MenaICT Amman: Things to Look Forward To

Did you know that Jordanian exports in the IT Sector have multiplied six times in the last ten years? Perfect time to hold a MENA ICT conference to show the region what we’ve done here. =D

Here’s a round up of the latest news to come up on the MENA ICT Amman

First of all, about the keynote speakers. I’m really excited Dr. Werner Vogels is coming. He’s one of the biggest researchers on the subject of cloud computing and distributed systems (in case you don’t know what cloud computing is, read Lara’s brilliant breakdown of it on Sleepless in Amman.) Dr. Vogels is also the CTO of Amazon, and he was the architect behind their move towards cloud computing, namely the Amazon Web Services. He maintains a blog since 2001 by the name All Things Distributed.  One interesting piece of trivia I found out about him while researching him was that his Phd advisors were Proffesors Henri Bal and Andy Tanenbaum. For those of you who haven’t studied Computer Science, they’re both really famous researchers and authored books that every computer scientist has read and studied.

Other Keynote Speakers are, Stanislas de Bentzmann, co-founder and CEO of Devoteam, HE Marwan Juma, Minister of ICT, and one of the biggest supporters of the IT community in Jordan, and John Chambers (via video), CEO of Cisco. Mr. Chambers was on Time’s 100 most influential people list for his philantrophy and work towards education causes worldwide.

On a different note, in the past week two new sessions were announced. One of them, is called The Chattering Classes; Turning Social Media into Money. I am a bit sceptical about any session on social media, but the MENA ICT team have done a good job bringing a panel that will surely have interesting things to say on the subject. Notable speakers include Mr. Alex McNabb, Group Director, Spot On Public Relations; Mr. Mo Al Adham, Founder of Twitvid;  Ms. Maria Mahdaly, Online Activist, KSA; and Ms. Nadine Toukan, a Jordanian Activist.

The other session is called On the Boil, and it is split into two parts, one focusing on the future trends in the ICT business, and the other focusing on mobile applications and development. This session will feature, among others, speakers from Google, Microsoft, Intel, and Symbian. 

That’s all the MENA ICT Amman news Tarakiyee has for you today. Stay tuned for more here on my blog, or on my twitter account. In case you’re interested in attending, and haven’t already applied, go to the website, and don’t miss the chance to win a pass by participating in the video competition!