01 October 2018

"Da Next Big Thing" Returns to Abu Dhabi to Showcase with Khalifa University & DED “ROBO & 4.0”

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 23 September, 2018: Khalifa University – Abu Dhabi (KU Abu Dhabi), in partnership with the Emirates Japan Marketing Council (EJMC), are collaborating towards bringing the Second event of a mini-series of five entitled ‘DA Next Big Thing’ to be held on the upcoming 24th September, 2018 at the Khalifa University Campus in Abu Dhabi.

‘DA Next Big Thing’, launched by EJMC, is a new event platform for government, education, science institutes and business industries to gain an insight into technological innovation, new research and application that is set to change the world industries over the next 25 years. With this years theme, revolves around Japan’s trailblazing paths of innovation and how they compare to the rest of the world.

The ROBO 4.0 event, will feature prominent speakers including, Ph.D, Professor at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), and Ishikawa, Ph.D, from one of the most renowned labs in the world, Ishikawa Labs. who will speak about Digital Vision.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Salem Bin Shabib, Innovation Advisor, Incubator and Small and Medium Enterprises, at the Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi, stressed the keenness of the Government of the Emirate to support initiatives and activities aimed at enhancing the role of innovation in the emirate's local economy system, thus contributing to a knowledge-based, and creating a flexible and diversified economy, which will ensure the long-term prosperity of the emirate and the UAE in general.

In addition, Bin Shabib said that the hosting of the second round of the ‘Da Next Big Thing -Robo & 4.0’ series, which is dedicated to presenting the most important Japanese innovations in the industrial sector, is an opportunity for the participation of the industrial sector in the emirate to benefit from the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the world, particularly in Japan, one of the major industrial countries with a strategic partnership with the UAE.

Furthermore, He pointed out that the Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi is keen to support such initiatives in line with its strategic objectives to increase economic growth rates by building a knowledge-based economy that enhances its competitiveness at the regional and international levels.

Commenting on the event, Mr. Fahad Al Absi, Chairman of the Emirates Japan Marketing Council, said: "The seminars of the mini-series" Da Next Big Thing “demonstrates the leadership and the forefront of technology in Japan over anything else out there, as well as the wide opportunities for work and cooperation, with these distinguished universities and Japanese companies. "