First Knowledge Conference
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF), the first Knowledge Conference will be held from December 7 to 9 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai.
Organized by the MBRF, the conference will bring together international and regional knowledge influencers, experts and stakeholders and thought-leaders such as Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, and Jimmy Wales, the cofounder of Wikipedia. The conference will also witness the announcement of the first winner of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award that honors a global figure for his or her contributions to the dissemination of knowledge. The award aims to encourage further initiatives and programs that contribute to dissemination, transfer and localization of knowledge around the world.
The conference will also witness the launch of Knowledge Index, an indicator that will monitor the status of knowledge in the Arab world on an annual basis. The index is based on a number of sub-indices in the economic, social and knowledge levels that highlight the progress towards knowledge based societies
On the second day of the conference, The Arab Knowledge Report 2014, a joint initiative of the MBRF and the Arab Bureau in the United Nations Development Programme, will be launched to address important issues and shed light on the status of knowledge in the Arab world. These include topics such as Youth Understanding in Localization of Knowledge Transfer Processes, the Challenges
of Localization and Transfer of Knowledge in the Arab Region. The Knowledge Report for this year will include another report addressing the same cases from the United Arab Emirates perspective. It deals with the challenges and strategies for effective integration of youth in the UAE and the localization of knowledge transfer at the national level.
The First Knowledge conference reflects the major role of knowledge in renaissance and growth, as knowledge draws the lines between wealth and poverty, ability and disability, and achievements and failures. A state that is able to produce and spread knowledge has the potential to elevate its development, assist its nationals to grow and prosper and occupy the position that it deserves in the contemporary world. The conference will include a set of sessions and workshops during which experts, specialists and pioneers of knowledge from around the world will discuss various aspects of the deployment and transfer of knowledge.