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June 13, 2013

Qatar Foundation And The Economist Tackle The Big Data Revolution

Qatar Foundation recently participated in The Economist Group’s Ideas Economy: Information event alongside leading global technology experts from organizations such as Intel and Google.

The forum took place in San Francisco, California, and was the 4th event stemming from the successful relationship between Qatar Foundation and The Economist Group. Discussion at the event covered the growth in the use of data to address challenges facing the business community. It was co-chaired by Kenneth Cukier, The Economist’s data editor, and US technology correspondent Martin Giles.

Featuring presentations from globally renowned pioneers including Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, and Kim Stevenson, Chief Information Officer at Intel, the event reinforced Qatar Foundation’s position among the world’s leading advocates of knowledge advancement.

Rashid Al-Qurese, Qatar Foundation’s Deputy Director of Communication, commented on the value of the relationship with The Economist Group, and underlined the importance of providing opportunities for delegates from Qatar to interact with other global leaders.

“The thought-provoking Ideas Economy series has allowed us to accomplish several of our goals within Qatar’s National Vision 2030, which include driving forth innovative practices, creating fresh and exemplary business models, and training our youth to support the nation in its journey towards a knowledge economy,” he said. “At Qatar Foundation we constantly endeavor to foster dialogue and meaningful collaborations, since this approach serves as a catalyst for further learning and allows us to nurture a culture of knowledge.”

In keeping with Qatar Foundation’s determination to open new doors of opportunity for talented scholars, several Qatari students were invited to attend and benefit from the wealth of expertise and knowledge shared during the Ideas Economy: Information sessions.

Over the past decade, technologies that leverage data to solve business problems and identify new avenues for growth have increased remarkably. Participants explored major themes within the ‘big data’ revolution and discussed its effects on businesses, governments, individuals and society.

The forum featured analysis, commentary and working groups, and shed light on a number of pertinent topics, including how big data can drive creativity and enhance new business models. And, with Qatar Foundation playing a key role in training the innovators of tomorrow, the sessions offered Qatari scholars and students many practical solutions to help facilitate the organization’s mission.

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