Startup Weekend Amman GSB Edition

    Thursday, November 19 - 21, 2015

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Startup Weekend Amman GSB Edition

Thursday, November 19 - 21, 2015

Thursday, November 19 - 21, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm

King Hussein Business Park
Amman, Amman

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Startup Weekend Amman GSB Edition

Startup Weekend is an activity empowered by Google for Entrepreneurs to enable entrepreneurs to meet and come up with Startups to solve problems in their communities. It’s a three days long activity got 54 continuous hours starting from Thursday afternoon and ending on Saturday night.                  

Our next activity is a special one, it will be held between 19th and 21st of November, during the GEW (Global Entrepreneurship Week). Each year the cities to organize SW activities in the GEW, compete against each other in a regional and global levels. Three winning startup teams represent their city in the regional level in a competition called GSB (Global Startup Battle). Last year Amman participated in the GSB for the first time competing for two seats qualifying to the global level in the realm of Africa and The Middle East against 180 other teams in 60 different cities. Amman conquered both seats, and in a side competition for the most tweets from one city Amman came forth globally with 60,000+ tweets during the GEW.

This year’s activity will be held at ZINC (Zain Innovation Campus) hosted by our main sponsor Zain Telecom

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Thursday November 19th

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

6:30 pm
Welcome & Keynote
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

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

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

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 November 20th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

11:20 am
Prayers & Lunch Break

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

1:15 pm
Coach Arrive
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

3:00 pm
Speaker Slot

3:30 pm
Workshops and Activities
Team Building & Business Activities

4:00 pm
Speaker Slot

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

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

Saturday November 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

4:00 pm

4:30 pm
Speaker Slot

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Dr. John Mueller
Assistant Professor of Management @ Western Michigan University

Dr. John Mueller, assistant professor of management at Western Michigan University, teaches entrepreneurship. His research interests include entrepreneurial finance and how new, young and small firms handle their financial and accounting activities; technology entrepreneurship; and sport entrepreneurship. He has presented his research at various conferences, won awards for reviewing scholarly articles and received research grants from various organizations, including the Kauffman Foundation. Prior to joining WMU in 2012, he taught at the University of Louisville where he received the best doctoral student teaching award while completing his Ph.D. in entrepreneurship. Prior to starting his Ph.D., he started and ran several businesses throughout a 10-year period in the software industry. Before entering the entrepreneurial ranks, he worked at the executive level as well as in the operational rankings, including programming and testing software applications. His work experiences have allowed him to live and work in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including serving as a United States Agency for International Development representative to South African companies in the capacity of advisor and consultant on business linkages, partnering and financing for small and medium businesses. Mueller holds an MBA from the University of Illinois and a B.B.A. in management information sciences from Southern Methodist University.

Mohamad Khawaja
CEO @ Startappz

Startappz is a leading regional player in app development. Before joining Startappz, Khawaja worked for several years at the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship as the Executive Director. He is one of the co-creators of "Business Model Generation", selected as of one of the top 10 business books for 2010/2011. Mohamad holds a Bachelors degree in Communication Engineering from the Hashemite University in Jordan.

Ala Hamdan
Photographer and Filmmaker

Ala Hamdan, born in Jerusalem, passionate about photography and filmmaking. Trying to deliver messages of hope and life through her work. Welling to help passionate beginners enter the world of the camera. Studied at University of Jordan, then at University of Granada in Spain. Took several Photoshop workshops and photography, lighting and filmmaking courses as well. A graduate from NYFA in Florence.
Cross Light Photography Competition. Greater Amman Municipality ِAwards for women photography. TAGS photography Competition.

Salwa AlQattan
Marketing Manager @ UBER Jordan

After studying sociology & social development in JU, Salwa found her way into the entrepreneurial world of Jordan. Influenced by mentors, startups & SMEs, she made sure to eventually work for one of the biggest and most revolutionary entrepreneurial businesses in the world. "Launching Uber Amman was a dream, being part of this game changing business will never be replicated by any other career opportunity". Supporting StartUp Weekend comes in line with Salwa's personal belief in the power of startups and Uber's vision to support entrepreneurs and facilitate their commutes around the world.

