A Detailed Look at 24 Industry Specifics of GITEX

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GITEX has always been a revolutionary event in terms of technological advancements in the Middle East. GITEX has given many startups a global stage to present their products and services, prepping today’s industries for the future. It’s the place where the world’s future ideas are seen live in action, technologies like blockchain and AI go beyond being buzzwords to become business realities, and where industries evolve in real-time. This year we will be seeing the largest of IT tradeshow in all of Middle East, Africa, and Asia at the 38th GITEX Technology Week.

The event will be happening as always in the magnificent city of Dubai at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC, Dubai). With more than 100,000 visitors from 140+ countries, GITEX Dubai 2018 will be the most happening event for Technology industries, GITEX Dubai 2018 dates are from 14th to 18th October. This year’s theme for GITEX Technology Week 2018 is “Experience Future Urbanism”.

Who should attend this event?

Short answer: Anyone who has something to do with technology.

Long answer: The Gulf Information Technology Exhibition, aka GITEX, is an all-inclusive IT tradeshow where there are 24 different industry technologies like Artificial Intelligence, IoT, AR/VR, etc. So anyone who works with these technologies, uses such products or is simply interested in them can attend GITEX 2018.

If we have to categorize the attendees into broad groups then they will be classified as:
  • Scientists/Researchers/ Engineers

  • Businessmen/Entrepreneurs

  • Investors

  • Technology Experts and Delegates

  • Professors/Students

  • Technology Enthusiasts

There will be many verticals to discuss and showcase on each day of this weeklong event ranging from Retail, Finance, eCommerce, Smart Construction, Healthcare, Smart cities, Energy, Education, Digital Marketing, and Logistics.

What verticals will be prominent at GITEX?

To give you a detailed understanding of each vertical we would be splitting this blog into multiple parts. So let’s start with Future Innovation technologies.

Artificial Intelligence

AI has always been a very interesting and coveted piece of technology by all tech enthusiasts. The curiosity bug has bitten many big names when it comes to AI, many huge names like Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Stephen Hawkins have spent millions behind the research on developing an AI System. Recent researches prove that we’re finally getting close to making AI a reality. With Sophia (has citizenship of Saudi Arabia) being the latest and most advanced AI robot.

AI is going to be a disruptive technology that will change the face of virtually infinite industries and services. In the last few years, scientists have made breakthroughs in machine learning” using neural networks, this is a type of “deep learning” allows machines to process information for themselves on a very sophisticated level.

GITEX is also keen on giving its two cents on AI. With many conferences and discussion panels specially dedicated to AI, GITEX is driving this year’s theme with AI having one of the largest pieces of the pie.

VR/AR/MR

VR/AR has been a very important invention of the modern time; the post oculus time of AR/VR has shown the most growth. Any type of digital correction or enhancement made to the reality we view using technology will be a part of this vertical. These enhancements are done in 4 ways:

  • Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Mixed Reality (MR)
  • Extended Reality (ER)

The most established and naturally immersive experience of this technology comes from Virtual Reality (VR) integration. The user needs to wear a special headgear, which gives you a feel similar to a personal movie theatre in which you can watch videos and play VR integrated games. Moving a step ahead, comes Augmented Reality (AR); this technology uses real-world environments and adds digital objects into them, which can be viewed from your mobile devices.

Next comes, Mixed Reality (MR), just as the name suggests this technology is a mixture of AR and VR. Many people confuse MR with AR but there is a very large and amazing difference between the two. For instance, if AR can show you an artificial jumping dog (let’s call the dog “Oreo”) then Oreo can only stand on table tops and on the floor where we can see its entire body. Whereas in Mixed Reality (MR), Oreo can interact with objects of the real world in a more advanced way like hiding behind the sofa, or peeking from beneath your work table. In other words, the image or object can be seen in partial sections because the digital objects (in this case “Oreo”) are more aware of what exists in the real world, hence able to represent true mixed reality.

GITEX Dubai 2018 will witness a very high rise in apps that are built using AR, VR, and MR. This app craze began with Pokémon Go in 2016 and it’s still going strong, but besides gaming apps, this technology is a great help in educational apps from kindergarten to college, even medical students can study human anatomy with just a smartphone, without a live model or any other set up. This technology will make education remote and portable so that it can reach every child in the world.

Blockchain

Blockchain is the money system of the future with currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, etc. Blockchain is mainly used as the main technology behind cryptocurrency but it is more than just a digital money system. Blockchain serves as a bookkeeping platform or ledger that is incorruptible, completely transparent and bypasses censorship. So this instrument of technology can be the perfect platform for money handling in the future.

Blockchain could be the strongest weapon against corruption. With an uncompromisable ledger, blockchain can be used to improve government efficiency, preventing voter frauds by creating an unhackable electronic vote-counting system. It would work in the same way as it works as a public ledger for cryptocurrencies.

The 38th GITEX Technology Week wants its visitors to “Experience Future Urbanism”. So it’s obvious that the future is incomplete without discovering the infinite possibilities of blockchain. There are going to be conferences and sessions especially to discuss the usability of blockchain in various industries.

IoT for Smart homes and Offices

Life has become so convenient since the invention of smartphones. This one device has become our phone, camera, computer, and a million more things. Now just imagine what if your entire house becomes as smart as your phone. What if your coffee maker is connected with your alarm and when you hit your alarm the coffee maker is given the command to brew and after 10 minutes your bathroom geyser is sent a message to start heating the water for the shower.

It all seems like a dream but absolutely possible. All of this is possible because of IoT (Internet of Things). These gadgets are still to become conventional, but it won’t take long. After GITEX Technology week 2018, these smart home and office trends will become a coveted luxury for the majority of people. You can observe your home from anywhere with security systems that can be connected to your phones through an app. The same goes for offices, with voice-enabled IoT devices like Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Apple HomePod; the future assistants are more efficient than ever. You can set up meetings, ask for company stats, place reminders, buy office supplies, and do many other things just with a single voice command.

Conclusion

Dubai had been the center of the oil industry these many years but they have found new ways to stay on top. Dubai is probably the most advanced city in the world with hyperloop transport (launching soon), gold-dispensing ATMs, and AI police officers. But all of this begins from tradeshows like Gitex Technology Week from where these inventions got the wind to soar. If you wish to view and invest in some of the most innovative IT solutions then you should visit Gitex.