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MENA ICT Forum 2014


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MENA ICT Forum 2014
Middle East and North Africa Information and Communications Technology Forum will be held in Jordan on November 12 & 13, 2014

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MENA ICT Forum 2014

  1. 1. P.O. Box 2383 Amman – 11953, Jordan Tel +962 (6) 581-2013 Fax +962 (6) 581-2016 The MENA region’s premier ICT industry event
  2. 2. About the Forum The MENA ICT Forum™ ( is the MENA region’s premier biennial ICT industry event, held in Jordan, under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II. Previously organized with great success, in 2002; 2004; and 2006 as “Jordan ICT Forum”, and in 2010 and 2013 as “MENA ICT Forum, the Forum showcases the entire MENA region’s ICT success stories, and discusses latest trends, opportunities and future outlook. The Information and Communications Technology Association of Jordan, int@j ( Int@j was established in 2000 as an industry-support association for Jordan’s ICT sector, a recommendation articulated in the REACH Initiative (2000–2005). Building on the nation’s core asset of highly educated and skilled human resources, int@j envisages Jordan’s ICT sector to establish the position of a leading regional ICT hub and an internationally recognized exporter of ICT products and services. The Association’s mission is to advance and promote its constituents in both the local and global markets. int@j realizes its mission through positively influencing policy and legislation, offering capacity-building programs, carrying out local and regional marketing activities and providing members with value-added services that help them grow and prosper. /MENAICT @MENAICT
  4. 4. MEDIA Social Media ARTICLES PRValue at Lifetime total likes 6,612 Total likes 46,534 Contributors 667 Tweets 6,788 Reach 1.58 m Timeline Deliveries 2,326 Views 19,595 485 USD 1.7m USD 1.4m TV COVERAGE Value at
  5. 5. WHO’S ATTENDED? Craig R. Barrett Former CEO Intel John Gage Sun Microsystems Edgar Masri CEO 3COM Fadi Ghandour Founder and Vice Chairman Aramex Keith Teare Founder TechCrunch John Chambers CEO Cisco Werner Vogels CTO Amazon Stanislas Bentzmann CEO Devoteam
  6. 6. FORUM CONTENT & EVENTS The Forum is an excellent networking platform for public and private sectors’ leaders to forging partnerships for the future.The structure of the Forum will focus on shaping the MENA region’s ICT Vision, addressing global business and investment endeavors highlighting recommendations and lessons learned, and identifying opportunities based on regional and global trends. The technology scene has been exploding in every aspect of life and business, from connected devices, social applications, to mobile applications and enterprise apps. Disruptive technologies is used to address how and why changes in the market lead to fundamental reform or shakeup to the overall ecosystem, technology, service, and product marketplace, in a relatively short time. However, not every technological advancement or innovation will disrupt the status quo or create a viral wave. It is therefore critical that business and policy leaders understand which technologies will matter to them and prepare accordingly. In the MENA ICT FORUM, we will explore our own back yard by presenting speculative scenarios of disruptions to provoke innovative thought that may lead to environments offering new products, services, and new business models. Noting that it is critical for business and policy leaders of our region to understand the dynamics behind market disruptions and prepare for it. In addition to the forum well known & successful panel discussion format, there will be many additional Events & Activities that will add value to the Forum & Maximize the Participants benefit & Outcomes, Events Included in the Forum are:
  7. 7. AGENDA From To 8:30 AM 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 11:00AM 11:00 AM 12:25 PM 13:25 PM 14:10 PM 14:55 PM 15:55 PM 16:15 PM 16:35 PM 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 11:45 AM 12:25 PM 13:25 PM 14:10 PM 14:55 PM 15:55 PM 16:15 PM 16:35 PM 17:20 PM Registration & Networking Opening Ceremony & Keynote Coffee Break Disruptive technologies:Advances that will change the status quo Entrepreneurship Café by Oasis 500 The Internet of Things Lunch Break Crowdfunding ICT in Health ICT in Education Wamda Mix n' Mentor CleanTech Socila MediaNext Generation Mobile Networks Smart Machines (Smart Cars) Hyper Growth of Online Business in the MENA Region Disruptive Technologies VCs Talks Main Auditorium Breakout Room 1 Breakout Room 2 Breakout Room 3 Entrepreneurship Café by Oasis 500 From To Main Auditorium Breakout Room 1 Breakout Room 2 Breakout Room 3 8:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:55 AM 10:40 AM 11:10 AM 11:30 PM 12:15 PM 13:15 PM 14:00 PM 14:45 PM 15:30 PM 16:50 PM 9:30 AM 9:55 AM 10:40 AM 11:10 AM 11:30 PM 12:15 PM 13:15 PM 14:00 PM 14:45 PM 15:30 PM 16:15 PM 17:20 PM Registration & Networking KEY NOTE e-Commerce Coffee Break Entrepreneurship Café by Oasis 500 Endeavor Power Breakfast Disruptive Technologies New Media Lunch Break Amman TT Forum Edition Cloud Computing New Investment Instruments Globalization of Technology Companies Big Data 16:15 PM 16:45 PM 16:45 PM 17:30 PM Closing Ceremony Entrepreneurship Café by Oasis 500 App Challenge Awarding Ceremony Gaming Summit DayOneDayTow Employment Mobile Apps e-Payment Gaming Summit ShowcasingArenaShowcasingArena JoAnimateJoAnimate
