Lead Sponsor

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions—underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network—Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 435,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.
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Strategic Partner

Made in Dubai, Xische Reports is an independent investigative research practice examining change across culture, innovation, and the future.
Our firm, Xische & Co, has been helping governments, global brands, and startups research, innovate, and communicate since 2001. Working with leaders across the public and private sector affords us deep analytical insights as a byproduct.
Our research and editorial teams convert this experience into tangible, long-form visual and interactive reports, open to the general public, and free of charge.
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Strategic AI Partner

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
Built on our enterprise-grade security practices, our transparent approach to AI helps protect your information and puts you in control. Our principles lead with ethics, accountability, and inclusive design to empower people and organizations, and positively impact society. We believe AI technology has the power to amplify human ingenuity and extend out capabilities so we can achieve more. When made accessible to everyone, AI will transform industries, make us more productive, and help solve society’s biggest challenges. This intelligent technology is already improving our lives today and will chance the world tomorrow in ways unimaginable to us now.


Gold Sponsor

Established in November 2015 as a joint venture between Mubadala Investment Company and IBM Watson, Cognit is a provider of end to end Artificial Intelligence solutions and Cognitive technologies for businesses, governments and other institutions.
By creating tailored AI solutions for its clients, Cognit is shaping a new era built on business intelligence, enabling decision makers to bring informed thinking, transformation and disruptive innovation to their industries, while also solving those important societal challenges highlighted by the UAE Strategy for AI.
As the exclusive provider of IBM Watson technologies in the MENA, Cognit collaborates with a growing ecosystem of organizations, entrepreneurs and students by leveraging multiple emerging AI technologies, with a heavy focus on the Arabic language.
Cognit’s services extend from AI strategy formulation to the implementation and support of complex cognitive solutions. Cognit’s partners ranges indistinctly from healthcare, education, insurance or aviation, to government, defense or banking and finance.
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Silver Sponsor

Paladion is a global cyber defense company that provides Managed Detection and Response Services, DevOps Security, Cyber Forensics, Incident Response, and more by tightly bundling its semi-autonomous cyber platform and managed services with leading security technologies. Paladion is consistently rated and recognized by analyst firms such as Gartner, Forrester, and IDC, and awarded by CRN, Asian Banker, Red Herring, amongst others.
For 17 years, Paladion has been actively managing cyber risk for over 700 customers from its six cyber operations centers placed across the globe. It houses 900+ cyber security professionals including security researchers, threat hunters, ethical hackers, incident responders, solution architects, consultants and more. Paladion is also actively involved in several information security research forums such as OWASP, and has authored several books on security monitoring, application security, and more.
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Silver Sponsor

The InfoWatch Group of Companies is a developer of integrated solutions that ensure enterprise information security. The company was founded in 2003 by Natalia Kaspersky as a fully independent entity incorporating InfoWatch, Attack Killer, Cezurity, EgoSecure, Kribrum and Taiga brands. The Group’s product portfolio comprises efficient solutions to protect enterprises against the most challenging internal and external threats.
Starting from 2011, the company has been operating in the global market. The InfoWatch Group sells its products in Western Europe, the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia. The company has an extensive partner network. Fifteen InfoWatch offices operate worldwide, including two full-scale local representative offices—InfoWatch Gulf in Dubai (UAE) and InfoWatch SDN BHD in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).
The Group’s current customers include: Central Bank of Bahrain, Prime Minister’s Court of Bahrain, First Energy Bank B.S.C. (Bahrain), Venture Capital Bank (Bahrain), Kuwait Finance House, Petrochem (UAE), Gateway Rail (India), Bank Persatuan (Malaysia), KSB Group (Indonesia), Ministry of Education of Greece, etc.
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AI Partner

Watopedia is committed in developing and delivering the next generation of Advanced AI.
Our mission is to democratize the power of Artificial Intelligence by creating an ecosystem of revolutionary applications aimed towards mainstream adoption. Watopedia consists of a customizable CNN (Convolutional Neural Network).
Watopedia is launching a Think-tank during 2018 which will consist of over 1,200 Data scientists who specialise in Ai, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning. Our goal is for our users of the Watopedia Ai platform to have access to this think-tank for development assistance and research.
Watopedia enables businesses to automate knowledge work and augment humans in more complex tasks, delivering efficient operations and innovating new products and services. It is a complete platform that enables any organization to build solutions that transform their business.
The Watopedia platform is generally provided as a fully hosted and supported Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution, but can be deployed behind your own firewall when required.
Watopedia is designed for business people, not just software developers, putting the expert central to the knowledge encoding process. Its visual interface enables the operational experts to model the logic and rules that drive good decision-making.
This leaves more technical people the simpler task of optionally integrating this model with external data sources and where required, other systems. This is all facilitated by our open architecture, comprehensive documentation and support services.
Unlike other AI technologies, Watopedia can provide a rationale for every judgement it makes, making it the automated decision engine of choice for those in banking, financial services, insurance, legal, and health – satisfying both customers and regulators.
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Gulf Business Machines (GBM)

IT Solutions Partner

Founded and operating in the region since 1990, GBM is the number one provider of IT solutions, leveraging industry leading technologies to drive real business results for clients. GBM is the sole distributor for IBM – excluding selected IBM products and services – throughout the GCC, apart from Saudi Arabia. GBM’s momentum was further enhanced when the company secured the Cisco portfolio. GBM has other strategic partnerships with VMware, Apple, Red Hat and F5 to name a few.
GBM offers an extensive range of IT infrastructure, solutions and services ranging from consulting, resource deployment and integration to after-sales support. The company has offices in the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, and Pakistan.
Continuously awarded by its international partners, GBM has been recognized as IBM’s Top Business Partner, Cisco’s Middle East Marketing Innovation Partner of the Year, VMware’s MENA Partner of the Year, and F5’s EMEA Partner of the Year, and Security Partner of the Year.
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