The digital economy has become a hot topic over the past few years. Web 3.0 and startup culture are gaining rapid traction across the MENA region, and organizations are hungry for information on how best to adapt their business models to suit the demands of modern, tech-savvy customers.
IDC‘s Middle East CIO Summit 2023 takes place under the theme “Enabling the Digital Economy’s Leaders”. It will examine the current state of the digital sector and its impact on citizens, customers, employees, and operations. Presentations and panel sessions will address critical challenges that must be resolved, and experts will outline best practices and strategies to help businesses achieve future success.
As for the event’s format, the venue will incorporate five different “Transformation Zones” showcasing pioneering technological advances in DevOps, customer experience, sustainability, Industry 4.0, and, of course, the Metaverse.
“Today, almost every country in the region has a cohesive national vision for a digital economy that focuses on driving local economic value, employment creation, and social development by reaching the underserved. Whether it is accessing essential government services, purchasing products on digital platforms, or the shift to online learning and working, the impact of this mass transition to digital is evident everywhere,” says Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC vice president and regional MD for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa.
IDC’s research shows that internet penetration has reached 100% across Gulf Cooperation Council countries, with over 50% of consumers regularly shopping online. Furthermore, in the UAE, digital payments (and contactless transactions) now account for 80% of all regional purchases, and the market is becoming increasingly reliant on 5g and cloud infrastructure. It seems then that 2023’s Middle East CIO Summit will be a pivotal event, helping businesses to create new customer experiences and drive innovation with their partners.
LEAP 2024 Will Shine A Light On Female Innovators In Technology
Women comprise nearly a third of the event’s speaker lineup alongside a dedicated program of high-level content, investment, and mentorship.
LEAP 2024, a premier global technology event, will highlight the achievements of women in the technology sector as it returns for its third edition at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Centre in Malham district from March 4 to 7.
Hosted by Tahaluf, a strategic collaboration between Informa PLC, the Events Investment Fund (EIF), and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP), LEAP 2024 will feature a dedicated program titled “Women in Tech”. The program will offer enriching content, investment opportunities, networking sessions, mentorship programs, and a special startup award.
The initiative aims to inspire women to actively participate in the technology industry, aligning with broader diversity efforts. Reflecting the Kingdom’s commitment to equality, the focus on “Women in Tech” coincides with the increasing female participation at LEAP events.
Annabelle Mander, Senior Vice President of Tahaluf, emphasized the event’s commitment to gender inclusivity, stating, “Female representation is across all of LEAP’s features and reflects the event’s mission of driving economic diversification and providing market access to international business. Within Tahaluf itself, half of our team members are women, and women make up half of our SMT, too”.
The “Women in Tech” program will feature distinguished speakers including Nadine Hachach Haram, CEO and Founder of Proximie, and Sahar Albanarna from IMPACTIQUE Bahrain, who explained: “Over 26 million women worldwide with professional experience and degrees are not in the global workplace. This demographic includes a huge pool of untapped talent which technology can help unleash to fuel the co-creation of exponential solutions across multiple sectors. To help women access productive employment, we urge industry leaders to support high-impact female entrepreneurs as a means to boost their economies and accelerate the UN’s sustainable development goals by promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth”.
The event will also provide a platform for female-led startups and entrepreneurs to pitch for funding and support through various initiatives such as the Women’s Investor Forum, Entrepreneur Mentorship Scheme, and the Aviatrix Award at the Rocket Fuel pitch competition, offering a prize fund of US$150,000.