NextTech Summit 2024

29th May 2024 - Dubai, UAE

The next wave of emerging technologies has the transformative power to impact industries and economies. NextTech Summit is the region’s foremost summit focusing on these emerging technologies and their immense potential. As the digital revolution enters its next phase, NextTech Summit probes how combining emerging technologies can unlock real value.

The 2024 edition has a research-based agenda with global and regional experts discussing emerging technologies and their impact on businesses.

Global experts, MIT professors, scholars, industry leaders, policymakers, and futurists will converge to discuss emerging technologies, such as Responsible AI, Zero Trust, Quantum Computing, Human-Machine Collaboration, Industrial Metaverse, Digital Twins, and Top Tech Predictions.

Over 400 global industry leaders, policy shapers, and key decision-makers will attend the NextTech Summit.

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SPEAKERS

speaker
Abdallah Abu-Shaikh CEO and Co-Founder
Astra Tech
United Arab Emirates
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Abdullatif AlBlowi Director of Emerging Technologies
Communications, Space & Technology Commission
Saudi Arabia
speaker
Adrian Cernautan General Manager - Digital Transformation Turkey, Central Asia & Middle East
Coca-Cola
United Arab Emirates
speaker
Albert Phelps Director of Research and Development
tomoro.ai
United Kingdom
speaker
Anas Mosa Director of Information Technology
Public Investment Fund (PIF)
Saudi Arabia
speaker
Bernd van Linder CEO
Commercial Bank of Dubai
United Arab Emirates
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Capt. Ibrahim Koshy CEO
Saudia
Saudi Arabia
speaker
Ibraheem A. Sheerah Chief Transformation Officer
Saudia
Saudi Arabia
speaker
Jalal Mapar Former Senior Advisor of Emerging Technologies
DHS Science & Technology Directorate
United States
speaker
Neil Thompson Director- Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
MIT
United States
speaker
Noor Sweid Founder & Managing Partner
Global Ventures
United Arab Emirates
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Patrick Noack Executive Director
Dubai Future Foundation
United Arab Emirates
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Pedro Sousa Cardoso Chief Digital Officer
Emirates NBD
United Arab Emirates
speaker
Petr Kadlec Digital Transformation Leader
Aramco
Saudi Arabia
speaker
Shirish Bhide Chief Executive Officer
United Arab Bank
United Arab Emirates

Agenda

04:00 AM
08:30 AM
Registrations Open


09:30 AM
Opening Remarks by MIT Sloan Management Review Middle East
09:35 AM
Keynote: Tech for good

Technology has significantly transformed individuals' economic landscape, organizational structures, and lives, presenting a paradigm shift for humanity. Amid this transformation, can challenges to maintain operational stability and security be successfully overcome? How should leaders look at technology for positive transformation, ethics, and human impact?

09:55 AM
Can zero trust enable digital trust?

Only one in ten enterprises will create a robust zero-trust foundation in the next three years. With relentless cyberattacks and data breaches, a pressing concern emerges. Will digital identity play a critical factor? Is zero trust architecture a robust and effective approach?

10:15 AM
Understanding the AI Black Box

AI often appears as a series of remarkable discoveries, yet beneath this surface lie a handful of significant trends. By understanding these trends, we gain the insight necessary to interpret where AI is going.

speaker
Neil Thompson Director- Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
MIT
United States
10:35 AM
Understanding the Human-Machine Collaboration

This transformation isn't just about robots taking over tasks; it's about the creation of new jobs and the need for a workforce skilled in AI, robotics, and data analytics. This prompts us to reflect on how this transformation will redefine the ongoing debate between augmentation and automation.

10:50 AM
Ready for the Quantum future

Which industries are primed to seize the initial advantages of practical quantum computing? How close are we to witnessing the commercialization of quantum technology? What are the ethical and practical challenges that quantum technologies may pose to society?

speaker
Jalal Mapar Former Senior Advisor of Emerging Technologies
DHS Science & Technology Directorate
United States
11:10 AM
Coffee Break
11:30 AM
Panel: Leadership in the Digitalized World

Guiding their companies amidst the complexities of the digital era, leaders have successfully navigated the intersection of technology, business, and society. However, today more than ever, there is a recognition that leading with technology requires a critical focus on people and processes, not just the technology itself.

