Startup Weekend Palestine Uni.

    Thursday, February 8 - 10, 2018

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Palestine Uni.

Thursday, February 8 - 10, 2018

Thursday, February 8 - 10, 2018
Event starts at 2:00 pm

University of Palestine  
Ghazah, Palestine

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Startup Weekend Palestine Uni.

Startup Weekend Palestine Uni.:
Startup Weekend Palestine Uni. will be one of the special events of the year of 2018, it is organized especially for universities’ students and graduates who have ideas and want to implement it, it is about making their dreams become true. It will be the place where they work hard to convince others about their projects and ideas.
About the event:
Startup Weekend Palestine Uni. - Gaza is a 54 hour event, where aspiring entrepreneurs, developers, designers, business specialists, marketers, and many talented entrepreneurs come together to share ideas, form teams, create prototypes, and launch startups. It’s more like an intensive course in entrepreneurship that lets them experience what it’s really like to build a startup. Whether you have an idea for a new mobile app that will solve a problem or make life easier or just want to learn more about entrepreneurship, we encourage you to fill the form. Don’t miss your chance to transform your idea from concept to real!
Be one of over 15,000 entrepreneurs who will come together for hundreds of events during November 10-19, 2017 for Techstars Global Startup Weekend!

Techstars Global Startup Weekend Gaza (TGSW) connects entrepreneurs, organizing teams, and startup communities around the world. As an attendee you will get access to exclusive resources to help prep for success at Techstars Startup Weekend and make connections with mentors and other startup teams. To help you keep growing after the event, the winning team of each event will receive helpful perks for building their startup as well as a showcase in our global channels.

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

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Thursday February 8th

2:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

2:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

2:35 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

2:40 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

4:10 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

4:50 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

5:30 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

Friday February 9th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:40 pm

1:20 pm
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!

4:00 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

6:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday February 10th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

1:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

2:30 pm
Final Presentations

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards

6:00 pm

6:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Prof. AbedAlKareem AlMadhoun
Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research - University of Palestine, Member of the Supreme Council for creativity and excellence

Prof. AbedAlKareem S. AlMadhoun is an Associate Professor of Mental Health 
and Dean of Scientific Research and post-Graduarte Studies in University of Palestine in Gaza (Palestine). He is candidate for professorship during this year (2016), member of the board of Higher council for Innovation and Excellence in Palestine, Editor of the university magazine body and  Director Debates center in University of Palestine and Qatar Debate.  He worked in many administrative positions in the university.  Also, has shared in many scientific conferences in local and regional universities and was the president of many of them.  His researches and studies focused on social support, quality of life and improvement of life satisfaction and behavior, emotional intelligence and psychological alienation among adults in Gaza community. His researches are published in many universities' Journals.  Dr. Abed AlKareem  was the supervisor for many post-Graduate theses. Also He shared in arbitration of many studies. He played a vital and important role in linkage of university with local and international institutions and organizations for local community activities.

Dr. Iyad Agha
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information Technology, IUG

Dr. Iyad AlAgha holds a PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Durham, UK.  He is currently working as an assistant professor at the College of Information Technology at the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG). He is also the head of Multimedia and Web development Dprt since 2015 and was the former head of Software Development Dprt.
Dr. AlAgha worked as a post-doc research associate at the Dprt of Engineering and Computing sciences, University of Durham (2009-2012).  Also, was a co-investigator on SynergyNet, project manager of APPEAR- Prep90 (through 2014), part-time curriculum developer and consultant for the University College of Applied Science (UCAS) in 2015 where he prepared a course material on the development of smartphone apps.  Moreover, He worked for several local and international organizations to provide vocational training and consultancy in developing mobile apps field for android system.
Dr. Iyad received several scholarships and research grants to do Master's degree in Internet and Distributed systems.  He also was awarded the excellence in Teaching and Learning Award from the University of Durham.  In 2013, Dr. AlAgha received a research project grant from IUG to explore the use of Augmented Reality technologies for learning at Higher education institutions in Palestine.  Then, in 2015, he was part of a team that received a research grant from Qatar Charity to conduct research on mobile learning.

