GITEX Future Stars Pavilion 14th – 17th October 2018 Dubai World Trade Centre, United Arab Emirates A Signing ceremony and exchange of letters was held for UNIDO ITPO Bahrain to be an “Event Partner” for the “GITEX Future Stars: Bahrain Pavilion” held in partnership with BTECH, WorkSmart and Tamkeen, at the Dubai World Trade Centre, United Arab Emirates. GITEX Future Stars is an event dedicated to start-ups is one of the leading technology events in the region and it took place during the GITEX Technology Week bringing about 150,000 attendees including start-ups, investors, innovators and many others from over 180 countries. Attendees came together to share an experience that involved networking, workshops, conferences , as well as a competition where a number of startups pitched in front of an international jury; GITEX Future Stars Supernova Challenge”. Beirut-based start-up “ Spike” was named The Supernova champion and won the grand cash prize of $100,000, while other start-ups were made category winners and received other rewards. Youth and Technology 4th Symposium: Information Economy 20th October 2018 The Wyndham Grand, Manama Under the Patronage of Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Qaed, Chief Executive of Information & eGovernment Authoirty, UNIDO ITPO Bahrain partnered with YouthTech to hold their 4th Forum which aimed to help increase youth activity in the IT sector through relevant discussions and activities. Secondary to this, the YouthTech4 also worked to promote the Sustainable Development Goals and Bahrain‟s 2030 Vision amongst Bahraini youth. Various speakers, Including Dr. Hashim Hussein, Head of UNIDO ITPO Bahrain, took part in the conference to discuss relevant and important topics related to youth engagement and the importance of the SDG‟s. Additionally, an exhibition was held within the Forum, which provided an opportunity for promising and emerging businesses in the field of information technology to showcase their products. 3

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