Game On at GITEX

UC Today brings you all the news from the 38th annual technology mega show, GITEX

GITEX 2018 is one of the biggest technology events on the planet and the international mega show got under way yesterday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. More than 100,000 tech enthusiasts will descend on the Dubai World Trade Centre to be wowed by the latest, greatest and most innovative technology solutions on the planet.

In its 38th year, GITEX, has continually grown and now hosts over 4500 thousand exhibitors. During show week there are also a huge numbers of ground breaking keynotes and seminars to titillate the technical minds in attendance. This year’s show stopping keynote is hosted by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the World Wide Web, where he voices his concerns over the direction the web giants are taking his world-changing platform. He has his sights set firmly on the likes of Facebook, Google and Amazon as he heads to GITEX to reveal startup venture ‘Inrupt’, which wants to return full control of personal data back to web users.

Avaya stand at GITEX

Collaboration and unified communications are platforms that are gaining increasing traction and exposure on the show floor. Established global giants like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Cisco, Avaya and Mitel will also once again use the summit to unveil their latest cutting-edge tech; concepts that range from cutting edge collaboration, artificial intelligence in the contact centre, to next generation threaded communications.

Collaboration platforms are one of the hottest trends within technology generally and Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex Teams along with other collaborative platforms are all interesting delegates who are examining the best technology platforms to improve workflow and enhance productivity. The integration of artificial intelligence within collaboration solutions further increases their capability in terms of innovative functionality. More than 100 companies will showcase mind-blowing, real-world AI adoption, making GITEX the region’s biggest AI gathering to date.

5G, a big focus at GITEX
5G, a big focus at GITEX

Middle eastern mobile giants Etisalat, du and the Saudi Telecom Company will all live trial the 5G network that promises to provide on-the-go internet at 100x the speed of 4G. 5G could be one of the biggest developments in modern connectivity, enabling a huge range of mobile solutions with the potential to transform services around the globe. Driverless cars have been cited as one of the most promising use cases that would rely on enhanced 5G networking capabilities. Many remote IoT tools would also be able to utilise the 5G network to feedback data in any number of circumstances.

The coinciding partner event, GITEX Future Stars, is renowned for its development of innovative startups, last year alone an estimated $650 million was pledged to fund fledgling tech businesses. More than 700 of the planet’s most intrepid innovators and daring entrepreneurs, across a host of market sectors, will battle it out to network with over 1500 investors, accelerators and incubators from the likes of Google Ventures, the Amazon Venture Fund, IFC-World Bank Group, IDG Ventures, Draper Associates and the European Business Angel Network.

Some of the solutions vying for potential investment include virtual reality cricket, health check pods, lunar exploration and satellite-led farming, a startup that has already a ‘memorandum of understanding’ from Bill Gates.

If you couldn’t make it to Dubai this week don’t fear, UC Today will bringing you all GITEX’s latest communication and collaboration news.

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Patrick Watson

Written by Patrick Watson

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