Cairo ICT has concluded a more than successful 21st round
With a memorable opening by H.E. President Abd-el Fattah El Sisi and a record number of visitors, which is nearing the mark 100,000. More than 500 exhibitors from 16 countries expressed appreciation for the unique organization of Cairo ICT 2017, held at Egypt’s brand-new venue “Egypt Exhibition Center”, which was finalized in a record time to host Egypt’s prime event, and one of the region’s top technology exhibitions and Conferences.
“Expect the Unexpected” was a slogan for Cairo ICT 2017, meaning the unpredicted is what ultimately prevails, and this should be expected i.e. don’t get surprised when something outside the norm prevails. This slogan may seem like a description of the state of technology. That’s true, but not the whole truth; in today’s world it applies to all domains. And that’s what 93,234 visitors came face-to-face with it along four days, starting from President Sisi’s reply to Cairo ICT Chairman Ossama Kamal, who had said the event was honoured by the President’s visit. President replied: “The honour is mine to meet such distinguished people in such a distinguished event”.
Cairo ICT 2017 incorporated 4 sub-events, namely PAFIX, in its 4th round, received bankers, fintech professionals and the business community interested in digital inclusion, fintech and blockchain technology; Smart Communities, in its third edition, saw professionals following the entire range, from a smart city infrastructure and utilities, to smart homes. Cairo ICT 2017 incorporated also the 3rd round of DSS, which saw many professionals, some in uniform, to learn about technologies employed in Defense, Security and Public Safety for government and domestic use.
Finally, the big bang was with the resounding success of the Innovation Arena, with more than 50 startups displaying their innovative ideas in 7 different domains, both on the ground and in a pitch battle that culminated in 8 mega prizes. It also comprised presentations, training sessions and different activities for the future.
The Support Cairo ICT has received in this and the past rounds from H.E. Abdel Fattah El Sisi has helped the event grow to be one of the leading events in Africa and the Middle East. Our gratitude to H.E. President Sisi is beyond expression, as he has given this conference and exhibition long hours despite major issues Egypt is undergoing, proving his profound belief in the industries covered by Cairo ICT and their representatives.
Much gratitude goes also to H.E. Egypt’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology Eng. Yasser El Kadi, who has followed every single detail of the event throughout the year.
Without our sponsors and exhibitors, who strongly believe in Cairo ICT, it could not have singled itself out among prestigious events of the world. The same goes to a strong specialized media in Egypt, who continue to power the event year after another.
Last but not least, the Cairo ICT family would like to offer the success of our late Founder Mrs. Amani Ghanem, who has been absent for the second year, but can never be forgotten
Cairo ICT MEA's Leading Technology Platform
“Expect the Unexpected” is the slogan of the 2017 round, signifying that technology brings the unexpected to our lives, thus requiring a major shift in our perception and understanding of matters. This is why Cairo ICT will bring to discussion some of the latest trends in technology that will dazzle the eyes of visitors at the different stands and engage their minds within the official forum.
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi
Cairo ICT- November 2016
“Proud of real achievements on the ground, which will play an instrumental role in bringing about paradigm shift in ICT… the country continues to support the ICT sector, key to economic development.”