Nasab Al-Shawwa
Marketing Unit Head- Paltel

Nasab started working in marketing field since 2005 in Paltel. Her responsibilities are summarized of : managing marketing communication and brand department , assisted in preparing the needed market research for Gaza region so as to devise the appropriate marketing plans and campaigns, in addition to she has been put in charge of supervising and organizing  all the company’s external activities such the participation in events. She has helped in Paltel presence in digital marketing on social media platforms. Nasab holds B.A Business Administration from Birzeit university.

Mohammed Awad
Dean of IT Faculty- Palestine Uni.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eng. Mohammed Awad: He is the dean of faculty of information technology at University of Palestine (UP). He is an Associate Professor and a PhD holder in Software Engineering field. In addition, he has 17 years industrial and academic experience including IT, Entrepreneurship and other related fields. Furthermore, he has achieved many awards, publications and experiences during his visits to many countries including USA, South Korea, Malaysia, Morocco, Jordan, South Sudan and others.

Coaches and Mentors

Ann Abdelwahed
Trainer | Front End Web Developer

Ann is business and technical trainer, working in this field since 2011. She holds Master in Business Administration, and B.Sc. in Computer Systems Engineering. She is one of the Startup Weekend organizers, also she was one of the Google Developers Group organizers in Gaza.

Mohammed El-Khoudary

Mohammed El-Khoudary is a Full Stack Developer, he has been working in the software development industry since 2006. He is currently a Senior Projects Manager at Kademi, an Australian CX SAAS Provider. Mohammed got his Bsc. and Msc. in Computer Engineering from the Islamic University of Gaza. He is known for building enterprise software solutions for enterprises such as Bosch, Vaya Group, Zoetis, Ziad Mourtaja, Badri & Hania, Faris Co, and Islamic University of Gaza. Mohammed is currently interested in CX and incentive based software solutions.

Mohammed Shurrab
CTO at Unit One Company

Mohammed is the CTO at Unit One Company, and Facebook Developer Community Leader at Gaza. He worked as trainer in many fields related to programming, Digital Marketing, and Entrepreneurship. Mohammed was a mentor in many of technical activities and programs.

Abdelrahman Hawajri
Analyst programmer at UNRWA Gaza.

Abdelrahman Hawajri Analyst programmer at UNRWA Gaza. Abdelrahman is an Analyst programmer in UNRWA, Cofounder and web development manager of Access line for information technology. A senior programmer with more than 12 years of successful experience in the software industry with a proven ability to lead and contribute. He was involved in implementation of process across the organization. Participated in many projects in different local and international organizations. An excellent communicator with trouble shooting and decision making skills as a senior programmer, database administrator, consultant, trainer and team leader.

Ibrahim AL-Fayoumi

IBRAHIM S. ALFAYOUMI is a computer engineering and currently a student of information technology master degree. He works as the Palestinian ccTld DNS administrator at PNINA but, his passion was always about graphic and web design. He began working as a graphic and web designer since 2006 and as a trainer in the same field since 2008. Worked as a Director and graphic designer for number of programs in non-governmental organizations such as the Palestinian Communication and Information Technology Association PICTA, Mercy Corps, AMIDEAST, PITA, USAID and the IRADA project of the Turkish TICA Foundation in partnership with the Islamic University of Gaza. He also works as a certified trainer for a number of training centers in the field of graphic and web design since 2008 in addition to the dumping of a number of workshops and seminars for Universities and unions such as the engineering union, and information and communication technology union.

