SWAmman 6th Edition

    Thursday, March 26 - 28, 2015


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SWAmman 6th Edition

Thursday, March 26 - 28, 2015



Thursday, March 26 - 28, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm



Amman, Jordan

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Startup Weekend Amman VI {Sixth Edition}

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 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

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 26th


5:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:00 pm
Event Kick-Off


6:30 pm
Ice breaker
an activity to explain the whole weekend's acts


7:00 pm
Keynote Speech: Ahmad Hanandeh
Ahmad Hanandeh CEO of Zain Jordan welcomes guests and announces the start of the working hours


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 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 27th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch & Prayers Break


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


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


4:00 pm
Speaker Slot : JoAnimate
JoAnimate to tell us about their ups and downs and how they managed to keep up.


6:00 pm
Speaker Slot: Mohanned Odeh
Mohanned Odeh ( Director of marketing and business development) of Zain JO segment


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner 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 28th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 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


3:30 pm
Speaker Slot: Tamer Al-Masri
Tamer Al-Masri from JoBedu will tell us about how hard it was to start a business in Jordan and how they managed to resolve obstacles to excel.


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Tamer AlMasri
Cofounder and CEO @ Jobedu

An artist at heart, Tamer co-founded a multimedia marketing platform that celebrates the crowd sourced works of awesome creative Arabs and produces them on high quality products under the Jobedu brand. 


Ahmad Hanandeh
CEO @ Zain Jordan

On July 2011, Mr. Ahmad Hanandeh joined Zain Jordan as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with an impressive professional track record, and recently being a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the successful Zain Sudan mobile operation in March 2011.
Prior joining Zain Family, Hanandeh was the General Manager for four years of Posta Plus, the Gulf-based company specializing in world-class delivery, courier and postal services across the Middle East.
Back in 1994 and till 2006, he was a key member of Aramex Group, where he initially joined as an accountant and became a country manager in numerous Aramex’s Asian stations.

Worth mentioning that CommMEA magazine, that entails critical analysis for telecommunications executives, awarded Hanandeh the Award for Telecoms Professional of the Year 2012. Hanandeh also claimed Socrates Award 2014 as he was presented the title ‘Best Manger of the Year’ ” by the Europe Business Assembly.
Hanandeh was born on 1973, and holds a Bachelor degree in Banking and Finance from Yarmouk University in 1994.



Ehab Al Otibi
Co-founder @ JoAnimate & Online Media Specialist

Ehab Al Otibi, Co-founder of JoAnimate & Online Media Specialist, he been in the online industry for almost four years, and he founded JoAnimate; the first animation festival in the region in 2011 along with his partners.


Mohanned Audeh
Marketing & Business Development Director @ Zain Jo

Mohanned Audeh is the Marketing & Business Development Director at Zain Jo. Audeh Joined Zain Jordan in 2007, Audeh has been in this position for the last 4 years and has 15 years’ experience in the telecom industry, starting from Customer Care, Sales followed by Business Development and finally Marketing.

Event Judges


Rami Al-Karmi
Entrepreneurship & Investment Advisor at Zain

Rami Al-Karmi is a proud geek, investor, and widely recognized adviser on strategy, business model innovation, and building lean startup ecosystems.  an LP & Mentor at 500 Startups in San Francisco. 
He founded his 1st startup at the age of 19. Till date, his footprint includes more than 100 companies in MENA and Silicon Valley that he either invested in, mentored, served on their boards of directors, or advisory boards.
Rami holds an Electrical Engineering degree from University of Jordan, he completed the Venture Capital Executive Program at HAAS UC Berkeley, and “The Leading for the future”, and “The Leading, Organizing for Action” Executive Programs at Harvard Kennedy School, and the Senior Executive Education Program at UC San Diego. He currently serves on the board of trustees at Elia Nuqul Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Arcoten Holdings, and Octonious. Rami is a passionate advocate of the Lean Startup and customer development methodology and is a regular judge, mentor & keynote speaker at the region's important entrepreneurship & technology events. 


Omar Tahboub
VP of Product @ Bayt

Omar has architected and led the development of Oracle's next generation payment processing solution -- Oracle Payments. He is specialized in architecting business applications, product management, product strategy, ERP systems, Oracle Applications, Oracle technologies, localization and globalization, partners ecosystems, management of direct, matrix, and cross-functional teams. Currently Omar heads product management and software development at Bayt.


Ala Abu‐Samaha

A senior professional who specializes in Project/Program Management including establishing and operating Project Management Offices for medium to large Information Technology Departments within private and public sector organizations. In addition my past experiences and education constitute of various abilities in the fields of Information Technology/Systems Planning and Strategy Making; Systems/Application Development Methodologies and Process Automation 

National Archives, Projects Expert, Abu Dhabi UAE.  PricewaterHouseCoopers, Senior Manager, Riyadh KSA.  Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University (TAGIUNI), Executive Director Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organisation (TAGOrg), Amman Jordan.  Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems and Head of Information Technology Centre, Middle East University, Amman Jordan. 


