Agenda




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    February 11, 2020
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    5:00 pm
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    Main stage
  • STEP Start

STARTUP NIGHT

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  • 9:00 pm
  • Main stage

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    February 12, 2020
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    4:45 pm
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    Main stage
  • STEP Start

Pitch competition announcement winner

  • 4:45 pm
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  • Main stage

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    February 12, 2020
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    4:15 pm
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    Main Stage
  • STEP Start

Scaling in emerging markets

Setting up and scaling in emerging markets is one of the most challenging for entrepreneurs yet can come with loads…

  • 4:15 pm
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Setting up and scaling in emerging markets is one of the most challenging for entrepreneurs yet can come with loads of revenue and success if done right, this session we'll hear from emerging maket startups how they built their businesses, what strategies they followed to expand, what regulations they challenged to set up and how cultural barriers in these small markets have affected their scale up.

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    February 11, 2020
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    4:00 pm
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    STEP DIGITAL
  • STEP Digital

Digital Closing

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  • STEP DIGITAL

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    February 12, 2020
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    4:00 pm
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    STEP X/Money
  • STEP X

5G and Next Generation Connectivity

Next generation connectivity, what would improve with extremely fast connectivity? What are the direct and indirect industries that will be…

  • 4:00 pm
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Next generation connectivity, what would improve with extremely fast connectivity? What are the direct and indirect industries that will be affected by fast connectivity? How will 5G reflect on our daily lives? What will be the effect of it on communications infrastructures, autonomous vehicles, IoT and data analysis? At this point what's worse? Robots or 5G?

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    February 11, 2020
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    3:55 pm
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    main stage
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STEP SHOW

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    February 11, 2020
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    3:50 pm
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    Main Stage
  • STEP Start

Closing and intro to step show

  • 3:50 pm
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  • Main Stage

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    February 12, 2020
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    3:45 pm
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    STEP DIGITAL
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Don't Underestimate Millennials: An Entire Consumer Shift Driven by the Millennial Culture

From the US to Asia, the shift in consumer taste and behavior has been mind-blowing. Millennial /Gen-Z consumers care about…

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From the US to Asia, the shift in consumer taste and behavior has been mind-blowing. Millennial /Gen-Z consumers care about quality, experience, and meaning - and they're willing to pay for it. How are coffee brewers affecting giants like Starbucks and how are shoes brands like Atoms and Allbirds affecting Nike and Addidas? Is it real that kids these days are not dreaming about a Ferrari and don't really care to even own one? What's driving this change and how will it impact some of the world's most notorious brands? Who are the winners and the losers?

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    February 12, 2020
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    3:45 pm
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    Main Stage
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Asia's billion dollar ecosystem

Today, Asia-Pacific and China, have taken over the lead in creating the most billion-dollar companies. The regional ecosystem is no…

  • 3:45 pm
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Today, Asia-Pacific and China, have taken over the lead in creating the most billion-dollar companies. The regional ecosystem is no longer hiding in the shadows, and has made great strides over the past couple of years in terms of innovation and investment activity, examples of some leading companies Baidu instead of Google, Sina Weibo instead of Twitter, Didi instead of Uber, Tujia instead of Airbnb…and despite these recent successes and global recognition, the ecosystem remains a puzzle to many following it from the outside.

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    February 12, 2020
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    3:45 pm
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    STEP X/Money
  • STEP X

Keynote by Asma Shabab

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  • STEP X/Money

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    February 12, 2020
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    3:30 pm
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    STEP Digital
  • STEP Digital

Keynote by Chris Eid: Real Value Creation

What is the role of social platforms and brands in promoting social good and positive change? How to make content…

  • 3:30 pm
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What is the role of social platforms and brands in promoting social good and positive change? How to make content consumers be socially responsible? How to best use away from the cyberbullying and cultural threats?

