Startup Weekend Kids - Gaza

    Thursday, August 25 - 27, 2016

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team

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Startup Weekend Kids - Gaza

Thursday, August 25 - 27, 2016

Thursday, August 25 - 27, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

A.M. Qattan Foundation Child Centre – Gaza
Al-wihda Street
Gaza strip, Palestine 00972

Startup Weekend Kids - Gaza

Does your child dream to build his own project?
On the weekend we will help kids aged 10-15 to pitch their ideas to experts, form teams, and begin their own business.
So, what is startup weekend?
Startup weekend is a global event that happens in many countries to encourage entrepreneurs to start their businesses, and help them to learn the basics of founding startups and launching lucrative projects. People join each other for weekend long workshop to pitch ideas, form teams, and start working.
In Gaza, we are hosting Middle East and not urn Africa first ever event exclusively for kids!
Does your kid want to pitch their idea and be part of this exclusive event?
If so, please register them as kidpreneur on our registration website.
We look forward to know their abilities and innovations to see how we can help them to improve their ideas to be a real project.
All weekend long, we'll host professional entrepreneurs and mentors helping support, build and turn these ideas into real businesses by the end of the event.
Also, if your kid does not have an idea or is a little shy and keen to be involved then this event will help them to socialize and be part of kid’s world.
They have the chance to register as members and join others team.  

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Thursday August 25th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

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

9:00 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 August 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Welcome Teams
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend. Plus a run down of what to expect and who to talk to if you have any questions.

10:00 am
Meet Your Mentors/Coaches
These are the people who'll answer any questions you may have about finances, marketing, product creation

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
A quick discussion on how the team is progressing. Ask questions

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. A great entrepreneur knows when to rest . It's been a long and exciting day. Sleep, we'll see you at 9am the next morning

Saturday August 27th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Dr. Safa Nassereldin
Vice President for Jerusalem Affairs, Al Quds University

Dr. Safa Nassereldin holds a Doctorate in Electronic Engineering from ENSEIRB, Bordeaux I University in France, 2003. She was the first female Minister for Telecommunication and Information Technology in Palestine from May 2012 till June 2014. She was Advisor and Technical Assistant to the Minister for three years as well as E-gov General Coordinator and team leader for the National Team for Systems and Information Security (NTSIS). She lead the effort of preparing the National ICT strategy 2011-2013, the e-government Policy document and roadmap for 2012-2014 in cooperation with OECD. As leader for NTSIS, prepared a national Policy for Information security and prepared the terms of reference for creating the Palestine Cybersecurity Emergency Team Pal CERT. She is Chairwoman of the FTTH Council MENA. She is also an active board member in the Higher Council for Innovation and Excellence as well as Palestinian Incubator for Energy and in Palestine EFE. She is also BoD in Girls in Tech (GIT) as well as AlQuds Holding. She is a jury member in many national and international competitions related to entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Ashraf Al-Astal
WSA National Expert (Palestine), & Co-Founder of eAraby

Ashraf AlAstal is a leading expert in ICT Management with an eye for innovation and pixel perfection. He is the Co-Founder of eAraby, whose core business is creating niche Arabic Digital Content and e-Marketing Solutions for Corporates and Governments designed to revolutionize Arabic Digital Content in the MENA region. Ashraf is an experienced IT Engineer and a Project Management Professional who provides strategic advisory services focused on e-Business Development polices, entrepreneurship, social innovation and Arabic Digital Content. During the past 20 years, he managed to plan and create multiple innovative solutions and revolutionized how technical and business services were being delivered for the subscribers of Palestine Cellular Communications Company. Ashraf's ability to direct technical and business teams supported by an MBA in Business Administration and B.Sc. in Computer Engineering in addition to multiple professional certificates from the American Academy of Project Management and Microsoft. His wide-ranging experiences include university teaching, scientific research and academic publishing. Also, he is having an international recognition by IEEE as a Senior Member and has been awarded multiple prizes for his outstanding performance. 

Mohammad Al-Lomani

Palestinian from Gaza, an IT specialist for about 18 years and he got different international certificates in Systems Engineering, Data Center, Networking, Database Systems and Software Development. 
Mohammad is interested in science and technology in general and he believes in the use of technology as an effective tool to acquire new knowledge.
Mohammad is a highly qualified employee works at A.M. Qattan Foundation, the Child Center – Gaza, as the Head of the IT Unit. Along with his team, he is responsible for managing and developing the IT Environment and the Training Program for Kids and Parents.
With genuine efforts, Mohammad works to improve the learning environment using Technology and Science.
He believes in children potential and how much they love to discover the world around them through Technology.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Mohamed Al-Madhoun
Computer Engineer

Mohammed is a fourth year student in The Islamic University of Gaza in the Computer Engineering department. He worked as a web developer for 6 years and has a vast knowledge in that field, his ambitions took him from that field to somewhere he could find more challenging, and so he chose Game Development through Unity3d Engine and he's been working in that field for 4 years and counting. Mohammed wishes to learn more about Game Development and aims to have a team of his own.