Oula Farawati
cofounder, CEO @ Printati

Oula Farawati is an award winning entrepreneur, with a long career in media, communication, marketing and business development. Farawati co-founded Printati in 2012 as a brand merchandiser for Arabia. A Journalist at heart, Farawati is a columnist and a social media influencer with interests in cooking, vintage cars, and the new, geeky and funny.


Yousef Abu Mutawe
COO @ Zain Jo

Mr. Mutawe began his journey of success & struggle in Operation & telecommunication field since 1996.

Mr. Mutawe Joined Zain Jordan (Fastlink) in Y2000; he became the core network manager four years later; he was responsible for the main switching and VAS divisions of Zain Jo Network.

Mr. Mutawe became the head of engineering department in Y2009.
Two years later he became the Chief Technology Officer of Zain Jordan; heading Engineering and IT departments.

Mr. Mutawe reached Zain Network to the top of success to be the best network operator in both years 2012 & 2014 in the region.
Additionally; Mr. Mutawe managed to design and introduce many new telecom services.
During his term as CTO; Zain Jo transformed from GSM only to fully integrated operator, doubled the network size & deployed multi technology network( 2G,3G,4G), and were the first to deploy End-to-End FTTx Network in Jordan; 

In the last quarter of 2014, Mr. Mutawe became the Chief Operating Officer of Zain Jordan.



Coaches and Mentors


Khaled Al-Ahmed
Social Media Trainer

A US/Jordanian Social Media Strategist with the ability to translate concepts into strong social media campaigns. Managing Zain Jordan Social Media and before that served as the Digital Director for the Jordanian Government, where he managed social media for the Prime Minister and the Government as a whole. Managing and consulting public and private brands, he was listed as one of Top 100 Most Influencer Arabs on Twitter in 2012.


Sultan Shalakhti
Senior Visual Designer at ihorizons

Strategic, multidisciplinary designer & user experience expert. Pixel perfection with an eye for innovation. He have worked the gamut of clients (Newspaper mobile app, Souq.com, Sukar.com, Think Arabia, Jeeran, Cakelicious group, Nestle, Reef chicken & Hayat fm to name a few). Sultan have had multitude of experience with mobile apps, web design, smart TV apps and Branding.

Blog: www.dubacreative.com


Rani Dababnah
Senior Product Manager @ Souq.com

Experienced in:
- Product Management. Strategic Roadmap Planning, Execution, Rollout & Benchmarking. - E-Commerce. - On-site Search Platform Logic for optimized discovery & relevancy. - Recommendations. Data analytics. - Merchandising & Marketing Platform Management. - User Experience. - Payment. Online Transactions. - A/B tests to maximize Conversion Rates. - Online Communities. Online Marketing. - Search Engine Optimization - SEO.


Mohammad Anini
Amman Hackerspace - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Hacker, Geek, Software Engineer, Web Developer, Database Administrator, Robots Maker, Google Ambassador, Trainer and Open Source Warrior. Honored bachelor's degree in Software Engineering with excellent grading. Born to Code!   Anini is currently the CEO & Co-founder at Amman Hackerspace, and working as Operational Data Management Associate at UNHCR and Consultant & Web Developer at Freesoft Technologies.   Anini created and developed several open source software and hardware projects, such as 5ORAFY - The first maze solving robot in the MENA region that can solve any line maze without any prior knowledge and generate the shortest path, ArCaptcha - Arabic open source PHP CAPTCHA script, SA7ABAH – An Arabic open source Hangman game using Javascript and CSS only and many others.


Ahmad Tahhan

Before Ahmad joined university to study computer science, he became an open source enthusiast. 3 years later he a co-founded Jordan Open Source Association. And started working with PHP and web development as a part-time job at a startup before graduating university for 2 years. After graduation, Ahmad started working with Yahoo Maktoob in 2011 as a software engineer. His passion for everything binary drove him to pursue a masters degree in Computer Science, researching the ever expanding field of Recommendation Systems and Social Networks. His day job includes working on Android, and back-end development that supports the Yahoo Maktoob football application. At his free time, he likes to dive into the fictional worlds of video games.


