GITEX Technology Week is also set to up the competitive ante this year with a series of awards to recognise innovation in the industry. The Cloud Awards will celebrate excellence and recognise cloud computing's contribution to the business community, while the GITEX Hot Stuff Awards is set to be the largest consumer electronics gadget event in the region. Entries for the latter will be pared down to a field of ten that will compete for what is set to be coveted title, as voted for by a panel of expert judges and the general public.
Adding to the constructive competitive spirit is the Student Lab competition, which is sponsored by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs (MoPA) and held in association with Google. Attracting students from leading regional universities, the competition provides a platform to recognise and promote ICT leaders of the future. Come 1 September 2013, 10 finalists will be selected by a jury committee and the best projects will be presented to representatives from leading ICT companies across the globe.
Sponsored by Lincoln, which is also the provider of the event's Official Technology Car, the new Content Hub will provide an exciting world of live newsfeeds, social media alerts, interviews, breaking news and industry updates under one platform. It will also feature country-specific bloggers and serve as one-stop-shop for multi-platform media collaboration, as well as a powerful aggregator of real-time GITEX Technology Week news and views. As part of its commitment to GITEX Technology Week, Lincoln will be organising a raffle wherein the lucky winner can drive away in a brand new car.
international magnetism As ever, GITEX Technology Week aims to increase its numbers of international visitors and exhibitors. Last year 19% of visitors hailed from Africa, 13% from the Americas, 4% from East and South Asia and 4% from Europe. DWTC hopes to improve on that showing through initiatives such as its burgeoning Africa in Focus programme. GITEX's growing global reach will be in further evidence at the expanded Business Solutions. Now in its second year, the dedicated showcase gives more than 40 specific country groups the chance to present their most innovative technology products and seek profitable cross-border sales and collaboration. This year's GITEX Technology Week Official Country Partner is Serbia. The partnership will boost trade links with Serbia and increase the presence of the country's many promising ICT companies at the event.
Game changing conferences Joining Big Data Conference, sponsored by Commvault and Huawei, on GITEX Technology Week's conference programme is the well-established Cloud Confex, the largest and most influential event of its kind in the Middle East. On 22 October, leading experts will chronicle how and why cloud has moved from hype to mainstream, as technological bottlenecks disappear and business mindsets continue to change. Sponsored by Etisalat and F5, this year's Cloud Confex, is bolstered by the aforementioned Cloud Awards and an intensive two-day Cloud Governance, Risk and Compliance Workshop (23 and 24 October). The latter will be led by renowned cloud guru Peter HJ va