Startup Weekend Beirut

    Friday, August 31 - September 2, 2018


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

Friday, August 31 - September 2, 2018



Friday, August 31 - September 2, 2018
Event starts at 5:00 pm

American University of Beirut
Bliss Street
Beirut, Beirut

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Welcome to Startup Weekend Beirut!


  • About the event:
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 2900 past events in 150 countries around the world. In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make-up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you will meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Learn more about it on the Startup Weekend website
  • Do I need to come with an idea?
If you have an idea for a startup, then great! We hope you pitch for the weekend. If you do not have an idea, that is quite all right! Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched and join the teams! The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process. If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ


  • What will I get from participation?
- Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night- Mentoring by brilliant and dynamic mentors and coaches active in the entrepreneurship and startup scene.- Tasty meals all weekend (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) - A process for taking an idea from concept to creation in a matter of days: a unique and unforgettable experience- Good vibes and love from the organizing team.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday August 31st


5:00 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
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


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


8:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


8:30 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


9:30 pm
Wrap-up


10:00 pm
End of day

Saturday September 1st


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


10:00 am
Internet Society Lebanon session


11:00 am
Tomkeen workshop by Stephane and Marc


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


9:30 pm
Wrap-Up


10:00 pm
End of day

Sunday September 2nd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Teams resume working


1:00 pm
Lunch


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
Submit pitches
Send presentations to beirut@startupweekend.org


5:00 pm
Pitching start
At Bathish Auditorium


6:30 pm
Judging & Awards


7:00 pm
Dinner


8:00 pm
End of the event:(



Speakers


Nabil Bukhalid
President ISOC Lebanon

Nabil Bukhalid is an Internet evangelist and Internet Hall of Fame inductee. Nabil is currently consulting in areas including Internet infrastructure and services, economic and social development utilizing technology, open data and the Internet, datacenters and cloud services, higher education networks, project management, Internet governance and intersection of Internet policy and technology. He has lead technology efforts focused on Internet infrastructure, governance and socio-economical impact. Nabil has made significant contributions to the introduction and development of the Internet in Lebanon. He has served since 1993 as the .LB Administrator and Registrar. Nabil is also the co-founder of the Lebanese Broadband Manifesto Support Group and BeirutIX. He is also a co-founder and ex-officio president of the Internet Society Lebanon Chapter (ISOC-LB), co-founder and CEO of the Lebanese Internet Center (LINC), advisory board member of the Lebanese Canadian Tech Hub and COO of Northern Investment Partners. He served for thirty years as the director of computing and networking services and chief enterprise architect at the American University of Beirut. Nabil attended AUB, where he earned both his BEE (1981) and EMBA (2006).

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Nabil Bukhalid
President ISOC Lebanon

Nabil Bukhalid is an Internet evangelist and Internet Hall of Fame inductee. Nabil is currently consulting in areas including Internet infrastructure and services, economic and social development utilizing technology, open data and the Internet, datacenters and cloud services, higher education networks, project management, Internet governance and intersection of Internet policy and technology. He has lead technology efforts focused on Internet infrastructure, governance and socio-economical impact. Nabil has made significant contributions to the introduction and development of the Internet in Lebanon. He has served since 1993 as the .LB Administrator and Registrar. Nabil is also the co-founder of the Lebanese Broadband Manifesto Support Group and BeirutIX. He is also a co-founder and ex-officio president of the Internet Society Lebanon Chapter (ISOC-LB), co-founder and CEO of the Lebanese Internet Center (LINC), advisory board member of the Lebanese Canadian Tech Hub and COO of Northern Investment Partners. He served for thirty years as the director of computing and networking services and chief enterprise architect at the American University of Beirut. Nabil attended AUB, where he earned both his BEE (1981) and EMBA (2006).


Asmahan Zein
President of LLWB (Lebanese League of Women in Business)


Long experience in all kinds of services, from Airlines to Hotel Management Transportation & Logistics (27 years with Aramex), started a new company in 2014 Crypta sal (specialized in information security – and archive storage (whether physical or digital)Through those long years she went through different kinds of jobs:
  1. From an Airline Executive to Hotel Management; where she managed a hotel in Abidjan/Ivory Coast (Grand Hotel)
  2. While with Aramex took different jobs, Country Manager for Lebanon, was given the reengineering project for both UK and France stations, then back to Lebanon Again was sent on a two years project to open West Africa offices.
    Attended following trainings:
    Planning/Auditing/Leading & Motivating/Leadership/Developing high performance Managers/Marketing & sales /Team Building/Mentoring/Computer Skills/Customer Service /Quality & Standards /Management Development Training and many others
Now, in addition to being Partner/General Manager of Crypta s.a.l:
  • President of LLWB (Lebanese League of Women in Business)
  • Member of Angel Investors (Lebanese Women Angel Fund/LWAF & Cedars)
  • Vice Chair of Ruwwad Altanmiya in Tripoli
  • Member of the Steering Committee of UNGCL (United Nations Global Compact)
  • Board member of Rural Entrepreneurs
  • Member of the American Chamber of Commerce - AMCHAM - Chapter Lebanon
  • Through the years and personally did participate in major social activities, inaddition to different CSR projects (under Aramex) or on her own
  • Vice President of Injaz Lebanon for more than 5 years (resigned 2016)
  • Vice Chair of Amideast Advisory Board (Lebanon) – resigned 2017
  • 2007 was chosen by the State Department among other 5 Lebanese BusinessWomen to participate in two Conferences 1st one held in Amman and the Major onein Washington D.C., under the title (Women Business Leaders’ Summit)
  • Was elected as the 1st female president for the Freight Forwarding SyndicateSucceeded in surviving through the tough years of civil war, managed to operate almost normally, most importantly ran and still run a Company with vision, transparency, flat culture and team concept. They use state of the art technology and the best standards of quality in transportation, in addition to information security.
She ceaselessly works to increase her network especially with professionals that seek to work for their community and share the same culture and passion.Never miss a chance to be among any group that is working to make the change in the community and for the good of the country.

