Riyadh technology event LEAP returns in February

Saudi Arabia is set to host the second chapter of LEAP, a tech event aimed at gathering digital experts, entrepreneurs, and innovators. The event will be held at the Riyadh Front Exhibition & Conference Centre from February 6-9, 2023, and is expected to host big tech retailers such as Nokia, Alibaba cloud, Ericsson, Huawei, and Dell among others.

According to a statement, the event will gather “drivers of the global Artificial Intelligence eco-system to unveil life-changing, multi-sector initiatives in a thought-leadership conference and sector-specific tracks, trainings, live-demos, start-up pitches and an exhibition featuring companies transforming the world we live and work in.”

Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO of Nokia and Borje Ekholm, President and CEO of Ericsson are also expected to speak.

90 start-ups will also compete for a prize pool of more than US$1 million at the LEAP Investor Stage.

The statement added, “a series of precision-focused Orbital Talks at LEAP will lift the lid off new parameters impacting the creative economy, smart cities, 4IR, energy, sustainability, FinTech, HealthTech, retail, education, NFTs and space tech.”

The event will host over 700 billionaire investors including others like astronauts, technocrats, and sporting superstars turned tech investors across LEAP’s various stages housing 15 conferences. 900 exhibitors have been confirmed for the event this year.

Support comes from the Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), which is powering LEAP in conjunction with Tahaluf – a strategic joint venture co-owned by Informa PLC and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP).

“Our rapidly changing world demands we keep pace with appropriate regulation and governance, and we need the best brains in the business to help us navigate a globally appropriate pathway,” said Faisal Al Khamisi, Chairman of the SAFCSP.

LEAP has also garnered support from numerous leading government and private sector organisations. Strategic partners and sponsors for LEAP23 include NEOM, STC, Saudi Aramco, Mobily, IBM, Microsoft, Ericsson, Huawei, and Najm Insurance. The 2023 edition will also host country pavilions from Oman, the United Kingdom, Finland, Japan, Pakistan, Indonesia, and India.