Five Things to Expect from Smart Living City Dubai 2014
Smart Living City Dubai 2014, the inaugural edition of the biannual event that focuses on highly successful local and international Smart startups, will take place next week from September 15-16, 2014, at Jumeirah Emirates Tower, Dubai.
To be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, the event is organized by TASWEEK and Inside Investor.
Here are five things to expect from the event:
- Smart Living City Dubai 2014 will be held under three broad themes, namely, high-level discussion panels, exhibition of local and international Smart solutions, and master classes for participants.
- H.E. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy will deliver the opening remarks while the welcome speeches will be given by Masood Al Awar, CEO, TASWEEK Real Estate Marketing and Development and Kamran Saddique, President and CEO, The City Innovate Foundation. With 16 exhibitors and 39 speakers from all across the world, the event will offer high-level networking opportunities to global investors, corporations, foundations, researches and cities with senior representatives from the Government of Dubai.
- During the two-day event, the keynote will be presented by H.E. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General, Dubai Municipality on ‘Dubai’s Smart Urban Development;’ and Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor, HBMSU on ‘Future of smart Education.’
- The workshops will be conducted by the members of the world’s most prestigious institutions, including Robert Sutton, Professor, Management Science, Stanford Engineering School on ‘Leadership and Scaling up Excellence;’ Dr. Ryan Chin, MD, City Science Initiative, MIT Media Labs on ‘Beyond Smart Cities;’ and Dr. Mitchell Joachim, Associate Professor, New York University and Co-founder of Terreform ONE on ‘Post Sustainability; New Direction in Ecological Urban Design for the Near Future.’
- Some of the leading public and private organizations participating in Smart Living City Dubai 2014 include the Government of Dubai, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Microsoft, Terreform ONE and HBMSU. Other key speakers at this high profile event include Amr Salem, MD, Smart Cities & Internet of Things, Cisco Systems; Ashish Cowlagi, Smart Cities Business Leader, IBM; Marwan Bin Haider, Executive Director, Dubai Smart Government; Yousif Almutawa, CIO at DP World.
Masood Al Awar, CEO, TASWEEK Real Estate Marketing and Development said: “With many of the world’s leading cities gradually making a move to become Smart Cities, there is a need to address key challenges of a Smart City such as Smart urban development, building Smart technology infrastructure, and integrating key government services under one Smart platform.
“In line with Dubai’s Smart City initiative, we are launching Smart Living City in the emirate to offer a channel to brainstorm about planning, implementation and management of the process. We are upbeat that visitors will find the event interesting and informative as well as open up avenues for more interaction between public and private sector.”
New Capgemini Engineering brand fuses digital and physical
With the aim of helping the world’s largest innovators to engineers the products and services of tomorrow, Capgemini has merged its tech and software capabilities with its engineering and R&D practice, the digtial and physical to form a 52,000-strong Capgemini Engineering brand. A move that builds on its acquisition a year ago of engineering giant Altran for over $3 billion.
R&D is the new battlefield
“Today’s leading organisations understand that Engineering and R&D is fast-moving and ever-evolving,” says Aiman Ezzat, CEO, Capgemini. “As a result, an end-to-end partnership with clients is need for developing, launching, managing and modernising breakthrough products.”
Enter Capgemini Engineering. A new brand that unites a unique set of strengths from across Group, bringing together the world-class engineering and R&D capabilities of Altran with Capgemini’s own digital manufacturing expertise.
According to William Roze, CEO of Capgemini Engineering, R&D is the “battlefield” and subsdquently “must be connected and data-driven to optimise innovation and accelerate development”. In answer to this, Capgemini Engineering will offer services to address this need and to “harness the power of data to foster innovation, create new customer experiences and deliver new sources of value".
Merging the expertise of the Group
With this new endeavour, Altran’s capabilities are brought to the fore, a year on from its acquisition, perfectly complementing “the Group’s already well-established portfolio of business offerings and supporting our leadership position in intelligent industry”, says Ezzat.
In fact, just in January 2021, leading global management and strategy consulting firm Zinnov ranked Capgemini as the top of its Leadership Zone for its global Engineering, Research and Development services, pinpointing how as a Group it boasts the largest global delivery network with a presence across all major engineering hubs.
With its 52,000 engineers and scientists and a presence in all major engineering hubs worldwide, the global business line’s services cover three key domains: product and systems engineering; digital and software engineering; and industrial operations.
This is the second time Capgemini has combined various practices to form an integrated powerhouse. Capgemini Invent – a strategy and business transformation consultancy was formed in 2018 by combining Capgemini’s consulting, digital and creative units.