DOHA: Due to the increasing number of foreign companies engaged in information and communication technology (ICT), there are plans to increase the exhibition space for Qitcom 2012 by 50 percent, organisers say.
Ali Al Khulaifi, business development director of ictQatar, said they are planning to increase the exhibition space by 50 percent to 15,000 sq m to accommodate exhibitors from India, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Sweden and other countries whose participation is currently under negotiation. Already there are 14 Bahraini firms which have confirmed participation in the event, according to Al Khulaifi.
Qitcom 2012 Conference and Exhibition, aimed at the promotion of ICT to achieve the country’s vision of becoming a knowledge-based economy, is an ictQatar initiative to be held from March 5 to 7 at the Qatar National Convention Centre.
The event, Al Khulaifi said, will link policymakers, technology providers and big institutions in Qatar and will also be an opportunity to support Arab initiatives and innovations in ICT.
It will discuss the challenges in ICT and how to use technology in looking for solutions and applications to help develop Qatar into a knowledge-based society.
The conference programme will focus on latest technology and innovations while the expo will see participation of local and international firms in which a special gallery will be dedicated for emerging firms.
A feature of the event is a creativity theatre where companies will present their innovative ideas and plans related to ICT, in which the winning projects will be sponsored by ictQatar.
Qitcom 2012 will also establish a forum targeting SMEs and highlight social networking as one of the most important technologies in the world.
As a strategic partner, Meeza, the leading IT solutions and services provider in Qatar, will sponsor some parts of the programme and Meeza experts will be presenting latest IT trends and the benefits and challenges of the industry-wide debates on cloud computing and discuss the returns on deploying software and infrastructure as a service.