Startup Weekend Jeddah Global Artificial Intelligence Edition

    Thursday, November 29 - December 1, 2018


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Startup Weekend Jeddah Global Artificial Intelligence Edition

Thursday, November 29 - December 1, 2018



Thursday, November 29 - December 1, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Tent Hall
The Islamic Development Bank, King Khalid Road, An Nazlah Al Yamaniyyah
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 22332

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Shape the future of KSA through entrepreneurship and artificial intelligence!

Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.

Global Startup Weekend AI is a once a year special edition of Techstars Startup Weekend where every event around the world focuses on Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Global Startup Weekend AI is a global initiative to make this vertical event more diverse, inclusive, and impactful by removing barriers. Boosting and connecting communities everywhere to organize their own SWAI and empower their ecosystems to tackle problems using AI.

Over the same 2 weekends, over 15 cities will organize a SWAI in their local community. Everyone will be connected throughout the world, with Global Mentors, facilitators & organizers. 

WHY ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE?
It’s time for 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 world needs more vibrant deep tech startups. This can be done if we work together to build a more distributed global startup ecosystem, educated and prepared to tackle innovation’s challenges.

ABOUT THE EVENT
In just 54 hours, participants will form teams, brainstorm, design a product, validate their business idea and pitch in front of experienced judges on Saturday evening. Throughout the weekend, there will be highs and lows, frustrations and moments of triumph, but some people will meet their co-founder at the event, and some teams will even move on to start a company after the event. Win or lose, we are certain that new lessons will be learned, ideas will be tested, limits will be pushed and lives will be changed forever.

To spice things up, we will be having a few special activities: party and warm up games on Thursday night to break the ice and form your teams!! On Friday, we will be inviting awesome mentors and guests down to interact with the teams so please seek their advice and opinions! In the true spirit of Startup Weekend, we will be bringing in local startups, budding founders and cool companies to sponsor, showcase and network with you! Remember, Startup Weekend is a time for experiential learning, networking and building your personal brand!

It is for everyone, whether you are working corporate, building your own startup, having a career as a professional clown, a mechanic, a designer, coder or student, everyone can contribute in their own way. We are open to teams forming before the event, but we strongly recommend you to form your team on Friday night and work on an idea then. Startup Weekend is designed to embrace diversity, creating a conducive environment for anyone to turn their concepts into companies! So give it a go, you'll never know what magic can happen over a weekend!

WHY SHOULD YOU REGISTER?
Build your network
Startup Weekend attracts the best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.

Launch a business in a weekend
You as a participant of this event and the presenter of your idea can join this community to actually work upon your idea and build your business under guidance and support of global, national and local supporters and collaborators. Take your idea to prototype.   

Get face time with thought leaders 
Get one-on-one time with the experienced startup community leaders and mentors. Meet and get valuable feedback from a panel of judges and startup coaches.

Join a global community 
Startup Weekend alumni span across all the continents and scores of cities.   

Learn
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the art of creating. Build your own strategy and test it as you go.

Bring your friends, form a team, and hack a startup in 54 hours. 

See what it's all about

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Thursday November 29th


6:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


8:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


8:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:30 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:30 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 November 30th


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:30 pm
Al-Jomaa Prayer Time


1:30 pm
Lunch


2:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


3:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


4:00 pm
Coffee Break


8:00 pm
Dinner


8:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


11:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday December 1st


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive.


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Final opportunities for asking questions


4:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


5:30 pm
Coffee Break


6:30 pm
Judging


8:00 pm
Award Ceremony


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up


Event Judges


Amal Dokhan
Director of The BABSON GLOBAL Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Amal has a diverse range of experience in management, teaching, training and marketing related roles, particularly in education. Currently as the director of the Babson Global Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Amal is responsible for the strategic direction, tactical execution and operational oversight of the Center. Over the past four years, Amal has played multiple leading roles at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Entrepreneurship Center. In addition to teaching, Amal ran her own business, which organized mega marketing events and offered commercial consultancy to large organizations. Her clients included several Dubai government departments, the Kaminski hotel ‘Mall of the Emirates, Infiniti Cars and other service providers.


Mohannad Alnabulsi
CEO of Qotof Al Riyadah

Eng. Mohannad Alnabulsi is currently the CEO of Qotuf. He co-launched the first business accelerator in KSA, Flat6Labs Jeddah, and graduated more than 40 startups. He has previously worked as a business developer in Advance Pioneer and Smart solutions in Jeddah and as a computer engineer in DRS Technologies for electronic ware-fare systems in New Hampshire, USA. He holds a Master’s Degree in computer and communication from Northeastern University, Boston, MA.


