SMART CITIES: BRAINTRUST TALKS
Oct09

SMART CITIES: BRAINTRUST TALKS

PRESS RELEASE   ABU DHABI MUNICIPALITY LAUNCHES “SMART CITIES” SERIES TO ENGAGE POLICY MAKERS AND BUSINESS LEADERS   ABU DHABI, UAE – Entities in the UAE should work together and share knowledge openly to advance the creation of the Internet of Things (IoT) framework that will power the digital transformation of Abu Dhabi, said experts at “The Role of IoT in Smart Cities,” as part of the Smart Cities Tamakkan BrainTrust held by the Abu Dhabi City Municipality. The event, which was hosted by the Beach Rotana Residences, brought together government and private institutions as well as academics who discussed new trends, challenges and insights on the role of IoT in building the shaping Smart Cities and Abu Dhabi’s nextgen vision. The ‘braintrust’ is a gathering of highly informed individuals from diverse backgrounds who engage in open conversation and the sharing of thoughts, fears, opinions and plans on how to solve real world problems together. The purpose of holding it, as articulated by Omar Al Hashmi, Director at the Abu Dhabi Municipality’s Knowledge Management and Innovation Department, is: “to create a platform for real and substantive dialogue, and involve all the players at both government and private sector level to be part of the conversation.”     Sami Al Hashimi, Head of Smart Cities and Infrastructure at the Abu Dhabi Municipality discussed some of the new technologies that are being launched across the city of Abu Dhabi, and that are envisioned for the future. The panelists of the event also included Fadi Shanaah, Regional Director, Smart Cities & Healthcare of Orange Business Services; Anthony Sayers, IoT Centre of Expertise Strategic Partnership Lead EMEA of Software AG, and Nicolas Andrieu, Vice President MEA of Sigfox FZE, and the session was moderated by Sana Bagersh, the Founder of Tamakkan. Shanaah of Orange Business Services classified the UAE as “the most innovative country in the Middle East and a testbed for smart cities.” This sparked questions from community advocates about the implications of ‘smart city’, and the ‘inverse’ paradigm being whether seamlessly served technologies are making citizens more dependent and ‘less smart.’ In response, Shanaah cited education, at societal and business level, as the main driver of change to facilitate adoption and universal acceptance.  “Just introducing technology does not make a city smart. Countries have to adapt strategies and technology should touch education, healthcare and lives.”       Nicolas Andrieu VP of MEA Sigfox explained that “Harnessing the power of IoT, public and private organizations can deliver a smarter, more efficient service that moves from being reactive to predictive, improving the quality of service for citizens and lessening the environmental impact.”...

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THE TAMAKKAN BRAINTRUST TALKS
Sep19

THE TAMAKKAN BRAINTRUST TALKS

TAMAKKAN BRAINTRUST KICKS OF FIRST SMART CITIES EVENT   The Tamakkan BrainTrust was formed in 2005 to serve as a catalyst for growth and innovation, providing government and business leaders with essential insight and access to high level guidance on strategic and fast-moving topics. We have been able to respond rapidly to provide mission critical information through a dynamic network of highly qualified individuals who share their knowledge and expertise. Our BrainTrust sessions have assembled small and larger groups of experts in multi-disciplinary fields to engage in candid discussion and debate on issues that are transforming our everyday experiences and transforming the world.W We have worked with government and public entities, as well as industries that include telecom, healthcare, finance, retail, education, infrastructure and real estate.   Date: 18 September 2018 Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Venue: Beach Rotana Residences [AN EXCLUSIVE...

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SME Innovation
Jul02

SME Innovation

A Knowledge Sharing Seminar with Abu Dhabi Municipality   When it comes to developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem, how should the decision makers choose between accelerating this process or pacing it carefully to make sure that we take the global practices that are a proper fit for UAE? And how much is this push for building an entrepreneurial ecosystem just the temptation to build a Silicon Valley of the Middle East?   Join us at the Abu Dhabi Municipality’s knowledge sharing seminar to listen and discuss with regional and international experts how the UAE can harness the potential entrepreneurship to build its nation. Date: 18 July 2018 Time: 4pm Venue: HQ Theater in Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Salam St. Register: events@brandmoxie.com   FEATURING: Tiberiu Iacomi Founder The Improbable Agency Robyn Brazzil Director StartAD, NYUAD Toufic Mansour Managing Director Al Dhary Holding OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. FREE TO...

