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Digital Doha Summit Brings Together Tech Leaders in Qatar

On June 12, Forum One Communications hosted the first ever Digital Doha Summit in Qatar. The event generated substantial buzz in Doha, with a preview story on the front page of a leading newspaper the Qatar Tribune and a blog post from Digital Qatar. The speakers at the event shared the latest real-world examples of innovation in website usability, mobile development, and open source.

And while the Summit was a new and exciting endeavor for our team, Forum One Communications has been working in Qatar since 2003, partnering with organizations including the Supreme Education Council and the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) on the design and management of websites, mobile sites, and social media. We're also starting up some new projects this year as part of our expanding portfolio in the country.

The Digital Doha Summit, held at the W Doha hotel, highlighted the impact of some notable online trends in the region. Attendees, experts and featured speakers from ictQATAR, MADA, Al Jazeera Network, N2V Labs, Silatech, Reach Out to Asia, Al Jazeera, IREX, Think Media Labs and many more came out to discuss and network with each other about the innovations and challenges facing the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) tech world.

Couldn't join us in Doha? Here are the sessions from the groundbreaking event.

Keynote: Rami Al-Karmi

Rami Al Karmi discussed how a digital culture and lean startup principles can help your organization move quickly and suceed in the new digital age. 

Session One: Website Usability. What It Is, Why It Matters

Courtney Clark from Forum One discusses what is usability, and why does it matter?

David Banes from Mada explains the importance of an eAccessibility policy. 

Session Two: The Web Goes Mobile

People are more and more accessing the web through small screen devices instead of desktops. Is your organization ready for the shift?

Nam-ho Park on the mobile explosion

Ayman Itani from Think Media Labs on social mobile case studies. 

Nada Hamzeh from IREX on Mobile Strategy

Jo Aggarwal from Silatech on Mobile Apps for the Future of Work

Session Three: The Business Case for Open Source

See the ways that open source software helps organizations succeed online with real world case studies. 

Kurt Voelker from Forum One and Dick Olsson from Al Jazeera discuss why open source works as a business model. 

Brian Wesolowski from ICT Qatar presents, "Cofessions of a Recovering Propriety Software User."