Bahrain - More than 20 Bahraini ICT companies have confirmed their participation in LEAP – a major technology event taking place from Monday to February 9 at the Riyadh Front Expo Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Companies joining the Bahrain Hub – a pavilion set up by the Bahrain Technology Companies Society (BTECH) – are Etisalcom, Al Amthal for Consultancy and Software, Almoayyed Computers, VirtuThinko, Bin Hindi Informatics, Silah Gulf, Spire Technologies, Aramis, Ahlan Technologies, Qemat Al Marifah, Kanoo IT, ThinkSmart Gulf, Luminous Group, Viacloud, SMS Country, CoinMena, Syskode and Ordable.

BTECH said some more are expected to join the global tech show to showcase their innovative products and services.

Being held under the theme ‘Into New Worlds’ in its second edition, LEAP is organised by the Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones.

Organisers said they expect around 100,000 tech innovators and disruptors to attend LEAP’s various stages housing 15 conferences.

With over 900 exhibitors confirmed for 2023, LEAP has drawn a powerful international line-up, some of which will take part in new mega tent displays and include world-leading names from throughout the USA, Middle East, Levant, North Africa, the Sub-continent, Europe, and Scandinavia.

They include Saudi Arabian heavyweights STC, NEOM, Saudi Aramco, Mobily and ELM lining up alongside an international cadre of the biggest names in the tech business, including Snapchat, Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Visa, Alibaba cloud, Ericsson, Huawei, Dell, Nokia, SAP, Microsoft, Cisco, and IBM.

Some of LEAP’s speakers this year include football legend and tech investor Thierry Henry; billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper; two-time world boxing heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua; Nokia president and chief executive Pekka Lundmark; Ericsson president and chief executive Borje Ekholm; Steve Bartlett, the youngest Dragon’s Den investor, podcaster, and founder of Social Chain; Gitanjali Rao, the 17-year-old American inventor and TIME’s first-ever Kid of the Year; Susan Kilrain, Nasa astronaut and the second woman and youngest person to pilot the Space Shuttle; and Sian Proctor, an explorer and mission pilot for the Inspiration4 all-civilian orbital mission to space.

The scheduled investors control a combined and unprecedented $1.6 trillion fund pool.

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