Bader Sartawi
UX Designer @ Simple World / Vardot

I kicked-off my career with a Graphic Design Course in 2001, and got couched for print design and pre-productions. My passion for advertising and the desire to do conceptual copywriting and Graphic Design led me to study English Literature and me freelance in 2004-2008. In 2008 I joined Horizon-FCB Amman as a senior graphic designer, then moved to work for Brandwill Jeddah in 2009, where I fell in love with interactive design, digital and social media. I worked for multinational such as Saudi Business Machines (IBM), McVities, Bupa Insurance, Goody Foods, Munch Bakery, just to name a few. I've developed high sense of design and style over the years coupled with problem-solving techniques, that made me a dynamic individual yet thrives for team work; the catch lies in creating superb and innovative design solutions -print/digital- within impossible deadlines.   Portfolio on Behance: http://www.behance.net/baderfolio


Sawsan Basem
Co-Founder @ Markabaty

Sawsan is Co-Founder of Markabaty; a specialized application for cars services. She has Master degree in Computer Science. She is mobile and web engineer. She has the passion for supporting the Arabic Language. She proposed a system for recognizing offline Arabic handwritten texts using genetic algorithm and she is also working on a big system for Arabic Mathematical Expressions Recognition.   Sawsan won the award for best graduation project in 2010 in the university of Jordan. The project was in the robotics and image processing fields.  


Yousef Sawalha
Software Development Director @ Bayt.com

A technology enthusiast, passionate about software architecture, programming and applications. Have been working at Bayt.com for the past 7 years, developing and managing many products.


Rand Muhtaseb
Senior Software Engineer @ Hashdoc

I'm a Full-Stack Software Engineer at Hashdoc. I am experienced in developing large web applications using Ruby on Rails and other open-source technologies. I am passionate about technology and entrepreneurship.


Ali Dahmash
CEO and Owner of reach 2.0

Ali is a well-recognized social entrepreneur and social media enthusiast with broad experience in blogging and micro blogging. He has been a blogger and a social activist since 2005 where he was given credit by Her Majesty Queen Rania in January 2011. Ali was also given credit by His Majesty King Abdullah II in 2012. Ali utilizes social media for his business and initiatives and has a massive number of followers on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIN
Ali has more than 18 years of experience in the IT field in Jordan and the USA. He began his career with Oracle as a sales specialist, then moved up the ladder to be the sales manager at ExecuTrain in Miami, Florida. He then moved back to Jordan to become the sales manager at STS Microsoft and Paynet departments. Today, he is the founder and General Manager of REACH 2.0 a leading social media company specializing in digital marketing and branding in Jordan, UAE, Qatar and KSA.Ali has a website where he writes about the latest in digital media and other related technology topics. (http://alidahmash.com/)Ali also has passion for community service where he established his NGO “Under My Olive Tree” that empowers the local community through education and creating sustainable projects. Today UMOT supports 39 less fortunate university students in addition to 3,000 orphans in Jordan. 


Randa Al-Baker
Business Development Engineer @ ETA-max Energy & Environmental Solutions

Randa AlBaker is an energetic, ambitious, and hard-working industrial engineer; she is passionate about Entrepreneurship, Start-ups, Renewable Energy and Green living. As an entrepreneur, she developed a Business plan for "EcoSociety" Project which was among finalist teams at Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition- QRNEC in 2013. Also, for two years she was a member of an innovative, multi awards-winning Start-up named Taqetna specialized in renewable energy design and training; where she co-founded and supported the establishment of high quality training services. Currently she works as Business Development Engineer at ETA-max for energy and environmental solutions; a company specialized is the design, development and installation of solar energy systems and solutions. She holds a bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from the Hashemite University of Jordan.   She believes that a Better World is Greener World :)


Hamdi Al-Ghandour
Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence officer @ Annabsoft

Hamdi Al-Ghandour is Data warehouse and Business Intelligence officer at Annabsoft – a leading company in ecommerce business, who earned his B.Sc. in Computer Science from Al-Ahliyya Amman University in 2003. After building his career starting as a lab supervisor in the university that he graduated from, Hamdi was able to enhance his career within the same university to programmer, Assessment System Administrator and then to be the Assistant Manager for the Hourani eLearning Center, with having the responsibilities of managing exams and in charge of building online courses, with teaching computer skills courses as a plus. After that, Hamdi moved to private sector to start his work in Annabsoft, to be responsible for data management and implementing SSIS packages on SQL server 2008 R2 platform with monitoring and executing SQL jobs. In his free time, Hamdi starting his hobby as a photographer working with multiple NGOs like Jordanian Food Bank, Lawen Hayatak, and Steps Organization.  


Mohammad Mteir
Creative Director @ JoAnimate

He is a Jordanian-based creative director and a graphic designer. Obsessively driven and diversely experienced in that field. Passionately led over the past seven years, he brought ideas into life in physical and digital playgrounds, with an overarching philosophy: to make beautifully simple work that cuts through the noise and helps people tell their stories.


