Posted on May 22, 2014

Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), part of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), today confirmed its participation at QITCOM 2014, announcing special events and initiatives for technology-focused innovators at one of Qatar’s and the region’s most important industry events.

As Qatar’s primary hub for the facilities, education and skills needed to bring scientific and technological ideas to market, QSTP will focus on specific support programs for local ICT entrepreneurs at QITCOM. The ICT sector is one of four core areas QSTP focuses on along with health, environmental and energy-related technologies. Mohammad Zebian, QSTP’s Acting Innovation Director and a 10 year veteran of the IT industry, will be a featured speaker at QITCOM’s Conference Venue, a segment of the larger event that encourages dialogue and offers fresh insight. Mr Zebian’s talk with focus on the local successes, challenges and future of building a viable and lasting entrepreneurial ecosystem in Qatar. He will speak at 4:30 pm on Day 3 of the conference (28 May).

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At QITCOM, QSTP will also host a special edition of its popular TECHtalk sessions, titled “Social Media Analytics: Giving a Voice to the Region.” It will be hosted by Qatar-based entrepreneur Mr Mohamad Takriti, Chief Executive Officer of iHorizons – a local technology start up residing at QSTP. QSTP signed an agreement with iHorizons last year to support its research and development project of creating technologies in analyzing Arabic social media content, with a focus on Twitter as a platform for the application of these technologies. Arabic language digital solutions and content are seen by many industry experts as a high-growth segment of the regional ICT market. A recent report by The Economist estimated that fewer than 1% of all web pages globally are in Arabic. The TECHtalk panel will include: Dr Ingmar Weber; Senior Scientist at Qatar Computing Research Institute, and Dr Hilmi Rifai, Executive Partner at Gartner. It will take place at 3:00 pm on 28 May.

Visitors to QSTP’s stand at the conference will have the opportunity to see and experience the latest science and technology innovations from Qatar, including the analysis platform by iHorizons. “We will showcase the progress of our project and the level of development in the area of Arabic social analytics. We will be presenting an animated video presentation that identifies our end product and its importance for the businesses and how our technologies apply to each organization’s unique content, audience demographics and strategic priorities,” added Mr Takriti of iHorizons.

Another application that will be revealed at QITCOM for the first time is the Qatar Compliance & Audit Security Toolkit (QCAST) developed by AMAN. QCAST is a complete compliance system and methodology which establishes compliance requirements as per National Information Assurance Policy (NIAP) and ensures that scheduled compliance tasks are completed on time and rectification actions are followed through to completion.

”We decided to develop and application to help bring visualization and greatly help the adoption of QCERT’s National Information Assurance Policy NIAP. From project initiation to completion, QSTP helped us translate our information security vision into an actual commercialized Software Application that will not only help Qatari organizations realize compliance to NIAP but also has the flexibility to address other internationally recognized information security management systems. Hence it helped us moving from resellers of technology to developers of technology with locally owned intellectual property. The Public Private Partnership as indicated in QNV 2030, is fully realized in the development of QCAST through the cooperation and the hard work of teams from QCERT, QSTP & Aman . Due to the vision and guidance of QSTP we are able to deliver a world class Information Security Software application right here in Qatar.” commented Nashiat Aloudeh,General Manager of Aman.

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A TIEP station will also be located at the booth for people who are interested to learn more about the project, and register their names for the next round. TIEP- Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program is one of QSTP’s most rigorous programs helping technology entrepreneurs understand commercial strategies and break into Qatar’s and the region’s rapidly emerging start-up scene.

In Qatar, the ICT sector holds great potential for technology entrepreneurs, with a notable increase in local start-up ventures and an expanding ICT workforce. According to the Supreme Council of Information & Communication Technology's (ictQatar) Annual Report for 2012, Qatar's ICT Sector grew at an average rate of 17 percent a year from 2006 to 2011 and from QAR 12.8 billion to QAR 15.5 billion between 2010 and 2011 alone - a 21 percent increase. Forthcoming legislation on data privacy and other key regulatory issues is expected to create further opportunities for entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic development in the sector.

QITCOM will take place from May 26-28 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC). Come visit QSTP at [Hall 4, booth number A54]