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Bahrain to Host Innovation Festival “unbound Bahrain”

Monica Elias, Feb 19 2018

“unbound Bahrain”, a two-day festival celebrating the most innovative startups in the GCC region, will be taking place in Bahrain from 7-8 March 2018 at the Bahrain International Circuit.

The festival is being organized by “unbound”, which specializes in global innovation events, and is being held in association with Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) and supported by “Startup Bahrain”.

“unbound Bahrain” will be part of StartupBahrain week and is expected to attract 1000 regional entrepreneurs, who will have the opportunity to meet with leading innovators and explore over 100 emerging technologies, products and services from across the region.

HE Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the EDB, said, “Technological advancements are revolutionizing the way we do business and transforming our economies into digital powerhouses. Events such as those organized by “unbound” are important platforms for discussing industry trends and for sharing the latest new products, solutions and services that will support long-term economic growth.”

The festival will bring together 50 influential speakers from Fintech, Adtech, travel, e-commerce and more, for two days of panels and keynote speeches. Sessions will highlight the latest trends supporting the transition to a digital economy, as well as the creation of a supportive environment for innovation and e-commerce in the Gulf, the role that governments play in innovation, reaching the connected consumer and the future of finance. The festival will also feature a Female Founders Startup Challenge, startup-investor pitching, exhibitions and hackathons.

“Having helped fuel innovation ecosystems around the world over the past five years, I recognize the opportunity for growth of the knowledge economy of the Gulf and believe the kingdom to be an important strategic gateway for the region,” said Daniel Seal, Founder and CEO of unbound. “We’re thrilled to be working closely with the visionary EDB to bridge the gap between disruptive, emerging companies and established, international brands.” 

Bahrain Technology Week, which took place in September of last year, successfully highlighted the role that modern technology is playing in disrupting global industries and emphasized the positive contribution that start-ups are making to developing regional economies. During the event, Amazon Web Services announced plans to launch its first Middle East Region in Bahrain by early 2019, improving access to state-of-the-art technology for Gulf-based businesses and reducing the need for costly data infrastructure. An innovation-focused forum organized by MIT University was also held during the week.

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