Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Oman

    Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

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Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Oman

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020
Event starts at 7:30 pm

Muscat, Oman

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Your idea in 54 hours!

Global Online Startup WeekendUnite to Fight COVID-19
An online competition creating and developing solutions to address and manage the global pandemic case COVID-19 at a country level. 
Over 196 countries have been affected by this pandemic and are all facing the same difficulties and are facing the same challenges regarding COVID-19. 
Techstars StartupWeekend organized by AL JABR in partnership with Al Rud’ha is looking to work with mentors, leaders, executives, and investors to tackle and come up with a revolutionary solution to face this global challenge. 
A 54 hour online startup weekend to come up with different innovative ideas and solutions to solving this pandemic. 
The online startup weekend will be on the 24th - 25th of April 2020.
Who can apply? Anyone who has creative ideas on solving some of the main issues related to the pandemic such as : 
  • Health sector  
  • Vulnerable or at-risk individuals
  • Businesses enablement 
  • Community
  • Education
  • Entertainment: Alternatives to traditional forms of entertainment. that can keep the talent and audiences safe and healthy.
  • Other
Stay home. Work together. Change the world. One country. One team. One idea at a time. 

مسابقة ستارت اب ويكند الافتراضي للشركات الناشئة
متحدين للتصدي على فيروس (كوفيد-19)  
أكثر من 196 دولة تأثرت بهذا الوباء، وجمعيها تواجه نفس الصعوبات والتحديات المتعلقة بفيروس (كوفيد-19)
Techstars ستارت اب ويكند للشركات الناشئة (النسخة الافتراضية) هي مسابقة عالمية لخلق وتطوير حلول لتشخيص وباء (كوفيد-19) على مستوى الدولة من تنظيم شركة الجبر بالشراكة مع الردهة،
سيتم صنع حلول مبتكرة للتصدي على هذا الوباء على مدار يومين لمدة 54 ساعة على شبكة الإنترنت. 
 نحن متطلعين للعمل مع مرشدين، قادة، رؤساء تنفيذيون و مستثمرين للخروج بأفكار للتصدي على هذا التحدي العالمي !
 سيقام بتاريخ 24 الى 26 من إبريل 2020 
ما هي شروط التسجيل؟
 أي شخص لديه أفكار وحلول مبتكرة متعلقة بالوباء، مثل :
  • قطاع الصحة
  • الأمان الوظيفي
  • تمكين الشركات
  • المجتمع
  • التعليم
  • الترفيه
  • أخرى
ستقوم Techstars باختيار 20 فريقاً من جميع الفائزين على مستوى دولهم ودعوتهم للمشاركة في دورة Techstars الحصرية للإبتكار.
لنضع بصمتنا في هذه المسابقة ! 

أبقى في المنزل، أعمل، غير العالم!
دولة واحدة، فريق واحد، فكرة واحدة! 

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Friday April 24th

7:30 pm
Kick Off
Live stream. Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:45 pm
Using Discord, start knowing teams, mentors and organizers

8:00 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 you would like ! check the mentors list for Saturday to know who can help you in the process

Saturday April 25th

9:30 am
Begin Work
Continue your work on your team channel! Check the upcoming group sessions and sign up for 1:1 sessions that can help your idea !

10:00 am
Mentorship starts
Check which mentor you've been asigned too and follow up on the sessions that you've signed up for! Have a problem ? send it out on the #Ask-me-anything channel on discord !

10:00 am
Online workshops
Workshops on Customer Validation, Business Model, Prototyping provided by techstars

11:00 am
Framing your MVP workshop
Delivered by Khalifa Manaa

11:00 am
How to innovate in the Covid19 crisis
YouTube live session with Othman Al Mandhari

12:00 pm
With Maryam Al Shidhani

3:00 pm
Lean Canvas
By Wiam Al Shuaili

4:00 pm
Best practices for for Mobile and Apps
Delivered by Mahmood Al Nafie

6:00 pm
Iftar Break
Break until 7:30 for Iftar & prayers

7:30 pm
Status Check with all teams - Final Pitch application form & Sunday presentations explained by Startup weekend organizers

8:00 pm
Business Pitch
Delivered by Jalal Al Hadhrami

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as you would like ! an On-call organizer is available for support

Sunday April 26th

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

12:00 pm
Final Pitch Application CLOSES
Make sure to submit your final pitch through the application form before 12PM Sunday

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation! if you get chosen in the top 10 be prepared to pitch LIVE on youtube !

5:00 pm
Announce top 10 teams
Check #Announcment to see the top 10 ideas. if you see your idea name ?? GET READY FOR YOUR LIVE PITCH!

6:00 pm
Iftar Break
Break until 7:30 for Iftar & prayers

7:30 pm
Start top 10 live presentation
Tune in to Youtube LIVE to see the top 10 ideas pitch !

