The most experiential
Tech Festival You'll See in 2018

STEP X focuses on future technology including smart cities, cloud, IoT, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, and regulation.

STEP X

STEP X will feature the latest autonomous technology and experiences, smart technology displays, and talks on the latest developments in future tech.

Speakers

More Speakers will be announced soon

Colin Rhys

Hyperloop One

Colin Rhys

Hyperloop One

Colin Rhys’s desire to explore the human experience in relation to environment and creativity launched in 2004, with his role as owner/executive director of the RHYS art gallery. Simultaneously at RHYS’s founding, Colin began his education at Tufts University later earning degrees in Fine Arts and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Nine years, stunning international exhibitions in six different continents & over thirty-two countries later, RHYS was a globally-recognized brand. Ignited by his unequivocal success in fine arts, Colin was driven to the intersections of design and architecture in 2010. He began building and designing bespoke residences in the greater Los Angeles area for the Xanadu Group, with the purpose to enrich human experience in physical spaces. His Xanadu spaces were more than just homes, with work spanning commercial projects and high profile landscapes. Colin became a master craftsmen of entire environments, capable of creating aesthetic worlds for his clients that held not only innovation, but purpose.  Inspired to adventure not only in his design, Colin founded the Xanadu Explorers Society in 2012. Guided by the pursuit of knowledge and interpersonal connection through the outdoors, the Explorer’s Society knows no bounds. With expedition goals to see all natural seven wonders of the world in seven years — Paricutin volcano, the Aurora Borealis and the Grand Canyon already visited — the journey remains to unfold. By 2016, after recognized successes on multimillion dollar projects—several of which earned international acclaim, awards and critical acknowledgement, including multiple features on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing – Colin was ready for his next creative evolution. Hyperloop became that visionary opportunity where Colin’s passion of the experiential and his expertise in design intersects with a company whose mission will rewrite our ideas of transportation.

George Aoude

Derq

George Aoude

Derq

Dr. Aoude is the CEO of Derq, a Dubai-based MIT-spin-off. He is an expert in Autonomous and Connected Systems, Intelligent Transportation, Airlines, and Aerospace.

Sam Blatteis

The MENA Catalyst

Sam Blatteis

The MENA Catalyst

A tech executive, global thought leader, and specialist on the Middle Eastern digital economy, high tech public policy, and Middle Eastern market access. Sam Blatteis sat at the table representing Google as MENA high tech laws have been drafted, that will affect the region for years to come. He has spent the past two decades at the intersection of the Middle Eastern digital economy and high tech public policy making. As Google’s Gulf Countries Public Policy Lead, Sam was responsible for all of Google’s policy diplomacy in the region winning policy wars, delivering mega-scale Middle East public policy programs, and building up the region’s high tech ecosystem. He worked in Google’s US and Middle East offices on the full range of public policy matters that impact the Middle East’s high tech sector. Sam worked at the highest levels of government, in Arab royal palaces and beyond, advising Arab leaders on high tech bills that impact the Middle Eastern digital economy. Mr. Blatteis has received numerous national and departmental awards for Gulf public policy and high tech ecosystem development programs from the U.S. National Fulbright Scholarship to being acknowledged by Google’s Philanthropic arm as leading, “one of Google's most impactful philanthropic programs to date”(2015). Sam has a deep track record of writing and delivering intelligence and presentations on global high tech policy themes to senior-level audiences. He has been interviewed as a specialist on Middle East social media public policy and strategic affairs by The New York Times, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal. Sam is widely known as among the most well-connected people in the Middle East. He previously worked in the U.S. Senate, the State Department, and Deloitte and Touche. His previous roles included advising the White House, Fortune 500 Companies, and numerous head­-of­-state offices on the Middle East public policy landscape and regional innovation. Blatteis has a masters from Georgetown in Middle East Public Policy and studied Arabic and Chinese for five years, each. He has worked and lived in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Kuwait, Syria, Cairo, and the United States. Sam is from Silicon Valley, where his family has been north of 100 years.

Noah Raford

Dubai Future Foundation

Noah Raford

Dubai Future Foundation

Dr. Raford is an advisor at the Prime Minister’s Office and has played a role in the establishment of the UAE’s first national foresight unit, the Dubai Future Foundation and the Museum of the Future. He is also involved in a team that looks into future opportunities, strategic partnerships and initiatives for the Government of Dubai.

Bibop Gresta

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc.

Bibop Gresta

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc.

Expert in finance, transportation and media, Bibop G. Gresta has dedicated himself to improving the world. A world-renowned speaker, he has spoken about and discussed the future of transportation and human mobility at many high-level global meetings such as the World Economic Forum and the United Nations. He is a respected activist in Transhumanism and Ethical Entrepreneurship. He founded Bibop S.p.a, a digital content firm; he sold 40% to Telecom Italia for 11bn Italian Lira, creating one of the earliest successes of the Italian New Economy. In 2004, he co-founded the influential startup incubator Digital Magics SPA, responsible for more than 70 companies, and served as venture partner. He entered into the venture capital market in 2011 with two publically- traded companies in the United Kingdom and Germany. In 2014 Bibop partnered with HTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn to become Chairman for Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc.

Nadim Ghrayeb

Cadillac

Nadim Ghrayeb

Cadillac

Head of Marketing for Cadillac Middle East, is responsible for driving all strategies relating to sales operations across the region and the communication of the brand. His previous position as the Regional Brand Manager for Cadillac Middle East saw him focusing exclusively on achieving long-term marketing objectives and delivering sustainable brand growth solutions. Prior to that, Ghrayeb oversaw the vision and management of marketing initiatives for GMC Middle East. As part of this role, he led communications campaigns that helped to elevate the brand’s legendary reputation. Ghrayeb first joined GM as a Marketing Manager for Cadillac Middle East, a title that saw him spearhead cross-media communications initiatives for the luxury auto brand – spanning myriad product launches – across key markets. Ghrayeb holds a Bachelor of Science from Beirut’s Lebanese American University.

