One of the most influential technology events on the planet, Gitex Technology Week 2015 is set to be bigger than ever
From October 18-22, more than 143,000 people from 150 countries are expected to descend on Dubai for Gitex Technology Week.
Now in its 35th year, the convention has grown into the most widely known and anticipated trade show in the Middle East. Among the masses of expected visitors, technology experts and high-level executives for global brands will be present and lending their opinions and input on the latest developments in the tech world.
Here are the highlights of Gitex Technology Week 2015:
Each year Gitex focuses on a different set of major themes, according to the current and upcoming technology trends. For 2015, the major themes chosen are robotics, UAVs (more commonly known as drones) and autonomous vehicles.
Themed events will comprise special seminars, master classes and outdoor live demonstrations featuring cutting-edge examples of the gadgets at the forefront of technology. From a seminar on what it means when technology giants invest in drones, to a groundbreaking example of smartphone technology powering the robots of tomorrow, it is guaranteed to be thoroughly thought-provoking.
As one would expect with an event that brings together high-level members of the technology sector, networking is a hugely important part of Gitex Technology Week. The event has three networking services, each designed to cater to different types of attendee.
The first, Connexions Online, is the basic networking service available to all visitors, which provides an online network for finding other Gitex attendees according to specific search criteria. Connexions Majlis is the next step up and is aimed at those who want access to dedicated meeting areas, and Connexions Elite is reserved for the event’s top partners, and guarantees a personal account manager who arranges a daily schedule of meetings between appropriate guests.
Set to take place from October 20-21, the Gitex App Hack will see teams of developers, designers and entrepreneurs attend master-class workshops before pitching and developing prototypes for apps that contribute to the Dubai Government’s Smart City project of bringing technology into the everyday lives of Dubai residents.
As well as the chance for some expert instruction and much-needed exposure for aspiring app-builders, the App Hack also has an extremely generous prize of AED 20,000 for the winner, AED 15,000 for second place and AED 10,000 for third.
Google CSI Lab
Taking place on October 18 from 9am until noon, the Google CSI Lab offers attendees the chance to meet Google employees and get advice on everything from problem solving to how to develop prototypes faster.
Everyone who completes the CSI Lab will be given a certificate of completion by Google, which can be entered into personal portfolios and included in CVs.
How to get there
Located conveniently in the Dubai World Trade Centre, Gitex Technology Week is easy to get to. The best way to reach the event is undoubtedly the Dubai Metro, which offers direct access to the show in the form of a dedicated Dubai World Trade Centre station, as well as regular shuttle buses from other Metro stations, including The Dubai Mall.
Alternatively, there are limited free parking spots, plus additional paid parking space in Dubai World Trade Centre, and a dedicated taxi rank will be set up from the nearby Ibis Hotel throughout the duration of the event.
What: Gitex Technology Week
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
When: October 18-22, 2015.
Price: Single-day pass AED 100, multiple-day pass AED 200.