Posted on May 25, 2011

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development will mark tonight, in partnership with ictQatar, the closing of the first ever QITCOM conference and exhibition which took place in Doha from 24th to 26th May.

Khalid Al Sulaiteen, Executive Director of Operations at QF, will give a key note speech at the closing gala dinner of the event organized and hosted by ictQatar to celebrate the occasion. The five top presenters and participants at the conference will be awarded by ictQatar and Emiratech, who will also give an overview of their projects at the dinner.

QITCOM took place at the Doha Exhibition Center in Doha with the aim of bringing together leading local, regional and international companies, government bodies, speakers and delegates under one roof to discuss how Qatar can effectively invest in new technologies in the 21st century for continued prosperity in the country and the region.

Eight QF members from six separate initiatives have presented either a keynote speech or took part in panel sessions across the three days.

Mr. Sa’di Awienat, Director of Information Technology Directorate at QF participated as moderator speakers in the session titled ‘Cloud Computing – From Fantasy to Reality.’

“The support of QF to the first QITCOM and the participation of experts from its different entities stems from the knowledge that information technology lies at the foundation of a modern knowledge-based society,” said Mr. Awienat.  “Cloud computing is a model for re-architecting the way IT is actually driven, so that instead of focusing on independent IT resources (components) we focus on IT Services that are built on shared resources. Those IT services are elastics (can be scaled-out and scaled-in), can be provided on-demand, automated, well measured (SLA), and has clear dependency/traffic matrix with a pay-as-you go structure.”

“Qatar Foundations provision of top tier speakers and panelists throughout the three day Conference is further proof of their vast intellectual capital, dedication to fostering innovation and commitment to the principle that a nation's greatest natural resource is its people,” said Marwan Marouf Mahmoud, Executive Director, ICT Industry Development.

“Together, ictQatar and Qatar Foundation recognize the enormous value a vibrant ICT sector can have in advancing towards a diverse knowledge-economy and anticipate QITCOM 2011 to be the inaugural year of what will become of the region’s biggest ICT event and a showcase of Qatar’s booming technology industry,” he added.

Dr. Tidu Maini, Executive Chairman at Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) and Dr. Abdul Satter Al-Taie, Executive Director at Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) sat as panelists in the opening session on Digital Content-Innovation in Arabic Digital Content – A Business Opportunity.

Dr. Al-Taie presented an overview of the role of QNRF, highlighting its different funding programs and illustrating the attraction of QNRF funded ICT projects, with a particular emphasis on Arabic Language Processing and Digital Content projects, as the country explores a more diversified economy.

Dr. Al-Taie stated: “QNRF sits at the heart of Qatar’s transition to a knowledge economy by funding competitively selected, innovative research across a broad spectrum of science and technology. Participating in QITCOM reflects the importance to QNRF of ICT locally, regionally and globally”.

Additionally, QF spokespeople at QITCOM included Dr. Kareem Darwish, Senior Scientist with Qatar Computer Research Institute (QCRI) and Mr. Mohammed Hamman, Assistant Manager at The Heritage Library who took part in the digitizing Arabic Content session on 24th May. In a later session on the same topic Mr. Simon Ponsford, Senior Scientist at QCRI and Mr. James Fanilla, VP of Marketing and Sales at Meeza delivered keynote speeches.