Event Judges

Rasha Bakarat
HR Admin and Al Shabab Director at Zain

Rasha Barakat is known for: Human Resources experience in a high tech fast paced industry Extensive background in HR generalist affairs recruitment and selection training and development employee engagement employee relations, conflict resolution organization development compensation and benefits performance management and change management Develop and implement organization development programs and interventions Manage Zain Jordan Youth arm with their different activities that range from CSR to sales and marketing. Part of Zain Jordan’s Corporate Entrepreneurship Responsibility Division that is focused on supporting youth with great ideas and enhancing the current position of startups through different support mechanisms. Play a key role in driving organizational change in alignment with business strategy.

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.

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. 

Laith Zraikat
Co founder @

Laith created his first startup on 1997 with the aim to bring more people and more businesses in Jordan onto the World Wide Web. 3 years later that business pivoted into what became one of the most notable and consequential startups in the Arab World
From 1997 to 2012 Laith served as Developer, Designer, Product Manager, Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jeeran. His role wasprimarily overseeing and executing the company’s product vision, and growing its user base from a handful of close friends and acquaintances to nearly 7 million unique visitors. As Jeeran matured, Laith decided to leave in 2012 and pursue his true passion; working with startups. 
Since then he has worked with startup founders as a mentor, advisor, and sometimes as part of the team, on solving hard technical, product, and operational challenges.
A self taught technologist and a geek at heart, Laith enjoys working closely with passionate developers and designers on new and bold ideas. He still codes almost daily, and speaks fluent Arabic, English, C#, Objective-C, PHP, JavaScript, SQL, CSS, HTML, and a little bit of Python. Laith holds Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Jordan.
His most notable achievement are the hundreds of jobs he created for talented young women and men who all went on to start their own startups or assume leading roles at other companies. A dedicated Karateka and CrossFitter, he is working towards his second-degree black belt in Karate, and hopes to one day complete a triathlon.

Coaches and Mentors

Yahya Titi
Senior Android Developer @ Kalboard 360

I started several startups in different fields, but most of my startups are in ICT , the most notable  are Amman cinemas that I started back in 2010, I ended up shutting it down in 2012, Then I started Dealtic, the digital offers magazine in Amman, it is still growing and in its early phases, I also have a current startup in trading business, this also is in its early phases, on my career side , I work as a Senior Android Developer in Kalboard 360 the innovative company that is moving the school education in Amman and the world from paper to Tablets.

Ibrahim Faza
Founder & Startup Advisor @ Lean Labs

Entrepreneur, fund manager, startups advisor and technology manager. Coach, mentor and judge at leading startup events in the region such as MIT Startup Competition, Cherie Blair Foundation and Lean Startup Machine.
Cofounder and startup advisor at Lean Labs, a startup advisory firm provides critical knowledge and experience for Entrepreneurs, Startups and entrepreneurial organizations to help applying lean startup approach.
Previously Ibrahim worked as Seed Fund Manager at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), where he managed an investment aiming to help moving promising ideas from KAUST labs toward commercialization and formation of new businesses. During two years at KAUST, Seed Fund Program invested in 13 startups results in 4 spinoff,  creation of 20+ high level job and $4M+ raised investment.
Before joining KAUST, Mr. Faza was a cofounder and CEO of two startups in the field of smartphone application and mobile payment in Jordan.
Earlier Mr. Faza joined DAMAMAX group as Technology Manager, where he built and managed technical department of two telecom startups in Sudan and Jordan. Prior to that, Mr. Faza served as Technical Manager at Huawei, Telecom Product Manager at JCCS in Riyadh, and as a Sales Engineer at Siemens AG. 
Mr. Faza holds a BS Degree in Telecommunication Engineering.

