Nigeria set for GITEX Technology Week as event brings world’s topmost energy companies

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GITEX Technology Week & GITEX Future Stars are bringing some of the world’s topmost energy companies, speakers and industry leaders to share the technologies, insights and case-studies powering the energy industry today and tomorrow. All, within a curated Vertical Days programme covering 200+ hours of industry-focused content from 120+ world-renowned speakers.
Meanwhile Nigeria will be showcasing some of its ICT potential at the global technology event. The country’s presence is being managed by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
At this year’s GITEX Energy Vertical Day, we have:
  1. Huawei switches on Artificially Intelligent Utility
    Renewables, distributed generation, and smart grids are triggering new energy business models and regulatory frameworks, while AI is revolutionising the way energy is managed and distributed. What’s the progress so far and what’s the potential of embracing emerging technologies – Nauman Afsar, Regional Director, Enterprise Solutions at Huawei Middle East leads a panel of global experts to unravel the answers.
  2. From resource to a fully tradable digital asset – Reimagining Energy
    The future of energy industry is linked with Blockchain, since the tech driving is already new efficiencies in storage, distribution & power generation. Johan Ander, Head of SmartLiving, Smart Energy City/Stockholm Royal Seaport and Omar Saleh, Regional Director of Energy, Manufacturing & Resources, Microsoft MEA together will unfold the role of the distributed ledger in future energy industries.
  3. Robots and drones give new energy to the industry
    Digital technologies will help save the power sector up to $80 billion by 2040 – with drones and robotics already reducing the heavy operational and maintenance costs for oil and gas infrastructures. The world’s leading industrial drone company, Cyberhawk is sending Chief Executive Officer, Chris Fleming to show how new robotics are optimising turnaround times, saving costs and maximising the lifetime of power plants.
Other companies speaking at GITEX Energy Vertical Day: Siemens, Innova Energy Partners, 311 Institute and HKS Architects. View the full agenda here.

The event provides a platform for accelerating investment-ready startups, expose them to international investors, networking opportunities, partnerships and access to witness emerging technologies that are changing the world. Previous attendance has recorded several successes with Nigerian startups coming top in pitching sessions and winning cash prizes as well as acceleration opportunities. Generally, startups have reported encouraging feedback on the effect of GITEX to their businesses.

NITDA’s subsidiary, the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), coordinates startups’ participation at the event. This year, the process started with a call for pitch deck submission from technology and technology enabled startups on 24th July 2018 through our websites, social media platforms, tech and traditional media, broadcast messages and emails to all attendees of previous NITDAs events. Due to the wide reach of the call for application, over 500 submissions were received.

No technology event is complete without mentioning startups and GITEX delivers a stellar cast of the world’s hottest startups through the co-located GITEX Future Stars event, from 14 to 17 October. 850+ startups from 75+ countries across 19 sectors covering AI, Blockchain, Space Tech & more. Believe the hype – it’ real!


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