The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) announced yesterday the key sponsors for the ‘Qatar IT Conference and Exhibition’ (Qitcom 2019), which will be held under the theme ‘Safe, Smart Cities’ from October 29 to November 1 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).
The strategic sponsors for Qitcom 2019 are Qatar Free Zones Authority, Ooredoo, and Qatar National Bank, while the Mwani Qatar, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), Microsoft, Qatar Rail Corporation, Hamad International Airport (HIA), and Vodafone Qatar are the official sponsors. Qatar Airways is the sponsor of the Gala Dinner and the Qatar Digital Business Awards.
Other sponsors include Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), Meeza, IBM, Dell Technologies, Intel, Malomatia, GBM, Huawei, SAP, and Milaha as Pearl sponsors. Mowasalat, Cisco, and Al Mannai Corporation are Gold sponsors, while Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Q-Terminals, BI.Zone, Qatar Development Bank (QDB), Deloitte, and Thales are silver sponsors.
The participation of these sponsors, a total of 28 local and international sponsors, reflects their confidence in the event, and their support will have positive impacts by generating more interests and attracting footfall to Qitcom 2019, especially in view of the various programmes lined up at the event aimed at empowering entrepreneurs and SMEs in line with Qatar’s vision of a diversified economy.
Reem al-Mansoori, assistant undersecretary for the Digital Society Development sector, said, “We are proud to announce that Qitcom 2019 is being sponsored by 28 local, regional, and international companies and entities, that we at Qitcom, appreciate their support in building a knowledge-sharing platform for local and global technology experts in order to reach our goal – a Smart Qatar.
“Qatar is at the frontlines of a global transformation towards ‘Safe, Smart Cities’ and we have been investing heavily in emerging technologies to build safer, smarter cities. Our sponsors will help enhance the status of Qitcom as a global platform for the discussion of new ideas and trends in the digital world, as well as policies that will enhance Qatar’s status as a vibrant digital society.”
Qitcom 2019 will welcome international delegations, local participants, and exhibitors from around the world. The fifth edition is particularly significant because it will host Qatar’s first Smart City Expo Doha (SCED), in partnership with the organisers of Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), Fira de Barcelona.
At the two-day conference, local and international speakers will address topics related to smart cities namely, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, and urban planning.
Qitcom will also accompany the Munich Security Conference’s main group meeting and the roundtable meeting on cybersecurity at the QNCC, which will bring together high-level representatives from governments and institutions, business, academic, and military communities to discuss regional and global security issues and raise awareness about cybersecurity issues. Featuring over 100 speakers, 300 technology exhibitors, 100 startups, and 300 innovators and entrepreneurs, Qitcom 2019 will be a one-stop-shop for participants to showcase disruptive smart technologies and exchange next-generation knowledge. Qitcom 2019 will connect smart cities ecosystem at a national, regional, and global level through an integrated approach.
MoTC has launched a special application for Qitcom 2019 on smartphones with the aim of facilitating communication between exhibitors and visitors. The app contains all the information about the event including the activities and sessions in addition to providing a feature that allows the possibility of direct broadcasting of events.
Occupying up to 25,000sqm, Qitcom 2019 will enable participants to review the latest smart technology solutions and share knowledge.
It also has a range of activities and events to support entrepreneurship and innovation in the Entrepreneurship Zone, including five key platforms that combine diverse digital sectors: Startup Hub, CodeCamp, Make the Deal, IdeaCamp, and Innovation Theatre.