The inaugural iTECH Gulf 2014, positioned to be the IT and ICT convention of choice for the Northern Gulf, will open its doors next month in Bahrain featuring debate and discussion on the latest regional trends, a line-up of prominent executive speakers, industry awards and a comprehensive exhibition.
To be staged at the Gulf Convention Centre in Manama on 9 and 10 April, under the patronage of Minister of State for Telecommunications Affairs Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, iTECH Gulf will have two main components.
The iTECH Forum, expected to attract 300 delegates, will be a unique knowledge exchange platform where plenary sessions and parallel workshops will seek to empower, innovate and educate participants on topics including Technomics, Wireless Everywhere, Security, Computer Graphics, i-Ntrepreneurs, Cloud Computing and Big Data, Software Engineering and App Building, and Networking. Discussions are expected to focus on smartphones, machine-to-machine communication, accessing information, data storage, transmission and analytics, broadband offerings, data application, security and business services.
Among the experts offering their unique perspectives and expertise will be Dr Jassim Haji, Director of Information and Technology at Gulf Air, Essam Hadi, CIO at Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) and renowned international speaker Raffael Marty, Founder and CEO of Pixlcloud, and many more will be speaking at ITECH Gulf as leading thinkers and sharing their expertise in the IT sector.
An Exhibition will also be held alongside the Forum, showcasing hardware and software technologies for businesses and consumers.
Regional IT executives will, meanwhile, be honoured during iTECH Gulf 2014 in categories including i-Ntrepreneur of the Year, App Innovator, IT Educator, Software Solutions Implementer and ITC Achievers.
Jubran Abdulrahman, Managing Director of Hilal Conferences & Exhibitions (HCE), iTECH Gulf 2014 organisers, says: “iTECH Gulf 2014 looks to position Bahrain as the Northern Gulf’s ICT hub, a one-stop convention where delegates and visitors can exchange knowledge on the latest technologies and trends. We are excited by this extension to HCE’s show portfolio and look forward to rising to the challenges of delivering an innovative and highly relevant platform for the region’s IT and ICT industries.”
Ahmed Suleiman, Exhibitions Director at HCE, added: “iTECH Gulf 2014 will add value to Bahrain’s growing credentials as a GCC IT and ICT hub, further energising the region’s growing IT/ICT knowledge interchange, and promoting thought leadership and technological advancement. Understanding the reasons why companies should invest in IT and ICT infrastructure will, we believe, help develop a vibrant IT economy, in keeping with national economic diversification objectives.”