Jaffer Al-Agha

Jaffer is a software engineer and Android developer since 2013, he studied computer engineering at IUG and proceeded to work in his field in a fast. Jaffer started his work-life at ORCHIDA as an Android developer, his passion in the field advance him to be a team leader and system analyst. In addition to being CEO of ORCHIDA team, Jaffer worked as a teacher assistant at IUG for a year, lecturer at UCAS since 2016 until now, and programming coach in many areas like Universities, NGOs, and training centers, also he has a YouTube channel for programming learning. In his free time, Jaffer developing Android apps, many of his apps has been developed for UAE, Qatar, India, Yemen, Sweden and other clients, one of his apps awarded as the top management app in the Arab world for two years respectively. Now jaffer works in many places, he devoting his life to be free, not employee

Ahmed Abu-Musameh

Ahmed is a lecturer in Information Technology Department at University of Palestine, He has Master degree in Management information system, Ahmed is interested in the field of Computer Network and Information Security, he worked as a head of Network department at University of Palestine, Now he is a director of Information technology college and teaching several topics in Networks field  at University of Palestine.

Rand Alastal

Rand Alastal, I was born in Saudi Arabia, I got Master degree of Business Administration (MBA), Major in Marketing, Faculty of commerce, 2009, Islamic university - Gaza, I Work in University of Palestine Gaza, as lecturer at faculty of business and Finance business administration (English) department, up to date in addition I prepared and editing a text book titled by: "Operations Research And Quantitative Analysis For Managerial Making Decisions", sixth edition.2016, University Palestine, Gaza. I have a 9 years of experience in academic field in many universities in Gaza, also, I am interested in Entrepreneurship and startups for enhancing the Entrepreneurs to improve their action plan.

Omar Badawi
Digital Marketer

Omar who currently occupies the position of Senior Marketing Officer at Gateistanbul Company and he is working as  Digital Marketing Specialist at MAZAJ, has graduated from I ICT dpt. at AlQuds Open University in 2016. He is one of the organizers of Google developer Group - Gaza. He is the founder of Keeflabs startup.

Anas Abu Sall
Digital Marketing Specialist

Anas is a Growth Hacker and Digital Marketing specialist who has more than six years of experience in this field. He played a mandatory role helping Exa Serve, GoStore, BBC, MENA Alliances and many others to build their online presence and derive successful business results through Digital Marketing. He is also known as a trainer, mentor and adviser for many local and international startups.

Hussain Murtaja

Hussain, a member of youth advisory board, UN-Habitat, as representative of Arab region. He has established a youth letters group. In 2012, Hussein was founded the first Model UN in Gaza and he is a director of the Economic Empowerment Project for Productive Families in addition Youth and Women Group of Culture and Development. He has a B.Sc in software engineering and a Higher Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Business applications.

Saleem Shublaq
Lecturer, Android Developer

Saleem is a BSc & Msc holder in IT field from IUG, Trainer at many NGO'S, Android Developer at Altibbi Company for 2 years, Certified by Google as Associate Android Developer, Lecturer at IUG since 2013, Researcher & technical assistant for ROMOR project, and he got a mobility opportunity with TU Wien University in Digital Preservation & Data Management Fields.

Maryam Lulu

Maryam Taher Lulu is a Computer Systems Engineering student at Al-Azhar University. She is a GDG Organizer, Women Tech-makers Organizer, Social media producer and film maker at C2C institute

Mohammed Eldadah
Software Engineer

Mohammed is a senior software engineer with 4+ years of experience.
Bachelor of computer engineering from the IUGaza and worked as a teaching assistant
Experienced in Node Js & Python programming languages, with great knowledge in Go & Android

Abdullah Hussein
Android Developer

Abdullah Hussein is Android Developer who started his android development in 2013, and holds B.Sc in Computer Science from the Faculty of Information Technology, Islamic University - Gaza in 2015. Abdullah is currently working as android developer at NANA, first online shopping and delivery to houses service in KSA.

Parag Konde
Project Manager

Parag obtained MS (Mech. Engg), MBA (Finance) for USA. 
Experienced with patenting ideas, bringing products to market, launch strategy, e-commerce and online marketing, crowdfunding campaigns. 

