48 episodes

UAE Tech Podcast is an exploration on how technology is merging with and reshaping government in the United Arab Emirates.

A little understood but fundamental transition is taking place across a series of Emirates first established less than fifty years ago, in 1971.

It’s here that the center of technological gravity is shifting from the private sector to a hybrid relationship involving industrialists, entrepreneurs, diplomats, policymakers, creatives and citizens.

It’s also here that signs of a Fourth Industrial Revolution are emerging.

In this series John Lillywhite talks with leaders from across the UAE in an effort to map these macro trends, and probe how innovations in big data, network science and digitalisation are not simply revolutionising government, but could - one day - play a role in influencing the systems that power global civilization itself.

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UAE Tech Podcast is an exploration on how technology is merging with and reshaping government in the United Arab Emirates.

A little understood but fundamental transition is taking place across a series of Emirates first established less than fifty years ago, in 1971.

It’s here that the center of technological gravity is shifting from the private sector to a hybrid relationship involving industrialists, entrepreneurs, diplomats, policymakers, creatives and citizens.

It’s also here that signs of a Fourth Industrial Revolution are emerging.

In this series John Lillywhite talks with leaders from across the UAE in an effort to map these macro trends, and probe how innovations in big data, network science and digitalisation are not simply revolutionising government, but could - one day - play a role in influencing the systems that power global civilization itself.

    Yalla Market on 15 Minute Delivery

    Yalla Market on 15 Minute Delivery

    Leo Dovbenko is CEO and Co-Founder of YallaMarket and YallaHub, an aggregator providing ecommerce fulfillment and warehousing services. What’s interesting about Leo is that he began his journey training as a software engineer, but found his real passion working in bars and swish restaurants as a student at Uni. Pretty soon he was working with big brands, and managing larger locations.

    As so often on the UAE Tech Podcast, this is a story of taking a slightly different path. By combining experience in the F&B industry with software design, development and a clear enjoyment of business strategy, Leo found himself riding the coattails of a booming food-tech industry.

    Tune in for a discussion on 15 minute delivery, the VC industry, the importance of data, and why quick commerce will be an increasing percentage of revenue for the high-street store going forwards.

    • 28 min
    Bezogia & Blockchain Gaming

    Bezogia & Blockchain Gaming

    Legends of Bezogia is an Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORG) combining tokenomics, NFTs and competitive ranked gaming with the blockchain. That means players can invest in a Bezoge avatar, mint magic blocks, sell in-game items and become part of the Bezogia community.

    • 55 min
    Proofpoint: Cybersecurity Governance

    Proofpoint: Cybersecurity Governance

    The UAE has long invested in cybersecurity, hosting globally significant conferences and attracting talent in this space for at least the past decade. At the same time, the field of cybersecurity is shifting as the sophistication of the digital economy matures. Satista estimated that the digital economy will grow to $53 trillion US dollars next year, up from 13.5 trillion in 2018.

    • 36 min
    Cashew: BNPL in the GCC

    Cashew: BNPL in the GCC

    As the global economy faces a period of sustained economic uncertainty, we talked about Cashew’s early mission, the importance of forming partnerships with banks and larger institutions and why expanding into markets such as KSA or Oman, makes the UAE an increasingly attractive destination.

    • 26 min
    Neobanking: ‘Yap’ Means Pay Backwards

    Neobanking: ‘Yap’ Means Pay Backwards

    ‘Yap’ means ‘Pay’ backwards. It’s a neobank established in the UAE, working on a move to KSA, and offering a range of services for B2B and B2C clients. The company markets itself as a financial technology - not a bank.

    • 29 min
    Zbooni & cCommerce in the Middle East

    Zbooni & cCommerce in the Middle East

    The idea is called “cCommerce”, or “collaborative commerce.” According to Investopedia, it means “the optimization of supply and distribution channels to capitalize on the global economy by using new technology efficiently.

    • 49 min

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