Dr. Mohammed Alkatheiri
Assistant Professor, FCIT @ University of Jeddah

Mohammed S Alkatheiri is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, University of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Currently, he is a Vice-dean for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research and Chair of Information Technology Department. His current research interest focuses on the area of cyber security, digital authentication, machine learning and pattern recognition, security in resource-constraint devices, and technological innovation management. Previously, he worked as a researcher in the Center of Excellence in Information Assurance at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Also, he served as consultant for national projects and joined Prince Muqrin Chair for Information Security Technology (PMC) along with government departments on National Information Security Strategy project as a security consultant.
He received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and his master’s degree in Communication Network Security from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Beihang), China. He was awarded with full-scholarship and finished his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas Tech University, USA.


Dr. Amani Jamal
Assistant Professor, Computing and Information Technology Faculty @ King Abdulaziz University

Amani Jamal is an assistant professor at the Computing and Information Technology Faculty at King Abdulaziz University. She is the supervisor of Information Technology Department at University of Jeddah and Co-Founder of Smart Applications house of expertise. She received her master and PhD degrees from Concordia University, Canada. Her area of interests includes data mining, document analysis and pattern recognition.


Aalaa Maatoug Mojahed
Assistant Professor @ University of Jeddah

Aalaa Mojahed obtained her her BSc in Computer Science at the Faculty of Sciences, King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah, KSA with First Class Honors in 2004 and then 3 years later she re- ceived a MSc degree in Advanced Computing Sciences- data mining, in the School of Computing Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich, UK. Since 2012, she has worked for the faculty of Computing Sciences, KAU as a lecturer and besides she joined the machine learning group at UEA in 2013 and started her PhD research in the field of big data analytics. She has been involved in a number of projects and has a number of publications. Lately, she joined the faculty of computing sciences and information technology at the University of Jeddah after working 2 years for the same college at KAU as an assistant professor. During these 2 years she has been involved in many academic and computational events as a judge and also as an organizer. In addition, she was the supervisor of many winning groups in different occasions. At the present, she is the co-supervisor of the information technology center at University of Jeddah. Her main research interests include data science, machine learning, and algorithms design and analysis.


Coaches and Mentors


Bahar AlHarbi
Managing Partner @ Startups House

Bahar accomplished a MSc in Banking and Finance from Toulouse Business School in France, and BA in Business Finance from Durham University in the UK. His experience comes across investments, and sustainability development. Today, he is the Managing Partner of Startups House, one of the first licensed private incubators and accelerators in Saudi Arabia. Bahar is involved in investment and capital markets engagements with various clients in Saudi Arabia. He worked with SEDCO Holding in Jeddah, KSA with the Corporate Investment & Development Team. In addition, participated in the development of sustainability initiatives with government and private entities in KSA. On an international level, his exposure with Credit Agricole Bank (CACIB) in Paris, France, had added in depth knowledge in strategic equity transactions.


Eman Katouri
Entrepreneurship Portfolio Manager @ Wadi Jeddah

Eman has a diversified experience in the entrepreneurial ecosystem as she had started her first start up in Canada in the e.comerce filed, and when she came back to Saudi she managed to leverage her expertise and skills in different positions from planning, designing and commercializing products also in entrepreneurship empowerment via knowledge sharing. She is a very social active individual in promoting the right entrepreneurial knowhow via volunteering in different mentorship platforms, panels discussions, being a part time lecturer in Dar Al Hekma University, and delivering several public related workshops. Currently she is the head of entrepreneurship department at Wadi Jeddah. Eman holds a master’s degree in technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation, McMaster, Canada. In addition, she has a TOT certificate in Entrepreneurship from Babson Global, and certified in designing and evaluating the training packages.


May Omar Taibah
General Manager @ Nafisa Shams Academy

May is currently the General Manager of Nafisa Shams Academy, a social responsibility program under Community Jameel. May has good experience in creating business strategies, marketing plans, marketing research, operation plans and project management for entrepreneurs and SMEs. She was previously a business consultant and Education and Research Director at Qotuf Alriyadah for three years, and managed the Entrepreneurship Centre at the University of Business and Technology (UBT) during 2012 to 2015.


Dr. Hashim AlZain
CTO & Director of Engineering @ DarTec Engineering

Dr. Hashim AlZain is a hands-on design specialist with progressive experience in reverse engineering, product development, optimization, prototyping, finite element analysis, technical training, and additive manufacturing. Leveraging analytical approach with extensive business experience to improve engineering/business processes as well as conducting root-cause analysis to ensure higher reliability, cost savings, and on-time project completion.


Ala Eshmawi
Assistant Professor @ University of Jeddah

Ala’ Eshmawi is currently an assistant professor at the faculty of computing and information technology at the university of Jeddah. Before that she served the same position at King Saud University in Riyadh for three years after receiving her PhD from SMU, Dallas TX USA. Her research area focuses on applying AI techniques for cyber security benefits.