8:00 pm
Announce top 3 Ideas & wrap up
Congratulations to all participants for a fantastic weekend !

Event Judges

bouthina Kaouech
Business development consultant

PhD student in entrepreneurship, I have a Master Degree in Business Administration from the Higher Institute of Management Tunisia and more than 9 years of experience in public institutions and multinational companies known all  over the world by their technological and strategic advances.

Abdullah Al Shaksy
CEO - Phaze Ventures

CEO - Phaze Ventures 

Mohammed Al Wahaibi

CEO Al JABR & co-founder of Al Rud'ha

Coaches and Mentors

Emmee Haun

Emmee Haun is a trade and investment consultant focused on facilitating business strategies for tech start-ups in Oman. Mrs. Haun has lived in Oman since 2004 and in the Middle East region since 2001 where she has successfully developed numerous companies and investment programs for both the private and public sectors of Oman. Mrs. Haun currently works with the Ministry of Technology and Communications as an Industry Development and Business Development Advisor under the Digital Society Development Division where she advises over 70+ tech startups in all areas of business including idea generation, business model design, access to market, growth strategies and business generation. Emmee has been a mentor and judge for program in Oman including the EBDA, Injaz, HCT programs and internationally for Idea Space out of the Philippines. Prior to working for the Oman Government, Mrs. Haun was General Manager of Neem Projects and Services, an Omani investment and holding company for five years, and with the US Department of Labor as a MBA Fellow (career appointed) where she worked in Morocco, Bahrain, and Oman on the labor chapter of Free Trade Agreements between the US and the respective countries. Mrs. Haun has a MBA in Commercial Diplomacy and Arabic language from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California and a BA in Marketing/Spanish from the University of Indianapolis. Mrs. Haun was a former United States Fulbright Scholar to Oman where she researched the workforce gap between Oman’s education system and the human resource needs of the private sector. Mrs. Haun is the co-founder and board member of the Oman American Business Council, previous board member of the Oman Society for Petroleum Services, previous President of the American Women’s Group in Oman.

Jalal Al Hadhrami
Director of Startups Innovation at Industrial Innovation Center

Director of Startups Innovation at Industrial Innovation Center. I previuosly worked as Program Manager running the first Accelerator Program in Oman in otf Wadi Accelerator, and helping in the investments decisions. Before 2017, I was a senior lecturer in a college teaching Entreprenurship and marketing. I am also a co-founder of Bastah Majan Cafe.

Eric Brotto
Executive Director

Eric Brotto is currently Executive Director at SparkLabs Energy in Muscat Oman. He was the International Alumni & Partner Specialist for Startupbootcamp Global where he supported 240 startups in fundraising, connecting them with 20+ of the UK’s top investors. He also managed corporate partnerships with Samsung, Amazon, DT, PayPal, and Google. Eric is a Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend where he has organized and/or facilitated events in London, France, Luxembourg, Ukraine, Norway and Malaysia. 

Hamood Al Hamdan
Director of Sas for entrepreneurship center

With 15 years’ work experience in the government sector, Hamood upholds expertise in the areas of Entrepreneurship and Startups, Capacity and Talent Development, Innovation and Technology. He started his career as a software developer with Royal Oman Police working in the National Registration System for three years. After joining Information Technology Authority he started as a project manager of the government software licensing agreements then moved on to a capacity building program focused on ICT job seekers and professionals. Hamood also played a key role in the establishment and execution of a Technology innovation project called later as Innovation Factory Center. Currently as Director of Sas for Entrepreneurship Center, which is a tech incubation center that has incubated 61 Tech startups that have obtained contracts valued in excess of 5.8 million Omani Rials and created over 350 job opportunities.

Masoud Al Rawahi
Executive director

5+ Years experience in Information Systems

Ahmad Al-shukaili
Responsible for Riyada business incubator in Salalah

Entrepreneurship specialist in Riyada since 2014 , Business Incubator management certificate from InBIA 2015, Management graduate from SQU, CEPS

Dr.Nadeem Ahmad
General Manager

 Nadeem Ahmed is an IIM-A Alumnus with more than 26 years of cross functional Industry exposure and ILM approved facilitator in the domains of Leadership, Problem Solving, Performance Management, Innovating Thinking and Emotional Intelligence, Coaching and Mentoring. He has extensively coached and mentored professionals in various verticals working in Public and Private Sector organizations. He has conducted more than 500 workshops in the GCC. Represented Oman twice in the OCCI International Business Forum. Nadeem is the head of Eshraqa Entrepreneurship Academy and has mentored more than 10 SMEs since its inception in 2017.  

