Gitex adds cutting-edge features

New sections will include Cloud Security @ Gitex and Gitex Card Technology

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Gitex adds cutting-edge features Gitex 2011 will see several new innovations including Gitex Card Technology and Cyber Security @ Gitex.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  September 4, 2011

Following three decades of continued modernisation and innovation, Gitex Technology Week will this year evolve further, showcasing new features that reflect regional and global trends.

Under the 2011 theme of ‘Redefine the Future', Gitex will address the issues most relevant to the region's businesses with exciting new features.

Cyber Security @ Gitex
Running concurrently to Cyber Security @ Gitex, Gitex Technology Week will also host the first Global CyberLympics Regional Championships for the Middle East & India. Established as a not-for-profit initiative, the Global CyberLympics is the world's first international team ethical hacking championships, designed as a series of team games with both offensive and defensive security challenges.

Endorsed by Impact, the cyber security executing arm of the United Nations' specialised agency, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Global CyberLympics hopes to foster stronger international cooperation on information security issues and to improve cybersecurity training and awareness across all borders. Located in Hall 1 as part of the Network & Security sector, all Cyber Security @ Gitex and Global CyberLympics Championship sessions are free to attend for all visitors and exhibitors.

Gitex Card Technology
Another first time feature for Gitex, which will reflect and drive one of the most rapidly developing ICT sectors. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) smart cards market will reach $328.5m by 2014, with the telecommunication sector accounting for 64.4% of all smart card sales, according to market research by Frost and Sullivan. The research agency says that the strong demand for digital security is fuelling demand for smart cards.

And it is anticipated that the global smart card market will post double digit growth (CAGR around 12%) during 2011-2013, with the region growing at an annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.8%. From widespread use in the financial services sector to mobile phone sim cards, road toll systems, national ID cards and hospital records, the use of smart card technology, be it in contact or contactless format, continues to become an essential tool of everyday life for both businesses and individuals.

Among the particpating pioneers and distributors, ABNote, Cardz Middle East, Datacard Group, Digital Identification Solutions, Evolis Card Printer, Gemalto Middle East, I&A System and Matca System will be offering the sector's latest products.

GITEX Mobile, Apps & Content World
Building on the hugely successful inaugural Gitex Mobile, Apps & Content World the 2011 edition returns with an even stronger and more comprehensive presence.

Gitex Mobile, Apps & Content World 2011 provides an array of opportunities to engage with the industry's top practitioners and gurus via knowledge exchange opportunities with free-to-attend open panel debates, featuring speakers from the likes of Adaptive Mobile, Etisalat, Google, Mobile Roadie, Nokia and RIM among many others. Themed across four days, each daily debate will focus on mobile security, mobile advertising and more.

There will also be a series of dedicated developer days from Nokia and Blackberry and the opportunity to meet with apps and content developers from across the region and around the world.

Government @ Gitex
Government @ Gitex will provide an essential public sector element highlighting the importance of ICT across Middle East government departments. This is further reinforced by the increasing emphasis that countries are placing on governance.

Abu Dhabi Education Council, Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, Abu Dhabi Ports Company, Dubai Electricity And Water Authority (DEWA), Dubai E-Government, Dubai Health Authority (DHA), emaratech (emarat technology solutions), Emirate of Abu Dhabi - Judicial Department, Ministry Of Environment & Water, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Labour, Ministry Of Public Works, Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone Authority, Roads & Transport Authority, Sharjah Airport International Free Zone, will be among the key exhibitors.

Gitex Global Conference
The 2011 Gitex Global Conference programme continues to evolve as an integrated business symposium with unprecedented levels of knowledge exchange and focused networking opportunities.

Alongside the Cloud Confex and Gitex Telecomms Symposium, the Global Leaders Summit is themed ‘Innovating Technology Through Creative Leadership.

Speakers at the Summit include Chris Dedicoat, president EMEA, Cisco; Pranav Minstry, inventor, SixthSense; Rob Beckstrom, president and CEO, Icann; Tariq Hassan, VP marketing & communications, Hewlett Packard; William H. Saito, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum 2011 and CEO, InTecurr K.K.; and Giorgio di Paolo, strategy lead for IGEM, Accenture, speaking on topics as diverse as: Technology Innovation as a Driver for Sustainability & Economic Growth; Leading the World's Web - New Generic Top Line Domain; Invisible Computing; and From Science to Implementation - Approaches to Technology Innovation.

Gitex Telecom Symposium
The Gitex Telecom Symposium is a two day event featuring leading international and regional authorities, targeting the issues surrounding today's key telecoms issues and the scope of the regulatory environment within a local and global context.

Day one will include case studies and thought leader presentations, while the second day will feature panel discussions of operators and service providers focusing on four separate areas within the industry, providing the audience with the chance to have specific questions asked and answered through in-depth dialogue.

Industry-leading speakers include Matthew Willsher, chief marketing officer, Etisalat; Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO, Research in Motion (RIM); Ghassan Hasbani, CEO, STC; Olivier Campenon, president EMEA, British Telecom; and Osman Sultan, CEO, du.

GITEX Cloud Confex
With the inaugural edition in 2010, the Gitex Cloud Confex has already become the largest cloud platform in the Middle East.

The Cloud Confex incorporates two days of intense conferencing and a five day exhibition featuring leading international players, establishing the event as the premier route to market. A recent survey of 500 IT decision-makers by SandHill found that 50% of respondents cited business agility as their primary reason for adopting cloud applications. In another recent survey by InformationWeek, over 65% of respondents indicated that an important driver for cloud computing is responding faster to the business.

The Middle East and Africa region is also seeing substantial growth and investment in the areas of system infrastructure services and application services to cater to the increasing shift towards cloud computing.

With security and privacy a significant concern for businesses, Gitex Cloud Confex offers attendees a panel discussion on strategies to leverage cloud computing in a secure manner with panelists Jan Wildeboar, EMEA Open Source evangelist, Red Hat; Sajid Lokhandwala, SVP of IT, Emirates NBD; Cyril Voisin, chief Cloud and Security advisor for Microsoft; Illyas Kookiyankal, chief security officer for Abu Dhabi Exchange; and Arthur Baumann, VP International Sales, Avira GmbH.

With the latest submission of cutting-edge trends and evaluation of critical issues from Al Futtaim, Cisco, Citrix, Dubal, EMC, Emirates NBD, Etisalat, F5, Gartner, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Jumeirah Group, Microsoft, Oracle, Rackspace, Redhat, Symantec, VM­ware and many more, the Gitex Cloud Confex is a must-attend event.

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