Noor Abu Jbara
Lead Consultant and Researcher @ Wafi

Noor Abu Jbara is an Industrial Engineer,  works as a Lead Consultant & Researcher at Wafi International, a management consulting company specialized in Strategic Planning and Organizational Development. She is a motivated person with strong managerial background and professional business skills. Also, she is experienced in organizational structuring and development. Noor is passionate about entrepreneurship and has several trials as a co-founder of many startup’s ideas in addition to conducting researches related to entrepreneurship.

Ahmad AlDeiri
Academic and Startup Outreach Program Manager @ Microsoft

Ahmad AlDeiri is currently A program manager in Microsoft who manages academic and Startup Outreach Programs in Jordan and east Mediterranean. He has compiled an experience of 3 years working in the IT sector in area of mobile and cloud development . Tech Savvy and Computer engineer. Passionate about technology and knowledge sharing. Member of several NGOs’ and NPOs’. Past entrepreneur and an technical consultant for cloud architectures.

Nadine Khayri
Senior training and acceleration officer @ Oasis500

Nothing is more interesting than Einstein’s saying that everyone is a genius, if they were supported well and judged on fair grounds. 

I have worked with startups from Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, and Jamaica on improving, finding and refining the optimal business model, reaching a market-product, fit faster and handling difficult operations turnarounds; I believe that I can support Oasis 500 companies by helping them better refine their business model and operations.

The two industries I am most qualified to handle are the Creative & Tech industries, where I worked closely with several startups.

One of the most challenging yet rewarding programs I have worked with was supporting startups from the region on getting investments, training and acceleration in Silicon Valley. I have also organized various programs like Global Entrepreneurship Week & Celebration of Innovation, where my team and I helped raise a fund to support startups.

Whether you are a founder with an existing business or a curious mind with the next big idea, I will be more than happy to help you.

Manar Al-Dina
Founder & CEO & Franchise Owner at Action Coach Jordan

Rawan Abu Ishira

Rawan Abu Ishira is an active member at developing the Palestinian entrepreneurial eco-system, she serves as the Digital Entrepreneurship program coordinator at Leaders Organization; an NGO dedicated to developing the Palestinian innovation based economy through the first tech startup accelerator "FastForward" and mini tech park "eZone", her main responsibilities include managing the public relations, marketing, and branding activities for both the program and startup beneficiaries. 
Rawan is also an entrepreneur, she started her first e-commerce startup at the age of 21, although it didn't go as planned the journey of entrepreneurship wasn't over for her she joined another startup called RedCrow Intelligence as part of the business development team which is a startup that provides risk mitigation solutions for international organizations operating in the MENA region on a tactical and a strategic level.
Rawan is passionate towards serving the entrepreneurial eco-system in Palestine, she is on the organizing team of startup weekend Ramallah and Jerusalem, and established a number of initiatives along with others in different fields such as; Palestinian women in tech and UX design.

Sa'ed Hudaib
Visual Design Manager @

Yousef Sawalha
Software Development Director @

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

Mohammad Albattikhi
Acceleration Manager at Oasis500

Mohammad Albattikhi is the Acceleration Manager at Oasis500. He is also an entrepreneur, a consultant and a trainer. He guide entrepreneurs by helping them define the scope of their companies and providing them with the tools and contacts necessary to achieve meaningful milestones with their business ventures. 

Prior to joining Oasis500, Mohammad co-founded and directed Western Michigan University’s Business Accelerator, Starting Gate.  He also founded various startups in the technology, creative and social space. 

He is also involved with many global organizations that are fostering the startup ecosystem, such as Startup Blink, Startup Grind, Startup Weekend and Startup Digest. 

Mohammad has an MBA from Western Michigan University, where he worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Marketing and Management departments. He focused his studies and research on entrepreneurship, business modeling and disruptive innovation.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Ali
  • Masoud
    Al Helou
  • Aseel
  • Ghassan
  • Mohammed
  • Alaa
  • Noor
  • Hana


Mohammed Awwad

Awwad is a geek, a developer, and an entrepreneur. with a humble journey of several years in different fields,helped out in constructing multiple startups, building a geek community, as well as being an active member of A Peach and Coding Circle, he is a proud solider of the Jordanian entrepreneurship and startups ecosystem.

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