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GITEX hosts the most global startup movement 

GITEX 2016 has launched the most global startup movement with over 400 entrepreneurs, 250 investors and mentors from over 52 countries. Participating startups will showcase their concepts, engage in mentor sessions, Pitch to win USD 130,000 and learn at the conference sessions by startup heroes. Attention MILLENNIALS this is so much more than just an entrepreneurship gathering  GITEX is sharing with you the revolutionary and disruptive minds and supporting you throughout your entrepreneurship journey  you through access to investments, business and a chance to work in partnership with the most influential industry leaders form with the technology community. 

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  • As an architect, trained engineer and co-author of more than 250 publications, MIT Senseable City Lab director Carlo Ratti is one of the leading designers of the future of connected cities. Having recently completed his role as curator for the ‘Future Food District’ at Expo Milano 2015, Carlo is currently serving as Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Future Cities.

    Carlo’s work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, London’s Science Museum and Barcelona’s Design Museum. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – were hailed by Time Magazine as ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. Carlo was also included in Blueprint Magazine’s ‘25 People who will Change the World of Design’ and in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’.

    At GITEX 2016 Carlo will be taking part in a keynote session on how tech inventors, explorers and unicorns will create a future we actually want. Before that though we were able to hear from Carlo about how the MIT Senseable City Labs is working to track urban pollution and why people, rather than governments, will be the ones to lead smart city transformations:

    To preview some of the main themes from your talk, what do you foresee for the future development of smart cities, and how do you think they’ll transform people’s everyday lives?  

    We like to hope that our cities will become "Senseable" – with its double meaning, both ‘able to sense’ and ‘sensible’. This is simply the manifestation of a broad technological trend: the Internet is entering the spaces we live in, and is becoming the Internet of Things - impacting our ways to understand, design and ultimately live the urban environment.

    I think it’s important to focus on people firstly. We think that governments should encourage primarily citizens, through "bottom-up" dynamics, to take action. So, rather than focusing too much on the installation and control of hardware – fixed, static "sensing systems" – it is important to get people excited about urban innovation. If we can develop the right platforms, people can be the ones to transform cities.

    Can you preview some of the recent innovations and projects you’re working on? Are there any that you are particularly excited about?

    We are working on many projects right now – from traffic to the use of big data to better understand urban communities, from energy consumption to water monitoring.

    More specifically, at MIT Senseable City Lab we just launched Urban Exposures, a project with which we use cellular network data from all around New York City to get insights on how to mitigate human exposure to air pollution. The traditional way to look at pollution is based on a static approach: you have a few measurement stations and use those to look at pollution levels. In fact, with this project we are shifting the focus on the people. By looking at their actual movements within the city, we can get an even deeper picture of their exposure to pollution. The findings coming from this new approach will be important for future population health assessments.

    At the same time, at the Carlo Ratti Associati studio we have recently designed a new kind of workplace which employs IoT devices to synchronize with its users' presence and needs, thus optimizing space usage and ensuring a reduction in energy consumption. Our project for the renovation of the Agnelli Foundation's HQ in Torino, Italy follows these very principles. We have put in place a personalized heating, cooling and lighting system that follows occupants as they move around the building, and which gives shape to a responsive, flexible environment.

    There was a recent report that in the UK the public remains "clueless or indifferent" to smart city tech. How would you sell the benefits of these innovations to the average citizen and why should they care and fund them? 

    As we said, we don’t need to sell this idea to citizens, imposing it top-down. It’s important to involve them in the process, giving the right information and tools. Also, I wonder how the question was phrased? Smart city tech, as you say, is much about Apps such as Nest, Uber, AirBNB, etc. – that are transforming people’s lives in the UK and elsewhere – as many other things.

    How important do you feel partnerships are between governments and the private sector in advancing smart cities?

    I think that governments should steer away from the temptation to play a more deterministic and top-down role. It is not their prerogative to decide what the next smart-city solution should be – or, worse, to use their citizens’ money to bolster the position of the technology multinationals that are now marketing themselves in this field.

    What do you feel are the greatest challenges facing cities looking to integrate smart city technology? Some issues are still open, especially related to regulations and privacy.

    In general, I think that policymakers should produce and nurture the regulatory frameworks that allow innovation to thrive. Considering the legal hurdles that continuously plague applications like Uber or Airbnb, this level of support is sorely needed.

    Data also opens many questions. Towards this goal, at MIT we have been working extensively on the ethical and moral issues connected to Big Data. In 2013 we have launched an initiative called “Engaging Data” involving leading figures from government, privacy rights group, academia, and business. I think it is critical to focus on these issues and have an open discussion – together.

    What would be one tech transformations you would like to see achieve mainstream adoption by cities? What kind of immediate impact do you think this could have to people’s lives? 

    There could be many examples. Let’s focus on mobility, as it will be radically transformed by new technologies. Driverless cars are close to the market and they promise to have a dramatic impact on urban life, because they could blur the distinction between private and public modes of transportation.  “Your” car could give you a lift to work in the morning and then, rather than sitting idle in a parking lot, give a lift to someone else in your family – or, for that matter, to anyone else in your neighborhood or social-media community.  This could lead to a city in which – theoretically - everyone could travel on demand with just a fraction of the number of cars in use today.

    What are you most excited about visiting and taking part in GITEX 2016? For example, discovering a new market, making new contacts or sharing and learning new knowledge?

    This space is rapidly evolving – so it is very important to have forums for discussion, such as GITEX. I look forward to having exciting conversations…

  • Author, entrenpenuer and venture capitalist Christopher M. Schroeder is an an active investor and advisor to some of the top US venture capital funds as well as more than a dozen consumer-facing socia ...
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With IT spending in the Middle East projected to reach US $212.9 billion in 2016, a 3.7 percent increase from 2015, GITEX Technology Week as largest regional IT exhibition will play a more significant role in 2016 than ever before.

As well as defining the latest trends, presenting high caliber speakers and showcasing product innovations from across the world, this year, GITEX is bringing together the most innovative, exciting and ambitious tech startups to showcase their world changing ideas to an audience of hand-picked international investors.

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