Wisam Jumaa
Quality Assurance

Wisam obtained his bachelor degree in Accounting from Al-Azhar University. He worked as accountant in many of local companies like Al-Feel Co. and now he is working as Quality Assurance with Exa. Co. He believes in Gaza young talents and think that they can change the world with their ideas. 

Giovanni Pérez
PeaceStartup Ambassador for Argentina

Giovanni is a Colombian Lawyer, minor in City and Architecture from Universidad de los Andes specialized in urban land policies and urban economy. He has experience as a legal advisor in urban and planning law, and public and private real state projects. As a trained facilitator of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and materials, He worked since 2015 with startups and entrepreneurs, using Agile and Lean methodologies. He is particularly interested in the process of definition of value proposition in social start-ups and the development of innovative tools to improve teamwork and collaborative decision-making. As a Colombian citizen who grew up in an armed conflict context, He has a personal compromise to discuss and promote sustainable peacebuilding solutions for businesses and entrepreneurs.

Nisreen Alshawa

Nisreen fayez Alshawa, Palestinian from Gaza ,,free spirit & mind. Laugh and enjoy each moment in my life work to help children& woman and Draw SMILES in faces. I believe that the youth are leader for now and future, I'm working at GUCC ( youth are future) , I reward many wards like the best volunteer since 2011. I believe that the social media is the best tools to express our ideas and issues as youth.

Juan Andrés Cano

Juan Andrés Cano is Co-founder and business developer of the PeaceStartup Foundation. He is a senior consultant in ethical business and sustainability. He has a deep understanding on technology and social innovation. He has vast knowledge of the role businesses play in humanitarian crises, conflicts, human rights and the environment. He is passionate about the possibility of transforming businesses to create long-term value with high social and environmental impact. Juan is a lawyer and an entrepreneur. He has built 4 companies in complex contexts. He received the Business for Peace Award of the Business for Peace Foundation (Oslo) for using and connecting technology with the global agenda.

Justin Novak

While pursuing a traditional Wall Street career, accompanied by a Finance Degree at Duquesne University, Justin bootstrapped(with only $1,500) GLD LLC, a successful lifestyle start-up in the e-commerce space. Achieving rapid growth and revenue reaching 7-figures, the brand was acquired in Q2 2016.
In 2016, Justin launched T Minus Studios LLC with one goal in mind: provide value to like minded entrepreneurs and brands we believe in. Since inception, T Minus has worked hand-in-hand with nearly 100 entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs. T Minus uses a playbook that is tried-and-true to help businesses who have hit a plateau and are looking for an extra push to optimize, increase revenue, and disrupt the status quo.

Mohammed Al-Yazouri
Mechanical Designer

Mohammed holds bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering. Co-founder of Sketch Engineering Company from 2014 and lecturer at Palestine Technical College for Technical and theoretical courses. Mechanical Designer for Many Hardware systems using CAD Programs and trainer for these Programs in Islamic University, Israa University and Palestine Technical College

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Palestine Uni. 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 Gaza is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Aya
  • Afnan


Ahmed Saqer
Consultant & Trainer

I am a management & finance specialist, working as business and entrepreneurship instructor for more than 15 years. I am a PeaceStartup ambassador for Palestine; I am facilitator and organizer of Startup Weekend, a member of WSA Palestine judgment panel, and entrepreneurship trainer certified by Cisco. In addition, I am Founder of Beacon Business -Marketing Agency- and Co-Founder of 1plus1, I have a solid background in NGOs referring to my experience with PNINA and other ones. In addition, Intensive work ability in different administrative and accounting functions, I was in charge of managing financial and administrative matters throughout my occupational life, also, I am working as a Technical Instructor at UNRWA. Moreover, I am a fundraising consultant. In past, I was a Team Leader of ICT Team Start program with Mercy Corps, and teacher in Accounting Department at University College of Applied Science (UCAS); also, I have worked as a marketer & accountant at many other NGOs. I have received my certificate of Arabic Certified Public Accountants (ACPA). In addition, I hold a master degree in Finance and Accounting.

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