Mohannad Alnabulsi
CEO of Qotof Al Riyadah

Eng. Mohannad Alnabulsi is currently the CEO of Qotuf. He co-launched the first business accelerator in KSA, Flat6Labs Jeddah, and graduated more than 40 startups. He has previously worked as a business developer in Advance Pioneer and Smart solutions in Jeddah and as a computer engineer in DRS Technologies for electronic ware-fare systems in New Hampshire, USA. He holds a Master’s Degree in computer and communication from Northeastern University, Boston, MA.


Dr. Mohammed Alkatheiri
Assistant Professor, FCIT @ University of Jeddah

Mohammed S Alkatheiri is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, University of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Currently, he is a Vice-dean for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research and Chair of Information Technology Department. His current research interest focuses on the area of cyber security, digital authentication, machine learning and pattern recognition, security in resource-constraint devices, and technological innovation management. Previously, he worked as a researcher in the Center of Excellence in Information Assurance at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Also, he served as consultant for national projects and joined Prince Muqrin Chair for Information Security Technology (PMC) along with government departments on National Information Security Strategy project as a security consultant.
He received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and his master’s degree in Communication Network Security from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Beihang), China. He was awarded with full-scholarship and finished his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas Tech University, USA.


Dr. Amani Jamal
Assistant Professor, Computing and Information Technology Faculty @ King Abdulaziz University

Amani Jamal is an assistant professor at the Computing and Information Technology Faculty at King Abdulaziz University. She is the supervisor of Information Technology Department at University of Jeddah and Co-Founder of Smart Applications house of expertise. She received her master and PhD degrees from Concordia University, Canada. Her area of interests includes data mining, document analysis and pattern recognition.


Ishtiaq Khan
Professor, University of Jeddah

Ishtiaq Rasool Khan is professor at the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, University of Jeddah. He got his MS in Information Engineering in 1998 and PhD in Digital Signal Processing in 2000, both from Hokkaido University Japan. He was JSPS fellow during 2000-2002 at Hokkaido University, Japan. He worked at University of Kitakyushu, Japan, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan, and Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR, Singapore in the past. His research interest span a diverse range of topics including Digital Filtering, 3D Modeling, and Mixed Reality, while his current focus is mainly on High Dynamic Range Image Processing.


Muhammad Murtaza Khan
Assistant Professor at University of Jeddah

He received BE (Honors) in electrical engineering from University of Engineering and Technology (UET) at Taxila, Pakistan in 1999, MS in Computer Software Engineering from National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) at Rawalpindi, Pakistan in 2005, and MS and PhD in Image Processing from Grenoble Institute of Technology (INP Grenoble), Grenoble, France, in 2006 and 2009, respectively. Since 2015, he has been appointed as an Assistant Professor of Information Technology at Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, University of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Prior to his appointment at UJ he was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan since 2010. During his time at NUST he was the CoPI of a collaborative project, related to real-time stitching and rendering of video from multiple cameras using multiple projectors, with Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute (ETRI) South Korea from 2011 to 2015. Prior to that, between 2000 to 2004 he was a software engineer and then a senior software engineer at Streaming Networks Pvt. Ltd. Islamabad where his duties revolved around development of video drivers and codecs optimized for Philips TriMedia Processor. 


Sajid Saleem
Assistant Professor (University of Jeddah)

Sajid Saleem is an assistant professor at facullty of computing and information technology at University of Jeddah. He has obtained his masters and doctorate degree from Georgia institute of technology. His areas of interest include signal processing and communications. 


Hussain Dawood
Assistant Professor

Hussain Dawood received his MS and PhD degree in Computer Application Technology from Beijing Normal University, Beijing, china in 2012 and 2015, respectively. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor at Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, University of Jeddah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His current research interests include image processing, pattern recognition, and feature extraction. 


Lobna Hsairi
Assistant Professor at University of Jeddah

Dr. Lobna Hsairi graduated in Computer Science in 2000, obtained a PhD in Computer Systems Engineering at the National School of Engineers of Sfax, Tunisia, and the PhD in Computer Engineering at the University of Le Havre, France in 2010. She is now assistant professor in Computer Engineering at the University of Jeddah (KSA) and University of Tunis El Manar (Tunisia). Her research interest includes applications of intelligent methods (fuzzy logic, Agent, Multi-Agent Systems …) to automated cooperation, collaboration and negotiation, robotic systems and industrial processes. She focuses his research on intelligent agent, learning, analysis and intelligent control of large scale complex systems.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Jeddah Global Artificial Intelligence Edition team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Techstars Startup Weekend Jeddah is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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    Yip
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    Gao
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Andrew Yip
Data Science Geek | Tech Community Builder

Andrew comes from Hong Kong. He is a PhD grad at KAUST, an avid coder, and hosts tech meetups every month. He loves tabletop gaming and teaches kids piano in his free time.

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Events Management Associate @ THIQAH

 


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