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Impact of new technologies and innovation trends highlighted

February 14, 2024
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Impact of new technologies and innovation trends highlighted

14 Feb 2024

A panel discussion during the event in Sharjah on Wednesday.

A panel discussion during the event in Sharjah on Wednesday.

BEEAH, the Middle East’s sustainability pioneer, held the first edition of its Future Summit - Beyond Tomorrow: A Journey into Exponential Innovation’ for future technologists and business leaders. In collaboration with the Sharjah Research, Technology, and Innovation Park (SRTIP) and US-based exponential education company, Singularity, the summit empowered a group of futurists to embrace an exponential mindset, be prepared to address global challenges, nurture a knowledge economy and advance the UAE’s growth as a pioneering, global hub for economic growth and sustainable progress.

The partnership with SRTIP, a regional hub for innovation and research, and Singularity, a global leader in executive educational programs, underscored BEEAH’s commitment to foster a community of forward-thinking, future-ready leaders dedicated to shaping the sustainable cities of tomorrow. Participants in the summit had the opportunity to engage with leading experts, explore the innovative potential of artificial intelligence (AI), delve into blockchain’s transformative impact, and expand their exponential thinking.

The summit featured an impressive line-up of speakers and leading technologists from across the globe including Kyle Hermans, Founder and CEO of Be Courageous, the global digital first business consultancy, Patrick Halford, VP of Digital Industries at Spinverse, an innovation consultancy, Dr Michael Housman, Founder and CEO of AI-celerator and seasoned technologist and data scientist, elaborated on the explosion of AI. They were joined by Aaron Frank, a prominent writer and speaker on AR/VR technologies, and Dr Adriana Marais, theoretical physicist and Director, Foundation for Space Development.

The speakers, organised by Singularity, addressed several key technological trends ranging from the AI explosion, blockchain, the metaverse, future of mobility and space exploration. Through insights from the guest speakers, interactive workshops, and immersive learning experiences, participants of the Future Summit learned more about the technological forces re-shaping today’s industries and acquired crucial skills to build strategies to drive breakthrough innovation and create impactful solutions.

Following the summit, the new Singularity alumni joined an international community of leaders using exponential technologies to tackle global challenges. Singularity is the leader in educating, inspiring, and empowering leaders to imagine and create breakthroughs powered by exponential technologies.

Commenting on the initiative, Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO and Vice Chairman of BEEAH, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “At BEEAH, we believe in the limitless potential of technologies and their role in driving our future. We are proud to spearhead initiatives that contribute to Sharjah’s evolution as a knowledge-driven economy through strategic collaborations with esteemed partners like SRTIP and Singularity. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive exploration of cutting-edge technological trends and equip individuals with the skills and exponential mindset needed to navigate the complexities of today’s disruptive landscape.”

Attendees, including BEEAH and SRTIP employees and partners, had a unique experience on how to become technologists with a focus on building leadership skills, analytical mind-sets and success-driven frameworks that will stimulate growth in the Sharjah business landscape.

Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTIP, said: “The Future Summit is the kind of event that fits into the vision and focus of SRTIP, the region’s vibrant ecosystem for future technologies. We host several technology companies and innovators who are creating breakthrough solutions for tomorrow’s world. We are delighted to support the Future Summit because it is an event that will throw light on how new technologies like AI, blockchain, the metaverse and others can dramatically accelerate the development of innovations and provide new tools for businesses to scale their operations.”

“We are proud to collaborate with BEEAH and SRTIP to bring exponential thinking to leaders in Sharjah. The region is a growing hub of disruptive innovation, and we believe will play an important role in addressing humanity’s grand challenges,” said Erik Anderson, CEO of Singularity.