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    February 11, 2020
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    3:30 pm
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    Main stage
  • STEP Start

Fireside: Smart Dubai

  • 3:30 pm
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  • Main stage

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    February 11, 2020
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    3:30 pm
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    STEP X/Money
  • STEP Money

Blockchain: Beyond the Hype

This year, 2020, blockchain is expected to begin to take its biggest, and most world-changing steps yet, discussing what to…

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This year, 2020, blockchain is expected to begin to take its biggest, and most world-changing steps yet, discussing what to expect in terms of products in production, regulation, privacy and security.

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    February 11, 2020
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    3:30 pm
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    STEP Digital
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Social life not so social: Expectations vs. Reality

The role of influential profiles in boosting media transparency, discussing strategies for remaining authentic, and not having to live the…

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The role of influential profiles in boosting media transparency, discussing strategies for remaining authentic, and not having to live the expectations vs. reality dilemma.

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    February 12, 2020
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    3:15 pm
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    Main stage
  • STEP Start

Fireside: Global Ventures <> SpiderSilk

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  • Main stage

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    February 12, 2020
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    3:15 pm
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    STEP X/Money
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Reality Check: Are Robotaxis Achievable by 2023?

Elon Musk claims that Tesla's full self driving (FSD) will be feature complete by 2020 and that Tesla robotaxis will…

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Elon Musk claims that Tesla's full self driving (FSD) will be feature complete by 2020 and that Tesla robotaxis will take certain streets as soon as 2021. Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi disagrees, as reported by CNBC in an interview in 2019. How far are we from Robotaxis and is Tesla ahead in the autonomous driving race? Will we see feature complete autonomous at scale in 2020?

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    February 12, 2020
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    3:00 pm
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    STEP Digital
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Retail in 2030: What will be the role of physical stores in a growing world of e-commerce?

How will physical retail look like in 2030? What will be the role of physical stores and how important are…

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How will physical retail look like in 2030? What will be the role of physical stores and how important are they for consumers and brands?

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    February 11, 2020
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    3:00 pm
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    Main Stage
  • STEP Start

Partner session

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    February 11, 2020
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    3:00 pm
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    STEP X/Money
  • STEP Money

Debate: Centralized vs Decentralized currency

Digital and crypto currencies were designed to be decentralized without any connection to a government or any single entity, however…

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Digital and crypto currencies were designed to be decentralized without any connection to a government or any single entity, however the recent cryptocurrency market has been changing its position and regulatory interferaces have given the rise to a number of centralized cryptocurrencies. In this session we will be debating the position of the cryto market and assessing whether centralized or decentralized assets can coexist.

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    February 11, 2020
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    3:00 pm
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    STEP Digital
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Show Business in the 20th Century: Entertainment? Or selling shoes, cruises, data plans and iPhones?

There was a time—not long ago—when the entertainment business was self-sufficient. It was simple. Movie studios supported themselves by making…

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There was a time—not long ago—when the entertainment business was self-sufficient. It was simple. Movie studios supported themselves by making movies, television and radio networks sold ads, record companies sold CDs and downloads, publishers made money by selling books, magazines, and newspapers. That was the world before Netflix. What’s happened? And is that good for the consumer?

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    February 12, 2020
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    2:45 pm
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    Main Stage
  • STEP Start

Government-Driven Innovation: Action and Policy

Government transformations with rising technology, how are governments making use of IoT, and connected cities technologies, how are they building…

  • 2:45 pm
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Government transformations with rising technology, how are governments making use of IoT, and connected cities technologies, how are they building business friendly environments to promote easy market access while ensuring the right infrastructures and regulations needed for these high-tech models.

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    February 12, 2020
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    2:30 pm
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    STEP Digital
  • STEP Digital

Power of Audio and Branded Podcasts: Leveraging the opportunities of branded podcasts by BBC Global News

Audio and voice are exploding. BBC Global News has explored the unique benefits of this space for brands. Using cutting-edge…

  • 2:30 pm
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  • STEP Digital

Audio and voice are exploding. BBC Global News has explored the unique benefits of this space for brands. Using cutting-edge neuroscience methods, measuring second-by-second brain activity as content is consumed in passive and active states of activity, we reveal the persuasive power and cut-through of branded podcasts. In this session, Dr Hamish McPharlin, Head of Insight, takes you through the findings and outlines a set of actionable recommendations to help your brands deliver impact.