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THE YOUTH: BOLD NEW WORLD 2018 MANIFESTO
Jan24

THE YOUTH: BOLD NEW WORLD 2018 MANIFESTO

Tamakkan Forum Issues Youth Policy Guidelines for the Changing Landscapes of Technology, Media, Entrepreneurship and Ethics ABU DHABI, UAE – Youth today need to be media literate, technologically savvy, ethical and think like an entrepreneurs, according to the BOLD NEW WORLD Manifesto issued at the end of the Tamakkan’s YOUTH: 2018 forum. The event, held under the Year of Zayed banner, issued guidelines developed by four expert panels on the transformation taking place in technology, media, ethics, and entrepreneurship, and the measures that need to be in place right now, to enable and guide youth to face emerging challenges and opportunities, and build a ‘bold new world’. The forum took place at the Sorbonne University, and included partners Sky News Arabia, Emirates Foundation and Harvard Business Review (HBR). It kicked off with presentation of HBR’s Top Key Youth Indicators, and included an interview of CEO of Emirates Foundation, HE Maytha Al Habsi who shared the foundation’s vision for the future. The four panels explored issues relating to ‘Media’ which was led by Sky News’ Chantal Saliba; ‘Technology’ led by New York University Abu Dhabi’s Jared Grogan; ‘Ethics’ led by Canadian University Dubai’s Dr. Franziska Apprich; and ‘Entrepreneurship’ led by The Improbable Agency’s Laura Toma. The Manifesto defined clear recommendations to help youth realize their capabilities and the new opportunities that are open for them to challenge and conquer. Sana Bagersh, Tamakkan’s founder, and CEO of BrandMoxie announced THE BOLD NEW WORLD YOUTH MANIFESTO: For Technology: Youth are ahead of the curve and more adaptable to change and they must be empowered and trusted from a young age to grow as leaders in driving technological change, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Society needs to democratize knowledge through open source platforms that enable people across ages, backgrounds, and academic disciplines to enhance their knowledge and skill set with hands on experience. Youth need to overcome fear of failure and be encouraged to overcome assumption that STEM subjects are too difficult. Youth need to unlock the power of technology and innovate, by experimenting and opening their minds to new possibilities. For Media: Youth should be vigilant in processing information and should have access to adequate media literacy tools and education so that they are able to know and judge their information sources. Youth should know how to guard their reputation by pushing out digital information responsibly and understanding longterm consequences. Young people involved in social media marketing should accept the responsibility that comes with the power they have to influence others, ensuring information is accurate and will not incur damage on individuals or society. For Entrepreneurship: Young people should be encouraged to pursue social...

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YOUTH: A BOLD NEW WORLD 2018 ON GLOBAL DISRUPTION FACING YOUTH
Jan21

YOUTH: A BOLD NEW WORLD 2018 ON GLOBAL DISRUPTION FACING YOUTH

Tamakkan Brings Experts to Debate Challenges and Opportunities Abu Dhabi, UAE – The changing landscape of technology, media, business and ethics will be explored at Youth: A Bold New World 2018, a Tamakkan forum hosted at the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD) on the 23rd of January. The youth focused forum being held by BrandMoxie’s Tamakkan platform, in collaboration with PSUAD, Emirates Foundation, Sky News Arabia, and Harvard Business Review Arabic, brings together experts and youth to discuss the challenges and opportunities that are rapidly transforming the world. The forum will feature an interview of Emirates Foundation’s CEO H.E. Maytha Al Habsi, who will share the foundation’s vision and strategy in a chat with Alan Marzo, Culture and Political Advisor of the Swiss Embassy. This will be followed by four panels focused on technology, media, entrepreneurship and ethics. The event will kick off with a presentation on key youth indicators, by Hadi Malaeb of Harvard Business Review which will highlight current and future youth trends in the region. Sky News Arabia anchor Chantal Saliba will moderate the Youth and Media panel which will feature panelists Valia Chami, Senior News Editor, Abdou Gadallah, Social Media Editor and Mahra Al Yaqoobi, Learning & Development Manager. The discussion will address emerging media issues such as the incidence of fake news and the increase in extremist ideologies, and the measures in media literacy that are needed to guide youth. The Youth and Technology panel will be moderated by New York University Abu Dhabi special advisor Jared Grogan whose panelists include Abdelrazak Al-Sharif, Innovation Engineer at StartAD, NYUAD, Hoda Al Khzaimi, Director of the Center of Cyber Security at NYUAD, Britt Spyrou, National Organic Market Access Manager of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and Elizabeth McGuffee, Director of Institutional Advancement at American Community School (ACS). They will discuss the rapidly evolving tech space and what youth need to be aware of with regards to the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, Virtual and Augmented Reality. The Youth and Ethics panel which will be led by Dr. Franziska Apprich from the Canadian University in Dubai will include panelists Anne Russell, Service Learning Coordinator at ACS, and Fatema Al Hameli, Mechanical Engineer at Abu Dhabi Space Agency. It will explore vital issues in ethics that need to be inculcated in youth to enable them to thrive and become responsible and engaged as citizens of the world. Laura Toma, Managing Partner at The Improbable Agency, will be moderating the Youth and Entrepreneurship panel, which will comprise Lina Hourani, Director of CSR at Al Ahli Group, Maria Pearson, Founder of Grow.me, Taleb Al...

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