10th Scientific Conference, Business Technology: Development and Innovation

17 - Aug - 2020

On the 17th Aug, 2020, the Faculty of Economy and Administrative Sciences, in cooperation with Business and Technology incubator, has convened its 10th scientific conference with a view to shed lights on the projects implemented in the field of business technology studying thereby their impacts on the economic development.

 Dr. Hamdi Zorub, the head of the conference, stated that this conference was held in light of Corona pandemic, which paralyzed all walk of life, to drive the economic life forward through utilizing technology; this event comes to defy the procedures and to help graduates as well as unemployed persons surpass the situation. "Adopting technology, the conference will give fruitful outcomes for getting out of the current crisis," he added.

Professor Zarub pointed out that business sustainability depends on leadership and innovative ideas, noting that the traditional jobs have been replaced by new technology-based occupations.

The conference took place in Tiba Building's Conference Hall, where specialists of business technology from Gazan universities and the IUG BTI have partaken with governed scientific papers in an atmosphere full of fruitful discussions. The conference included four sessions, each of which contained at least five scientific papers. The total number of papers are 20, in which they handled the topic of e-commerce, freelancing, and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Mohammed Miqdad led the first session that focused on the role of business incubations in fostering the business technology projects directing them to achieve economic development. The participants showed the impact of supporting business technology projects in the Gaza Strip, throwing lights on the IUG BTI projects that about 1000 student thrived in. This session, also, tackled the role of entrepreneurship in reaching the technological and economic dimension of sustainable development applying it into some incubations in Gaza, such as IUG and UCAS.

The second session was led by Dr. Marwan al-Agha who manifested the role of academic institutions in reinforcing the concept of business technology. There are several topics to discuss in this session. They debated to what extent the Commerce faculty's students are aware of entrepreneurship. On this regard, a success story from IUG BTI were presented to explore how freelancing plays a crucial role in mitigating the unemployment rates in Gaza. The role of electronic management of human resources in building the internal entrepreneurship was also a new topic to raise and negotiate. 

Moving from the role of academic institutions and incubators in business technology, the third session took a wider space as it represented the role of NGOs and private sectors in supporting the field. A paper examined how much NGOs are working on developing the business technology projects. Taking business technology incubators an application, some papers revealed the services given by these incubators to raise up the level of creativity and innovation whilst projects' implementation. The Ministry of Economy and PIPA have, in addition, uncovered the role of government in continuing the business technology projects.

The reflection of business technology projects on youths' development has been of great interest. To empower youths in this area, participants suggested establishing a brand-new business and technology incubator for education. They accordingly examined the impact of e-marketing training courses on increasing the competitive advantage of students and graduates. Researchers investigated to what extant inbound marketing is used as a strategy of marketing in information technology companies. The session ended up with discussion about the challenges that hinder business and technology incubators in the south provinces of Palestine. Solutions for these dilemmas were taken into consideration.