Startup Weekend Amman

    Thursday, November 17 - 19, 2016


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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Amman

Thursday, November 17 - 19, 2016



Thursday, November 17 - 19, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm



Amman, Jordan

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Thursday November 17th


6:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


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 November 18th


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


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!


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 November 19th


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


4:00 pm
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Eva Kaplan
Innovation Specialist @ UNICEF Jordan



Hisham Abubaker
Founder of Dimitri's Coffee


Event Judges


Josephine Goube
COO @ Techfugees

Listed as one of the 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur of 2016 by Forbes, Joséphine is an hacktivist for migrants and refugees in Europe. As COO at Techfugees, a non-profit coordinating the tech community's answer to the refugee needs, she helps structure the organisation structure in 25 countries and focus its activities on tech that makes the most impact for refugees and NGOs. As tech evangelist for a web-based recruitment platform, Yborder, she supports the mobility of software engineers within the borders of Europe.


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.



Nidal Khalifeh
CEO @ Edaura

Nidal has over 10 years of experience in education technologies, and worked on producing e-learning hardware and software that is currently selling In 40 countries. 


Nidal Eses
CEO @ ChiefMahoo

Nidal Eses is an Impact Investor, Sharing & Caring economy-builder, vision driver, creativity addict and rejectionist of The Impossible.
He is Dubbed in Social Media Platforms as “Chiefmahoo” for opening his life to “Those Who Seek” to build a humane-happyexistence in our beloved planet.
The Guardian of Chiefmahoo Investments LLC, based in the U.S. to achieve The “Eses4” investment-objective of: laying the foundation for “Caring Capitalism” across borders. Nidal is now focused on early-stage impact-investing, contributing capital and passion to companies which use technology to empower bridges of collaboration and convergence. Investing in companies such as: zizoo.com, gopopup.com, aqua-spark.nl, and heliixinc.com .
Headed Regional (MENA) and International Groups for 25 years in the: investment, industry, banking and commercial sectors. He transformed these groups from family managed groups towards clear separation between ownership and management through institutionalising both: The Owning-Family and Operating-Businesses. Serves on the board of Tikyet Um Ali for 14 years till today (an NGO focused on Alleviating Hunger) and Dar Abu Abdalla (an NGO founded to create sustainable impact through micro venture investing). Nidal is also an active member and host at toniic.com.
Eses4: Nidal, Rania, Celine & Seif live in Amman, Jordan, and he aspires to one day reach the South Pole, after reaching the North Pole in 2011.


Muhannad Taslaq
CEO and Co-Founder of Mixed Dimensions Inc.

Driven by his childhood hobby and passion for gaming and content creation, in 2013, Muhannad Taslaq co-founded Mixed Dimensions Inc. - a US-Jordanian software technology startup specialized in 3D printing, gaming, and CAD - in order to increase the availability of error-free 3D files that are ready for use on any 3D printer and to disrupt the gaming and toys industry with innovative 3D Printing applications, Mixed Dimensions won several local and regional competitions and attracted investment from Silicon Valley Veterans like Alsop Louie Partners, Dolby Family Ventures and Draper Athena Fund alongside Chinese Investors Longling Capital and Jordan’s leading VC Silicon Badia 

Prior to co-founding Mixed Dimensions, Taslaq established a gaming startup in 2006 called SSS Studio, He also held numerous positions in Software Engineering, Product Development, Project Management, and Business Development at several IT companies and governmental entities. These included MonU-Tech Information Systems, Astra, and the ICT Association of Jordan, where he headed efforts to promote Jordan as a technology development hub. 

A gaming enthusiast, an interactive 3D aficionado and multiple award winner, Taslaq is renowned for his contributions toward building a strong IT and gaming community in the Middle East. Moreover, his passion for reshaping the technology sector was further manifested upon co-founding TechJordan, a non-profit that supports IT professionals in Jordan. In addition to mentoring at the Founders Institute – Jordan Chapter, Taslaq is a Founding Member of both the Jordan Gaming Task Force and the Jordanian FabLab, and is involved with the Jordan Entrepreneurs Initiative. "


Coaches and Mentors


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. 


Mrwan Juma
Chairman @ Kinz



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. 


Maram Abu Damous
Director of Projects Management Office @JEI



Kamal Hmoud



Rola Fayyed
Marketing Analyst @ Alitalia



Ahmad Ghanem
CEO & Co founder @ Baaboonej company

Studied Computer information systems, graduated in 2008 then working as a team leader for quality assurance department on aspire services company. Then am working as a creative director /actor /writer. Start working in this field with fooqalsada company as a co-founder and I made more than 90 videos. Then am open my own company for online entertainment / production and creative advertising under the name BaaBoonej on 1-March-2013



Eyad Shtiwe
Founder & Cartoonist @ MeShows Animation Studio

* Born in 1985 
* Bachelor of Graphic Design & Animation - University of Philadelphia, 2007. 
* Cartoonist at the site of the World Cartoon Movment in the Netherlands. 
* Founder of the first newspaper for young people in the universities in Jordan - Quiz youth 
* Founder  Meshows Animation Studio ( www.meshows.com )
* Won the award for Best Comics in 2013 in Amsterdam, on the site  (www.cartoonmovement .com ) , the subject of children's rights in the world. 
* Participant in many art galleries and social activities and civil society organizations.



Ibrahim Farouk
Excutive Manager at Ideal station for biodeisel

Dr.Ibrahim had his Bachelor of Pharmacy and pharmaceutical manufacturing in 2001. He worked as a researcher and Director of the research projects of the Egyptian Ministry of Health and the League of Arab States. He completed his Master of Management and Marketing in the American University in Cairo. And worked as the Director of development, and the Rehabilitation Project funded by the medical team of US aid to Egypt. Dr, Ibrahim is an Expert in Business Development: and oversaw the establishment of more than forty projects. He is also an expert in "project guidance" in the forsa project;in collaboration with the British Embassy in Amman. Holds an international marketer licence (IMC). Specializes in alternative and renewable energy - Green Marketing - sociology, philosophy and media. His five years achievement was the establishment of renewable energy plants in a number of Arab countries - to help a number of investors to engage in successful investments in addition to help a number of entrepreneurs


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.


Mohammad Alafranji
Project Manager @ NewThink



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.


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.


Randa Darwish
Business Development Director @ DV8



Organizing Team

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

  • Ali
    Hilli
  • Anas
    Alchalabi
  • Aseel
    Badran
  • Batoul
    Ibrahim
  • Masoud
    Helou
  • Mohammed
    Awwad
  • Salahaldeen
    Alazaizeh

Facilitators


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.


Batoul Ibrahim

"a humanitarian. an anarchist. a storyteller. University of Chicago Alumni '13. Honors in Political Science and Cinema & Media Studies. on a journey to explore myself, humans and the world around us."

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Ziena Abu-dalbouh

Industrial Pharmacist,Startups Finance Instructor, marketer & organic waste expert. Technical Manager at Retaj Pharmaceuticals Industries, Founder & CEO at ZAD Consultancy & Environmental Solutions.


Salem Hadidi



Reem Daraghmeh



Rawan Khader



Hanan Suwi



Nemer AlJaiuossi



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