CAIRO ICT 2016Digital Disruption Era
Cairo ICT celebrates its 20th anniversary on November 27th, when a new round of one of Africa and the Middle East’s leading technology events kicks off under the slogan “Digital Disruption Era”. Along the past 19 rounds, Cairo ICT has been the witness of many changes and challenges in technology regionally and locally, concluding with the new challenge/opportunity of digital disruption in the way we live and do business.
The 19th round took place with much fanfare and glory, seeing for the first time Egypt’s President Abd el-Fattah Al-Sisi leading dignitaries to the opening of the event and concluding with a record number of experts past the 70,000 visitors mark from all over the region, declaring that Cairo ICT has become a can’t-afford-to-miss conference and expo.
A new map of the expo grounds, covering more than 30,000 square meters, provides the clear distinction of the sectors presented within Cairo ICT 2016, namely:
- Telecommunications, Satellite Communications and IoT
- Information Technology and Enterprise Solutions – Company and Industry Research
- Smart Cites and Smart Communities – (Smart Communities)
- Payment and Innovative Financial Inclusion – PAFIX
- Defense, Security and Public Safety Technology – (DSS)
The Advent of a Disruptive Digital Era
This being the main theme of Cairo ICT 2016, speakers at the conference will talk to specialized attendees and regular visitors about the phenomenon that is changing the face of business, living and even playing. We need not explain how Uber, Airbnb and their likes are changing the way we do things. This is not a new concept, but simply a new model of doing business. Technologies in the past have consistently been disruptive in their simplest forms, though we do not remember. Remember how personal computers displaced typewriters? How digital cameras ended decades of depending on film? How email transformed the way we communicate, and Cell phones disrupted the telecom industry? More recent, for the younger generation, do you remember how Smartphones largely replaced cell phones, PDAs, pocket cameras, MP3 players, GPS devices and even laptops?
As technology continues to evolve, and that’s an almost daily matter, disruptive technologies will appear. But, the current disruption is changing the entire business model, where startups will take only 2-3 years to reach the Forbes 100 and confident residents of that list will soon lose their place, revenues and perhaps their entire business. They will have to adapt or go extinct.
Cairo ICT 2016 will be the wakeup call for traditional businesses and will also be the place to reveal the newcomers into the different markets, to show the confrontation currently taking place. At the “Disruptive Digital Era”, we shall see new dawns and will omen new sunsets. Keep your fingers crossed to see it happening on 27 – 30 November in Cairo, Egypt.
IoT at the heart of next generation enterprise
Disrupt, Transform and Monetize
At Cairo ICT 2016 we shall see the turning of IoT into a reality, and not just a jibber by technology leaders that remains within their labs, unconvincing to clients and incapable of reaching out within the region because customers cannot see it.
IoT is truly reinventing enterprise and the consumer experience by creating value from connecting “things” with the ensuing monetization of IoT in the different industries; improving efficiency, enabling innovation and driving business transformation. We shall also examine at Cairo ICT the best IoT practices for manufacture, supply chains, utilities, trade, transportation, housing and others
Next Generation Communications: 4G and 5G
Many of the region’s telecom operators have already moved to 4G, while the world is speaking about 5G. Countries like Egypt are in the process of introducing 4G at the moment. The feasibility of the next generation networks has been proven. However, are we really lagging behind in adopting 5G, or is it not yet suitable for our region? How did consumers in the region benefit so far from the introduction of 4G, and how can newcomers avoid shortcomings of the past experience? Will operators jump fast to 5G, or it has not yet proven to be feasible for the developing world?
Events Incorporated Within Cairo ICT 2016
DSS 2016The Second Defense, Security and Public Safety Technologies Fair and Forum
DSS 2016 is the 2nd edition of the show which has proven success in its first round, covering technologies pertaining to defense, homeland security, airport security, private security and public safety fields. Today it provides a special window of opportunity for international manufacturers as well as defense, internal security and public safety procurement market in the MEA region to meet along 4 days in Cairo Egypt.
Pafix 2016The 3rd e-payment and Innovative Financial Inclusion Expo & Forum
Financial inclusion stands as a goal unachieved in the growth of developing countries, though some progress has taken place in recent year. However, such progress remains short of helping such countries develop their national plans. According to the World Bank, there are still as many as two billion adults that remain out of the banking system, though financial inclusion is critical to reducing poverty and achieving inclusive economic growth. Citizens of any given country and their businesses when financially included can improve their cash flows, find investment in their skills, assets, or new business, and are ready to face health issues.
Smart Communities 2016The 2nd Smart Communities Exhibition and Forum
Smart Communities 2016 is a unique exhibition and forum that showcases cutting-edge technologies, real-world solutions and proven strategies taken up or need to be taken up by real estate developers and government bodies who seek to build more livable, workable, sustainable cities. Specialized visitors will have an opportunity to see, hear and experience the next wave of innovative, integrated technologies that are already helping communities become more connected and sustainable.
H.E Yasser ElKady
H.E. Ashraf El-Araby
Hisham Ezz Al-Arab
Khaled Abdel Kader
Our participation in Cairo ICT’s last round had a strong output. During my talk with President El-Sisi on his visit to the company’s booth, I was capable of conveying to him some of the obstacles that stand in the way of expansion of our investments in Egypt. And indeed, several ministries contacted us to overcome those obstacles.
Eng. Walid Fouad
“Impressive event… impressive audience,”
John Davies Vice
We are always keen on participating annually in Cairo ICT, as it represents a launch platform for the ICT sector with other sectors that e-finance targets. We particularly participate in PAFIX which is being held for the 2nd year in a row. We see progress every year through participation’s and clients.
We’re proud of being a part of Cairo ICT every year in our distinguished booth with our clients around; TE, Vodafone, Orange, and Etisalat. Our participation this year is considered stronger than last year’s. We will cover Cairo ICT by participating in conferences out of our belief in the role that these conferences play by highlighting the challenges facing the Egyptian society and the role of technology to overcome them.
In a couple of years, PAFIX was able to change the society’s culture and turn it into a non-cash society thanks to its advanced technologies and products.
Mansy confirmed that DELL seeks to increase its presence in the Egyptian market by increasing its leading share in the different sectors through providing integrated services for clients. He added that the company’s participation in Cairo ICT is for the third year in a row and that is an achievement for DELL in Egypt, as it shows how it is interested in the local market as a leading company.
We’re keen on participating in Cairo ICT every year, where we meet clients and consumers. With our new image and promise for better and more modernized services, we are turning losses into profits by reducing expenditures and increasing revenues.
Cairo ICT has a regional and international reputation for gathering international experts in the ICT sector; therefore, our participation this year was through the latest innovated services under a major slogan which is turning Etisalat Egypt from a mobile operator to an integrated IT solutions provider.