IDF comes to Middle East

Intel has announced it will hold its key technology event, the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), in this region for the first time next month.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  April 24, 2005

Intel has announced it will hold its key technology event, the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), in this region for the first time next month. The event, which is designed to provide insight to hardware and software developers from around the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, will take place in Cairo at the Conrad Hotel on May 10th. Intel expects several hundred developers to attend the inaugural event. “Following hard on the heels of our CEO Craig Barrett’s visit to the region in March, this announcement underscores Intel’s recognition of the existing and potential importance of the Middle East, Turkey, Africa region in the company’s overall plans,” said Aysegul Ildeniz, Intel’s regional director. “We have been working with developers in this region for many years now and it is clear that there is an abundance of talent in this area within the region. We believe that the combination of local talent, together with the insight provided by senior Intel executives from around the world who will be traveling to IDF Cairo, will provide a considerable boost to the regional IT business.” IDF Cairo’s keynote speech will be by Frank Spindler, vice president of Intel's Sales and Marketing Group and director of Industry Technology Programs. He will give a strategic overview of the technical direction that Intel is taking and will speak about some of the latest developments to emerge from Intel’s Research and Development department. Chris Thomas, chief strategist and director of Strategic Initiatives Solutions Market Development Group will also provide an insight into the trends and emerging issues that are shaping the IT industry in the region, while Shekhar Borkar, Intel fellow and Corporate Technology Group director, Circuit Research, will provide a glimpse into Intel’s latest research and development efforts driving future processor and platform architecture innovations. Following these speeches, the event will divide into several tracks: the Intel Research and Development track; the Cross Architecture Software Development track’ the Digital Enterprise Platform and Solutions track; Digital Home; Platform Ingredients; Mobile Platform Innovations and Communications technologies tracks. There will be more than 200 hours of lectures, sessions and labs in all, covering such areas as Wi-Fi, hyper-threading, PCI Express, InfiniBand, Gigabit ethernet, digital home, security advances and mobile and modular platforms.

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