NITDA powers Nigeria Pavilions at GITEX GLOBAL 2022 with nearly 30 exhibitors including Lagos

TECHDIGEST – The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is promoting a Nigeria Country Pavilion and a Startup Pavilion at the GITEX GLOBAL, the world’s largest tech and startup event holding in Dubai, UAE from 10-14 October.

The two Nigerian pavilions are featuring nearly 30 exhibitors from the public and private sectors to headline one of the strongest showing Nigeria has ever had since it started showcasing at GITEX in 2013.

The 42nd edition of GITEX GLOBAL is the equivalent of 33 football fields and has 26 halls across 2 million sq. ft to provide enough room for an incredible more than 5,000 companies and more than 200, 000 attendees from 170 countries.

For five days, beginning next week Monday, the global communities will gather in record capacity at GITEX GLOBAL inside the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) in a world record event outpacing all previous editions of the event.

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According to Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) organisers of the annual global tech event, “the bigger national innovation pavilions are coming from USA, France, Germany, UK, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Turkey and Brazil. The event is recording first-time showcases from Cyprus, Ethiopia, EU, Kuwait, and Uganda.”

GITEX Global is bringing together over 230 government entities presenting their strategic digital projects and public-private partnerships.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, is leading Nigeria’s presence at this 42nd edition joined by the Director General, NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, whose agency is the anchor of Nigeria’s participation at GITEX since 2013; and other CEOs including Executive Vice-Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Garba Danbatta; Managing Director, Galaxy Backbone Limited, Professor Muhammad Bello Abubakar; and Director General, Nigeria’s National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Aziz Abubakar.

Lagos comes to GITEX GLOBAL

Deputy Governor, Lagos State, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, leads delegation from Lagos state as Nigeria’s commercial capital makes its debut at the largest global tech meet inside the Nigeria Country Pavilion and the Nigeria Startup Pavilion where Lagos has about 11 of the over 24 startups Nigeria is promoting through the NITDA.

Aside Lagos, the Nigeria Country Pavilion is housing the Bank of Industry (BoI), Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Limited, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), NIMC, Zinox Technologies, NITDA, NCC, NIPEX, and Galaxy Backbone in what will be a record appearance for Africa’s largest economy.

GITEX GLOBAL 2022 focusing on digital economy

GITEX GLOBAL is offering a huge vista to meet tech leaders including Microsoft, Huawei, IBM, Dell Technologies, Ericsson, Avaya, Honeywell, HPE, e&, Lenovo, Cisco, and over 1,400 new exhibitors all showcasing groundbreaking applications in metaverse, AI, Web 3.0, blockchain, 6G, cloud, fintech and future mobility.

GITEX GLOBAL 2022 is focusing on the global digital economy in full velocity mode, embracing the return of the world’s largest, most inclusive tech and start-up event to host

With the participation of more than 250 government entities leading strategic digital projects and public-private partnerships, and 800-plus start-ups seeking their next big break in North Star Dubai, the GITEX 3.0 edition will unite the world’s most influential ecosystems advancing business, economy, society and culture.

“As the curious audience attempts to make sense of the real versus virtual world we are creating, GITEX GLOBAL takes the helm in partnering with global tech leaders to empower, enlighten and enthuse everyone on the metamorphosis of the digital economy. This is GITEX 3.0,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Executive Vice President of Events Management at Dubai World Trade Centre, GITEX GLOBAL’s organiser

GITEX 3.0 series includes launches of Global DevSlam and X-VERSE

With a fully immersive deep dive into the digital universe, GITEX GLOBAL presents its 3.0 edition with Ai Everything, North Star Dubai (formerly GITEX Future Stars), Fintech Surge, Future Blockchain Summit, and Marketing Mania.

Two new events will also be launched this year, selling out to a global audience within two months: Global DevSlam, and X-VERSE.

Committed to creating a thriving home in the UAE for international coders and developers and advancing the digital economy, Global DevSlam is the Middle East’s largest ever coder and developer meetup, connecting 10,000 coders alongside developers from the world’s biggest tech companies, including Anaconda, AWS, Google, Instagram, Microsoft, Oracle and Red Hat.

The fully subscribed event is supported by Coders (HQ) and inspired by the UAE’s mission of building the world’s best coder and developer ecosystem, with the country now offering its long-term residency Golden Visa to 100,000 qualified coders from around the world.

Global DevSlam also welcomes the worldwide python community with the launch of Pycon MEA, featuring a line-up of renowned Python masters coming together for the first time in the region.

Setting another first, X-VERSE, in partnership with Decentraland, curates one of the world’s most immersive metaverse journeys, providing a never before seen experience into the greatest shifts and the most potentially disruptive industry applications of the metaverse.

With real-world case-studies and never-seen-before virtual experiences across manufacturing, gaming, education, healthcare, retail and the future of work, X-VERSE will enable global enterprises to understand and adopt this nascent technological development.

North Star Dubai shines with unstoppable start-up entrepreneurship momentum

Launched as GITEX Future Stars in 2016, the newly renamed North Star Dubai in 2022 underlines the ongoing evolution of the global start-up ecosystem, and the important role start-ups play in advancing innovation and international business collaboration.

North Star Dubai, with its strategic partner the Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, is amplifying this trend, with the world’s largest start-up event adding another hall with 30 percent extra capacity, bringing together more than 800 exhibitors from 60 countries with over 600 investors in a thriving, innovative entrepreneur ecosystem.

Smashing geographic boundaries, North Star Dubai also introduces ‘Africa Fast 100’, the largest ever gathering of African start-ups to be hosted outside Africa, connecting investors with Unicorn prospects from the world’s fast-rising tech incubator.

International footprint and power-packed conference programme

GITEX GLOBAL’s vast international footprint is highlighted by new national pavilions from Cyprus, Ethiopia, the European Union, Kuwait, Uganda, and Turkey. The United States, France, Germany, the UK, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Nigeria, and Brazil, are among those with increased presence to showcase their national technology prowess and leading innovations.

Inspirational insights and unparalleled knowledge sharing will also come to the fore, as 14 dedicated conference tracks deliver more than 500 hours of thought-provoking talks, case studies, industry trends, and workshops.

A stellar line-up of more than 1,000 government ministers, global technology leaders and experts will share their perspectives on major trends, from A.I., cloud computing, crypto, 6G, and the metaverse, to the new frontier of future mobility, from flying cars to electric aircraft.

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