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Bernd van Linder CEO
Commercial Bank of Dubai
United Arab Emirates
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Capt. Ibrahim Koshy CEO
Saudia
Saudi Arabia
speaker
Shirish Bhide Chief Executive Officer
United Arab Bank
United Arab Emirates
12:00 PM
Convergence of AI & Genomics

The synergy between these two technologies is paving the way for ground-breaking discoveries, transforming healthcare, biotechnology, and the very fabric of life as we know it. But is this technological pace of change a cause for concern or optimism?

12:15 PM
Panel: Trifecta of Transformation: Web3, Metaverse and Digital Twins

Individually, each of these verticals is revolutionary, but together, they’re getting ready to shape the future of humanity. These technologies will change the world in ways that even the experts haven’t predicted yet or have they?

speaker
Petr Kadlec Digital Transformation Leader
Aramco
Saudi Arabia
12:45 PM
FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) data is what we need

On average, only 7% of government data is fully open, only 50% of datasets are machine-readable, and only 25% have an open license. Is releasing data into the open, without a plan for how to create and capture value really helpful? In this larger wave of open data evolution, driven by AI and collaborative data sharing? Can modern AI platforms process information from open and licensed data portals?

01:00 PM
Panel: Exploring Gen AI's Potential in your Enterprise

Generative AI transcends being a mere technology or business proposition; it stands as an integral element within a society where human and machine cooperation takes center stage. Bring your questions, engage with domain experts, and gain insights into the positioning of this technology within your industry's current landscape and more.

speaker
Adrian Cernautan General Manager - Digital Transformation Turkey, Central Asia & Middle East
Coca-Cola
United Arab Emirates
speaker
Ibraheem A. Sheerah Chief Transformation Officer
Saudia
Saudi Arabia
01:30 PM
Lunch Break
02:30 PM
Panel: AI the Central Pillar in Technology Evolution

From unprecedented innovation to profound societal shifts, AI's influence on our collective future is dual in nature. Explore first hand experiences and insights from our diverse panel, delving into both the bright and dark sides of the AI evolution while they illuminate pathways to lead with AI rather than being led by it.

speaker
Abdullatif AlBlowi Director of Emerging Technologies
Communications, Space & Technology Commission
Saudi Arabia
speaker
Anas Mosa Director of Information Technology
Public Investment Fund (PIF)
Saudi Arabia
speaker
Noor Sweid Founder & Managing Partner
Global Ventures
United Arab Emirates
03:00 PM
Enterprise-Scale Applications of Advanced Prompt Engineering

In an era where artificial intelligence is reshaping industries, we will demonstrate how cutting-edge prompt engineering, underpinned by the latest innovations in multi-modal models, is propelling practical, safe, and scalable enterprise applications

speaker
Albert Phelps Director of Research and Development
tomoro.ai
United Kingdom
03:15 PM
PANEL: AI needs regulation. But can governments do it in isolation?

The advances in AI are complicating the government's efforts to agree laws governing the use of the technology. With AI being a multifaceted, disruptive force, uniform regulations cannot suffice across all use cases and industries.

We will hear from the experts, the steps they are adopting to achieve the right balance between innovation and commercialization. 

speaker
Pedro Sousa Cardoso Chief Digital Officer
Emirates NBD
United Arab Emirates
03:45 PM
Closing Remarks

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Venue

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai International Financial Centre

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The hotel is located in Dubai’s most vibrant destination for business, restaurants, and the arts. Guests can enjoy the outstanding business and leisure facilities, whilst benefiting from a direct walkway to The Gate, at the heart of DIFC, plus the added convenience of the city of Dubai. 

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