Step Conference 2024 Charting New Frontiers in Tech and Entrepreneurship
Mita Srinivasan
10X Technology

Step Conference 2024 Charting New Frontiers in Tech and Entrepreneurship

Latest edition unveils pioneering tracks in AI, fintech, and sustainable tech

The Step Conference, now in its 12th year, stands at the forefront of technological and entrepreneurial innovation. This year's edition promises to be a groundbreaking event with Ray Dargham, Co-Founder and CEO of Step, leading the charge.

Dargham emphasizes the dynamic nature of this year's conference, "Building upon our past successes, we're gearing up to host 8000 international participants, over 350 startups, and the attention of 150 venture capital firms." This year Step introduces six distinct tracks – Startup, AI, Fintech, Digital, Earth, and Wellness – each dedicated to exploring different dimensions of technology and entrepreneurship.

The AI track, a key addition this year, aligns with the UAE National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence 2031, exploring topics from Artificial General Intelligence to regulatory frameworks and deep learning. "Recognizing the profound impact AI will have across various industries, we believe this track will offer immense value," Dargham notes, highlighting the significance of AI in the current technological landscape. These sessions are crafted to offer start-ups invaluable insights into the ethical, regulatory, and technological advancements of AI, empowering them to navigate and capitalise on this dynamic landscape of innovation.

Another notable addition is the Earth Track, focusing on sustainable technologies and strategies. "As we witness increasing concerns about climate change, it is imperative to provide a platform for sustainable solutions," explains Dargham, emphasizing Step Conference's commitment to driving positive change. This new addition track aligns perfectly with Step Conference’s overall vision of fostering innovation and driving positive change. By directing focus towards Greentech, impact, and sustainability, we aim to highlight the latest technologies and strategies that can contribute to a more sustainable world.

Dargham also highlights the conference's role in fostering global networking and innovation, "We're offering startups and the business ecosystem a robust global networking platform and an innovation hub." The pre-arranged meetings between startups, investors, and mentors, along with a dedicated app for on-site networking, are set to enhance the deal-making experience.

Step Conference 2024 stands as a testament to the region's growing influence in the global tech landscape, offering a platform for discussion, collaboration, and innovation. With a diverse range of topics and expert insights, the conference is poised to continue to shape the future of technology and entrepreneurship in the Middle East and beyond.