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Introduction

“Kuwait Cloud HUB Conference (KWCHUB)” reflects a critical stage for the future of computing in Kuwait. Government agencies stand on the threshold of strategically entering the era of cloud computing, which sets Kuwait on par among the developed countries globally in information technology. The new phase will translate this ambition through projects carried out by the Communications and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA). By regulating this technology domain, CITRA turns Kuwait into an advanced center for global cloud computing companies. CITRA has developed the necessary regulations and service rules regarding cloud computing in Kuwait. The regulations are published on CITRA’s website https://citra.gov.kw/sites/Ar/Pages/regulations.aspx.
 
NoufEXPO keeps pace with CITRA’s ambitions and achievements by organizing the KWCHUB to attract local and international companies, expertise, and capital wishing to invest in this booming knowledge economy.
 
Role of Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing represents the future of computing. Many organizations of all kinds and sizes are adopting cloud computing to run their businesses. Global manufacturers of major computer systems are moving intensely towards adopting the design and manufacturing of cloud computing products. They offer cloud computing services through massive data centers in multiple regions of the world to serve their customers whatever their sizes or requirements for data processing, security, protection, and integrity. We can easily claim that the cloud is representing the future of computing globally. No individual or organization in the public and private sectors can avoid adopting cloud computing. We all use the cloud in one way or another; e-mail systems are a clear example.
 
The Transition towards Cloud Computing
The transition of enterprises, particularly government, from traditional information centers to the cloud regardless of its forms, capabilities, technologies, and multiple sources is challenging and daunting. It requires comprehensive changes in the hardware, software, processes, and available workforce. The transition also involves developing plans and specialized capabilities in selecting cloud computing systems and services, building new operational models, discussing contractual terms, and specifying optimum SLA contractual terms. These are mandatory to secure the interest of the organization. Determining the location(s) of storing the information and the responsibility for its security are critical issues to be aware of when negotiating with cloud computing service providers.
 
CITRA’s Cloud Computing Initiative
This initiative aims to build information data centers through which global cloud computing companies provide their services to their customers in Kuwait and abroad. These centers will offer public and private sector organizations tremendous capabilities to focus on developing solutions that serve their businesses and clients, thus saving capital and operational expenses, whether for the workforce, technical equipment, or premises. In addition, businesses will enjoy the highest degree of reliability, time-saving, and cybersecurity requirements, which has become a serious challenge and overhead at all levels and for all types and sizes of organizations.
 
Goals of CITRA’s Cloud Transition Initiative
  • Rationalize government spending and save huge costs on the short, medium, and long terms by directing government spending on computer hardware and equipment towards cloud computing. Significant savings will be realized by reducing the cost of upgrades, expansions, maintenance contracts and improving the performance of trained administrative and technical teams.
  • Provide adequate and instantaneously expandable infrastructure in response to government agencies’ needs and help provide more outstanding capabilities for data security, safety, business continuity, backup data systems, disaster recovery, etc.
  • Direct software development in government services to take advantage of the enormous potential of cloud computing. The initiative provides the appropriate infrastructure that helps the cooperation and synergy of government information centers.  Technical teams will collaborate to develop next-generation solutions/services that are more advanced, easier to use, highly integrated, and less costly.
  • Provide an opportunity for local technology companies or investors to be part of the cloud ecosystem.
 
 

About KWCHUB

“Kuwait Cloud HUB Conference” aims to address CITRA’s initiative to move towards cloud computing and reshape computing in Kuwait, including the road map, challenges, and options. The motto of “Towards the Future of Computing” reflects the topics presented at the conference. KWCHUB provides an invaluable opportunity to discuss all the challenges and help develop the necessary plans to transition to cloud computing. KWCHUB is an opportunity for local companies to be part of the transition. It will also pave the way for international telecommunications and technology companies and investors to seek business opportunities associated with the transition process in Kuwait, similar to the developed countries of the region and the world.
 
KWCHUB will host many government agencies and information centers involved in developing the e-government program in Kuwait. Data centers of eGovernment agencies and other industry sectors will be invited. Global technology companies specializing in building Cloud data centers and their related services will attend the event, in addition to local and regional technology companies.
 
