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The AWS Summit Bahrain Recap

The AWS Summit in Bahrain saw over 1,300 professionals from government, industry, and education come together to explore the impact of cloud technology on key business outcomes.

From the announcement of the new AWS Region coming to the Middle East in early 2019 to first-hand accounts from the innovators already achieving success within the region, the cloud computing community used this full-day event to connect, collaborate, and learn.

Keynote Presentations

Customer keynotes were delivered by Fetchr, MBC, Bahrain Polytechnic, and the Kingdom of Bahrain Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA). Learn more about the keynote presentations and how they use the cloud to support their mission:

Fetchr: A born-in-the-cloud startup from Dubai, Fetchr has evolved to become an end-to-end logistics solution, backed by technology, for e-commerce companies, regional players, social media sellers, as well as small and medium-sized businesses in the region. In addition to providing standard C2C and B2C delivery services, Fetchr recently launched the first on-demand delivery service of its kind in the region. They use the cloud to deliver for their customers using mobile phone GPS coordinates.

MBC: MBC Group (Middle East Broadcasting Center) is the largest and leading private media company in the Middle East & North Africa region that enriches people’s lives through information, interaction and entertainment. With over 200 million viewers, they rely on AWS to scale during peak season.

iGA: The iGA is charged with moving all government services online and is responsible for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) governance and procurement for the entire Bahrain government. Earlier this year, the iGA launched a cloud-first policy, requiring all new government ICT procurement to evaluate cloud-based services first.

Bahrain Polytechnic: Bahrain Polytechnic uses state-of-the-art technology to support interactive learning and entrepreneurship by migrating learning platforms to the AWS Cloud; as well as upscaling business capabilities by supporting students using cloud. The University is working closely with AWS Educate to deliver curriculum for the next generation of the IT workforce.

Following the keynote, attendees had the option to attend either the technical or business tracks, choosing from nine sessions on topics such as big data, analytics, security and compliance, adoption models, DevOps, and more. Attendees also had the opportunity to visit The HUB – a high-energy expo – to meet with top AWS technology and consulting partners, speak with AWS engineers and architects, and network with peers.

Thank you to our Platinum and Gold sponsors!

  • Intel: Intel makes amazing experiences possible. AWS and Intel share a passion for delivering constant innovation. Together, we have developed a variety of resources and technologies for High Performance Computing, Big Data, AI, and the Internet of Things.
  • Batelco: Batelco is the leading digital solutions provider in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Company’s digitisation and connectivity goals are in line with those of the Kingdom of Bahrain to transform how businesses operate and to transform the lives of residents, enabling everyone to connect, work and live better through the delivery of technology-based products and solutions. With an ongoing commitment to roll out Smart Home and Smart City digital solutions, Batelco is playing a crucial role in the Kingdom’s prosperity and development.
  • C5 Accelerate: C5 Accelerate is a London, Washington D.C., and Bahrain-based technology investment firm. C5 Accelerate is developing a Cloud Accelerator Cluster in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the United States, alongside AWS. Its mission is to accelerate best-of-breed start-ups to meet the growth opportunity being created by the geographic expansion of AWS.

Special thanks to the Economic Development Board of Bahrain for their collaboration in making the inaugural AWS Summit Bahrain a success.

Watch more highlights in the recap video.


Blog post sponsored by C5 Accelerate, Batelco, and Intel.