Ghassan Halawa
Founder / CEO of Parachute16

Ghassan Halawa is a serial entrepreneur and is active in the Jordanian start-up ecosystem. Holds a bachelor degree in MIS and a MBA from BAU in Jordan, with 8 years of experience
in business management,four of them in entrepreneurial ventures, A believer in
entrepreneurship and innovation and theirs impact on the community,also how we can make a difference together by sharing our experience. Ghassan also founder of Innovation Dialogues - Jordan & Startup tribe - Jordan as well as
other different startups in many sector; media,food ,education and consultation, And a facilitator of many global entrepreneurial events in Jordan and the region, also he is fellow of Enpact - Germany & Badir Jordan.


About his startup is called Parachute16, It is a consultation and edutainment company. it helps companies build an entrepreneurship & innovation culture within a firm, assist its business development, and builds business incubators for big companies in MENA region, Parachute16 also finds new and innovative ways to interactive education, also helps startups to build their business development strategies and expand their operation.


Rania Ghosheh

Business lawyer with great passion for entrepreneurship and startups. Angel investor and mentor for ICT startups in Mena region.
A strong believer that more female participation in the ICT sector is a must!



Mohanned Audeh
Marketing & Business Development Director @ Zain Jo

Mohanned Audeh is the Marketing & Business Development Director at Zain Jo. Audeh Joined Zain Jordan in 2007, Audeh has been in this position for the last 4 years and has 15 years’ experience in the telecom industry, starting from Customer Care, Sales followed by Business Development and finally Marketing.


Yousef Abu Mutawe
COO @ Zain Jo

Mr. Mutawe began his journey of success & struggle in Operation & telecommunication field since 1996.

Mr. Mutawe Joined Zain Jordan (Fastlink) in Y2000; he became the core network manager four years later; he was responsible for the main switching and VAS divisions of Zain Jo Network.

Mr. Mutawe became the head of engineering department in Y2009.
Two years later he became the Chief Technology Officer of Zain Jordan; heading Engineering and IT departments.

Mr. Mutawe reached Zain Network to the top of success to be the best network operator in both years 2012 & 2014 in the region.
Additionally; Mr. Mutawe managed to design and introduce many new telecom services.
During his term as CTO; Zain Jo transformed from GSM only to fully integrated operator, doubled the network size & deployed multi technology network( 2G,3G,4G), and were the first to deploy End-to-End FTTx Network in Jordan; 

In the last quarter of 2014, Mr. Mutawe became the Chief Operating Officer of Zain Jordan.



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Organizing Team

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

  • Aseel
    Badran
  • Ashraf
    Samhouri
  • Mohammed
    Awwad
  • Ali
    Hilli
  • Ghassan
    Halawa
  • Yasmin
    Fadhil
  • Osama
    Daraghme
  • Mujtaba
    Al-Tamimi
  • Masoud
    Al Helou

Facilitators


Masoud Helou
Product Manager @ Bayt

Masoud Alhelou is cofounder and product manager with strong passion for technology. Masoud worked in many leading companies in the IT sector, interested in anything related to technology, aims to build applications that make people’s lives easier. Masoud organised Amman Startup weekend I and II, with many of volunteering work.

Event Staff


Mustafa abdullah

I have experiences and skills related to Graphic Design and Technical Management in Business Adminstration Technolgy. I received first technical diploma from Genève Academy in Amman Jordan as a Graphics Design, diploma from Interactive College of Technology of English as a Second Language and Associate Degree of Business Administration Technology from Lanier Technical College. I will graduate with Bachelor's Degree of Hospitality Management from DeVry University this year.   


Mohammad Kamal

A 24-year-old passionate entrepreneur and a front-end developer, studied Applied English at the University of Jordan.
Started his journey with web development since he was 13. He is experienced in HTML, CSS, and WordPress customization. Besides being interested in programming, he has got a particular fondness for languages. Besides Arabic, his native language, he is excellent in English.


Waleed Haddad

Waleed Wael Haddad; A passionate entrepreneur, born on the 28th of 

may in 1991, in Amman , Jordan . A senior at Princess Sumaya University 

for Technology, majoring in Mis. He began his entrepreneurial journey in 

2010 . He believes entrepreneurship can lead to a better world and in 

helping others .


Mohammed Bushnaq



noor muner

Study computer information system


Hammam Jehad

My name is Hammam Jehad SonjoqI'm 19 years oldGraduated from Al-Omareyah SchoolI'm now a student in Princess Sumaya University For TechnologyStudying Computer ScienceA Member in The ACM PSUTI started My University life by Joining Princess Sumaya University For TechnologyThen i went to German Jordanian UniversityThen i Back To PSUT


Laith Mihyar

Laith Mihyar, Founder ANA Volunteer Initiative ,developer at Eskadenia Software Co. And Offical in Run Jordanorganization. Laith holds a B.A. In Computer Information System from Hashemite University (class of 2014) .



Khaled Jamal

University: Princess Sumaya University for Technology
Major: Electrical Power and Energy Engineering


Reem Daraghmeh



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