 
 

Invited Agencies

KWCHUB will enjoy a high level of participation from Kuwait and abroad. Invitees fall into the following categories:
 
  • Ministers and government officials
  • Members of the parliament
  • Government information centers
  • Oil sector companies
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Global cloud vendors
  • Regional and local technology companies
  • Global communication vendors
  • Communication, Internet, and data service providers
  • VIP, experts, and selected guests
 

Exhibition

The accompanying virtual exhibition provides an important platform for sponsoring companies to display their cloud infrastructure and related services, such as development, ecosystem, planning, and implementation.
 
Through the 3D interactive expo feature, exhibitors will be able to:
 
  • Select one of many built-in designs or design their expo/exhibition themes.
  • Show their pull-ups, banners, videos, any other marketing documents for download by virtual visitors.
  • Run chats with virtual visitors, explain their products and services, and collect clients’ business cards.
 

Program

Day1: 06 December 2021

 
Time Topic
09:00 – 09:05 Opening Statement
09:10 – 09:15 Keynote Speech – Eng. Salim Muthib Al-Ozainah
Chairman and CEO – Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA)
09:15 – 09: 20 Keynote Speech – Mr. Yousef  Khaled Yousef Al-Marzook
General Manager – NoufEXPO
09:20 – 09:50 CITRA’s Cloud Computing Strategy for Kuwait
09:50 – 10:15 Prospects of the Technology Industry with Cloud Computing
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 10:50 Technology and Service Models of Cloud Computing  
10:50 – 11:10 Success Drivers and Benefits of Cloud Computing
11:10 – 11:30 Economic Impact of Cloud Computing
11:30 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 13:15 Panel Discussion
Topic: Financial and Technical Returns of  Adopting Cloud computing
13:15 – 13:35 The Shift to Conternization & Developing Native Cloud Solutions
13:35 – 13:55 Environmental Impact of Cloud Computing
13:55 – 14:15 Global & Regional Adoption of Cloud Computing
14:15 – 14:20 Closing Remarks and End of Day1
 
 

Day2: 07 December 2021

 
Time Topic
09:00  – 10:15 Panel Discussion
Topics: Requirements Implementing Cloud Computing by Government Agencies
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 10:50 Responsibility of Info Security & Privacy in Cloud Computing
10:50 – 11:10 Using Professional Consulting Services to Implement Cloud Plans
11:10 – 11:30 Kuwait Legislative Readiness for Implementing Cloud Computing
11:30 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 13:15 Panel Discussion
Topics: Best Practices of Implementing Cloud Computing Plans
13:15 – 13:35 Negotiating Cloud Computing Service Level Agreements
13:35 – 13:55 Selecting the Right Cloud Partner(s)
13:55 – 14:15 Preparing for Cloud-Competent Human Resources
14:15 – 14:30 KWCHUB Recommendations – Closing Remarks – End of KWCHUB
 

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Sponsors

   
   
 

Organizers

 
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Contact Details :

 
NoufEXPO
Al Salhiya St., Al-Majara Bldg., 3rd Floor, Office No.8
P. O. Box 28178, Safat 13142, Kuwait
Tel: +965 22469921 / +965 22469924
Fax: +965 22469928
www.noufexpo.com.kw
info@noufexpo.com.kw
 
 
 

Venue

KWCHUB convenes virtually –Powered by Vmeets, the leading event management Platform. Vmeets virtual platform provides all the necessary facilities necessary for conferences and exhibitions.
 
VMeets virtual platform is based on 3D VIRUAL & INTERACTIVE facilities featuring:
 
  • Online 3D interactive WELCOME LOBBY – Reception Area
  • Online 3D interactive AUDITORIUM – Technical Sessions Area
  • Online 3D interactive EXHIBITION HALL – Exhibition Hall
  • Online 3D interactive EXHIBITION BOOTH – Exhibition Booths
  • Online 3D interactive MEETING ZONE – Meeting area
  • Full online invitations, registration, and confirmation tools
  • Online event management services
 

Click here for a Vmeets introductory video.

 
 

Welcome Lobby

 
 

Auditorium

 
 

Exhibition Hall

 
 

Lounge