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    February 11, 2020
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    2:30 pm
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    Main Stage
  • STEP Start

Journey of an Entrepreneur - Life and Legacy

Serial entrepreneur Jeff Hoffman will deliver an informative and entertaining talk on what the career of a lifelong entrepreneur looks…

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Serial entrepreneur Jeff Hoffman will deliver an informative and entertaining talk on what the career of a lifelong entrepreneur looks like, what it takes to be successful as an entrepreneur, and how you can use your entrepreneurial success to live a legacy for those around you. This talk is filled with real-life examples, actionable advice, and entertaining stories.

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    February 11, 2020
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    2:30 pm
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    STEP X/Money
  • STEP Money

Bank + AI = Improved experience

Discussing the critical use of AI in banks to improve customer experience and internal processes from AI biometric technology, personalized…

  • 2:30 pm
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Discussing the critical use of AI in banks to improve customer experience and internal processes from AI biometric technology, personalized insights, KYCs and anti-money laundering, as well as smart contracts infrastructures.

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    February 12, 2020
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    2:30 pm
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    STEP X/Money
  • STEP X

Will the 2020's be the decade of Artificial Intelligence?

How will machine learning, AI, and neural networks shape the next decade? What will be the first industries to be…

  • 2:30 pm
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How will machine learning, AI, and neural networks shape the next decade? What will be the first industries to be affected: Transportation, healthcare, media or manufacturing? How will our lives be affected and protected by and from the likes of Alexa, Siri, and Google Home who are runs by data giants Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Siri? pro human vs. pro machine - who will take over who - what's gonna happen?

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    February 11, 2020
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    2:30 pm
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    STEP Digital
  • STEP Digital

Partner session

  • 2:30 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • STEP Digital

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    February 12, 2020
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    2:00 pm
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    STEP Digital
  • STEP Digital

Data Privacy-first

With so many data being collected online and so many cyber attacks, how can we protect ourselves? What is the…

  • 2:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • STEP Digital

With so many data being collected online and so many cyber attacks, how can we protect ourselves? What is the role of ad platforms in building trust and transparency with users? What strategies should platforms use in order to collect as much data as possible without breaching users privacy? How are ad buyers and sellers affected by the rising data collection laws? Who's the most affected by these new regulations that are being imposed by the minute?

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    February 12, 2020
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    2:00 pm
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    STEP X /Money
  • STEP X

Zipline LIVE TOUR

A live tour into what the future of health will look like with Zipline, the company that's saving lives by…

  • 2:00 pm
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  • STEP X /Money

A live tour into what the future of health will look like with Zipline, the company that's saving lives by delivering medical supplies by drones.

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    February 11, 2020
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    2:00 pm
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    Main Stage
  • STEP Start

Going Global: Investing in companies that scale

From an investors point of view, we'll be discussing how to identify globally scalable startups and strategies to invest in…

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From an investors point of view, we'll be discussing how to identify globally scalable startups and strategies to invest in the right ones.

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    February 12, 2020
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    2:00 pm
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    Main Stage
  • STEP Start

Universities and future of work

Most people graduate from universities thinking they're so ready to hit the workplace without knowing that most of what they…

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Most people graduate from universities thinking they're so ready to hit the workplace without knowing that most of what they learn is just theory and not enough to actually start a career. In this session, we will be discussing how entrepreneurship is being integrated into the educational curriculums and what universities are doing to encourage entrepreneurship to prepare their students to be 100% ready to build their careers with the incredibly fast-changing work environment.

