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All good things come to an end whether or not you want them to. Bahrain Tech Week is no exception. After an exciting week of activities focused on the startup and ICT ecosystems of Bahrain and the rest of the region, the mega-event finally came to an end earlier this week.

Participants and attendees gathered at the Ritz Carlton to be a part of the Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2018 on Oct 8, 2018, as the event bid farewell with the promise to return bigger and better next year.

Here’s a rundown of some of the highlighting points of Bahrain Tech Week 2018:

AWS Summit (Bahrain chapter): More than 2,500 participants got together to discuss and debate the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead of cloud computing.

MIT Innovation Forum: A pool of experts representing global organizations such as the Ethereum Foundation, Kaspersky Lab, and Cloudflare assembled to discuss issues such as blockchain and cybersecurity.

Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2018: The 9th edition of the forum was participated by government representatives from all over the world. Accompanying them was a group of eminent business leaders and influencers. Together they brainstormed new ideas to leverage technology and innovations to make governance more efficient and impactful.

Runway to Web Summit: It was an exciting competition where ten startups pitched their innovations and business ideas to a panel of judges. Smart Crowd won the competition and was rewarded with the opportunity to participate in the next edition of Web Summit, one of the most prestigious tech events in the world.

Bahrain Tech Week 2018 was organized by the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) with support from Tamkeen.

Speaking of Bahrain Tech Week’s footprint on the region’s technology and innovation sectors, Dr. Simon Galpin, Managing Director, of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, said: “it is vital for people in the GCC to be able to draw on and inform the broader global debate. Bahrain Tech Week 2018 was a fantastic opportunity to bring together regional innovators with some of the world’s leading experts in their fields, and I want to thank all the organizers, speakers and participants who made it a success.”

Bahrain Tech Week 2018 witnessed a turnout of more than 6,600 participants, up 47% compared to the attendance in the inaugural edition last year.