A mother of two successful children, and a grand mother of two wonderful and exceptional grandchildren.


Dr Wissam Sammouri
Data scientist, Co-founder of Pixis and SarmadAI.

Wissam Sammouri is a data scientist and entrepreneur with a phd in predictive data mining algorithms and several years of experience in the big data field. A big believer in the power of artificial intelligence for education, he has won several international prizes for his projects and startups, mainly the French Tech international prize, Trophée de services innovants, Vivatech positive impact challenge prize, Qatar Foundation WISE acceleration, startup weekend HEC and others.
Wissam is equally a growth hacking, digital marketing, data mining and e-commerce lecturer at the American University of Beirut, Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth, ECE Paris, Université Paris Descartes and Université Paris Dauphine.


Coaches and Mentors


Mohamad Sabouneh
Expert in Digital startups, validation, and fundraising

Mohamad has 4 years of experience in Venture Capital investments and advises several digital startups in the region. Mohamad additionally has 3 years of experience in project and construction management in the GCC and North Africa. Mohamad holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the Lebanese University, and an MBA from the American University of Beirut (AUB).


Moustafa Tekko
Lead Web Developer at Falafel Games

Lead web developer at Falafel Games s.a.l. Full stack development  (Experience in Symfony & Angular). Entrepreneur, advisor, development expert, & product development guru. 


Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Haya
    Al Habal
  • Rasha
    Al Khateeb
  • Layal
    Jebran
  • Hanan
    Nsouli
  • Hussein
    Murtada

Facilitators


Layal Jebran
CEO at Moubarmij, Inc.

  • Recovering architect and designer, turned Social Entrepreneur, founded her first successful startup by the name of Lyl Big Designs during university years, that connected freelance designers to clients, at the moment advising several young entrepreneurs and early-stage startups while serving as CEO & Co-founder of Moubarmijand on the executive board of ISOC Lebanon. Started PiC, an NGO which was among the final 20 out of 394 worldwide initiatives, at the Hivos Social Innovation Award in the Netherlands in 2014. Currently, she advises multiple crowdfunding campaigns after two years in Heading the Projects Management Department at Zoomaal and becoming the Crowdfunding Expert in the MENA region. Turning ideas from drafts into fully working applications, and then advising them on successful campaigns. She also leads Startup Weekend with multiple themes (Startup Weekend Global Editions Competition winner for SW Beirut Environment). Startup Digest Curator Lebanon, Startup Weekend Global Facilitator, Techstars Community Leader for Lebanon.President of the class of 2017 for AMENDS at Stanford and Global Hub Coordinator Lebanon for AMENDS at Stanford. She is a natural leader with the ability to motivate both individuals and teams and has extensive experience in handling people with considerable empathy. She has developed a profound ability to turn objectives into sales and marketing driven activities to achieve results.
    She is passionate about innovations and sustainable projects that can make a difference to the world and enable other people to a better quality of life with better solutions. She actively supports entrepreneurship and women in business.
     She recently initiated 105hours.com in December 2017, an online platform that enables entrepreneurs everywhere in the world to connect with mentors for help, free of charge. Layal also served as a co-founder and helped put into work Cycling Circle and Deghri Messengers. The first bicycle messenger service in the MENA region. She also gives workshops and motivational talks in multiple functions and serves as a mentor, coach, judge, speaker and panelist in different competitions. She's the girl from Lebanon's tech women entrepreneurs campaign "Who is Layal?" Chosen as part of the Youth Solutions Report 2017 for organizations shaping the world by the United Nations. And was selected as a ChangeMaker for the CMX in Dubai by Ashoka for 2017, AMENDS Delegate for 2017 at Oxford University and the TechWomen Program 2017 an Initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Layal is the Winner of the #Shabab2030 competition by MBC Hope, Dubai January 2018 and chosen by ICANN for the ICANN61 fellowship in Puerto Rico March 2018.

Event Staff


Samer Al Hafez
Blogger and video editor.

Communication and Electronics engineer. Blogger and video editor. Tech Enthusiast who is interested in digital content creation. A runner to be so run for your life.


Mariam Mohammad
Medical laboratory sciences student

Mariam is an undergraduate medical laboratory sciences student at Beirut Arab University. She comes
from a humble background but has a passion for volunteering to leave an impact on her community.
Mariam was the campus director in BAU for Hult Prize, the world’s largest social competition with a 1
million dollar prize. She was the director for both campuses, Beirut and Debbieh. Mariam’s hard work
and leadership was acknowledged by Hult Prize offering her an internship where she worked with the
top 6 Lebanese startups. Mariam doesn’t only help entrepreneurs, as she is one herself. She won the event “She’s Entrepreneur” and she’s the Co-Founder and president of STEM education at BAU. Mariam determination to help her community is clear from all the work she did with Red Cross, BASMA (to change the very unstable socioeconomic situation of the most deprived), KARMA ( raise money to pay for the tertiary medical treatment of refugee and underprivileged children), DSC (provide blood for patients through frequent blood donation campaigns). She is also a hunger hero for Foodblessed and a regular volunteer in Refugee camps. Moreover, Mariam worked with the ministry of health in Lebanon on a very successful Breast cancer awareness campaign. She’s currently coach and ambassador for youth leadership development program. Mariam’s determination and passion to helping others in her community and advocating for social issues is what drives her forward in life,and with her hard work she will leave an impact on her community.


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