  8. 8. Share your ideas and experiences at Oasis 500 Social Café. Launching a social café for sharing technology ideas and experiences, Oasis is aiming to create an interactively live business environment for entities to share their inspirational success stories on stage and on screen. Speakers will present their thoughts share practices, and chit-chat with the audience.Tweet on or join our polls, and win a surprise. Come and join us, and enjoy some munchies from our ‘thoughts kiosk’, and connect with the experts tête-à-tête. Uniquely structured, Mix N’ Mentor, brings together industry experts, investors, and promising entrepreneurs in a zestful community event targeted at discussing specific ‘head-to-head’ challenges facing startups, especially in the MENA region. Mix N’ Mentor role far exceeds the community event, as it aids in establishing profoundly long-term business relations joining entrepreneurs and mentors IP/ IT Clinic, a concept brought to life, and to the MENA, by iPARK. Aiming to comprehensively increase ICT Sector awareness on Intellectual Property (IP), iPARK IP/IT Clinic is tailored to diagnose the rational of entrepreneurs, startups, and SMEs business plans from an IP perspective. iPARK experts will be there, ready to interact and validate the feasibility of proposed ideas along the lines of intellectual property. If you are interested in testing the sanity of your startup or SMEs future plans, visit iPARK IT Clinic and talk to an expert. Initiated by HM King Abdullah II and managed by the King Abdullah II Fund for Development,The App Challenge is a school student centered competition that invites young Jordanians to explore and engage in new emerging technologies A zone specially designed and designated for Gaming Companies to present & demonstrate their Prototypes, demos with hands on gaming consoles and stations. A Platform to Showcase & Exhibit latest Products & Services in the MENA Region, connect between Jordanian & Regional Companies with Potential clients from all over the world. Welcome to endeavor Power Breakfast, Seeking to ‘Understand the Culture of Success,’ and the difficulties and risks behind starting a business, then come and join endeavor exclusive, invitees-only power breakfast where thoughts will be jamming the air. Celebrated experts will be sharing valuable experiences at our tent at King Abdullah II Business Park. Social Cafe SHOWCASE ARENA POWER BREAKFAST IP ClINIC THE APP CHALLENGE 2014 JORDAN GAMING SUMMIT
  9. 9. Main Topics Next Generation Mobile Networks Mobile computing is all around us, not only when we use smartphones to connect with friends and family across countries, but also in ticketing systems on buses and trains, purchase food from mobile vendors, watch videos, and listen to music on phones and portable music playing devices. As a result, mobile computing systems must rise to the demand; the needs of mobile customers can outstrip the infrastructure's capacities and result in degraded performance. Researchers must develop tools, middleware, and applications that can help with these quality-of-service issues. Smart Machines (Smart Cars) Smart machine era will blossom with a proliferation of contextually aware, intelligent personal assistants, smart advisors (such as IBM Watson), advanced global industrial systems and public availability of early examples of autonomous smart vehicles, and air drones.The smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT. New systems that begin to fulfill some of the earliest visions for what information technologies might accomplish — doing what we thought only people could do and machines could not —are now finally emerging. The internet of things The Internet is expanding beyond PCs and mobile devices into enterprise assets such as field equipment, and consumer items such as cars and televisions. Identifiable objects are seamlessly integrated into the information network, the Web of Things takes advantage of mobile devices' and sensors' ability to observe and monitor environments, increasing the coordination between things in the real world and their counterparts on the Web. Intelligent solutions are required to enable connectivity, inter-networking, and relevance between the physical world and the corresponding digital world resources.
