The UAE’s support to its startup community was an innovative build at the two-day Step conference which opened on Wednesday.
There has been a massive support from all key sectors was displayed as mentors, venture capitalists, accelerators, investors and incubators showed their solidarity to boost entrepreneurial skills of youth.
The conference has so far recorded 7,000-plus attendees with 1,500-plus participating entrepreneurs and around $1 billion in funding.
Here are some of the highlights from Step Conference:
STARVING FOR INNOVATION
There is a lack of patents and innovation in the Middle East but how can we push the tech sector further in this part of the world? Discussing the feasibility of producing hardware, and how to improve software. How can tech innovation have more impact on societies and economies? What is the future of tech work and what skills are increasingly in demand?
BURSTING THE BLOCKCHAIN BUBBLE
How is blockchain being used by banks and governments? What are various governments (including the UAE) doing to accelerate but also regulate its use? How are central banks keeping up with blockchain? Is it more likely that these changes are happening gradually or will there be a turning point?
TALK BY BEN HARBURG OF MSA CAPITAL, CHINA
The globalization of China internet, with a focus on MENA. Particularly how Chinese business models are ideally suited fit for local requirements and how Chinese entrepreneurs are building companies specifically for MENA.
IS IT REALLY BRAND VS. PERFORMANCE MARKETING?
The pro’s and con’s of the creative and marketing department in how the collaborate to create contents.
MAAS REVOLUTION: BUNDLING, ACTIVE TRAVEL & SUSTAINABILITY
Discussing the regulatory framework required to encourage new transport modes and business models. The use of data to accelerate the development of new mobility services and enable effective operations.
KEY NOTE SESSIONS WITH JABER ALI
A content mastermind and an influencer in the media sector, Ali Jaber, Group TV Director of MBC, is coming to STEP 2019. He’s built a television station from the ground up, consulted for Dubai Media Incorporated’s revamp of satellite channels, and now in charge of MBC’s 20 channels
The Step conference this year has recorded a bigger turnout, displaying an exceptional platform to demonstrate technology and innovation that will shape future of the UAE.