|15 October, 2018

IDC experts to explore latest smart city developments at GITEX Technology Week

Technology investments relating to Smart City initiatives in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) are set to more than double

Dubai – Global ICT research and consultancy services firm International Data Corporation (IDC) is teaming up with GITEX Technology Week 2018 as a Strategic Partner all this week to provide expert guidance on the strategies that public and private sector organizations should be pursuing as they look to drive a new era of digital transformation. Based at Stand SR–2L in Dubai World Trade Centre’s Sheikh Rashid Hall, IDC's respected industry analysts will be on hand throughout the event as speakers, moderators, and panelists in various technology- and industry-themed sessions, which runs until October 18.

"Now in its 38th year, GITEX Technology Week has long served as a platform for tech pioneers, business leaders, and IT professionals to gather and discuss ways in which the latest technology solutions can be leveraged to provide a sustainable competitive advantage," says Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC's group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa. "In our role as the event’s Strategic Partner, senior IDC analysts will feature prominently throughout the week, providing in-depth insights aimed at demystifying the use of emerging digital technologies to address the continually evolving challenges facing organizations in today’s ultra-competitive world."

IDC’s Worldwide Semiannual Smart Cities Spending Guide suggests that technology investments relating to Smart City initiatives in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) are set to more than double from $1.3 billion this year to $2.7 billion by 2022. As such, there will be a significant focus on the game-changing developments that are shaping investment decisions in this space, with IDC analysts participating in the following sessions as part of the GITEX Vertical Days program:

Monday, October 15th, 3.05pm – Smart Cities Day 1
Panel Discussion:
Living in a Blockchain-Powered World
IDC Speaker:
Ranjit Rajan, Associate Vice President for Research, IDC MEA

Tuesday, October 16th, 11.30am – Smart Cities Day 2
Panel Discussion:
AI in Your City: An Apocalypse or the Next Business Opportunity?
IDC Speaker:
Megha Kumar, Research Director for Software, IDC MEA

Wednesday, October 17th, 3.10pm – Future Mobility
Panel Discussion:
Smarter Transport Systems for Smarter Cities
IDC Speaker:
Jebin George, Program Manager for Smart Cities, IDC MEA

IDC's participation at GITEX Technology Week 2018 extends far beyond these sessions, with the firm also giving away a series of exclusive industry-focused reports that examine ongoing global developments in the areas of manufacturing, financial services, smart cities, and hospitality, travel, and transportation. Visit IDC and its team of analysts at Stand SR–2L in Sheikh Rashid Hall to learn more.

For more information and to arrange an exclusive one-to-one meeting with an IDC analyst, please contact Sheila Manek at smanek@idc.com or on +971 4 446 3154. You can also keep up to date on all the latest news by using the hashtag #IDCATGITEX.

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About IDC
International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC's analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a subsidiary of IDG , the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. To learn more about IDC, please visit www.idc.com. Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC. 

IDC in the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey
For the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey region, IDC retains a coordinated network of offices in Riyadh, Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg, Cairo, and Istanbul, with a regional center in Dubai. Our coverage couples local insight with an international perspective to provide a comprehensive understanding of markets in these dynamic regions. Our market intelligence services are unparalleled in depth, consistency, scope, and accuracy. IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey currently fields over 130 analysts, consultants, and conference associates across the region. To learn more about IDC MEA, please visit www.idc-cema.com. You can follow IDC MEA on Twitter at @IDCMEA

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