The largest tech event in the world is closing its doors, with thousands of people having flocked to the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center in Saudi Arabia’s capital to participate in discussions and witness world debuts in what would be one of many future tech events in the Kingdom.
The second edition of the LEAP23 Conference marked a significant turnout, with entrepreneurs and experts attending talks and browsing the venue’s many booths showcasing the latest tech products at what Michael Champion, regional executive vice president of Informa Markets, described to Arab News as “the fastest-growing tech event in the world.” as reported by Arabnews
He said: “When we first launched LEAP, it was the largest debut tech event in history, so there were 100,000 visits.”
Now, Champion added, the conference has had to “build multiple tents” outside just to be able to accommodate attendees.
“There are hundreds of companies that are on the waiting list, trying to get in. And so, we have plans in the future to solve that, to grow even more,” said Champion.
For four days straight, the center saw an ever-growing crowd trying to make it into the halls where some of the biggest tech companies were stationed.
There were over 250,000 registrations this year — more than double those of last year.
Across the world, technology-based small and medium-sized enterprises are considered drivers of job growth and innovation.
On the third day of LEAP23, investment programs worth $2.43 billion were announced following the $9 billion deals revealed by the Kingdom’s Minster of Information Abdullah Al-Swaha.
Emerging and disruptive technologies are increasingly touching all aspects of life, and trends continue to develop and improve with time. LEAP23’s primary focus is to showcase the latest of these technologies.