Hundreds to benefit from Apps World Forum workshops in Saudi Arabia

Tech-based startups and e-commerce-based companies are participating in the three-day forum, which opened on Thursday. (Courtesy: Jeddah Chambers)
Updated 06 October 2018
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Hundreds to benefit from Apps World Forum workshops in Saudi Arabia

  • More than 150 tech-based startups and e-commerce-based companies are hosted during the forum
  • The forum also hosts some of the key development companies in the Kingdom, which provided guidance and detailed information to interested visitors

JEDDAH: Developers, entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts from around the Kingdom gathered at the Ritz-Carlton in Jeddah to attend the Application World Forum for its second consecutive year.

The three-day forum was launched in the presence of Deputy Makkah Gov. Prince Abdullah bin Bandar, “known for being a great supporter of entrepreneurs and technology in the country,” according to Thamer Al-Fartooshi, chairman of the Jeddah Entrepreneurship Committee (JEC).

More than 150 tech-based startups and e-commerce-based companies are hosted during the forum, where they will have the chance to introduce their services and showcase their stories to the forum’s visitors.

Al-Fartooshi said: “Our target is to have more than 1,500 visitors during the forum days, and today it can be seen as a great success toward achieving that.”

“Visitors will get the chance to attend nine workshops that cover topics related to developing an application and starting a tech-based business from market leaders, including discussing new ideas, displaying unique and different applications, an introduction to e-commerce and marketing through applications.”

The forum also hosts some of the key development companies in the Kingdom, which provided guidance and detailed information to interested visitors. 

Yousef Aldabbagh, co-founder and managing partner at eDesign, said: “This kind of event is an interesting opportunity to meet this number of young people who are really interested in the apps world and explore its potential.”

“The application industry in the country is extremely huge and promising. It is a realized opportunity to both local and international developers.”

Aldabbagh, whose eDesign digital agency has been running for 10 years, added: “Today we are providing a free consultation service for anyone who has the interest to enter this market.”

The forum is also a great opportunity for startups and entrepreneurs to engage with developers and technology specialists to take ideas and businesses to the next stage.

Khalid Alahmad, a young entrepreneur who has an application idea, said: “I’m here today in order to understand this industry.”

This type of event is what we need and we look forward to every year. Today I was able to meet with real developers and attended workshops and speeches, which opened my eyes to what exactly I need to do next.”

Also, almost 150 developers and programmers are competing in the forum’s hackathon, which continues until Saturday when the winning ideas will be announced.


Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Updated 22 January 2019
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Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco’s Uthmaniyah Gas Plant (UGP) has been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a “Lighthouse” manufacturing facility and a leader in technology applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 
Saudi Aramco is the first energy company globally to be included in this select group of manufacturing sites. The plant is also the only facility in the Middle East to be recognized by WEF. 
The announcement was made ahead of WEFs annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
The gas plant is one of the world’s largest gas processing plants and was commissioned in 1981 as part of Saudi Aramco’s Master Gas System to process associated gas from oil wells. 
The use of drones and wearable technologies to inspect pipelines and machinery has helped cut inspection time by 90% in this industrial facility.
“The recognition of the Uthmaniyah Gas Plant demonstrates Saudi Aramco’s shift to transform and adapt in the rapidly changing global energy landscape. Uthmaniyah is only one part of our large integrated energy value chain where IR 4.0 technologies are playing a critical role to enable significant capital and operational efficiencies,” said Amin H. Nasser, Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco.
The seven new facilities join nine other “Manufacturing Lighthouses” which WEF unveiled in September 2018. The 16 factories were selected from an initial list of 1,000 manufacturers based on their successful implementation of cutting-edge technologies of the future that drive financial and operational impact.
The “Lighthouse” program was conducted by WEF in collaboration with McKinsey during a year-long study. A study team visited UGP in Saudi Arabia and performed a thorough audit.