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    February 11, 2020
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    2:00 pm
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    STEP X/Money
  • STEP Money

Insurance: Still on the edge of disruption

Many insurers are still hesitance to take bold, and fast steps towards transformation as a result of believing that their…

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Many insurers are still hesitance to take bold, and fast steps towards transformation as a result of believing that their value proposition and business model is still strong and unique. In this session, we will discuss the need and strategies to share risks and start adopting technological transformations such as the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain-based infrastructure options, and mobile applications.

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    February 11, 2020
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    2:00 pm
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    STEP Digital
  • STEP Digital

Data-Driven Decision Making and Creativity

Data has played a major role in boosting strategic decisions in large corporates and SMEs. How to combine data and…

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Data has played a major role in boosting strategic decisions in large corporates and SMEs. How to combine data and creativity as a strategic differentiator? How can brands leverage and re-calibrate focus to generate more targeted, personalized customer engagement?

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    February 12, 2020
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    1:00 pm
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    STEP Digital
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STEP Digital BREAK

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  • STEP Digital

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    February 11, 2020
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    1:00 pm
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    Main Stage
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STEP Start BREAK

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    February 12, 2020
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    1:00 pm
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    Main Stage
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STEP Start BREAK

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  • Main Stage

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    February 11, 2020
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    1:00 pm
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    STEP X/Money
  • STEP Money

STEP X/Money BREAK

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    February 12, 2020
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    1:00 pm
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    STEP X/Money
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STEP X/Money BREAK

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  • STEP X/Money

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    February 11, 2020
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    1:00 pm
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    STEP Digital
  • STEP Digital

STEP Digital BREAK

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  • STEP Digital

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    February 12, 2020
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    12:40 pm
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    Main Stage
  • STEP Start

Pitch Competition Round 2/Finals

  • 12:40 pm
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  • Main Stage

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    February 12, 2020
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    12:30 pm
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    step digital
  • STEP Digital

Brands in the face of Millennials

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  • step digital

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    February 11, 2020
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    12:30 pm
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    STEP X/Money
  • STEP X

Clean energy and climate change

What's the state of clean energy in emerging markets? How are governments acting upon it? What technologies can be used…

  • 12:30 pm
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What's the state of clean energy in emerging markets? How are governments acting upon it? What technologies can be used to promote a faster adoption of clean energy? Why is clean energy implementation still so expensive while it's with less use of artificial resources?

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    February 12, 2020
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    12:25 pm
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    Main Stage
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Keynote by Jeremiah Owyang - Six Digital Eras

Jeremiah Owyang will walk us through his roadmap on how he sees the future unfolding in digital. Early in his…

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Jeremiah Owyang will walk us through his roadmap on how he sees the future unfolding in digital. Early in his journey, the first framework was during the social media age, moving to the collaborative economy era than to the autonomous era. Now, Jeremiah is focusing on the Modern Wellbeing (aka Wellness Tech or WellTech) category as technology integrates and augments our minds, bodies, communities, and space. This era focuses on the “inner space” on our bodies, but the era he's starting to explore next is “outer space” starting with low-cost access to satellites as a service, led by companies like Amazon Cloud Services, Planet Labs, SpaceX and more.

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    February 11, 2020
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    12:20 pm
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    STEP Digital
  • STEP Digital

Partner session

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    February 11, 2020
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    12:15 pm
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    Main Stage
  • STEP Start

The Power of Global communities

Gathering the world's renowned startup communities on stage to talk about and compare local programs vs. global programs, what are…

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Gathering the world's renowned startup communities on stage to talk about and compare local programs vs. global programs, what are the benefits of each? What's more efficient? How can local programs stay local while keeping up with global communities and startup acceleration trends? How global communities are contributing to the development of startups in emerging markets?

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    February 11, 2020
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    12:10 pm
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    STEP X/Money
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The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Digital Transformation

What are the implications of the fourth industrial revolution on us? How can you keep up in the agile digital…

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What are the implications of the fourth industrial revolution on us? How can you keep up in the agile digital world of cloud and artificial intelligence?

