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TAMAKKAN SESSION ON NEW “TAJER ABU DHABI” LICENSE
Apr11

TAMAKKAN SESSION ON NEW “TAJER ABU DHABI” LICENSE

HELD IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ABU DHABI DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT     Entrepreneur Alert! On the 21st of April, the Department of Economic Development will conduct an open-discussion about Abu Dhabi’s new Tajer license. DED officials will shed light on the free, two-year business license. If you want to gain more insight, be sure to register as seats are limited.   To register, email: events@brandmoxie.com  ...

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SMART CITIES: BLOCKCHAIN
Dec05

SMART CITIES: BLOCKCHAIN

PRESS RELEASE   ABU DHABI MUNICIPALITY FOCUSES ON BLOCKCHAIN TRANSFORMATION IN ITS INNOVATION FOCUSED “SMART CITIES” SERIES.   ABU DHABI, UAE – A gathering of UAE based and international cryptocurrency experts advocated the creation of a unified platform to connect developers, business, the government to enhance the adoption of blockchain technology in the UAE. The Tamakkan BrainTrust also articulated the need for greater experimentation and collaboration across government and private entities to unlock blockchain innovation. The event, hosted at the Beach Rotana Residences, brought together government and private institutional stakeholders as well as academics, who shared insights on the role of blockchain technology and its exciting potential applications.  The “braintrust,” a specialized discussion focused on outcomes, featured Mohammed Mahfoudh Balfaqih, Managing Director of Peninsular Advisory, Rajesh Johnny Co-Founder Oryx Prive Investments, and Hoda Al Khzaimi, Director of the Centre of Cybersecurity at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), and brought together a diverse group of investors, consultants, regulators and engineers to devise a framework for the UAE. Balfaqih recommended that government build a private blockchain platform by giving access to citizens and residents to data centers and IT departments in order to experiment with the development of select key products. “The government can spur the adoption of blockchain technology by introducing simpler regulations and offering incentives, while the private sector can support startups by investing in them and encouraging experimentation,” he added. The Municipality welcomed open discussion about the challenges and opportunities presented by blockchain technology. Omar Al Hashmi, Director at the Abu Dhabi Municipality’s Knowledge Management and Innovation Department said, “blockchain is an exciting technology that will forever change many of the products and services that we use today, and this is why we should bring together stakeholders at government and private sector level to shape the conversation.” Al Khzaimi, urged the creation of an ecosystem with computing power to ensure that there is adequate mining capabilities, and also the creation of open regulatory labs that bring together governments, industry and academia to build a unique local framework. Johnny extolled the benefits of blockchain as a valuable tool that can solve many of the world’s challenging problems, describing blockchain as a simple and open source solution that gives trust to the people, removing inefficiencies from processes that are usually slow because they need various approvals or verification. Among the industries being disrupted by blockchain are identity management and banking, said Johnny, adding that blockchain is also unlocking much needed venture capital for startups, thereby empowering youth and creating jobs. “There is a huge pile of data that can use blockchain to link departments, organizations or governments and the...

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THE TAMAKKAN EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP
Oct24

THE TAMAKKAN EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP

A COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP WITH THE ABU DHABI MUNICIPALITY   Tamakkan is a knowledge-sharing initiative aimed at promoting innovation, best practices and corporate social responsibility to corporations and institutions. Date: 31 October 2018 Time: 10 am – 11 am Venue: Abu Dhabi City Municipality at the Council Chamber on Salam St. [OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. FREE TO ATTEND.]   Register at: events@brandmoxie.com...

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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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