World

Watch Geospatial world forum 2018 live where  delegates from 120+ countries come together to discuss about 4th industrial Revolution.

Unlock block chain

The UNBLOCK Blockchain Forum will be held on January 14th&15th, 2018 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel DIFC. UNBLOCK Blockchain Forum is one of the biggest Blockchain Forums to take place in the region’s.

In this forum more than 60 Blockchain startups from more than 35 countries in the world will be attending to exhibit and speak about their startups. More than 45 prominent Blockchain experts will be speaking in the event.

The sponsors of UNBLOCK Blockchain include Smart Dubai, IBM, DarkMatter, Emirates Airlines, Microsoft Avenza Solutions, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DU Telecom and Dubai Municipality. UNBLOCK Blockchain Forum is also supported by Startup Bootcamp, Crypto Valley Labs and Careem as transportation partner.

Attendees will hear about what Blockchain is and how to successfully implement Blockchain projects.

For more information on the UNBLOCK Blockchain Forum visit: www.unlock-bc.com

 

The UNLOCK Blockchain Forum is set to take place on January 14th and 15th, 2018, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dubai. This will be an opportunity for the global and regional startups to showcase their Blockchain solutions for free.

Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal, the preferred conference partner of government and private sector organisations, is working with the Dubai government’s entity Smart Dubai to build the future of Blockchain and it’s related ecosystems. UNLOCK has gathered prominent international and regional speakers from around the globe to speak about Blockchain implementation across different sectors such as Finance, Health, Government and Smart Cities.

It will also be a stage to discuss the opportunities as well as challenges being faced today. It will also help to find out which platforms will outperform others, as well as the regulatory and legal concerns pertaining to Blockchain. There will be workshops on topics such as crypto-currencies and ICO Initial Crowd Funding.

UNLOCK Blockchain is calling all the interested startups to Dubai to learn more about the implications of Blockchain in today’s world.

 

The second edition of the Future Cities Show will be held in Dubai, UAE from April 9 – 11, 2018. The show focuses on three pillars which are sustainability, innovation and happiness under the theme of achieving sustainability through innovation. It will also showcase the cities of the future by highlighting the best and most innovative technologies that will change the future.

Future Cities Show focuses on education, wellbeing, knowledge sharing, collaboration among government-private-universities-society, user-driven innovation, livability, discussions, sustainable energy solutions, sustainable economic development and sustainable societal development to drive the wellbeing of all nations.

Future Cities Show will be full of activities that include an exhibition that showcases innovative technologies and sustainable solutions, a conference that will discuss future technologies and how cities will be retrofitted with new sensors, energy saving systems, processes and change management.

Future Cities Show activities will be based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations and adopted by 193 countries in September 2015. The show is a great platform for local and international institutions from various industries to showcase their latest technologies which will redefine the way we live.

Future Cities Show 2018 will bring together environmentalists, sustainable leaders, innovators, solution providers, healthcare practitioners, security vendors, energy consultants, manufacturers, builders, urban developers, architects, investors, mayor’s, mobility players and students under one roof to interact, discuss and showcase solutions for a smart sustainable future.

 

AIM Startup will host the second edition of its annual Innovation Showcase and Pitch competition in Dubai, UAE, between April 9 – 11, 2018, in conjunction with the Annual Investment Meeting, Future Cities Show and DIGAE under the theme “Technology for Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth”.

Dubai is getting ready to host the creators, innovators and masterminds of our time. AIM Startup is inviting people who are bold enough to step out of their comfort zone and work towards building a brighter future which will be abundant in oppurtunities and resources. It is for the startups who use technology to solve global challenges, while respecting and safeguarding the environment and keeping it greener for our future generations. This will allow them to live in a world based on values of trust, transparency and equality.

AIM Startup was launched in 2017  as an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Economy to connect promising startups with investors and business partners from other parts of the world. AIM Startup is an ideal platform for startup companies looking to raise capital, expand into new markets and forge meaningful business relationships with major investors, business leaders, representatives of international institutions and government entities.

More than200promising startups will convene under one roof to meet investors, corporates, government representatives and industry experts in AIM Startup 2018. An opportunity will be given to them to demonstrate their groundbreaking solutions to a global audience of more than 20,000 people. Startups can showcase their products and pitch their products and services to a panel of distinguished judges and investors. This is a big chance to meet officials, investors and experts from different industries. Industry leaders will share their insights​ through interactive panel discussions, talks, fireside chats and keynotes.

All startups using technology to solve global challenges can participate and win exciting cash prizes and awards.

