Microsoft today participated as a gold sponsor of the AI Everything summit, a gathering of the world’s top minds in artificial intelligence at a two-day event in Dubai World Trade Centre.
Hosted by the National Programme for Artificial Intelligence, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, AI Everything 2019 has adopted the theme of “Augmenting the World’s Happiness”. The event will run today and tomorrow and feature talks, panel discussions, demos and networking opportunities on the diverse benefits of various smart technologies.
In addition to welcoming delegates to its event booth – replete with hands-on AI experiences, exciting case studies and partner demos – Microsoft AI experts were also on hand to share their perspectives. Kevin Dallas, Corporate Vice President of AI and Intelligent Cloud Business Development, delivered a keynote address on “Transforming business with Artificial Intelligence. And Nate Yohannes, Director of Corporate Strategy and Business Development for Artificial Intelligence, gave a presentation on “Amplifying Human Ingenuity” with the help of AI, as well as running Microsoft’s AI Academy workshop.
Microsoft has long urged the skilling, upskilling and reskilling of national workforces to accommodate the need for AI talent. The company experts also highlighted the AI Business School, that provides specialized curriculums focusing on AI strategy, culture and responsibility. Also, in highlights were various examples such as the company’s partnership with the UAE’s Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRA) to host a series of hackathons in support of the country’s AI ambitions.
As part of its commitment to accessibility, Microsoft also showcased the Seeing AI App that narrates the world around people with vision disabilities. The application harnesses the power of AI to describe people, text and objects in order enabling them to navigate their daily activities.
Microsoft’s AI Pulse report, compiled with the help of global experts, has shown UAE organisations to have a significant lead in AI adoption rates when compared with global peers. Some 70% of double-digit growth companies in the country intend using AI within the coming year to improve decision-making, as opposed to 46% worldwide.
The surging demand for its intelligent cloud services has led Microsoft to announce that it will open two new data centres in the UAE this year, one in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi. These facilities will deliver the Microsoft trusted and intelligent cloud exclusively to its middle eastern customers, enabling them to avail enterprise-grade reliability, reduce latency, security and broadest compliance by delivering cutting-edge technology solutions.
Microsoft partners were also present at the company’s booth to showcase various AI innovations built on the Microsoft platform. Datasemantics showcased its real-time business insights solutions for Voice Assistants. Fragmadata demonstrated Visionbot, an AI-based document extraction solution; Retail Planogram Compliance, that enables shelf marketing compliance though Computer Vision and AI; and AI for video streams, that conducts facial recognition and people analytics in videos. NXN showcased smart services such as Smart District and Smart Security by combining AI functionalities with Data & Analytics. And Veripark highlighted its Intelligent Sales Advisor solution which empowers advisors to provide quality touch points across key digital channels and enabling acquisitions, retention, cross-selling and up-selling capabilities for banks using AI and machine learning for deeper client engagement.