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    February 11, 2020
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    12:00 pm
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    STEP Digital
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New Generation Media: Many died, others survived, and a few were born

Discussing how media has changed over the last decade and how brands can keep up with Gen Z's and millennials.…

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Discussing how media has changed over the last decade and how brands can keep up with Gen Z's and millennials. How local newspapers and magazines died and how new brands like Vice, Buzzfeed, Vox, and Cheddar emerged.

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    February 12, 2020
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    11:55 am
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    STEP Digital
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Advertising and AI: The Takeover-powered by OMD

AI is transforming what is possible in the world of advertising at every level, from ad creation to audience targeting…

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AI is transforming what is possible in the world of advertising at every level, from ad creation to audience targeting to ad buying. How will this affect the marketers' job? How did programmatic platforms evolve with the interference of AI? What is expected in the advertising space in the new decade with the increased use of AI?

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    February 11, 2020
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    11:55 am
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    Main Stage
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The Perfect Storm of the 2020s: Spatial Computing.

Spatial Computing, which is computing that humans, robots, or virtual beings can move through, will soon join with other big…

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Spatial Computing, which is computing that humans, robots, or virtual beings can move through, will soon join with other big tech changes, like 5G, new voice recognition/processing, new sensors, and exponentially-increasing-in-size databases, to radically change computing to be totally ubiquitous and always on.

Robert Scoble, will detail what he's seeing in research labs, and from startups, that will bring huge changes to the tech within the next few years. Qualcomm's announcements of a new chipset to power headworn displays shows that billions are being invested in this new form of computing and that products will be available to consumers starting later this year. Here's what it means for investors and people considering starting companies to support spatial computing.

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    February 12, 2020
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    11:55 am
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    Main Stage
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DAS (Data-as-a-Service) Startups in Emerging Markets: Challenges and opportunities from data collection to subscriptions.

Data, insights, and research startups are vital for emerging markets as such markets generally struggle from available business and financial…

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Data, insights, and research startups are vital for emerging markets as such markets generally struggle from available business and financial data. What challenges do these startups face and what opportunities are there in emerging markets to capitalise on?

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    February 11, 2020
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    11:40 am
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    STEP X/Money
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The Future of Car is More Software than Hardware: Are classical automakers bad at software?

Classical automakers have mastered mechanical engineering and complex car manufacturing. Are automakers ready to shift to a mechanically simpler car…

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Classical automakers have mastered mechanical engineering and complex car manufacturing. Are automakers ready to shift to a mechanically simpler car with a more complex computer hardware and software? What are automakers doing to get better at software and is hiring /acquiring software engineers enough? Startups and software companies are dynamic, agile, and fast paced. Can the bureaucratic automakers transform into such a new culture?

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    February 12, 2020
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    11:40 am
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    STEP X/Money
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Digital Payments Fast Forward from 1997: From Consumers to Businesses

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    February 11, 2020
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    11:30 am
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    STEP Digital
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Partner session

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    February 12, 2020
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    11:25 am
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    STEP Digital
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Diversity and Talent Optimization-powered by OMD

In an age where there's a risk of the machine take over, it's crucial to optimize on talent. Talent optimization…

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In an age where there's a risk of the machine take over, it's crucial to optimize on talent. Talent optimization is the discipline of aligning a client’s business strategy with their people strategy to deliver maximum results. What's the role of data in driving this strategy from the collection, analysis, and application of objective data to drive talent and achieve business results? How to absorb the right data to predict workplace behavior, design high-performing teams, build championship cultures, and manage employees effectively?

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    February 11, 2020
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    11:25 am
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    Main Stage
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Tech and Revolutionizing Travel

It's important that we use more technology to improve the travel planning process by improving the travel systems, especially with…

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It's important that we use more technology to improve the travel planning process by improving the travel systems, especially with the fact that today 74% of travelers plan their trips on the Internet, while only 13% still use travel agencies, according to a Google Travel study, in this session we will tap into the most important tech solutions that are improving and advancing the tourism industry focusing on mobile technology, 5G, big data, and blockchain.

