Intel's regional development forum attracts key participants

The Intel Developer Forum - Cairo 2005 will feature more than 200 hours of lectures, sessions and labs covering wi-fi, hyper-threading, security advances and mobile and modular platforms.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  May 10, 2005

Intel's key technology event, the Middle East's first Intel Developer Forum (IDF) is being held in Cairo, and has attracted the interest of several hundred companies from across the region. Designed to provide vital technology insights to hardware and software companies, IDF Cairo 2005 is sponsored by leading organisations such as Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Dell, IBM, and Raya. Aysegul Ildeniz, Intel’s regional director, states that the company has already received an overwhelming number of registrations, bookings and corporate support from software developers, technology professionals and the business community across the region, since the event was announced in April. “The forum is Intel’s tribute to the immense potential of computing and communications in the region. Under the theme of 'Tomorrows Platforms, Your Possibilities Unleashed', the forum will encapsulate a host of digital demonstrations, multiple labs and open discussions as well as innovative demonstrations of the latest platforms.” While the platinum sponsor for the event is Microsoft and the gold sponsor is HP, other sponsors include Moonstone as technology sponsor, Active Mania, Dell, IBM, Raya, and Sakhr as silver sponsors, with Al Hayat as the media sponsor and The Way Out sponsoring the Wi-Fi section. "IDF Cairo presents an excellent occasion for these organisations to showcase their solutions as part of the digital transformation," says Ildeniz. Key themes to be covered at the forum include research and development, digital enterprise, the digital home, mobility and communication technologies, and cross-architecture software development. Frank Spindler, vice president Intel's sales and marketing group and director of industry technology programmes, will deliver the keynote address - a strategic overview of Intel's current technical direction and its latest developments. Chris Thomas, the chief strategist and director of strategic initiatives solutions market development group will speak on the trends and emerging issues that are shaping regional IT. Finally, Shekhar Borkar, an Intel Fellow and corporate technology group director of circuit research, will deliver a speech on Intel’s latest research and development efforts, and how these address existing user needs and possibilities for the future.

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