Global Startup Weekend Beirut - AI

    Friday, November 30 - December 2, 2018

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Global Startup Weekend Beirut - AI

Friday, November 30 - December 2, 2018

Friday, November 30 - December 2, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Beirut, Lebanon

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Bringing Applied Artificial Intelligence to Business!

Introducing the second Beirut Startup Weekend Artificial Intelligence edition to the Lebanese ecosystem! Beirut Startup Weekend AI (SWAI) will take place between November 30th - December 2nd at Beirut Digital District 1280 + 1288. This is the second SW that will be part of a bigger Global initiative in which teams from France, Canada, Turkey, Hong-Kong, Columbia, Bolivia and Peru will also be hosting SWs in their country! 

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Startup Weekend is a 54-hour competition designed to provide an amazing experiential learning opportunity for AI enthusiasts, developers, designers, and business-minded individuals to come together to create a business. The weekend event is centered on ACTION, INNOVATION, and EDUCATION.

Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekend will culminate on Sunday night with demo presentations to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs and AI experts. 

Who you'll meet at Startup Weekend

We’re drawing in a diverse crowd of attendees this weekend, with backgrounds in: 
  • AI Enthusiasts (Masters, Ph.D students)
  • Technical (developers, designers) and
  • Business (marketers, entrepreneurs)
What you'll get out of the event
  • Education: learning by doing and hands-on experience.
  • Co-Founder search: create relationships that last long past the weekend.
  • Have Fun: meant to be fun and entertaining so enjoy it.
  • Solve local problems with your ideas.
  • Build Your Network: meet high quality and driven entrepreneurs - like you! 
  • Learn new skills.
  • Learn How to Launch a Business (and Actually Do It!): the epitome of Lean Startup Methodology. 
  • Mentorship: interact with the movers and shakers in your community.
  • Get Access to Valuable Startup Resources.
You’ll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen. Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, and connecting with the right people and resources. In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. 

Why Artificial Intelligence? 

In collaboration with [ Beirut AI ] we have a growing community in Beirut, so lets keep learning together and aim to become leaders in the MENA for tech talent and data science. It’s time to dive into AI now, but not many people know how to use it, let alone implement it in their products. We’re bringing together great mentors to help you step it up. The chance to learn and to build the next AI-enterprise is an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the next emerging technology! 

Beirut is taking part in the Global Startup Weekend AI (GSWAI) that connects entrepreneurs, organizing teams, and startup communities around the world. Countries like France, Canada, Turkey, Hong-Kong, Columbia, Bolivia and Peru have already joined GSWAI and we are proud that Beirut is now a participating city!

What are you waiting for? Take part in this vibrant community!


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Friday November 30th

6:00 pm
Registration & Networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 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
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

Saturday December 1st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am
Design Thinking Elements Workshop
Using the design thinking process to evaluate inspiration, ideation and take it forward to implementation.

10:00 am
Intro to NLP - Technical
Parallel workshop for developers to learn new skills and tools

11:00 am
Intro to Computer Vision - Technical
Parallel workshop for developers to learn new skills and tools. Computer vision, what are the techniques used and how to train models to understand and extract info from images.

11:30 am
Business Model Innovation Workshop
What is your value proposition and makes your product unique from its competitors?

12:45 pm

1:45 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Marketing Workshop
Community building is one of growth hacking's super weapons but is too often underused. From product testing and validation to customer research and activation, this workshop digs into the models and benefits of community building for growth.

3:00 pm
[ Beirut AI ] Talks
1. From billions of streams to better recommendations. 2. MUSEC, a framework for Music Sentiment-based Expression and Composition 3. Deep Learning in Medicine

6:00 pm
Coaching Sessions
Get guidance on all aspects from this morning sessions related to your idea and MVP. And complete main elements for presentation slide deck.

8:00 pm

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work on your visual designs, prepare pitch decks and finalise the prototype.

Sunday December 2nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

10:00 am
Pitch Practice
Following an interactive pitch training skills workshop, everyone will get a chance to practice their pitch, get coaching and feedback on content.

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Tech-check for final presentations

3:00 pm
Demo Day Kicks Off
Panel discussion on how to support talent in the ecosystem and future opportunities for Lebanon

3:30 pm
Final Presentations

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards

6:00 pm

7:00 pm
Go Home!

Organizing Team

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

  • Alaa
  • Azhar
  • Christophe


Ali Chehade
Expert in Early stage startups, Marketing strategies, Creative problem solving, Public speaking & pitching

Ali is a marketing and communications consultant for multiple companies and a strategist and adviser for early-stage startups. He is a TV host/producer on Future TV's prime-time show Bala Toul Sireh and morning show Alam Al Sabah. In addition to his passion for television, Ali is the founder of The Dream Matcher (Lebanon's longest running networking event) and Just Peanuts (a pioneering Lebanese peanut butter brand). 

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