A roadshow is organized all around the GCC which will be conducted between 14th November 2017 to 25th January 2018.

To register visit www.aimstartup.com/roadshow.php

GITEX Future Stars, the biggest ever confluence of the global start-up ecosystem, is set to offer entrepreneurs a chance to win funding and opportunities to spur innovation through a targeted series of hosted competitions, Innovation cups and corporate pitch opportunities.

GITEX Future Stars is the Middle East and Africa’s largest start-up confluence of global tech entrepreneurs, international investors and corporate buyers.

The event will be held alongside GITEX Technology Week from October 8 – 12, 2017 at Dubai World Trade Centre. The start-up conference will offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to win over AED 1.2 million in prizes. Prizes include cash to support entrepreneurship, trips to Silicon Valley and the chance to pitchfork key leaders in the start-up ecosystem.

The event will host the GITEX Supernova Challenge, a series of pitch competition offering exhibiting start-ups the opportunity to win over USD 180,000 in prize money across 18 categories including best global start-up, most disruptive start-up and best youth start-up. Shortlisted start-ups will pitch their ideas to an esteemed panel of international venture capital investors.

GITEX Future Stars will also feature a collaborative entrepreneurship program in partnership with Wanda. Wanda is the leading platform for entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa to promote corporate start-up engagement in the region. Over a series of workshops and pitching sessions, select start-ups will come together to solve critical enterprise challenges with the goal of initiating partnerships with large regional and international companies.

At the event ACCENTURE will launch the Accenture Innovation Awards, an initiative that identifies and supports the best ideas that use technology to solve tomorrow’s problems today. Winners will be chosen across three categories: Artificial Intelligence, Fintech and Social Impact.

Winning start-ups will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Silicon Valley, with Accenture assisting them in investor meetings. Winners of the Fintech and Social Impact categories will win an automatic placement at the Fintech Hive Investor Day and Expo Live Grant Program, valued at US$100,000 each. Moreover winners will receive access to a team of industry experts at Accenture, who will mentor, advise and counsel the winners on their businesses, including operations and client management.

To enhance tourism experience in Dubai, Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing is running a competition to seek the next big thing in travel technology. The top 30 entries will receive their own space at GITEX Future Stars in October to showcase their ideas.

GITEX Future Stars Women Innovation Partner, NAMA Women Advancement Establishment is supporting the participation of eight Emirati women-only start-ups to showcase groundbreaking ideas to the audience who are from all corners of the globe. At the event NAMA will also launch the Badiri Business Entrepreneurship Virtual Academy, digital platform for aspiring and current entrepreneurs, providing resources training and a community of empowered peers.

Through this event GITEX Future Stars extends an essential platform for entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas and Innovation on a global stage. This event brings to Dubai the world’s leading angel investors, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and innovators from across 75 countries to network and unleash the potential of the next big opportunity.

GITEX Future Stars is the Middle East and Africa’s largest start-up confluence of global tech entrepreneurs, international investors and influential corporate buyers.

For more information please contact

Annie Bricker

Manager – PR and Media Relations

Dubai World Trade Centre

Mobile +971 55 7476782

Email: [email protected]

GITEX Future Stars announces the biggest ever confluence of the global startup ecosystem. It is set to host over 700 entrepreneurs and innovators from across 75 countries to showcase groundbreaking ideas and engage with over 250 of the world’s most influential investors and venture capitalists.

The Middle East and Africa’s largest start-up conference, GITEX Future Stars will be held alongside GITEX Technology Week from October 8 – 12, 2017 at Dubai World Trade Centre and is set to be the global boundary pushing start-up event for rule breakers, game changers and dream makers.

The game changing event will bring the world’s leading start-up experts together to help shape the future of a growing ecosystem of innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration.

GITEX Future Stars will also feature a series of targeted competitions offering a total value of over AED 1 million in prizes for start-ups. Pitch competitions will be offering USD 180,000 in prize money to dedicated competitions run in partnership with Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

GITEX Future Stars is designed to encourage and nurture the spirit of entrepreneurship.

An asteroid strike on Earth is very likely, say experts.

An asteroid strike on Earth is just a matter of time, a leading astrophysicist from Queen’s University Belfast has warned, reports said on Tuesday. It is more a case of when an asteroid collision will happen, rather than if it will happen, said Professor Alan Fitzsimmons from the University’s Astrophysics Research Centre.

The warning comes ahead of Asteroid Day, which is on June 30. A small asteroid had exploded over Tunguska in Russia’s Siberia on that day in 1908. The asteroid had levelled trees and burned ground covering over 2,000 square kilometres, the report said.

