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Startups and emerging technologies to feature at Gitex Technology Week

36th edition will solidifying event's role as a premier venue for business development and industry networking

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The technology event that everyone in the Middle east looks forward to - Gitex Technology Week 2016 – is here under the theme ‘Reimagining Realities’ which will help redefine how technology can transform businesses.

The event is being held from 16-20 October at The Dubai World Trade Center Convention Center.

With the Middle East IT spend set to reach $ 212.9 billion this year, a 37 per cent increase from the previous year, the 36th edition GITEX is taking place at the centre of convergence of a thriving global ICT economy.

“Gitex is at the global nexus of trade and technology innovation, with the UAE government a leader in using technology to transform daily lives and businesses. Gitex is the single most powerful and influential sourcing platform for tech solutions and innovations in the region,” said Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice-president for exhibitions and events management at DWTC.

Gitex 2016 will bring focus to the latest in emerging technology, while solidifying its role as a premier venue for business development and industry networking.

“GITEX Technology Week 2016 is the voice and venue for technology innovation. Technology is no longer limited to the IT department – every industry needs to understand how digital transformation can drive competitiveness, from cloud-based mobile apps, to robots, drones, and 3D printing,” said LohMirmand.

Gitex will change the way visitors view the world with its interactive Immersive Tech section. The Virtual Reality gaming industry alone is expected to rise to $4.4 billion by 2022 - this technology is set to be the GCC’s next billion dollar industry. From VR headsets, to AR tools used in live surgery, GITEX is set to demonstrate how a new view of reality can change lives and businesses.

The year the focus will be on the interactive Immersive Tech section showcasing Virtual Reality gaming industry applications which is set to be the GCC’s next billion dollar industry, the new section on Startups, 3D printing technology, robotics and drones.

Vertical Days

Another new feature this year, Vertical Days, where leaders share specific industry insights on how best to navigate the future and looks at technology affecting various sectors like Marketing, Healthcare, Finance, Intelligent Cities, Retail, Education and Energy sectors.

Tech Talks – a dedicated theatre – will feature panel debates, discussions and interactive presentations on critical themes and topics that are transforming the future of the regional and global ICT industry.

The sessions will be led by industry influencers and tech leaders from across the globe and will deal with the ‘Challenges in Security & Mobility in Financial Systems’; ‘New Paradigms in Enterprise Cloud Strategy’; ‘New Insights from Old Data - Using Analytics to Profit From Your Data’; ‘Data Driven Marketing - Is Targetting and Personalization the Future?’; ‘The Battle for a Secure Internet - How to Stay a Step Ahead?’; ‘Making Secure Networks - Role of User Behaviour, Mobility and Ever Changing Threats’.