LEAP 2024: A Premiere Global Tech Event In Saudi Arabia To Explore The Future Of Technology

LEAP 2024 is the third edition of Saudi Arabia’s mega tech event, taking place at Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Center, Malham from March 4 to 7, 2024. With over 1,000 global experts from across 180 countries exploring transformative innovations across seven laser-focused content tracks, the four-day event focuses on Generative Artificial Intelligence (GAI).

LEAP 2024: A Premiere Global Tech Event In Saudi Arabia To Explore The Future Of Technology

LEAP 2024 is a global meeting point for tech professionals, bringing together over 172,000 regional and international enthusiasts. With a diverse crowd of 600+ start-ups and 1,300+ investors participating, the event offers unparalleled opportunities to forge new connections, reignite existing networks, and discover potential business partners.

Backed by notable sponsors, including Huawei, ALAT, Salam, Ericsson, Tawuniya, PwC, Neoleap, IBM, and many others, LEAP 2024 is a collaborative effort by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones, and Tahaluf.

After the significant success of LEAP 2023, where the total value of the on-event investment deal was US$9bn, LEAP 2024 anticipates more than 172,000 attendees, making it the world’s most-attended tech event. Organised in partnership with the Saudi Ministry for Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), the event hosts more than 1,000 exhibitors, over 1,000 international and regional experts, contributing about 25 content tracks.

The agenda of the LEAP 2024 event covers major emerging tech trends including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Sustainability, Gaming, Space, Cybersecurity, Future Workforce, and Digital Twins.

Sponsor exposure and investment potential at LEAP 2024

LEAP’s unprecedented business power has generated new sponsorship pacts with some of the world’s leading players. With Ericsson, Huawei, Salam, Family Office, Tawuniya, and Elm already onboard as strategic sponsors, Neo Leap has signed up as a diamond sponsor, while Go Telecom, Lenovo, and Schneider Electric, PwC, and Hong Kong Science and Technology Park are all platinum sponsors. Gold sponsorship agreements have been secured with Mastercard, zoom, Cyberani, Cognizant, Arabsat, Deloitte, Perfect Presentation, and Dinar Investment.

A star-studded contingent of 130 headline-making celebrities and C-suite changemakers feature on LEAP’s Main Stage speaker platform, where discussions will follow a four ‘act’ format – Impulse, Accelerate, Momentum, and LEAP – aligned with ideation, business, and personal growth.

Among the confirmed keynote cast to date are Angela Kane, Vice President and former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, International Institute for Peace – Vienna; Elizabeth Adams, Affiliate Fellow and Former Chief AI Ethics and Culture Advisor, Standford Institute for Human-Centered AI; Divya Gokulnath, Co-founder, Byju’s; Martin Vilig, Co-founder, Bolt; Borje Ekholm, CEO and President, Ericsson; Arvind Krishna, CEO, IBM; Martin Urrutia Islas, Global Head of Retail Innovation and Experience, The Lego Group; Philippe Rambach, Chief AI Office, Schneider Electric; Nicholas Dirks, President, The New York Academy of Sciences; Ott Velsberg, Government Chief Data Officer, Republic of Estonia; and Dr Anna Zeiter, VP – Chief Privacy Officer and Associate General Counsel of Privacy, Data and AI at eBay.

LEAP 2024: In a highlight

The speakers at LEAP 2024 include visionaries and leaders from diverse industries. Among the prominent speakers are Robby Yung, the CEO of Investments at Animoca Brands; Jordi Van den Bussche, Founder and Youtuber at JVDB Studios/Kwebbelkop; Arvind Krishna, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IBM; Borje Ekholm, Chief Executive Officer of Ericsson; Nigel Vaz, CEO of Publicis Sapient; Martin Vilig, Co-founder of Bolt; Malik Abu-Ghazaleh, Chief Digital Officer at Tiffany & Co.; Divya Gokulnath, Co-founder of Byju’s; Dr. Seth Dobrin, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dobrin Ventures; Angela Kane, Vice President and Former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs at the International Institute for Peace – Vienna; Ma Hongbin, Chief Executive Officer – International Business at Kuaishou; Margarete Schramböck, Former Minister of ICT, Austria; Stephen Kennedy Smith, Board Member at Kennedy Family Office; Olivier Wenden, Chief Executive Officer & Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors at Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco; H.E Laila Rahhal El Atfani, President & Founder of Business Gate; Vusi Thembekwayo, Chief Executive Officer at MyGrowthFund Venture Partners; Abrar Mir, Managing Partner at Quadria Capital; Elizabeth Adams, Affiliate Fellow & Former Chief AI Ethics & Culture Advisor at Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI; Bill Wright, Chief Architect at Red Hat; and Erica Lee, Vice President of Machine Learning Engineering at UpWork.

The LEAP 2024 Rocket Fuel Start-up Pitch Competition offers a chance for startups and developers to showcase their technology innovations, under six award categories, including LEAP Award, Shooting Star Award, The Aviatrix Award, Technology for Humanity Award, The Into New Worlds Award, and The Artificial Intelligence Award. Previous winners, like Maqsam, GameIT, and Nadeera, have experienced tremendous success, gaining exposure, partners, customers, and investors.

Delivering hundreds of engaging storytelling sessions, provocative debates, and immersive learning experiences, LEAP covers a wide array of topics across multiple stages. From the LEAP Main Stage to tracks like DeepFest, Creative Economy, EduTech, and more, there’s something for everyone at LEAP 2024.