Startup Weekend Egypt: Alexandria 4th Edition

    Thursday, March 12 - 14, 2015


  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Egypt: Alexandria 4th Edition

Thursday, March 12 - 14, 2015



Thursday, March 12 - 14, 2015
Event starts at 4:30 pm

Gardenia Down Town
9 Acacia Street,
Moharam Bek, Alexandria

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Thursday March 12th


4:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


8:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Friday March 13th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, & have some coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


10:30 am
Check-In
Check-in, status reports, call for help


12:00 pm
Prayer Break


2:00 pm
Lunch Break


3:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


7:00 pm
Check-In
Check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday March 14th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


3:00 pm
Lunch


4:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


8:00 pm
Dinner


8:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:45 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Mohamed Maher
Online & Enterprise Solutions Senior Manager, Etisalat Egypt

Mohamed Maher- SM/Enterprise & ICT at Etisalat Egypt- is an IT & Business Transformation leader as he got ~20 years with international telecom tycoons andExperienced Entrepreneur where he took leading roles in the startup of Vodafone, Etisalat and consultant, founding partner and shareholder in many SMEs with strong experience in building and managing sections up to 60+ resources, transformation programs, business development, organization/change management and managing tens of millions budget. Maher has MSc, Business Information Technology from Middlesex University in UK and BSc in Communication and control engineering from Cairo University. Maher has won many international awards in programs delivered and he would like to extend his support to the entrepreneurship community in Egypt and the region. Maher is a Subject matter expert in organization design, entrepreneurship (Founding partner for few companies), innovation, business development, marketing, presales, Cloud, B2B, IoT, M2M, Big Data, Social, Mobile applications, CRM, Integration, ERP, Architecture of various enterprise telecom systems, VAS, Home Automation, DWH, Payment, Billing, Security, Software development techniques Architecture, business analysis, development, testing, implementation, deployment, transitioning, tuning and operations/support.

Event Judges


Ahmed Hammad
Organization Development and Strategy Manager, Etisalat Misr

Ahmed is currently managing the Organization Development and Strategy function in Etisalat Egypt, before Etisalat Ahmed was managing two startups in e-Health and e-payement. Ahmed holds an MBA from AUC, Lean six sigma black belt, Diploma, in VLSI, and BS.c  in communication engineering.


Tarek Aboualam
Managing Partner, Tirocon DMCC

Mr. Aboualam is the founder of Tirocon DMCC (Tirocon) established in the UAE in 2012 to offer Management Consulting services. Currently, Mr. Aboualam is the CEO of Mobiserve Group offering Telecom Engineering services through its subsidiaries in 8 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. 
Mr. Aboualam carries 20 years of Telecom management experience with a track record of significant accomplishments in the European and Middle-Eastern Telecommunications markets. Prior to establishing Tirocon in 2012, Mr. Aboualam led the turnaround of Egypt’s incumbent operator Telecom Egypt (TE) in a challenging environment acting as TE’s CEO & Managing Director after serving as the Senior VP for International & Wholesale. As TE’s CEO, and following a turbulent year in 2011, Mr. Aboualam succeeded in leading the company’s 50,000 employees to achieving a very positive start to 2012 with sound financial performance and good progress against the company’s strategic objectives. Before joining TE, he acted as the Fixed & Broadband Development Director of Orascom Telecom. Between 2005 and 2008, he actively contributed to the turnaround of the Italian integrated operator Wind Telecomunicazioni acting as the Planning and Business Intelligence Director of its Fixed Business Unit. Starting 2001 and till 2005, he played a leading role in the successful launch of TE Data, the largest broadband provider in Egypt. From 1995 till 2000, Mr. Aboualam co-founded and managed one of the first ISPs in the MENA region (Soficom Communications SAE) acquired at a later stage by Batelco of Bahrain. 
Mr. Aboualam is a member of the Management Committee at the Egyptian Supreme Council for Culture. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of many companies including: TE, Vodafone Egypt, Mobiserve, TE Data, Xceed, Soficom, Entag, Gyrolabs (Egypt); Tellas (Greece); Tirocon (UAE); TED-Jordan (Jordan). Mr. Aboualam holds a bachelor degree in Telecommunications engineering from Alexandria University.


