Startup Weekend Baghdad

    Thursday, October 8 - 10, 2015

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Baghdad

Thursday, October 8 - 10, 2015

Thursday, October 8 - 10, 2015
Event starts at 4:00 pm

Zain HQ

Baghdad, Iraq

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Where ideas come to life!

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Thursday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Friday and Saturday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

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Thursday October 8th

4:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:00 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

5:30 pm
Pitch Clinic
How to pitch an idea in one minute

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
Wrap up
Finish for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue allow

Friday October 9th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

1:00 pm

1:45 pm
A talk from our speaker Ali about his entrepreneurial experience

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:15 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

9:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday October 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

1:00 pm

1:45 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 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

5:45 pm
Final Presentations

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Ali Ismail

Ali is a serial entrepreneur and cofounder of FikraSpace, the largest tech community in Iraq, and Solo Studio, a small design and development house. Ali has a genuine interest in coding, which he started to learn from a young age. Combined with his flair for entrepreneurship, this interest has cemented his role as a leader of the start-up community in Iraq and earned him recognition abroad. He recently graduated from Singularity University's 10 week entrepreneurship program and made it to the semifinals of the Arab MIT start-up competition with Journal, a startup that he is setting it up in the U.S.

Event Judges

Ammar Ameen
Co-Founder & CEO at MISWAG

Co-Founder and CEO at, Iraq's first e-commerce service. Holds a Master of Information Technology and a B.Sc in Computer Engineering. Left a 4-years full-time Computer Science university lecturer career to establish Miswag and take place in the entrepreneurial society. Currently runs Miswag and is also a tech and business consultant for several businesses including HRiNS, iHorizon and others

Jafar Sadik
Co-founder & Managing Director

Studied International Development at Carleton University, Co-founder & Managing Director of I Cube Global Corp - our success is driven by "Thinking Outside the Box". We deliver bespoke market solutions catered to our customers defined to our market pitched with a fine sharp edge. Canadian-Iraqi who came to Iraq for the first time in 2008 with hopes of entering and revolutionizing the Iraqi market. Struggling to hit sales of $50,000 during the first year & eventually reaching our peak of 8 digits sales figures in 2014 with concrete plans of hitting 9 digit sales figures for 2015 had it not been for the entry of ISIS & recent drops in the prices of oil... keep in mind more than 90% of sales were made to the private sector.

Karrar Muwafaq
Head of corporate PMO / Corporate Strategy

I am working as PMO Manager for zain project management office by managing projects , strategic projects and high importance projects : 
Prepare, analyse and report enterprise wide report to the senior management(Planned Vs Actual for Project Cost, Schedule, Budget, Revenue, Profitability Report, and Milestone Progress) 
• Ensure all projects adhere to the company’s base lined Quality Governance process guidelines. 
• Empowering tools for project management. 
• Appropriate alignment of projects to business needs. 
• Most effective execution of projects. 
• Work with Project Managers to review, monitor project health. 
• Develop and maintain Executive Dashboard. 
• Establish and implement metrics that measure project performance. 
• Conducting periodic project audits. 
• Determine the project health by measuring the variance in scope, schedule, cost and quality from the respective baselines. 
• Resource usage tracking and ensure the optimized usage of resources. 
• Conducting project status review meetings and tracking of the open points and assigned task’s status. 
• Facilitate Improvements to the Project Conduct & Management Process. 

Coaches and Mentors

Mustafa Ahmed
Co-Founder & Lead Developer at MAHAW

An 19-year-old iOS and web developer who was born and raised in Baghdad. He works at MAHAW as an iOS and Web Developer.  He is also member at Mu3amala startup. He participated in the first Startup Weekend Baghdad and worked on his own startup with his class mates. Mustafa thinks that everyone should have the courage to follow their heart and intuition

Hussein Abul Ma'ali
Graphic Designer

After spending about 8 years as a freelance graphic designer and another 4 years in medico-marketing, Abul Ma’ali left his highest-paying job in pharmaceutical industry to persuade his dream working for one of the largest creative agencies in the world, J. Walter Thompson as an account manager armed with an extensive experience in advertising and marketing.

Sabri Monaf
Co-Founder & Lead Developer at d3

A  Computer Science graduate and self taught Android developer, he began his career with S Converter, a new and unique take on units conversion which got the app over 150k downloads and is cited as the best unit converter on Android by many blogs and users. He co-founded Mu3amala and developed its Android App, And also co-founded d3 Studio and is now working the CTO of the company.

Alhasan Ahmed
Web developer

Alhasan, An 18 years old Highschool graduate with an extreme passion about technology .
Currently working for d3studio as a Web Application Developer.
A full stack web-dev who has done some projects like , and couple work related projects.

Abdullah Hussam
Web Developer

Abdullah is a webapps developer ,programmer, and security researcher. He worked with Google, Twitter, Adobe, Sony, and many other well know companies as a security researcher.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Baghdad team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Organizing Team

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

  • Ibrahim
  • Noor
  • Amr
  • Ahmed


Salih Zain

Event Staff

Sama Basil
Program Officer

Experienced Organizer with a 6 years experience of working on project development, International Relations and Social Media in the civic & social organization industry.

Tiba Hasan

Reem Walaa

Yasir Hani

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