Nermeen Marzouk
Financial Advisor

Nermeen Marzouk is a Finance and Investment Consultant with 12 years of experience acquired at leading global financial institutions and is currently a Business Development Consultant at the Public Authority for SME Development (Riyada) in the Sultanate of Oman. Prior to joining Riyada, Nermeen was an Associate Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, in its Cairo office where she covered investment opportunities in the Middle East & North Africa region. Before joining IFC, Nermeen worked at Commercial International Bank (CIB), Egypt's largest private sector bank, in its Strategic Planning Department as well as Vantage Capital, a South Africa-based private equity and mezzanine fund, in its Cairo office. 
Nermeen has a BSc of Business Administration from the American University in Cairo (AUC) with a concentration in finance and an MSc in Finance & Management from Cranfield University in the UK. 

Mahmoud Al Nafei
CEO - Invospark

Someone who is ambitious and passionate about technology. I seek to develop technology in different communities. CEO of Invospark company and part of Google Developer Group Muscat. Specialized on Google Assistant and web/mobile app development

Omar Al Alawi
IT& Security Manager

Manager of IT & Security at Thawani Technologies.

Wiam Al Shuaili
Senior projects specialist

Wiam Al Shuaili has eight years working experience in the entrepreneurship field. Wiam was part of the team that set the Sas for Entrepreneurship Center and now leads the enrollment and evaluation of startups coming in. In addition, leading several startup events including Sas48 Hackathon and e.Gaming Bootcamps. Besides her current role, Wiam has participated in mentoring and evaluating startup projects in different programs such as The National Youth Program, Upgrade and Smart City Hackathon. Also, conducting sessions in Business Model Canvas and Lean Canvas for idea stage startups.

Khalifa Manaa
Founder and CXO RideHoop, Next Level and Layette

Ask me about: validating your idea and about creating products your customers will fall in love with. I've done most of the mistakes in the book and hopefully I can help you avoid some of them. My background is a mix of product design and business development from enterprise and startups in Finland and the UAE. I'm a co-founder and CXO of RideHoop - a ridesharing platform, advisor and product owner of Layette - the award winning pregnancy app and co-founder of Next Level - a boutique consulting agency.

Khalid Al Hiribi

CEO and founder of impact

Othman AlMandhari
Co-Founder & CEO - InnoTech

Eng. Othman Al Mandhari, Co-Founder & CEO of InnoTech. Winner of the best entrepreneur award in Oman 2017 by the Public Authority for the Development of Small and Medium Entreprises "Riyada". Eng. Othman graduated from Sultan Qaboos University as a Mechatronics engineer in 2014 and he has experience working as a field engineer for Schlumberger in many GCC countries for 3 years.

Houda Al Battashi
Director of financial and administrative affairs in the National Business Center

Huda Hilal Al Battashi- Director of financial and administrative affairs in the National Business Center- part of the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates- Madayn. I graduated with a Bachelor degree in Business Management, and I have over 15 years of experience in administration and entrepreneurship in both the private and public sectors.

Maryam Al Shidhani
Investment Associate

Investment Associate at IDO Investment . Key responsibility include deal sourcing growth stage companies across the globe , perform thorough due diligence (market, financial , technical and more) and identify strategic value of each company pre investment. Actively mentor and support the company throughout the investment period and identify exit opportunities.

Al-Mu’tasim Al Hadhrami
Software Developer

Almutasim AlHadhrami Full-Stack developer working with different technologies for web and Mobile since 2015 .Graduated from Sohar College of Applied science As Software Developer .worked on ERP Systems and Mobile Apps for Companies Some Programming Languages and technologies worked with : - php - Laravel framework - JavaScript - Flutter Framework - ionic Framework

Rashid Alalwi
Director of business development and centers affairs

Rashid Al Alawi is the Director of Business development and centers affairs .worked toward developing and supporting Omani entrepreneurs during the startup incubation phase . He used to be facilitates proper training and coaching programmes for incubated companies Rashid has 9 years of experience. He started his career in PEIE in the Marketing and Media Department in charge of Public Relationship function. Rashid holds a bachelor degree in Business Information System, and Master degree in Business Administration(MBA).

Muhannad Al Risi
Software Developer

I'm a software developer at PhazeRo , who loves web development and solving technical problems.

Wafa Al Hinai
Incubator and Business Centre expert


Organizing Team

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

  • Saeed
    Al Sulaimani
  • Yusuf
    Al Rahbi
  • Fatma
  • Daniya
    Al Wahaibi
  • Nibras
    Al Rushdi
  • Fathiya
    Al Hakmani
  • Noor
    Al haddabi


Fathiya Al Hakmani
Director of Incubators & Entrepreneurship Centers

Fathiya Al Hakmani
Has Master degree in Economic. She is (NLP Practitioner).
Moreover, she certified in
1- Business Incubation management
2- Business coach & consultant coach
3- Life coach
4- Entrepreneurship educator program
5- Trained of trainer
6- leadership 

Currently she  works as a director of incubators & entrepreneurship centers at Riyada. Has 12 years’ experience, at SMES field. 

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