Osama El Haggar
Senior Entrepreneurship Support Specialist, TIEC

Osama EL HAGGAR is Senior Entrepreneurship Specialist in TIEC. Has being working as Business Development Manager in International companies supporting R&D with focus on embedded systems design and electronic components for the last 10+ years. He is working on EU Funded projects under FP7 and Horizon 2020 Programs to support researchers and SMEs get funded from EU. Entrepreneurship & innovation takes too much of his time coaching and supporting Hi-Tech Startups to grow fast and facilitate their exposure to investors and inject more innovation to their products.
Osama Has being working for Multinational companies, he has cooperated with global teams in different location around the world throughout his different projects.
He is also interested in renewable energy and its utilization in rural areas and energy reduction systems for buildings which will reduce energy consumption.


Coaches and Mentors


Ahmed Abdallah
Founder & CEO, Pimula Agency

Ahmed Abdallah, aka, Ahmed Bolica is the founder and CEO of “Pimula Agency”. He studied Accounting in the faculty of Commerce, but he could not find his passion in this career. More than 5 years ago, Ahmed started his first steps in the career of Web Design by self-studying. He worked as a Senior UI Developer / UX Designer for four years. During that time, he grew his own startup “Bolica Web Design” successfully.   Ahmed’s business background helped him to understand both of the end-users and the market needs well. Thus, he started to concern mainly about supporting start-ups and the entrepreneurs through developing many different services. Moreover, Ahmed started using his creativity and experience in the career of web design, as he used to believe that the cool design is not a goal, but it could be a smart way for building effective long-lasting brands. ​   Ahmed is interested in learning about the new technologies, and loves to share knowledge through his own blog. He also co-founded “Alexandria Web Designer” community, which mainly aims to provide the help to the new generations of talented designers. Additionally, Ahmed used to contribute in giving lectures and workshops for beginners of web design career.


Ahmed Abuiliazeed
Co-founder, Qafeer Labs

Ahmed Abuiliazeed Co-founder at Qafeer Labs he focus on Technology management and Entrepreneurial Finance, he was responsible for the largest crowd-funding campaign that target the Egyptian Market he successfully raised 16.5K$ in 30 Days to establish a Maker-space for Qafeer Labs,He used to work as a Research Assistant in the innovation and competitiveness Center at Nile University


Emad ElMohandes
Technical Manager, Etisalat Misr

 Emad ElMohandes has more than 17 years of experience in the IT field. He has been working in different areas including analysis, design, development, implementations, project management and consultations. Emad provided consultations and implementations for more than 20 companies inside and outside Egypt. The implementations include DMS FMIS, Oracle E-Business Suite, MS GreatPlains, MS Business Portal and MS CRM. Also he participated in one of the first CMM assessment in Egypt when he was an R&D manager at DMS software house. He has implemented one of the 1st 3 MS CRM implementations at Egypt in Raya corporate. Now Emad is a Technical Expert in Etisalat Misr, responsible for ERP solutions design and implementations.


Karim Abourayan
Project Manager, Etisalat Misr

Karim graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor Degree in Communications Engineering from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology. He  completed his MBA from ESLSCA University in 2008. He has 14 years of experience in the Telecom Industry. He is currently a Program Manager in Etisalat Misr in the Project Management Office (PMO). He is leading a team of program managers to achieve Etisalat’s Technical Strategy. He previously worked for Mobinil and Modern Telecom System (MTS). Karim is a certified PMP ,PMOC ,Six Sigma Green Belt and has extended efforts to share his knowledge as  a speaker in different project management and developmental activities in Cairo University, Helwan University , AUC, and AAST. He also volunteered with the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) programs.Karim is driven by his beliefs in continuous improvement, leadership and change management.


