AI Everything, Dubai, 2019

Big Innovation Centre joined the AI Everything conference, at the World Trade Centre in Dubai, as an official sponsor


(31 April – 1 May, 2019)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is (i) Transforming economies, society and our lives; (ii) Revolutionising the way we work, the way we learn, the way we interact, and the way we live for the better; and (iii) posing a complex set of economic and socio-ethical challenges we must urgently address.

Big Innovation Centre was therefore excited to partner with AI Everything at the World Trade Centre in Dubai, as official sponsor and by contributing a series of activities to which the global participants from policy, business and innovators could engage.

Highlights of our experiences at the conference:

  1. Exhibition Stand
  2. Opening Panel with Dr Hatem Bugshan, Head of Big Innovation Centre – Middle East
  3. Keynote from Prof. Birgitte Andersen, CEO of Big Innovation Centre – London
  4. Ready Set, Go Big!” Workshop Series of 4 Evidence Sessions
  5. MoU with Future Group, Kuwait
  6. VIP Lounge
  7. Conference overview video


  • Download the full guide of our activities including the full provocation for “AI Ready Set, Go BIG!”
  • View photos from the conference
  • View conference overview video



Big Innovation Centre’s Exhibition Stand (located in Za’abeel Hall 1, AIE – 015) represented a hub where businesses and government officials visited to view how we conduct our AI taskforces in the UK Parliament and at the AI Everything conference,and showcase cutting-edge analytics of innovation ecosystems. Media located here to report on our activities.

We were Honoured to be visited by Sheik HH Ahmed bin Saeed and Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence at the Government of the United Arab Emirates HE Omar Sultan AlOlama.

OPENING PANEL SPEAKER: Head of Big Innovation Centre – Dr Hatem Bugshan advocated everyone to: “THINK BIG: AI Governance Must be Open”


Tuesday April 30th, 9.30am, Main Stage in Za’abeel Hall

The State of AI in the Middle East Report” was the title of the Opening Panel topic and title. It featured Head of Big Innovation Centre in the Middle East, Dr Hatem Bugshan, as opening panel speaker. He pushed for investment, AI skills, the Youth, safe use of trusted data and an open government to transform the Middle East to a global powerhouse.

Front line Ministers and policy makers from UAE, UK and global.

Dr Hatem Bugshan also explained his vision at the forefront of the Big Innovation Centre’s regional agenda to unlock the full potential of AI and transform the Middle East into a high-growth, knowledge-based economy.

KEYNOTE – The Good, the Bad & The Ugly: Prof. Birgitte Andersen


Tuesday April 30th, 4.30am, Main Stage in Za’abeel Hall

CEO Big Innovation Centre, Professor Birgitte Andersen showcased her award nominated  provocation “The Good, the Bad & The Ugly” (download the provocation publication here)

She provoked everyone to think both enthusiastic and critical about the new world of Artificial Intelligence, Data Capitalism and the Tech Giants! Post talk it was interviewed by local media to appear on local news.

“AI Ready Set, Go BIG!” WORKSHOP SERIES of 4 Evidence Sessions 5


BIG INNOVATION CENTRE at AI Everything lead a series of 4 evidence meetings on building societies empowered to reap AI’s benefits and protect against its potential hazards. These were modelled after and inspired by the evidence meetings held in Parliament for our platforms APPG AI And APPG Blockchain.

EVIDENCE SESSION 1: AI TODAY & TOMORROW: How is AI affecting you now and how will your tomorrow look?


Tuesday, April 30th, 1pm – The Matrix Room


AI is impacting all of us – regardless of demographics, industry, or region – it is absolutely critical to engage a diverse set of voices in the discussions around AI governance.

The wider society needs to co-create our future, designing the opportunities and de-risking the risks. We need to engage industry, civil society, and policy makers in the conversations around what is AI, what is it not, how is it being used, what is its potential, and what are its implications

Once each citizen is aware of AI and its consequences, they will be empowered to engage in making decisions around it. People across the world must have the digital understanding needed to live with AI.

Provocation questions:


  • How should chat bots and intelligent agents run our homes?
  • We on the flux – will AI generated transportation, finance and health make us more Sustainable


Given jobs are becoming task based – it gets rid on less-meaningful and routines tasks:

  • A New Elite? – Good news for people who can get high level consultancy projects?
  • Gig workers economy? – Bad news people who are looking for security and a permanent job? Will they end up ‘gigging’ endlessly with no sick pay, no pension, no training at the job, bank-rejects to take a house loan?

AI is not only changing jobs, they are disrupting the way we experience our abilities. The demand for future abilities is a new challenge for skilled disabled people. AI can be an effective way to engage disabled workers at various levels and abilities, and an opportunity to use a variety of new leadership styles.


  • You and your phone-friend – how will AI control you social life?
  • What is ‘Fake News’ and what is authentic news?

The co-chairs of the session were:

  • Stephen Metcalfe MP – Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI, UK Parliament
  • Abrar Faisal Al-Masoud – CEO Future Group

Evidence givers provoking debate included:

  • Lawrence Eta – Deputy CIO, City of Toronto
  • Rob Flaws – Head of Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) Middle East, CMS
  • Abhijit Akerkar – Head of Applied Sciences, Business Integration Lloyds Banking Group
  • Dr. Ben Goertzel – Founder & CEO, SingularityNET

More photos from the session can be viewed in the gallery – Click here

EVIDENCE SESSION 2: SKILLS & EDUCATION: How do we prepare, educate, and skill our youth for the AI future?


Tuesday, April 30th, 1pm – The Matrix Room


Technologies are being deployed in our society and work at remarkable speed. To survive and thrive as both 21st century citizens and as 21st century employees, individuals must become eternal learners.

65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up work in completely new jobs that don’t yet exist.

