YouTube CoFounder Chad HurleyQatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), part of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), has announced YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley is to take part as a guest speaker at the opening ceremony of the 31st International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation World Conference (IASP 2014 Doha) at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC). 

Taking place from 19 to 22 October 2014, IASP 2014 Doha is a global gathering of 1,000 leading government, business and innovation figures from 45 countries and Hurley’s participation will make an invaluable contribution given his vast experience and expertise as co-founder of the world’s largest and most popular video sharing site and the third most visited site globally. This year’s event will be the first time IASP will have been held in the Middle East since its establishment in 1984.

Hurley studied Fine Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania before helping to develop PayPal’s user interface for eBay. In 2005, Hurley co-founded YouTube with two partners, turning it into one of the world’s top ten web services within a year. He and co-founder Steve Chen came up with the idea for a video sharing site over dinner with friends, and financed the company’s early days through their personal lines of credit until a Silicon Valley venture capital firm – who also helped PayPal off the ground – offered funding. Hurley currently also serves as an advisor of YouTube since selling it to Google, Inc. for US$1.76 billion.

One billion video clips are now seen daily on YouTube, with 24 hours’ worth of content uploaded to YouTube every minute. According to the Arab Social Media Report in 2012, studies show that there are over 167 million video views a day in the Arab region, putting the region in the number two spot in the world (behind the US and ahead of Brazil). One hour of YouTube video is uploaded in the Arab region per minute. Residents of Qatar are more connected to the internet than almost any other country in the world, according to the United Nations Broadband Commission’s State of Broadband Report 2013.

Chad Hurley will give his keynote address at 9:30 am on 20 October 2014, directly after the Opening Ceremony of IASP 2014 Doha.

There are still some places available. For more information or registration, visit IASP 2014 Doha website.