Khaled Mokhtar
Program Management Senior Supervisor, Etisalat Misr

Khaled is a Computer and Systems Engineer working in the Technical Project Management Office (PMO) as a Program Management Senior Supervisor in Etisalat Misr Mobile Operator. He is also part of the Global IEEE Network having many executive positions there.Certified from the University of California - Berkeley - USA for Mentoring Innovative Technology Startups. Khaled was also Mentor for multiple events in the Region which bridging the Industry and Academia together in order to “Advance Innovation and Technology for Humanity”. Moreover was Keynote Speaker, Speaker and Trainer in events in Egypt, Germany, Spain and Jordan.Khaled is currently a Professional Speaker in the IEEE Region 8 (Europe, Middle East and Africa), was also Board Member & Chairman for the Egyptian Engineering Day, Vice Chairman for the IEEE GOLD Egyptian Affinity Group.



Mohamed AlAhwal
B2B Consultant, B2B presales team Leader and IT Innovation Team member, Etisalat Misr

An entrepreneur and a Telecom professional with 7+ years of experience in major world class corporates (Etisalat, Vodafone, Orange Business Services and Roche Diagnostics). Mohamed graduated from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology in 2006 as an “Electronics and Communication” Engineer. Additionally, he is certified from ITI, Dublin Institute of Technology and AUC. He participated and was nominated as a winner in global contests (e.g. Etisalat Innovation Tech Award 2014, Startup Weekend Cairo 2011, MentorGraphics 2005, ACM 2002). Finally, Mohamed has a passion to extend his support to Entrepreneurship and Innovation ecosystem in Egypt and the region.


Mohamed Hamada
Founder & CEO, El Nota

Returned to Egypt after studying and working in the USA for the past 18 years to found ennota.com He worked as a Business Analyst and Project Manager at Trinity Technology Group, as a Senior Design Engineer at Thomson-Grass Valley in Nevada City and Salt Lake City, and as Faculty at California State University, Sacramento He holds a BS & MS in Electronics Engineering fromCalifornia State University, Sacramento and an MBA in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship from Westminster College, Utah.


Mohab Amer
Budgeting & Planning Manager, Etisalat Misr

Mohab Amer has a more than fifteen years of experience in multinational telecommunications companies. Mohab started his career at Mobinil as customer experience & CRM professional, moved to the financial planning and reporting before focusing on the budgeting and Planning at Etisalat Misr” The first 3.75G network in Egypt” . He is currently managing/overseeing all the financial planning responsibilities with Etisalat Misr. Mohab holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration – English Section from Ain Shams University and has bunch of international trainings and financial planning experience and techniques.


Mona Farid
Alexandria Area Manager, ALEF Bookstores

Mona Farid is currently Alexandria Area Manager in ALEF Bookstores. She has joined ALEF Bookstores in 2010 as the Online Marketing Associate, responsible for the different social media channels of ALEF Bookstores as well as the website & the Online Store. End of 2011 marked the transition of her career to the Retail Team in ALEF Bookstores with the opening of the milestone branch of Kafr Abdo in Alexandria. She was assigned the role of Kafr Abdo Store Manager. Since December 2011 till now, she has been responsible of the expansion of ALEF Bookstores in Alexandria, being officially promoted to Alexandria Area Manager End of 2012. Today, ALEF Bookstores has 6 operating branches in Alexandria in addition to 2 seasonal branches in the North Coast. She is originally a Graduate of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Alexandria University, 2001. And she has worked as a pharmacist in different fields at the beginning of her career. In 2007, she has joined Bibliotheca Alexandrina for one year. She is also a graduate of the German School in Alexandria (DSB), holding the German Abitur, 1996.