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    February 12, 2020
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    11:25 am
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    Main Stage
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Partner session

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    February 11, 2020
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    11:20 am
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    STEP X/Money
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Ancient wisdom and new thinking for future humans

Talking about cyborg shamanism as an alternative model for innovation.

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Talking about cyborg shamanism as an alternative model for innovation.

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    February 12, 2020
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    11:10 am
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    STEP Digital
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Data Unification and Transformation-powered by OMD

What CEOs often underestimate is that real data transformation takes time, but it’s not impossible. With so much data being…

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What CEOs often underestimate is that real data transformation takes time, but it’s not impossible. With so much data being collected through several outlets it's become hard to make decisions and move forward with some major transformations. What is the future of data unification and consolidation? Who's responsibility is it? Are Data Management Platforms (DMPs), Customer Data Platforms (CDPs), and Customer Intelligence Platforms (CIPs) enough to understand our customers and build transformational strategies?

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    February 12, 2020
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    11:10 am
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    STEP X/Money
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Investors POV: What's next in fintech?

Fintechs began as a disruption, but are quickly evolving into the status quo. With so many types of financial technologies…

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Fintechs began as a disruption, but are quickly evolving into the status quo. With so many types of financial technologies being developed, there is little debate that the future is fintech - and that future is here. What is debatable is how that future will actually look especially from investors' perspectives. What are the benefits but also the limitations and challenges of fintech investors? With these disruptions, traditional financial institutions are changing their business models, collaborating with startups, developing their own tech, etc. What are the various ways to evolve and collaborate? What does it take to stay ahead of the game?

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    February 11, 2020
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    10:55 am
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    Main Stage
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Small Cap IPOs in Emerging Markets

This session will discuss the importance of small cap IPO markets for tech startups in emerging markets. Which markets are…

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This session will discuss the importance of small cap IPO markets for tech startups in emerging markets. Which markets are such IPOs available in and what needs to be done to develop such IPO markets where they don't exist? What's the role of regulators and what are the risks and regulations preventing such markets to exist?

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    February 11, 2020
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The Shift to Electric Vehicles and When Will We Reach the Tipping Point: Range, Cost, and Infrastructure

The biggest challenge for automakers has been achieving higher driving range at a lower battery cost. How will automakers master…

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The biggest challenge for automakers has been achieving higher driving range at a lower battery cost. How will automakers master and scale battery production to improve range and durability? What are the challenges and misconceptions about car batteries? Where are we with EV chargers networks and infrastructure? Most importantly, when will we reach the tipping point at which consumers will realize that buying a gasoline car is a bad investment given its resale value when compared to EVs and how will that phenomenon accelerate the shift to EVs?

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    February 11, 2020
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    STEP Digital
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Hear This: Spotify Brings Audio to Life with a 3D Sound Experience, Case Studies & New Opportunities

Spotify believes that over the next 10 years audio will become a main way for users to consume and interact…

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Spotify believes that over the next 10 years audio will become a main way for users to consume and interact with media. Already today audio is big, it’s personal and it’s creative and this is an exciting time to be engaging with the channel as it's on the tipping point of becoming mainstream. From technology and data-powered programmatic audio this session will challenge you to re-imagine audio and help you to connect with your audience in a more emotional and meaningful way. Spotify will delight your senses with a 3D audio experience and awaken your imagination with compelling audio case studies. Learn from the world’s number one streaming audio platform and leading advertising platform about how embracing audio will help you future proof your marketing strategies and media plans.

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    February 12, 2020
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    10:40 am
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    STEP Digital
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Did Video dominate the 2010's and what to expect in the 2020's?-powered by OMD

It's all about Live. From the rise and fall of Vines to the explosion of Snapchat and Instagram and then…

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It's all about Live. From the rise and fall of Vines to the explosion of Snapchat and Instagram and then TikTok: Did video drive social in the 2010's and what shall we expect in the 2020's?

