GITEX Technology Week features roster of world-class tech visionaries

GITEX Technology Week and GITEX Future Stars, open today and to showcase world-class industry innovators, government leaders, technology creators and forward thinkers at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

With a spotlight on next-generation technology and innovations is putting the spotlight on promising startups into transformative enterprises, visitors to the 39th GITEX Technology week can experience the region’s biggest ever 5G showcase and the definitive platform for knowledge sharing around Artificial Intelligence and the impact of generation Z, along with all-new Future Mobility and GITEX Lifestyle Tech sections, all hosted under GITEX’s ‘Synergising the Mind and Technology Economy’ movement.

GITEX & GITEX Future Stars is giving visitors the chance to be the first to experience ground-breaking ideas, from debut exhibitors such as 1,200 km/h travel pioneer Virgin Hyperloop One; an unprecedented lineup of technology industry trailblazers, including Silicon Valley mavericks such as Theranos whistleblower Tyler Shultz; Gen-Z entrepreneurs such as Connor Blakley and Iddris Sandu; rock-star CMOs such as Bozoma Saint John; AI pioneers like Dr Ben Goertzel; digital transformation leaders such as Founder Ronaldo Mouchawar and young change-makers rallying the world to take action.

The latest in high-tech transport solutions is going to be featured in the Future Mobility segment of GITEX, with companies such as Virgin Hyperloop One, General Motors, Intel and Rolls Royce showcasing how the latest advances in Hyperloop technology, IoT and 5G will reinvent the transport paradigm.

Exhibiting for the first time at GITEX, Virgin Hyperloop One is set to revolutionise long distance travel, with its electromagnetically levitated pods travelling through low-pressure tubes at speeds up to 760 mph (1,223.1 km/h). The silent, low turbulence means of travel will cut travel times from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to an astonishing 12 minutes. The system is expected to be entirely autonomous, direct-to-destination and on-demand.

GITEX’s conferences feature over 290 hours of content – 150 of which are free-to-attend – and experts from key industry verticals featuring experts from Energy, Healthcare, Smart Cities, and Digital Marketing and will feature speakers from around the world.

In addition, GITEX’s conference agenda will also feature world-renowned whistleblower Tyler Shultz, who played a huge role in forcing the closure of blood-testing startup Theranos, once valued at $10 billion. Shultz will discuss the increasing importance of digital ethics, and how to establish boundaries for business founders and entrepreneurs.

Also speaking is Bozoma Saint John, CMO of Endeavor and former Head of Global Marketing at iTunes and Apple Music, CBO at Uber and VP of Marketing at Pepsi. GITEX will hear from the world’s best-known and number one ranked Gen Z influencer and youth marketer Connor Blakley, Chief Marketing Officer, Campus Agency, who will discuss the ways that organisations can blend media with creativity, new technology and psychology to target a generation obsessed with technology.

GITEX visitors will hear from a selection of global change agents across the retail, startup, energy and digital marketing spaces, including the man responsible for reimagining Toys ‘R’ Us stores, in partnership with Silicon Valley retail-as-a-service pioneer B8ta, Phillip Raub, Co-Founder and President, B8ta & Co-CEO, Toys ‘R’ Us; as well as Vish Sankaran, Chief Innovation Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance, the executive recognised for reinventing the modern organisation through digital transformation; Hans-Holger Albrecht, CEO, Deezer, the music-tech startup that is available in more than 180 countries and attracts 12 million active users and Zak Normandin, Founder & CEO, Iris Nova, the multi-award winning entrepreneur who created the cult that drink celebrities like Kate Hudson and Sophie Bush follow.

Other technology and entrepreneurship experts speaking at GITEX include Dakota Semler, Co-Founder and CEO, XOS Trucks, the 28-year-old building an electric truck to beat Tesla to market; Benjamin Stern, CEO, Nohbo, who created waste-free shampoo tablets and went on to secure investment from Mark Cuban on Shark Tank; Bernie Su, Interactive Storyteller, the three-time Emmy Award-winner and Josh Constine, Editor-at-Large, TechCrunch, who is ranked the number 1 most-cited technology journalist by news aggregator Techmeme and has interviewed Mark Zuckerberg and Edward Snowden.

The future-forward technology exhibition will also hear from Mike Sutcliff, Global Chief Executive, Accenture Digital, who will give GITEX visitors c-level insight into how organisations can capitalise on their unique digital transformation opportunities.

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