What’s in store on the 30th anniversary of GITEX?
So yesterday I attended the GITEX 30th Anniversary press conference held at the DWTC Convention Hall. My first thought when getting the invitation was that of slight disbelief that this show has been going on for 30 years.
Of course, back then it was called the Gulf Computer Exhibition, with a mere 46 exhibitors and roughly 3000 visitors. In 1998 the event was officially launched as Gulf Information Technology Exhibition or GITEX as we have all come to know it, which has grown 93 times since inception. The growth of GITEX was the key focus of the press conference as well yesterday when some of the top names in the IT industry within the region were on hand for discussion. While all the speakers commented on the growth of GITEX, pretty much all company heads also talked about Cloud Computing and how it’s a big deal in the emerging market.
In fact, one of the big conferences to be held during GITEX is called GITEX Cloud Confex headed by guys from AMD, IBM, HP, etc. Apart from the Global Leaders’ Summit and Global Conference, GITEX will also hold the Mobile Apps & Content World debates on all 5 days of the Technology Week, focusing on different aspects of mobile computing. Definitely a great place to get an idea of mobile app development and advertising. On the final day (Thursday, 21st October) will be held the TiE Regional Start up Day where mobile app developers will be allowed to display their creations and pitch to potential investors. Checking out local talent is always one of the best things about such shows.
While there will be a lot of new product launches within the region, such as the Xbox 360 Kinect amongst many others, some of the star attractions of the show are also gadgets that won’t be immediately (if at all) available to the general public, such as Panasonic’s 152 inches 3D plasma TV.
Obviously there is more to GITEX than simply allowing companies to do millions of dollars of business through investments and creating new opportunities, launching new products and showcasing the latest tech from around the world. There’s the GITEX Shopper for which millions of people wait all year round. Discounts galore and clearance prices is what attracts the consumers from around the region. Obviously, the latest technology that’s just been launched (in GITEX itself) is also usually on sale here at very attractive prices.
So while the two events are in totally separate locations, expect full coverage on Tbreak for the latest on the show floor from GITEX Technology Week and the hottest deals from GITEX Shopper all next week, beginning the 16th of October.