SRTI Park holds marathon international summit on innovation and technology transformation

  • First-ever hybrid summit connects Sharjah, Paris, New York and major players in the world of technology for 14 hours of discussion on how to best shape the future of innovation and promote sustainability

  • 50+ international speakers, 5,000+ participants from 100 countries, across different time zones

  • Summit will be followed by awards recognizing global excellence and leadership 

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06 September 2020 - Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Mark your calendar: 22nd September 2020. Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park), the UAE’s premier research and innovation hub, is organizing the first edition of the MENA Innovation Technology Transfer Summit (MITT Summit), a marathon hybrid summit spanning 14 hours of discussions on innovation, technology transfer and sustainability. 

With over 50 international speakers, 5,000 participants from 100 countries, the Summit will bring together global investors, government and private sector representatives, experts, entrepreneurs, academics, and other relevant stakeholders for an immersive experience of knowledge sharing, business showcasing and networking.

MITT Summit is held under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, in partnership with Women in Tech (Global Movement) MTL connect (Canada) and PauseFest (Australia) 

The Summit will start at 10am (UAE time) on September 22 to enable representatives from all major time zones to participate during this 14-hour long marathon conference. 

Historic summit

Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park, remarked: “MITT Summit is a historic summit not only because it’s a marathon hybrid summit but it is an international platform that convenes the private sector, government and academia to co-innovate and co-create new business opportunities, new ventures and new technologies.”

“MITT Summit is in line with “the vision that anticipates the future” being advocated by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah,” said Al Mahmoudi, adding: “The Middle East is becoming the world’s fastest-growing marketplace for business and technology transformation.”

Al Mahmoudi noted MITT Summit will participants to build a diverse network of contacts, create synergies and opportunities, and gain access to key players in the regional and international research, development and innovation ecosystem.

“We are laying the ground for companies to elevate their brand and discover investment opportunities as they learn from international best practices and connect with different actors of the regional and global econom,” Al Mahmoudi underlined.

Shaping the future 

MITT Summit will have an extensive program and thematic panel discussion covering science and technology, business opportunities, digital transformation, research and innovation, and innovative solutions.

Among the many topics include how to future proof one of the world’s important natural resources, which is water. In this panel discussion, global water experts will discuss how the future of water supply depends on technology and innovation.

The future of transportation will also be discussed as experts will share transformative transportation technologies and when the next era of transportation will be off the ground.

Business leaders will also their minds together to create a cohesive work environment. Because collaboration is the most effective path to innovation, they will talk about breaking down silos, building partnerships, and creating collaborative ecosystems. 

As the UAE has set forth a historic mission to Mars, the Summit will also talk about the future of Space and how humans can someday colonise the Red Planet. 

Solving the global disparity in access to technology will also be tackled. Panellists will discuss why equal access to the internet is the key to the prosperity of generations to come, and what actions should be taken to narrow the digital divide.

More experts will talk about building smart cities and discuss how to take the best parts of technology and innovation to build a sustainable global community.

Recognising global excellence and leadership

Following the Summit is the first-ever MENA Innovation Technology Transfer Summit Awards that will recognize and celebrate excellence and leadership in Innovation and Technology under 3 categories: MITTS Global Award, MENA’s Rising Star and Women in Tech MENA Award. 

MITT Summit Global Award will recognize organizations, startups, enterprise, non-profit companies that promote innovation technology and create positive impact in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Winners will receive prizes that include grants, accelerator program and business residency at the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park.

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