which aims at promoting public awareness on information technology and discussing the latest developments in digital technology.
Present at the forum, which was held at building 15 in the Cultural Village Foundation- Katara on Wednesday evening, were the Deputy General Manager of Operations in Katara, Mr. Ahmad Al-Sayed, Director of Katara's Information Technology Department, Mr. Thamer Al-Qadi, Head of IT Department at Qatar University, Dr. Somaya Al-Maadeed, officials from AISLELABS company and representatives of the tech-savvy community in Qatar.
The forum, scheduled to take place on the first Wednesday of every month, started with a speech by the Deputy General Manager of operations in Katara, Mr. Ahmad Al-Sayed, saying; "The Katara Tech Forum by the Cultural Village Foundation's information technology initiative focuses on contributing to the implementation of the goals targeted by Qatar's 2030 vision. Together, we will adopt youth issues related to information technology, and assist in finding solutions to the existing problems, in coordination with the concerned government bodies and scientific and research institutions."
Following the opening speech, a presentation by the Director of Information Technology Department, Mr. Thamer Al-Qadi on Katara's new initiative and other smart projects in the Cultural Village Foundation- Katara.
Al-Qadi outlined some of Katara's Tech Forum objectives, saying, "Katara Tech Forum also aims at enhancing cooperation with scientific institutions and organizations in Qatar and beyond, in addition to fostering ties and cooperation with local government bodies working to meet the goals of Qatar's vision 2030 in the information technology sector. Moreover, the forum is seeking to attract young national talent, upgrade their skills, nurture their creative energy and provide needed assistance on how to apply technology in real-time projects".
"The forum also eyes bridging the gap between tech-savvy youth interested in information technology and the information technology-based institutions, through organizing and hosting specialized conferences, symposiums, lecturers and scientific debate meetings on latest information and digital technology issues and breakthroughs. The word now speaks one language: Technology", the Director of Katara's Information Technology Department pointed out. Katara is ranked as a smart city and its portfolio has seven smart projects:
Project 1: Smart City Platform.
Project 2: Smart Traffic Monitoring.
Project 3: Smart Monitoring.
Project 4: Smart and Connected Lighting.
Project 5: Security and Genetic Analysis.
Project 6: GPS / analysis services
Project 7: Driverless Bus