Cécile Cremer

Wandering the Future

Cécile Cremer

Wandering the Future

A "wild at heart", world-wandering Innovation Expert and Concept Designer born and raised in the Netherlands. She was one of the first five graduates in Europe with a recognized bachelor in international trend research and innovation concept design. With a huge passion for our world and her obsession with the Future, she soon grounded her first business, Wandering the Future. Cécile is a little obsessed with the Future and she aspire to be the voice of the ever-changing needs of the intercultural consumer by being a creative innovator, supporting brands to meet these future demands. Her focus is international and with companies and organisations like a.o. Volkswagen, Ministry of Education UAE, BNP Paribas, Internet & Mobility World and E.ON her focus is being lived after. Next to creating the future together with others Cécile is an inspired International Keynote Speaker, including a TEDX Talk, who always gives her listeners something to really think about. Last year she was appointed Global President of World Wide Trend Network LaFutura, as youngest president ever. Her speciality is not to inspire people regarding the future, but to make them understand the underlying needs and the value shifts that drive change and hand them the tools to translate these findings into actions. Therewith she has a very unique approach to understand tomorrow, today.

partners

ecosystem partners

What we’re covering

Automotive companies shifting from manufacturers to mobility companies

Mass adoption of Electric Vehicless

The Future of car ownership, safety, and regulation

Autonomous Driving & AI

Future smart homes & efficiency

Blockchain and IoT

Network Cost, speed, and latency effects

Smart Cities, IoT, Cloud

Job threats with advancement of AI

Safer and cheaper ways to build cities

Future of Identification and citizenship

AI, Robotics, Wearables

agenda

Tentative Agenda

STEP X
Opening Remarks
Opening Remarks

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Opening Remarks
Death of the Steering Wheel
The Death of the Steering Wheel: Industries Autonomous driving will disrupt

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
The Death of the Steering Wheel: Industries Autonomous driving will disrupt
Land Vs Space Networks
Land based networks vs space based satellite networks: Cost, speed, and latency

March 28
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

March 28
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Land based networks vs space based satellite networks: Cost, speed, and latency
Reducing Travel Time
Reducing Travel Time: From short to long haul and land to air. Hyperloop and tunnels

March 28
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

March 28
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Reducing Travel Time: From short to long haul and land to air. Hyperloop and tunnels
AI & The Rise of Robots
How AI and the rise of robots is impacting identification and citizenship

March 28
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

March 28
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
How AI and the rise of robots is impacting identification and citizenship
BREAK
BREAK

March 28
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

March 28
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
BREAK
Autonomous City
What would a fully autonomous city look like?

March 28
01:00 PM - 01:15 PM

March 28
01:00 PM - 01:15 PM
What would a fully autonomous city look like?
The Swason Effect
How will The Swason Effect and battery technologies enable us to almost fully rely on the sun's energy

March 28
01:30 PM - 02:00 PM

March 28
01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
How will The Swason Effect and battery technologies enable us to almost fully rely on the sun's energy
The Software Car
The Software Car: Why automotive companies need to become technology companies and hire more computer engineers than mechanical engineers

March 28
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM

March 28
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
The Software Car: Why automotive companies need to become technology companies and hire more computer engineers than mechanical engineers
Mass Adoption of Electric Vehicles
The Mass Adoption of Electric Vehicles: Driving range and experience, EV infrastructure, and Safety

March 28
03:00 PM - 03:45 PM

March 28
03:00 PM - 03:45 PM
The Mass Adoption of Electric Vehicles: Driving range and experience, EV infrastructure, and Safety
Closing Day 1
Closing Day 1

March 28
03:45 PM - 04:00 PM

March 28
03:45 PM - 04:00 PM
Closing Day 1
Opening Remarks
Opening Remarks

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Opening Remarks
Hardware of the Brain
The Hardware of the Brain: Will we ever be able to link the brain machine to a computer machine

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
The Hardware of the Brain: Will we ever be able to link the brain machine to a computer machine
The job threat to many
The job threat to many: What will happen to taxi and truck drivers?

March 29
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

March 29
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
The job threat to many: What will happen to taxi and truck drivers?
Cleaning to washing and cooking
From cleaning to washing and cooking: How will future smart homes look like and how would they make us more efficient human beings?

March 29
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

March 29
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
From cleaning to washing and cooking: How will future smart homes look like and how would they make us more efficient human beings?
BREAK
BREAK

March 29
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

March 29
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
BREAK
Is AI a Threat to Humanity?
Is Artificial Intelligence a threat to humanity or will it be the elecricity of the 21st century?

March 29
02:15 PM - 03:00 PM

March 29
02:15 PM - 03:00 PM
Is Artificial Intelligence a threat to humanity or will it be the elecricity of the 21st century?
Robotics and AI building cities at lower cost
The Ridiculous Cost of Construction: How robotics and AI will build safer and better future cities at a lower cost

March 29
03:00 PM - 03:15 PM

March 29
03:00 PM - 03:15 PM
The Ridiculous Cost of Construction: How robotics and AI will build safer and better future cities at a lower cost
Closing Day 2
Closing Day 2

March 29
03:30 PM - 03:45 PM

March 29
03:30 PM - 03:45 PM
Closing Day 2