Moustafa Hassan
Database Administration Manager, Etisalat Misr

Moustafa is an Electrical Engineer passionate about technology. He has been writing and selling software since the college days. He has joined the IT field more than 10 years ago, where he has played different roles and interfaced with several industries. Moustafa is currently leading a team of Database Administrators in Etisalat Misr. In his spare time, Moustafa loves to write iPhone software, and to explore more about the world of App Business.


Nahel Amirah
Innovation Support Manager, TIEC

Nahel Amirah is the manager of InnovEgypt and Egypt Ideation Camp program. He has more than 12 years of experience in multiple areas including Control Engineering, Project Management, Innovation and Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Implementing Technologies for Education. He received B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computers in 2000. He is stating his career as a teaching assistant at Biomedical Engineering department, Higher Technological Institute. Then he had a career shift to the world of entrepreneurship. He joined Arab Science and Technology Foundation Cairo office then Science Age foundation (SAS) as a project manager. During this period he is managing many of entrepreneurship and startups competitions and programs. He developed and managed a new competition for Entrepreneurs in industrial sector, Industrial startup @ Arab World competition. It was the first of its kind worldwide and recognized as a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week in 2009. He operated and managed the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in Egypt for three years and he developed the first pan Arab version of this competition. He is also a certified educator for Intel Ideation Camp and volunteer as mentor and judge for some entrepreneurship initiatives in Egypt and Arab World.


Osama El Haggar
Senior Entrepreneurship Support Specialist, TIEC

Osama EL HAGGAR is Senior Entrepreneurship Specialist in TIEC. Has being working as Business Development Manager in International companies supporting R&D with focus on embedded systems design and electronic components for the last 10+ years. He is working on EU Funded projects under FP7 and Horizon 2020 Programs to support researchers and SMEs get funded from EU. Entrepreneurship & innovation takes too much of his time coaching and supporting Hi-Tech Startups to grow fast and facilitate their exposure to investors and inject more innovation to their products.
Osama Has being working for Multinational companies, he has cooperated with global teams in different location around the world throughout his different projects.
He is also interested in renewable energy and its utilization in rural areas and energy reduction systems for buildings which will reduce energy consumption.


Tarek Nasr
Entrepreneur

Tarek Nasr, is a serial entrepreneur. Currently he is the Managing Director of ThePlanet, a digital creative agency. MD at JuiceLabs, a tech accelerator. Partner at Tawseela, an innovative transport firm and Partner at Untap a crowd sourcing innovation platform


Yasser AbdelMoniem
Strategic Planning Senior Engineer

Yasser Abd EL-Moniem is an Electronics & Communications Engineer and expert in trend research and innovation and an enthusiast for developing innovative business models with extensive background in mobile network technologies/solutions.
He is a Strategy Senior Engineer at Etisalat Egypt and an experienced presenter. The areas of specialization include; business and information technology strategic planning, governance, mobile network architecture evolution, large scale transformations, new technology positioning and building innovation culture.
Yasser has his Engineering bachelor degree from Ain-Shams University. Moreover, he holds many certificates in business/technology strategy development, building Innovation culture and project management.
Yasser also won the first place in Startup weekend @ Etisalat with his innovative idea “Etisalat Educate” that aims at utilizing the technology advance to enhance educational process in Egypt and make knowledge sharing become easier and much more effective to get education available for everyone everywhere for free…


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Egypt: Alexandria 4th Edition team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Alexandria is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Ahmed
    Emad
  • Hashem
    Zahran
  • Mahmoud
    N. Kelany
  • Dalia
    Elbadry
  • Fawzia
    Essa
  • Tarek
    Mandour

Facilitators


Hashem Zahran
Internet Evangelist, and Startup Activist.

Hashem believes that entrepreneurship is what will take the Egyptian economy to the next level and it is exactly what fits the Egyptian post-revolution economy. Startups should get all the support needed to grow and expand by the ecosystem community leaders & of course the government and that what will boost Egypt's economy.


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