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    February 12, 2020
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    10:40 am
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    Main Stage
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Startup vs. VC Debate

Debating what's beyond funding and valuation to discuss more things related to accountability, decision making and board’s roles from the…

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Debating what's beyond funding and valuation to discuss more things related to accountability, decision making and board’s roles from the perspectives of VCs and startups.

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    February 12, 2020
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    10:40 am
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    STEP X/Money
  • STEP Money

Neo-banking, a 100% Digital Bank

What is the timeframe for banks to go all digital? How are regulations changing to serve the bank's digital transformation?…

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What is the timeframe for banks to go all digital? How are regulations changing to serve the bank's digital transformation? What is the state of infrastructure when it comes to digital banking? The banking system is known to be one of the largest industries in the world yet it's the least disrupted, so what are the steps needed to step into the digital space?

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    February 11, 2020
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    10:25 am
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    Main Stage
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The world in Dubai

Dubai's vision to become and remain being the tech hub for the latest and most advanced innovations. Discussing the initiatives…

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Dubai's vision to become and remain being the tech hub for the latest and most advanced innovations. Discussing the initiatives of Dubai's most active entities in enhancing and supporting startups and SMEs

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    February 11, 2020
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    10:20 am
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    STEP X/Money
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The New Health Tech decade

From using technology to becoming technology, the healthcare industry is being disrupted like many others but there are still so…

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From using technology to becoming technology, the healthcare industry is being disrupted like many others but there are still so many challenges in finding the right tools to tackle high risks and reach more patients. What to expect in the new decade of 2020? Will data contribute to the health tech advancements? What tools are easier to collect effective data? What are the tech trends that will contribute to the evolvement of the health industry?

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    February 11, 2020
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    10:20 am
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    STEP Digital
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Streaming, Trending Upward

Discussing the shift from broadcasting to on-demand in the music and entertainment industries, bundling and subscription. How's the content being…

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  • STEP Digital

Discussing the shift from broadcasting to on-demand in the music and entertainment industries, bundling and subscription. How's the content being tailored and published? What's next in the music industry? What did we witness in the 2010s and what to expect in the 2020s?

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    February 12, 2020
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    10:10 am
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    STEP Digital
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Old Fashion: E-Commerce and the all mobile device experience - powered by OMD

As consumer behavior in the digital age is constantly changing - from the way consumers shop, compare prices, spend time,…

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As consumer behavior in the digital age is constantly changing - from the way consumers shop, compare prices, spend time, consume content, discover new products and more, focusing eCommerce all on mobile device experience is from the past. What mobile marketing trends shall ecommerce platforms focus on? How to keep up with the changing behaviors of consumers? What new systems to implement to engage with customers on more than just a transactional level?

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    February 11, 2020
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    10:10 am
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    Main Stage
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Partner Keynote

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    February 12, 2020
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    10:10 am
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    Main Stage
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Corporate Innovation: Stepping into startups, from bureaucratic to lean

Corporates are behind with technology and keeping up with the latest trends, in this session we will hear from some…

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Corporates are behind with technology and keeping up with the latest trends, in this session we will hear from some of the most traditional corporations about their strategies to keep up with the market changes, and what strategies are being followed to shift from their bureaucratic models to becoming more lean. How are corporates penetrating the startup ecosystem? What are the strategies to becoming lean? How are corporates investing in startups? How can traditional leaders move to becoming transformative?

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    February 12, 2020
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    10:10 am
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    STEP X/Money
  • STEP Money

Money Transfers & Remittances in Emerging Markets

This session will explore the challenges and opportunities in digital money transfers across emerging markets. What are the gaps in…

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This session will explore the challenges and opportunities in digital money transfers across emerging markets. What are the gaps in terms of regulation? What are governments doing to facilitate such a healthy money transfer environment?

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    February 11, 2020
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    10:00 am
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    Main Stage
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Opening remarks, STEP Vision

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    February 12, 2020
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    10:00 am
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    Main Stage
  • STEP Start

Opening remarks

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  • Main Stage