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Saudi to host second edition of global tech event Leap in February

Saudi to host second edition of global tech event Leap in February

The Riyadh Front Exhibition & Conference Centre is set to host an expected 100,000 tech innovators from February 6-9

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The second edition of Leap – Saudi Arabia’s major technology event is returning to Riyadh in February with a larger format.

An expected 100,000 global tech innovators and disruptors will gather at the Riyadh Front Exhibition & Conference Centre from February 6-9, 2023, to unveil and accelerate breakthrough products and ideas, and forge partnerships that will drive new collaborations.

Meamwhile, Leap’s inaugural DeepFest, organised in partnership with the Saudi Data & AI Authority (SDAIA), will take place between February 7-9 and bring together global AI eco-system players to present multi-sector initiatives in a thought leadership conference with sector-specific tracks, trainings, live demonstrations, startup pitches and an exhibition.

The event is supported by MCIT with Tahaluf, a joint venture between Informa and the SAFCSP that is co-owned by both companies.

Global business leaders, technocrats and experts will take to Leap’s main stage to bring new perspectives to pressing world issues, including climate emergency and sustainable development, health crises, equality, inclusion, belonging and diversity. They will discuss the leadership strategies of tech giants and unicorns, explore Web3’s business potential, and look to redefine governance paradigms for privacy, safety, and security.

The event will host over 700 billionaire investors, astronauts, technocrats, and sporting superstars turned tech investors across Leap’s various stages housing 15 conferences.

Furthermore, with over 900 exhibitors confirmed for 2023, Leap has drawn an international line-up from the USA, Middle East, Levant, North Africa, the Sub-continent, Europe and Scandinavia. They include Saudi Arabian heavyweights STC, NEOM, Saudi Aramco, Mobily and ELM lining up alongside an international cadre of the biggest names in the tech business, including Snapchat, Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Visa, Alibaba cloud, Ericsson, Huawei, Dell, Nokia, SAP, Microsoft, Cisco, and IBM.

Speakers at Leap 2023
Some of the speakers at this year’s event include football legend and tech investor Thierry Henry; billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper; two-time World Boxing Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua; Pekka Lundmark, president and CEO of Nokia; Borje Ekholm, president and CEO of Ericsson; Steve Bartlett, the youngest Dragon’s Den investor, podcaster, and founder of Social Chain; Gitanjali Rao, the 17-year-old American inventor and Time’s first-ever Kid of the Year; Susan Kilrain, NASA astronaut and the second woman and youngest person to pilot the Space Shuttle; and Sian Proctor, an explorer and mission pilot for the Inspiration4 all-civilian orbital mission to space. The scheduled investors control a combined and unprecedented $1.6tn fund pool.

“Our rapidly changing world demands we keep pace with appropriate regulation and governance, and we need the best brains in the business to help us navigate a globally appropriate pathway,” said Faisal Al Khamisi, chairman of the SAFCSP.

Leap 2023 – The Future is here and now
Mingling with exhibitors and visitors will be robotic humanoids from Japan and Hong Kong, dancing robots from the USA, the American innovators of the ‘Space 4 Girls’ weather balloon, which captures flight and low orbit images from space, and the team behind Roybi, the AI powered companions designed to tutor children. They will demo alongside Magic Keys augmented reality, which helps budding musicians learn to play instruments without reading music; the Stage11 music experience, which combines gaming, mixed reality and digital collectables; the South Korean haptic suit that has been integrated into VR games; Italy’s ‘Mirror’, which customises Pinko bags and mints them into NFTs; Interstellar Lab advanced farming technologies; and, from Estonia, the world’s first hydrogen-powered autonomous vehicle.

“These are the 21st century inventors who are presenting the world of living and work – but not as we currently know it,” said Michael Champion, regional EVP, MEA at Informa Markets, which organises Leap.

“This is an unprecedented and universal exhibitor mix which will send technology advancement into a whole new world-living orbit. Leap is the window to tomorrow’s world, an event which powers the future and empowers those looking to shape it.”

Leap has garnered support from numerous government and private sector organisations. Strategic partners and sponsors for Leap23 include Neom, STC, Saudi Aramco, Mobily, IBM, Microsoft, Ericsson, Huawei and Najm Insurance. The 2023 edition will also host country pavilions from the United Kingdom, Finland, Japan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Oman and India.

Read: In pics: Day two at Saudi’s global technology platform LEAP22

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