8,000 attendees expected at STEP Conference, Dubai

DUBAI, Dubai is set to host STEP Conference, a technology festival for emerging markets, on 11th and 12th February in partnership with Dubai Internet City and the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Dubai Tourism.

Held under the theme “The World in Dubai”, STEP 2020 expects to attract over 8,000 international attendees, 300 showcasing startups, and influential tech leaders and speakers to discuss the latest topics and trends across key industries.

This year, programming will represent a world scope on technology in emerging markets, featuring the latest innovations and highlighting the opportunities in the ecosystem. The event will take place at Dubai Internet City with a format of four main conference verticals: STEP Start, STEP Digital, STEP X, & STEP Money.

Speaking on the announcement, Ray Dargham, CEO of STEP, said, “I am very excited to launch STEP for its 9th consecutive year. We have witnessed the development of what started as a conference for entrepreneurs in the Arab world and the Middle East to grow exponentially in becoming a global STEP Conference in Dubai, attracting top speakers, startups, and influential investors from all over the world and specifically from the emerging markets across Asia and Africa.”

“As we enter a new era for STEP next year, in line with Expo 2020 and Vision 2021, we plan to attract entrepreneurs, startups, and tech companies that could potentially expand to Dubai and impact our business and talent landscape. This could not have been done without our partnership with Dubai Internet City and newly signed collaboration with the Dubai Tourism as our Destination Partner,” he added.

Ammar Al Malik, Managing Director of Dubai Internet City, said, “Supporting the entrepreneurship ecosystem is key to our mission in driving talent, innovation and economic growth in the region. Through our continued partnership with STEP, we are confident that together we can provide the right platform for knowledge sharing and expertise exchange, creating the ideal environment for creativity and growth. As a comprehensive tech community, we aim to bring state-of-the-art initiatives and strategies to build the next generation of start-ups. As our ecosystem develops, we look forward to seeing more local success stories coming out of our communities and graduating with global recognition.”

Issam Kazim, CEO Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said, “We are pleased to partner with STEP this year and excited to welcome international visitors to attend the conference and experience the city. Dubai is increasingly putting a strong focus on developing a vibrant and empowering ecosystem for start-ups and entrepreneurs, with stakeholders across the public and private sectors collaborating to support their efforts to grow, innovate and become vital contributors to our economic growth. STEP offers the ideal platform for entrepreneurs and start-ups to bring forward the latest technologies and innovations and will cement the emirate’s position as a leading technology hub for start-ups looking to progress and succeed in their fields.”

STEP 2020 will feature talks and panels featuring leaders with global insights and experience launching and growing a range of companies.

Source: Emirates News Agency