About 800 guests from 90 countries are expected to converge in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirate (UAE) for one of the largest conferences on the application of blockchain technology in the aviation sector.
The summit which is tagged, “Blockchain: Unlock the Potential,” is the inaugural International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Blockchain Summit and Exhibition and is scheduled to take place between April 2 and 4.
The conference aims to bring stakeholders in the aviation industry and promoters of blockchain technology across the world together, to promote a partnership that will unlock the “potential of Blockchain technology to ensure a safe, secure and efficient civil aviation system.”
The Director General of UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, while speaking on the choice of UAE as a venue for the summit, said:
“Selecting the UAE is a testament to our leadership’s continuing efforts towards investing in new technologies across different domains including the aviation sector and in maintaining strong partnerships between the government and the private sector, and the continuous endeavours in exploring methods to improve aviation business practices in a dynamic and thriving environment.”
More so, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and Chairman of the GCAA Board of Directors, said the UAE aims to continue its leadership role in the field of innovation, with its sustained performance in this year’s Global Innovation Index.
“The UAE is the top ranking country in the Arab world, according to the Global Innovation Index. We are honoured that ICAO has selected the UAE as the host nation of the first ICAO Blockchain Aviation Summit and Exhibition,” he added.
Through the conference, the ICAO and GCAA, will seek to accelerate the adoption of Blockchain in the aviation industry, from aircrafts, to financing, to business operations, including passenger experience, management of contracts, record keeping, security and so on.
Several topics will be discussed at the conference, they include:
– Exploring Aviation use cases
– Pilots and Projects in Blockchain
– Internet Of Things
– Artificial Intelligence
– Machine Learning, other are,
– Government Proof of concepts
– Projects Blockchain for Government
– Best Practices and Case Studies: Benefits and Drawbacks?”
Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates, will be speaking at the two days event, as well as, Simon Brown, Design Lead Operations IT at Heathrow Airport, London.
More so, selected multinationals and start-ups are also expected to speak at the event as well as pitch their ideas.
Recall that about two weeks ago, Abu Dhabi was venue for another blockchain-related event.
Abu Dhabi has continued to explore blockchain technology in recent times, with the aim of applying it to various sectors of its economy, while also setting the pace for others to follow; all thanks to the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Force.