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OCT 06 - 09, 2019
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What's new in GFS 2019

The AI Focus

The AI Focus

Imagine, in less than ten years from now, AI could be running our lives. If you don’t get on board with AI right now, be prepared to get left behind!

With spend on cognitive and AI systems expected to reach $77.6 billion in 2022 - you just can’t afford to underestimate the power of AI!

AI comes alive at GFS 2019 with AI labs, deep dive workshops and stage interviews with the world’s top AI data scientists, authors and startups. From accredited fast track courses to AI Q&A’s - find the answers to the simplest and the thorniest questions you may have!

Join the experts, policy-makers and investors in from across the world and industries in one space. Get ready to experience a true AI extravaganza!

Watch this space.

AI SUPERNOVA CHALLENGE

Launching a business is no small task. No matter how big an idea you think you have, it still takes hard work and a ton of cash… We want to support you!

The AI Supernova Challenge invites you to compete to be crowned the winner of cash fund of up to $10,000

You’ll be judged on:

  • Level of Innovation: The originality of your idea
  • Potential: Longevity, actualization and profitability
  • Team: Who is your team, and what about them will make your idea a success?
  • Functionality: Usability of your product or service
  • Goodness: Does your product or service impact social, cultural and/or environment issues?
GEN Z Zone

GEN Z Zone

Supporting the world’s next generation

Representing 2 billion of the global population; Gen-Z’s are at the forefront of the digital economy worldwide, and we here in the Middle East are no exception! GFS 2019 brings to you a brand new and exciting zone for all things Generation-Z!

Live Activation Stage

60% of the GCC is under the age of 24; a number that only increases throughout the Middle East. Gen-Z’s are at the forefront of the digital economy. With a buying power in the vicinity of $150 billion, which again, only increases further when considering influence over their parents’ spend… They present a fast growing challenge to brands, markets, employers, sales professionals, managers and the list goes on!

Join us at GFS 2019 where we look to address the growing concerns on how to communicate effectively with a generation new to us all!

What you’ll get out of this stage:

  • Save $$$ by hearing from world-leaders in Gen-Z research on workplace and marketplace trends
  • Invaluable real-world insights from failed and successful Gen Z campaigns
  • Peer-to-peer networking and learning with those facing the same challenges as you
  • Immediate actionable information and insights never heard in the region before
  • Firsthand insight from the biggest Gen-Z influencers
     

GEN Z Supernova Challenge

Launching a business is no small task. No matter how big an idea you think you have, it still takes hard work and a ton of cash… We want to support you!

Were you born after 1994?

Do you have an idea or a business plan you want to get off the ground?

Bring it here - We want to hear it.

The GEN Z Supernova Challenge invites you to compete to be crowned the winner of cash fund of up to $10,000

There are two simple requirements to apply for this challenge:

  • Must be born in 1995 or later
  • Must have an amazing idea/startup that you believe in

You’ll be judged on:

  • Level of Innovation: The originality of your idea
  • Potential: Longevity, actualization and profitability
  • Team: Who is on your team, and what about them will make your idea a success?
  • Functionality: Usability of your product or service
  • Goodness: Does your product or service impact social, cultural and/or environment issues?
GFS Accelerator Programme

GFS Accelerator Programme

It’s only when you are clear on your destination that you can plan a scale strategy to get you there. That’s where we come in…

GFS strikes again - the ONLY event in the world to provide a series of pre-show training and support that can be used as a unique and invaluable tool to scale your business!

Ultimately, our programme offers you ACCESS. Access to:

  • Our mentorship panel of experts
  • Exclusive invitations to sessions and boot camps throughout the year
  • AAA passes to our most exciting tech events in the Middle East
  • Online mentorship and original content
  • Year-round support from key investors

 

There’s a catch though… It’s only available to 100 startups!

Get in touch with your Account Manager for more information, and apply today!

  GFS League of Nations

  GFS League of Nations

Competition is healthy. Here’s another from us...

Which country breeds the best startups? GFS League of Nations will put countries against one another as they compete to be recognised as the Country Winner.

Startups from around the world will battle it out for the win. The two best startups from each nominated country will be invited to compete live at the event.

Applications will be accepted from June 2019.

The Saudi Innovation Programme

The Saudi Innovation Programme

The Saudi security market is very specific and a key focus for vendors. It has long been a request to have a greater focus on Saudi Arabia. Therefore, 2019 announces the launch of the KSA Stage which will include international thought leaders imparting their advice on investment opportunities, the startup ecosystem and the collaboration of corporates and startups on business and innovation

Programme Coming Soon

THE KEYNOTE STAGE

THE KEYNOTE STAGE

2019 sees GITEX and GFS stages combine to create the biggest and most exciting edition to date!

The world’s most renowned names in tech take to the Keynote Stage to share their vision for the future. We’ve invited the sector’s most influential to share their stories with you. Don’t miss the inspiring talks from those shaping the future of tech.

Previous speakers have been: (insert images)

Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web

Cassie Kozyrkov, Chief Decision Scientist, Google

Dr. Wamli Min, Chief Machine Intelligence Scientist, Alibaba

Paul Misener, VP – Global Innocation Policy & Communications, Amazon

Stay tuned for our 2019 lineup…

GITEX Future Stars 2018 Video Highlights


 

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  • “I knew GITEX was one of the biggest shows on the planet but until I came here, I couldn’t believe how big, how lively and how exciting it was."
    Brian McBride
    Chairman, ASOS
  • "I attended the 2018 GFS. It was very well organised and enabled me to meet with a number of cutting edge technology SMEs in Health Tech we have since entered ongoing discussions with potential investment.”
    Jerry Biggs
    CEO, NCL Ventures
  • "Thanks to GFS, UFP Fintech kickstarted its first startup investment in the region. Our hearts are behind this deal as this startup will be a game changer for Fintech in UAE."
    UFP Investors
    (invested in Xpence)
  • The feedback and level of interest we received.. was unprecedented.. We have seen a keen willingness to adopt the latest thinking not just from a technology perspective, but also from a business model. human capital and operational point of view.
    Shukri Eid
    Managing Director, Cisco Middle East
  • No other start up event compares to GFS, we met 6 top investors which has already resulted in a pre-series A of USD300K
    Al-Farouk Ahmed
    Co-Founder & CEO, Tareeqi

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