Digital Economy Conference and Sustainability Summit 2018
Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi, UAE, December 16-17
The inaugural Digital Economy Conference (DEC) will open its doors on 16 and 17 December 2018 as eighth Annual Congress of the Sustainability Summit, organized by Wise Media under the patronage of the government of the United Arab Emirates, with the Council of Arab Economic Unity, supported by the League of Arab States and the Arab Federation for Digital Economy. Technology experts from around the world, leading lights from academia and industry will meet government representatives gathering in Abu Dhabi for the Digital Economy Conference. Joining forces at the table of innovation, they will share lessons learned and discuss new ideas supporting sustainable development in the era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other innovative technologies such as Blockchain, IoT, Industry 4.0, 3D Printing, Smart Devices, looking at how specific objectives are being pursued at an international and domestic level by key public and private sector organizations. Supporting the launch of DEC, representatives of the Special Interest Working Groups created to promote the decade-long investigation leading up to Sustainability Summit 2020 will once again disclose intermediate results of their collaborative effort at this year’s Summit.
Digital Economy Conference and Sustainability Summit 2018 will offer a two-day conference agenda, with simultaneous translation from and to Arabic, to facilitate the experience of government delegations from the region. Speakers from around the world will illustrate the status of technology projects worldwide. A first day focusing on the vision and agendas developed by the government sector will be integrated with reports on best practices and new frontiers in technology development, as well as challenges faced and lessons learned by policy makers designing digital agendas for their countries from around the world.
DAY 1 – Global outlook and digital economy agenda for the region
DAY 2 – Are we ready for breakthrough innovation?
This year’s conference sessions will focus on:
- The Digital Economy Agenda (global trends, regional policies and local digital agendas for stable, inclusive and prosperous economies; from international collaboration to public-private sector partnerships and initiatives for sustainable growth)
- New Frontiers of Digitization (from artificial intelligence and big data to virtual reality and augmented reality; from blockchain to transparent supply chains; from new trust models to independent data intelligence)
- Empowering Infrastructures (from increased computing power and database storage capacity in the server room to cloud services; from 5G to IMT-2020 technology; from binary digital electronic computers to quantum computers)
- Artificial Intelligence (AI in healthcare, transportation, finance, education, security, defense, labor, space, entertainment, research… from the pros and cons from a societal standpoint to the technological, regulatory and economic challenges implied)
- Disruptive Manufacturing Technologies (from advanced automation to industry 4.0; from customer-driven marketing to personalized design; from fast prototyping to 3D printing; from Robots to Bots and Collaborative Robots -Cobots)
- Retail and Logistics (from IoT and object-to-object communication to eCommerce and smart supply chains; from storage to built to order; from X days to delivery to JIT; from standard to real-time inventory management and maintenance updates)
- Sustainable Energy (from non-renewable to sustainable energy sources; from traditional to new energy generation and distribution models, pertinent business and impact on society; from rechargeable batteries to charging stations)
- Future Mobility (from autonomous cars and unmanned ground vehicles to drones; from electric and hybrid motors to fuel cell motors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; from UGVs’ to UAVs’ traffic to pertinent legislation)
- New Media and Information (from profiling audiences and users to personalized advertising; from tailored information to propaganda and fake news; from social media and new analytical tools to consumerization and universal customization)
- Citizen-centric Services (from digital inclusion at the level of computing, connectivity and AI, to secure access to eGovernment and eHealth; from the new frontiers in education and labor optimization to social relief and financial inclusion programs)
- Farming and Agriculture (from air, soil and crop sensors to livestock biometrics; from IoT to agbots and autonomous farming; from precision agriculture, vertical farming and closed ecological systems to AI for resource management)
- Healthcare Technologies (from machine-assisted medical support to new frontiers in artificial limbs and distance health even with apps and smart phones, centralized monitoring of hospital patients, IoMT (Internet of Medical Things)
- Banking and Transactions (from cashless transactions to blockchain and finance transparency; from secure payments, mobile money and trust models in banking to cryptocurrencies and innovative programs for transactions and entitlement)
- Global Security and Resilience (from cyber crime to cyber-warfare and hybrid warfare; from rapid reaction to proactive and predictive systems; from withstanding natural disasters to anticipating man-made and machine-originated threats)
- Border Control and Transportation Security (from facilitating trade and travel to addressing the global migration challenge; from hub security to fighting illegal trade and criminal activities and eradicating tax evasion)
- Urban Security and Efficiency (from smart buildings to industrial and corporate security; from stadium and infrastructure security to monitoring and controlling public areas, video surveillance, urban mobility, ticketing and fare collection)
- Smart Devices, Product Lifecycles and Anti-Counterfeiting (transparency and accountability, fighting illicit trade, protecting authenticity of pharmaceuticals and luxury goods to securing critical documents)
The eighth Annual Congress of the Sustainability Summit will host a number of initiatives aiming to frame the emerging trends and key focus topics identified in the main areas of investigation selected in 2018 by the Special Interest Working Groups (SIWGs). Light will be shed on best practices and lessons learned in a number of different contexts, as discussed throughout the year by the representatives of:
- Future Cities
- Finance Transparency Forum
- HealthTech Innovation
- Automotive Innovation
- Electronics Day
Speaking at the Sustainability Summit – Digital Economy Conference 2018
Speaker applications have been received and reviewed by the DEC Advisory Board on October 29. Refer to the official website of the event for the latest status of the agenda: www.digitaleconomyconference.com. Last-minute speaker applications should comply with the specifications of the DEC 2018 Call for Papers.
Call for Papers Sustainability Summit and DEC 2018
How to submit an Abstract for Evaluation
Individuals and Organizations interested in submitting abstracts for consideration must ensure their proposed contributions are original, pertinent, previously unpublished and submitted in English. Abstracts are evaluated on the basis of content, originality, topicality, clarity and caliber of the speaker.
Abstracts should reflect the scope of the event, which is the diffusion of information and know-how regarding state-of-the-art digital technologies and their applications. Please note that in the selection process, case histories and end-user presentations will be favored. Multiple applications by the same company/speaker are allowed. The congress aims to be an informative event: as such, commercial presentations will be rejected.
In order for their application(s) to be evaluated, candidate speakers are to provide the following data in a single communication via mail or email to the conference organizers by October 25:
• Author’s name
• Author’s organization/company and position/job title
• Author’s short bio/CV (narrative form, approx. 200 words)
• Author’s portrait (high resolution, 300 dpi)
• Author’s full contact details (postal address, email, telephone, fax)
• Title of the presentation (max. 15 words)
• Abstract of the presentation (min 200 words, max 300 words)
• Focus topic(s) related to the presentation
CALL FOR PAPERS EXPIRES ON OCTOBER 25
When responding to the Call for Papers, please note that each abstract for speaker candidacy is to be communicated with a full, separate application per above-mentioned specifications.
The official language of the Sustainability Summit is English (Speaker applications and materials). Delivery of speeches is allowed in English or Arabic, as simultaneous translation is supported.
Full presentations or narrative versions of the speech must be submitted within event production deadlines communicated, for review by the conference team before publication. Selected speakers need to register as conference delegates in order to accept the speaking slot. Speaker policies apply.
For speaker enquiries, please contact the Conference Team: firstname.lastname@example.org