This year, discussions and presentations will be streamed live from Luxembourg on June 30. Experts including Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart and International Space Station astronaut Nicole Stott will answer questions from people on social media.

“It is important to know that scientists and engineers have made great strides in detecting Near-Earth Asteroids and understanding the threat posed by them. Over 1,800 potentially hazardous objects have been discovered so far, but there are much more waiting to be found,” Professor Fitzsimmons said.

He said that a major city could be destroyed in a similar unexpected strike in today’s world. A larger asteroid could be far more dangerous, he warned.

“Astronomers find Near-Earth Asteroids every day and most are harmless. But it is still possible the next Tunguska would take us by surprise, and although we are much better at finding larger asteroids, that does us no good if we are not prepared to do something about them,” he said.

The sixth Ministerial Conference of Heart of Asia was held in Amritsar last December. The key elements of the conference was to challenge terrorism in the heart of Asian region, especially Afghanistan. The elements included countering extremism, exploring cultural and civilisation similarities, cooperation in the educational sector and providing connectivity to Afghanistan for its development

An aircraft packed with 60 tonnes of Afghan plants with medicinal uses marked the opening of the first air cargo corridor between Afghanistan and India today. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has received the plane. The cargo, worth about $11 million dollars, was the first in what officials from the two countries hope will be many flights allowing Afghan and Indian companies to bypass Pakistan, which strictly limits the shipment of goods by land between India and Afghanistan often as part of border disputes.
Afghanistan depends on the Pakistani port of Karachi for its foreign trade. It is allowed to send a limited amount of goods overland through Pakistan into India, but imports from India are not allowed along this route.

The new air corridor aims to boost trade between India and Afghanistan from $ 350 million to $ 1 billion in three years. While it bypasses Pakistan, necessary overflight permissions have been taken, though it allows the possibility of Islamabad acting as a spoiler if it wants.

Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the air corridor between India and Afghanistan.

Next week, the second flight to India is scheduled to depart from the southern city of Kandahar, carrying 40 tonnes of dried fruit.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani first proposed the air corridor in September last year in a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi; details were worked out when both attended a regional summit in Amritsar in December.

The first flight in this corridor from Delhi to Kabul yesterday exported 100 tonnes of Indian goods. There will be five flights every week from Kabul and Kandahar to India.

The cargo service aims to improve landlocked Afghanistan’s links to markets abroad and boost the growth prospects of its agricultural and carpet industries while it battles a deadly Taliban insurgency, Indian officials have said.

“We will continue to assist you in various ways as this corridor expands and grows into a network of cargo flights as per the demand of the market,” India’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Manpreet Vohra, told President Ghani.

The ocean is becoming more acidic, but what does that really mean? On a pH scale of 1 – 14, 1.0 is strongly acidic and 14.0 is strongly alkaline or basic; typically ocean waters are slightly alkaline and fall around 8.0-8.1 on this scale. Over the past hundred years, the pH of seawater has decreased, dropping 0.1 pH units. This is due to ocean acidification, a process that occurs when seawater absorbs carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air.

Ocean acidification research till date has looked at the effects of elevated CO2 and reduced pH on those organisms that form calcium carbonate (CaCO3) shells and skeletons, such as corals, molluscs, and coralline algae.More than a quarter of the carbon dioxide we release by burning fossil fuels is absorbed by the ocean where it reduces ocean pH and alters seawater carbonate chemistry. If we do not act to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions, these changes in ocean chemistry could have a devastating impact on many shell-forming organisms, such as corals and some planktons, and marine ecosystems as a whole.

Ocean acidification represents a key threat to coral reefs by reducing the calcification rate of framework builders. In addition, acidification is likely to affect the relationship between corals and their symbiotic dinoflagellates and the productivity of this association. However, little is known about how acidification impacts on the physiology of reef builders and how acidification interacts with warming.

So what can be done about ocean acidification? The obvious solution is to slow and eventually eliminate carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels and to develop approaches for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Unless there is a dramatic change in our fossil fuel use, projected human-driven ocean acidification during this century will be larger and more rapid than anything experienced by marine life for tens of millions of years. And the problem will be with us for a long time because it takes centuries to thousands of years for natural processes, primarily mixing into the deep-sea and increased dissolution of marine carbonate sediments, to remove excess carbon dioxide from the air.

Although there will be biological winners as well as biological losers, it is likely that the ocean of the future under high carbon dioxide levels will look quite different within the lifetimes of today’s children if we continue on our current course.