Lina Al-Madhoun
Web Designer & UI/UX Designer

Lina holds a B.Sc. in Multimedia and web development from IUG. She has been a UI/UX designer since the beginning of 2014, she worked at World Digital, and worked as a web and a graphic designer at Athar and Dalili startups in 2013-2014. She is also a photographer, a graphic designer and a journalist at Young Journalist Club.

Samah Al-khatib
Supervisor of Children-Friend Community Center

Samah is a kids trainer. She is interested in the field of childhood and their issues. Since 2010, she has worked as a facilitator and trainer in children space in several fields for example: creative writing and creative thinking, adventurous and Scenarist. A participant in all forums that care about children and their rights specially in Palestine. 

Mahmoud Alsharqawi

Palestinian from Gaza. Holds a Bachelor degree of Information Technology and has 10 years of experience working in the filed at the Qattan Centre as a Computer Trainer with children. His wide experience covers project management, strategic planning, and proposals writing. Mahmoud believes in the importance of giving children the opportunity to improve their skills and innovate. With Mahmoud's assistance and his colleagues in the IT Unit, Qattan children became able to work on Robotic, Scratch, Graphic, Android  besides other programs. Mahmoud wishes the best luck for all kids.

Assef Al-Khozondar
Library Services Coordinator Assistant

Assef graduated from the Faculty of Engineering - Department of Computer and Software. Assef trained children in information technology fields for 5 years. Now, he works as Library Services Coordinator Assistant at Child Centre providing STEM programs.

Mohammed Al-Dardasawy

Mohammed Al-Dardasawy graduated from AL-Azhar University IT- college, Department of Computer Science.He has been working at the Qattan Center for the Child since 2010, as IT-Assistant Coordinator & IT trainer for children, parents and professionals.Muhammed is specialized in Computer Science & System Networking and he has wide experience in the field of programming, computer designing and working with children.Muhammed does his best to empower children, widen their gaze and enrich their creativity 

Rasha Abu Safieh
Co-founder and Capacity Building Manager of GGateway ICT Social Enterprise - Gaza

Rasha Abu Safieh is a professional in the fields of Management & Technology and a distinguished achiever with honour in all her years of study in different fields. She has degrees/ certified in Information Technology, Computer Programming and Projects Management. She is a strong project manager with exceptional technical and programming skills. She is a team influencer, very patient and creative person with excellent communication and decision-making skills. She has 10 years of experience working on private, educational and humanitarian international organizations to facilitate the use of technology as source of income creation for youth. She is interested in social entrepreneurship, technology and change management.

Dana Al-Lababidi

Dana holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and multimedia from Gaza University. She started her work in multimedia field as a games programmer and designer since 2007. In addition, she is a lecturer in Palestine Technical College. Dana is interested in the field of children. She was a trainer in technical summer camps for 4 years, and she produced e-books and interactive applications with The Ministry of Education that aimed to enrich the educational content of textbooks. She aspires to start technical and educational institution that believes in the capabilities of children and support their creative ideas.  

Rasha Odeh

I work in the administrative assistant programmatic meteor Foundation, along with studying an MA in Business Administration at Al-Azhar University, and a graduate of Business Administration in English from the University of Al-Azhar University in 2015, study English ended in Amideast Center Level 12, and previously worked in a coordinated center in generations Association within the child-friendly space program in partnership with Catholic relief Services for a year, and also worked as coordinator of the project in Edco center for the development of communities within a two-month emergency project, and interested in community work and the security of the development of communities starts from young people and faith in their abilities, and is interested in the sport in various fields.

Islam Badwan

Miss Islam Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, Al Azhar University, Gaza, Palestine.
Miss Islam has conducted number of training courses in various fields of ICT, she has a rich experience and varied qualifications in working with private sector and IT business,
entrepreneurship ,that gave understanding of business vision in Gaza.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Kids - Gaza team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.



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Organizing Team

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

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  • Asaad
  • Ann
  • Anas
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Alaa Saqer
Product Manager

Alaa Saqer is one of the founding members and leaders of Gaza’s startup and tech

community. An Information Technology graduate from the top university in Gaza, he 

was one of the winners of Gaza’s first Startup Weekend in 2011. He went on to launch 

Datrios, a game and social network for sports fans, and one of the first two startups in 

Gaza to receive investment (from Oasis500). In 2010, he co-founded the Google 

Developers Group Gaza, a grassroots student organization that trains youth in tech topics 

and connects them to Google’s resources.

Based in Gaza, Alaa is now a product manager for EXA, a well-known technology 

company in Saudi Arabia. He is fluent in agile product development and a mentor at 

many startup events in Gaza, including Gaza Sky Geeks’ bootcamps. Prior to becoming a 

tech entrepreneur, he worked for Mercy Corps (the largest humanitarian organization in 

Gaza after the United Nations) as a program officer providing psychosocial support to 

children using sports methods. In his free time, Alaa is a loving father and a sports fan.

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