The top skills which are required already from 2020 (presented at World Economic Forum) are going to be complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management, coordination with others, emotional intelligence, judgement and decision making, cognitive flexibility and others. The new disruptive technologies (AI, VR, IoT and so forth) and a ‘Learning to Learn’ approach can (combined) advance those skills.

In the launch of the Digital Economy Strategy for the Arab League in Abu Dhabi in December 2018 (CEO Big Innovation Centre, advisor) it was also presented how (i) classrooms are expected to become virtual or in a real-time context, (ii) teachers must become designers and mentors, (iii) instruction becomes construction, (iv) subjects become phenomena, (v) teaching moves from reactive to interactive, (vi) standards become frameworks and personalized, (vii) experts become about crowdsourced and the peers, (viii) textbooks becomes ‘the environment’ as living lab, (ix) learning become life-long and (x) fluid, adaptive and agile so forth.

Provocation questions:

  • How do we prepare, educate and skill our youth for the AI future?
  • Are our children future proof? Learning at school – primary and sectors
  • What should the national and school strategy be for improving education while advancing the learning experience?
  • Are our Universities AI Ready to adopt the use of AI in education, or is it just a research field for the few?
  • How should workplaces reskill us or create better learning routines at work?

The co-chairs of the session were:

  • Stephen Metcalfe MP – Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI, UK Parliament
  • Damien Moore MP – Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain, UK Parliament

Evidence givers provoking debate included:

  • Prof. Manahel Thabet, President of Economic Forum for Sustainable Development
  • Adam Bonnifield, VP of Artificial Intelligence, Airbus
  • Christine Nasseghodsi, Co Founder, Mirai Partners
  • Atharv Naik, Founder, Unified Cancer Network

More photos from the session can be viewed in the gallery – Click here

EVIDENCE SESSION 3: DATA GOVERNANCE & ETHICS: How should we govern data, from the individual to the Tech-giant to the Nation to the Globe?


Wednesday, May 1st, 1pm – The Hub


Access to data is critical to make AI work, so access is ‘king’. Also, at best, AI can only be as good as the data from which it draws inferences.

But is the value it generates distributed fairly? How should data be collected, used, and managed. Ultimately, data ownership and user rights remain key challenges.

Automated Decision-Making needs protocols around Algorithmic Biases and Accountability.

Inequality needs to address Technological Unemployment, Monopolisation, and Inclusivity.

Security concerns need to be rethought, taking into account threats from Cybersecurity to Long-term Extinction of human kind.

We should reconsider the existing local and international framework related to data capitalism today and what good looks like. Address issues of concern like access and data control, algorithmic decision making, transparency, platform control, profiling or ‘grooming’ and more.

Provocation questions:

Whose’ data is it anyway:

  • Personal data?
  • Business data?
  • Government data?
  • Machine data?

What ethical behaviours should we follow:

  • Data user rights?
  • Algorithm-bias?
  • Global governance of data?
  • Right to be forgotten?
  • AI in business to customer relationships?

What is good and bad data?

  • Accurate and quality issues

The co-chairs of the session were:

  •  Lord Clement-Jones – Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI, UK Parliament
  • Younus Al Nasser – Assistant Director General, Smart Dubai & CEO, Smart Dubai Data

Evidence givers provoking debate included:

  •  Dr Eva-Marie Muller-Stuler, IBM, (Middle East & Africa) Chief Data Scientist
  • Ott Velsberg, Chief Data Officer, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Republic of Estonia
  • Dr. Sid Ahmed Benraouane, Professor University of Minnesota / Co-Chair of the US/ISO Working Group on Innovation Management System

More photos from the session can be viewed in the gallery – Click here

EVIDENCE SESSION 4: AI ENGINE OF GROWTH: How can we use AI to generate economic growth for all businesses, regions and societies?


Wednesday, May 1st, 2.30 pm


Exemplars & Models of global growth hubs:

  1. Silicon Valley and Boston: links around world class Universities
  2. Bangalore: industry supplier links
  3. Einthoven Brain Port: a big corporate as the hub
  4. China: Economic and technology development zones
  5. EURASIA (Russia, Kazakhstan and others): Integrated tech-parks on Gov-Tech
  6. Saudi Arabia: construction from scratch – NEOM smart city region, cooperation and investment
  7. UAE: Future Tech and happiness

Provocation questions:

  • Are Tech Giants helping to create tech hubs or are they crowding out?
  • How smart should our cities become?
  • How do we generate innovation growth-hubs and AI ecosystems to make economies
  • flourish and create happier places?
  • Which model is best?

The co-chairs of the session were:

  • Lord Clement-Jones – Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI, UK Parliament
  • Deemah Alyahya – CEO of Innovation, MISK Foundation

Evidence givers provoking debate included:

  • Omar Shaaban, CEO, The Space
  • Nawal Alhanaee, Head of Research and Technical Studies, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Dubai (absentia, evidence submitted in writing)
  • Jameel Khan, Head of Strategy (Technology), Mashreq Bank
  • Malak Awartani, Digital Transformation Leader, Schneider Electric

More photos from the session can be viewed in the gallery – Click here

MoU with Future Group, Kuwait



  • Head of Big Innovation Centre – Middle East, Hatem Bugshan
  • CEO Big Innovation Centre – London, Birgitte Andersen
  • CEO of Future Group International – Kuwait, Abrar Faisal Ai-Masoud

We will collaboration bringing taskforces programs, knowledge transfer and initiatives Kuwait.

VIP LOUNGE sponsored by Big Innovation Centre


Great companies and public policy committed to open innovation are the foundations for economic success – is the motto of Big Innovation Centre.

We were delighted to welcome so may executives, business leaders and government officials to the VIP lounge and looking forward to see many of you next year again, at AI Everything in 2020.

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