  10. 10. Bring Your Own Device to Wear Your Own Device Over the past few years, Bring Your Own Device caught many IT departments by surprise; it’s now time to get in front of this predictable hard trend and turn it into an advantage.Wearable technology is going mainstream, with big players launching smartwatches, smart glasses and more e-Health to Connected Healthcare Individual health is encouraged with the development of intelligent systems, apps, gadgets, and mobile systems that focus on diet, exercise, and information provision. Medication, surgery, and assistive devices rely on intelligent systems to analyze data and human responses, guiding the implementation and management of therapies and interventions. In addition to work that focuses on individuals, there is a proliferation in use of intelligent systems for large-scale analysis of biomedical data, socially relevant data, and metadata, such as the spread of disease or certain health-habits in populations. e-Government to Smart Government (Maybe Open Data in Government) Moving e-Government services through a set of business processes and underlying information technology capabilities that enable information to flow seamlessly across government agencies and programs to become intuitive in providing high quality citizen services across all government programs and activity domains Smart Cities Cities performance currently depends not only on the city's endowment of hard infrastructure, but also, and increasingly so, on the availability and quality of knowledge communication and social infrastructure. Smarter cities of the future will drive sustainable economic growth. Their leaders have the tools to analyze data for better decisions, anticipate problems to resolve them proactively and coordinate resources to operate effectively. How is the MENA region reacting to this?
  11. 11. Energy Efficiency using ICT ICT equipment does use a lot of energy. But it can be used to reduce it in other ways as well: Building management (controlling temperature and automatic window openers and sun screens to control the effect of sunlight and cool down the building, Solar panels to reduce the amount of electricity from the national grid, Energy monitoring displays to help staff know what is using up the power), Smart meters (track energy use minute by minute and adjust equipment utilization of energy). e-Commerce to M-Commerce, S-Commerce, and F-Commerce Electronic Commerce might be witnessing the biggest development in the MENA region, with less time to spend shopping and arising demand, outlets are more and more going online and paying attention to customer experience, how new technology tools have been pushing this in the Arab World, from e-Commerce to M/S/F-Commerce. Crowdfunding Crowdfunding (alternately crowd financing, equity crowdfunding, crowd equity, crowd-sourced fundraising) is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations. Crowdfunding is used in support of a wide variety of activities, including disaster relief, citizen journalism, support of artists by fans, political campaigns, startup company funding, motion picture promotion, free software development, inventions development, scientific research, and civic projects. How does Crowdfunding fit with the current financial eco-system? Exporting in the Connected World Client vendor relationship between ICT companies and clients are going borderless with cloud and mobile technologies, remote deployment of systems and applications, how the connected world has been affecting companies ICT implementations? New Investment Instruments From seed funding, early stage investment, SMEs financing and investment, to VCs and PE, what are the new investment tools globally, regionally and locally and how these are serving companies’ needs, are new instruments emerging?
  12. 12. P.O. Box 2383 Amman, 11953 Jordan Tel +962 (6) 581-2013 . Fax +962 (6) 581-2016