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QITCOM 2014: 24 hours to go. Here’s what to expect.

QITCOM 2014: 24 hours to go. Here’s what to expect.

The third edition of the annual ICT conference ‘QITCOM’ begins tomorrow ­– a three-day event from May 26-28 at the Qatar National Convention Centre. With a mix of panel discussions, networking zones, competitions and start-up discussions, QITCOM will serve as a platform for all ICT enthusiasts in the community.

Here’s a run-down of how the conference has been planned.

This year’s focus is on ‘innovation’, and the theme for each day has been carefully selected to reflect that.
Day 1: Building a Networked Society: Social Media for Social Impact
Day 2: At the Cornerstone of Innovation in Broadband & Broadcast: Satellite’s Impact on Society
Day 3: Fostering Innovation: A Culture of Entrepreneurship

There’s an interesting line-up of speakers invited to engage with the audience through insightful sessions. A few names include:

  • Kevin Eyres, Former MD LinkedIn Europe who will be talking about Social Media for Social Impact.
  • Karim Sabbagh, CEO of SES, whose session will focus on Satellite’s impact on society
  • Abdulaziz Yousef, a popular local cartoonist, will moderate the session on “A culture of Entreprenuership”, which has Fatima Al Kuwari, Co-Founder of Girnaas, one of the first gaming companies in Qatar.
  • Damian Radcliffe, Head of Digital Impact & Emerging Technologies Section at ictQatar will explore the attitude of internet users in the region to cyber safety.
  • Eddie Chau, (Founder & Executive Director of iSentia Brandtology), will help you understand one commonly asked question: Why is social media so difficult to handle?
Free transportation
QITCOM has partnered with Uber to offer free transportation for visitors. Download the Uber app on your smartphone. Enter the promo code that will be shown after your registration for QITCOM 2014 to get two complimentary rides up to 150QAR to and from QNCC. Note: Payment is done only through credit cards. Click here to know more.

Click here to view the schedule of the conference.

Alongside the conference, various signature events have also been planned, such as:
Innovation Theatre – A platform for young entrepreneurs to showcase their innovations in the digital world.
A B2B matchmaking zone that allows business professionals to meet like-minded people and establish new partnerships;
Appathon – Join a team and create an app in 24 hours during the three days. The theme is “innovation in sports”, so if you are a designer with a passion in sports, here’s your chance. The event is free and open to all. Registration required.
Corporate treasure hunt – Unlike regular treasure hunts, this particular challenge is powered by a custom-made online interface that will generate codes and serve as the mechanism for the hunt – revealing questions. Questions are based on the ICT industry as well as those related to the exhibition and conference.

The conference concludes with an ICT Business Awards ceremony on May 28 to recognise the ICT innovators in the country. There will also be QITCOM 2014 awards distributed to those participating in the conference.

For more details about QITCOM 2014, visit their website.

[Photo courtesy: QITCOM]

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