individuals, institutions and other sectors of these societies. QNB Group is working closely with the various sectors of technology interest operating in Qatar, in order to establish a technology led banking services.” Mr Darwish concluded: ‘’At QNB, we are fully committed to support technology through providing our sponsorship to such events that aims at building smart societies in general and boosting the economy in particular.”
Mr. Youssef Al-Naima, CEO of malomatia Company said: “We are proud to be part of QITCOM 2017 as an official sponsor to reconfirm our commitment toward Qatar national IT vision and initiatives. During the event, malomatia will showcase its expertise and capabilities in pioneering the various sectors for IT transformation and the smart usage of technology that benefit government, business and society alike.”
Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Marketing & Corporate Communications, Ms. Salam Al Shawa, said: “Qatar Airways prides itself on being a visionary and forward-thinking airline and as such we are very proud to support QITCOM 2017. This future-gazing exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the latest in smart technology, pair entrepreneurs with established businesses and stimulate innovation across industries. Qatar Airways is proud to sponsor events that enable development and growth in the local community. A future in which we are empowered by smart technology is perfectly aligned with the wise vision of our leaders. The evolution and implementation of smart technologies in society creates opportunities for economic diversification, as well as enabling strong partnerships between the public and private sectors to improve society for all who call Qatar home.”
Mr. Mohammed Al Yami, Director of External Affairs, Vodafone Qatar said: “Vodafone supports the efforts to build a knowledge based economy in Qatar with a vibrant ICT sector so we are proud to have signed up as an Official sponsor of QITCOM where we will be showcasing Vodafone’s most innovative smart solutions from around the globe.”
Mr. Hamad Ali Al Ansari, Director of Public Relations and Communications, Qatar Ports Management Company-Mwani Qatar stated that the company’s sponsorship of the fourth edition of QITCOM Exhibition and Conference as an official sponsor comes in line with Mwani Qatar’s continuous support of such important events, focusing on one of the most important sectors, namely communications and information technology sector. “QITCOM 2017 will be an ideal opportunity to familiarize attendees and visitors with the latest technology being used in a range of important sectors in the country like transport and logistics sector,” Mr. Al Ansari explained. He pointed to the important role played by modern technology in enhancing ports’ competitiveness and logistics capabilities, adding that Hamad Port’s latest technology makes him one of the largest and most developed ports in the region, this technology will contribute to speed up Port’s operations and meet the requirements of traders and stakeholders in record time.
“We are proud of our continued participation at QITCOM, which reiterates Microsoft’s unwavering commitment to the government of Qatar in achieving the country’s vision 2030.” Said Lana Khalaf, General Manager, Microsoft Qatar. “At QITCOM 2017, we are bringing forth the message of ‘An Empowered Future’ to showcase solutions that are built around the pillars of digital transformation; supporting MOTC’s Smart Qatar strategy for introducing latest technological initiatives, and enabling organizations to achieve more.”