About Ankabut Users Meeting

The most knowledgeable researchers and leaders in the industry of innovative educational technology will convene to explore important topics during the Ankabut User’s Meeting 2020. The conference, which is hosted by Ankabut – the UAE’s national research and education network jointly funded by Khalifa University of Science and Technology and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) through the ICT Fund – offers two full days of technical sessions on cutting edge issues related to the industry. There are also many opportunities for networking and socializing with our partners.

The conference aims at bringing all the innovation and inspiration to the educational technology and would inspires educators to discover the latest innovative educational technology. The Users’ Meeting provides targeted visibility in the education, research and technology communities which aligns with your organization's target constituencies. The event targets around 500 for this free one-day conference. The attendees are primarily from the UAE higher education community and over 100 organizations attend including over 50 different post-secondary institutions. In addition to some government entities and senior officials as well as corporations who are involved in higher education. This is not just an event for the IT community but rather a gathering of multiple groups who share a common interest in educational technology. Moreover, this year's conference will host the international Special Internet Group Meeting.

Ankabut Users' Meeting has multifaceted purposes:

Why attend Ankabut Virtual Users Meeting 2020?

  • Get exposure in the UAE and GCC education and research community.
  • Build relationships with leadership and decision makers in the UAE educational sector.
  • Interact with over 300 people interested in Ankabut, generate awareness, boost the perceived image of your business and gain media exposure.
  • Learn about the latest technology and service developments relevant to research and education.


Ankabut averages over 122 institutions attending the meeting with an average attendance of over 300. 70% of the attendees come from education and 30% come from government, research and industry.

The people who attend from the education community represent a wide spectrum in Ankabut Users Meeting:

About Ankabut

Ankabut is the United Arab Emirates’ Advanced National Research and Education Network (NREN) offering academic institutions connectivity to other education networks around the world. In addition to connecting universities, Ankabut can connect schools and public institutions together across the UAE with an effective cost model. Ankabut also co-operates on a national, GCC, regional and international arena representing the UAE in conferences, exhibitions and forums. Ankabut aims to offer professional and innovative IT services with a focus on the research and educational sector. Services includes Cloud, Connectivity, IT infrastructure, manage service and professional services such as IT Consultancy, Project Management, Licenses, Training and Development. Ankabut interconnects more than 80 tenants with a 10G backbone and 1G access links.  It enables a closed community network that allows the transfer of real-time services such as voice and video communication, time-critical services such as grid computing interconnect (cloud computing), public internet services, web hosting (C panel), co- locating, Edu- roam, High Performance Computing (HPC), Learning Management System (LMS), Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI), Mozoon system and Sierra Library Management System.

Ankabut supports initiatives in the e-learning environment, library content and distribution systems and research collaboration. Ankabut believes that identifying these initiatives and offering network, processing and storage support is the best way to develop a collective collaborative approach to research and education. The Ankabut Project is jointly funded by the TRA through the ICT Fund, Khalifa University and member support. Ankabut is managed by Khalifa University, and the CEO of Ankabut is Mr. Fahem Al Nuaimi.

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Ankabut Virtual Users' Meeting 2020 - Transform with Ankabut Cloud

Date: 18/5/2020   |   Time: 08:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

08:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Opening Remarks
Dr. Arif Al Hammadi, Executive Vice President, Khalifa University

9:10 AM - 9:20 AM

Ankabut Services updates
Mr. Fahem Al-Nuaimi; Ankabut Chief Executive Officer

9:20 AM - 10:00 AM

Morning Address Keynote Speaker: ‘Unlock the Full Potential of Digital Learning."
Mr.Berj Akian, ClassLink CEO

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Ankabut Strategic Partner speech
Mr. Faisal Ameer Malik, CTO of Huawei Middle East Enterprise

10:10 AM - 10:20 AM

Platinum Sponsor Speech
Mr. Wolfgang Egger, Managing Director, MESA VP, HPE

10:20 AM - 10:40 AM

"Digital transformation in the education sector"
Mr. Morad Hussam Chief Technology Officer, HPE

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM

Higher Education IT Solutions to Accelerate Your Digital Transformation
Mr. Ezzeldin Hussein, Team Lead, System Engineer, NALE Region, VMware

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

“Academic Software Virtualization and Khalifa University Use Case”
Mr.Tony Austwick, Director, Software2.

11:20 AM - 11:40 AM

"Remote Learning during COVID-19"
Mr. Asif Rashid, Azure Specialist (Education Industry), Microsoft UAE.

11:40 AM - 12:00 AM

"Transform Digital Learning Campus-Wide with Mediasite Video"
Mr. Robert Lipps Executive Vice President – Mediasite

12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

"Cloud & Big Data in Education"
Mr. Ashraf Esmat Mahmoud Khalil Senior Solution Architect, Technical Manager, Huawei

12:20 PM- 12:40 PM

"Effective Data Management with the Ankabut Cloud"
Mr. Scott Robertson, Enterprise Sales Engineer, Commvault

12:40 PM- 1:00 PM

"Break down barriers to learning success with Single Sign-on and Analytics"
Mr.Berj Akian, ClassLink CEO

1:00 PM - 1:20 PM

Discovering Wi-Fi 6 powered by Huawei Technologies
Mr. Mohamed Mamdouh Elsabagh, IP Solution manager for Education Sector, Huawei

1:20 PM - 1:40 PM

Research: System & Method for Touchless Biometric Authentication through Human Snap.
Mr. Zulfiqar M. Aslam Senior Instructor Dept. of Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship UAEU

1:40 PM- 2:00 PM

Ankabut Security Services
Mr. Qaadir Haamid Information Security Manager, Ankabut.