STEP Conference 2015 launches Dubai on to the global startup scene – by Nina Henriksen
Dubai is fast becoming the center of the startup scene in the Middle East. This was evident to anyone attending the STEP Conference 2015 yesterday. Only three years after it’s launch, the technology, start-up and design event this year succeeded in drawing over 2000 attendees, 100 start-ups and 70 thought leaders from all around the world to Dubai.
Movers and shakers of tech and startup to Dubai
The biggest attraction may have been the chance to meet and greet some of the biggest movers and shakers in the Middle East technology industry gathered under one roof. Or to listen to the wise words and visions of some of the industry thought leaders who had flown in from San Francisco, London and Berlin.
Eager crowds at the event’s three scenes were guided through the latest trends in disruptive technology and the hottest new digital innovations by globally acclaimed gurus such as Jeremiah Owyang, Dave McClure and Mike Butcher.
Potentially a bright future
Jeremiah Owyang of Crowd Companies wowed the packed main stage area with his keynote speech about the importance of the collaborative economy, but was equally impressed with the turnout at the event.
He said: “This place is young and tech-savvy and judging by the age group here at STEP 2015, that there is a potentially bright future for the many young tech start-ups here.”
Spotlight on the local tech talent
STEP 2015 also put the spotlight on the local startup talent with the Startup Basecamp where select entrepreneurs had the opportunity to exhibit and mingle with more than 2,000 potential clients, partners or investors from the Middle East and beyond.
Ibrahim Colak, on the floor representing his fledgling company, mrUsta Solutions, was very clear on what sets STEP2015 apart from other startup events:
“It’s a lot friendlier and more open, so that makes it easier to network. You see investors and people from incubators walking around and they are easier to approach.”
If the STEP Conference organizers are able to keep this up, it looks like they might be in line to hit their target of 10,000 global attendees by 2017.
Visit the conference website here: http://www.stepconference.com