Startup Weekend Fashion
Thursday, October 13 - 15, 2016
Thursday, October 13 - 15, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm
IBM Studios Dubai,
Client and Innovation Centre
Building 8, Dubai Design District
United Arab Emirates
Trend setters, divas, techies and change makers
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Randa Al Himyari
Owner and Co Founder of Dubai-based Petit Bout Chou and Potentiel nurseries
As a child, the stories of these pearl traders left their impression. The difficulties these sailors endured while diving into the unknown, equipped with nothing but faith & hope for a safe return to their land, and families. She grew up appreciating what today’s generation is offered; a sea of opportunities in addition to pearls.
Randa started her career with one question in mind “How can I give back to my community?”, and it was no surprise that she chose Corporate Social Responsibility as her first footstep into the corporate world. But perhaps, at a later stage her entrepreneurial spirits (along with motherhood!) finally highlighted the course she wanted to follow: it is the life of the children in the UAE that she wanted to enrich.
Randa took vocational qualifications in early year’s education, & child management leadership.
Today, she is Proud being an Emirati Entrepreneur representing her country, a member of Tejar Dubai & Tejar Dubai entrepreneur Council. She is also an active member in Al Ihsan Charitable Society, as well as Royati. With an exponentially growing community of Emirati and expatriate children living here in the UAE, she started realizing her dreams by co-founding a distinctive French nursery in Dubai – a nursery that focuses on leadership. She adamantly believes that every child is a future leader when nurtured appropriately. Today, another dream was born, Brio Prevention, Intervention & Inclusion ( ECLD) a specialist Centre that foster and develop basic learning skills for children from 6 months through 10 years of age. The Center aims to meet the needs of every child in the UAE’s diverse socio-cultural community.
Partner at IBM Interactive Experience & Mobile Leader
• She manages the Interactive Experience & Mobile Practice, including the IBM Studios in the region, with a specific focus on creative talent and on helping our Clients in the region with Digital transformation
•She leads the Apple-IBM Partnership for MEA focusing on transforming the workplace using capabilities of mobile
•She is the lead Account Partner for a Public Sector account, managing a portfolio of business and bringing all of IBM’s expertise to address strategic objectives
•She sponsors and guides graduate program for the region, actively recruiting and nurturing top talent in an effort to create a workforce for the future
Saudamini has a broad set of experiences that she leverages. First and foremost, she is a Thought Leader in Public Administration with a specific focus on shifting Government services to digital channels and with a major focus on shifting Citizen and Business services to be akin to the best in other service industries. Saudamini is also an evangelist on digital transformation and the essential value that can be driven through a shift in focus from internal efficiencies to front office transformation for our Clients.
Saudamini is passionate about building teams, creating a positive culture of empowered consultants focused on serving the needs of our Clients across this vast region. She is also particularly keen on diversity in teams and is an advocate for inclusive leadership.
Looking at life this way is generally exhilarating. But it can also be exhausting. So a year ago, when his work with the Watch the Throne tour wrapped up and he suddenly had some free time, Hunter did what most of us would do. He slept. And in that sleep, the deepest I had in a very long while, he dreamed of SHADOW.
SHADOW is the world’s first alarm clock that helps people remember and record their dreams. It transcribes your dreams, pulls out the keywords, strips away any data that could identify you, and pushes it to a giant global data cloud—where other SHADOW users can see global dream patterns and find dreamers like them around the world.
Coaches and Mentors
Asim is the Chief Experience Officer (CxO) and founder at a small independent design consultancy working with private equity / venture capital firms and startups on cutting-edge ideas, products and services.
Asim is a Design Sprint Lead with the Google Experts network as a UX / UI specialist.
In 2014 Asim took a sabbatical from Google to serve as an Acumen Global Fellow. Acumen is a nonprofit, that invests in companies, leaders and ideas that change how the world tackles poverty. After training in New York, Asim was assigned by Acumen for one year at a microfinance institution that focused on poverty alleviation for rural low-income farmers in remote Pakistan.
He is in charge of executing Docebo's marketing strategy, particularly through: website management, Google Analytics, Google Adwords, Social Media Management (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, G+, Pinterest), Email Marketing, Online advertisement, Webinar Management, Online branding, Seach Engine Marketing & Optimization, Content Marketing and more.
In 2013, Ronnie co-founded and assumed the role of CEO at Polyform Labs. His focus was helping people with technology so companies could grow. In 2014, Polyform Labs joined Arlene Dickinson's firm, Venture Communications, as its in-house technology practice and Ronnie assumed the role of Sr. Director of Technology & PMO. He led a team delivering technology and marketing solutions to Fortune 100 clients.
Outside of work, Ronnie devotes his time towards mentoring and teaching life skills to individuals overcoming life challenges. He holds a Computer Engineering degree from UofT and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.
Specialties: Keywords which describe what I do best: user centred design, interaction design, information architecture, usability and user research, taxonomy development, wireframe development, web site navigation, management information systems, business and market analysis and web analytics.
Extremely motivated, and passionate. I'm a start-up lover, loving the action of new challenges, that's why I can't work with passive people that just wait for results. Fan of intelligent, innovative, and analytic people.
I have a provable experience in building web applications and web services in a SOA environment by leveraging different technologies.
Currently working in Dubai for dubizzle.com (an OLX company), the largest classified portal in the MENA region.
Fluent in Italian, English and Spanish. Love to travel, learn anything new, meet new people and hang out with friends.
This is an agency for the companies - be them startups, SMEs or large companies - that find themselves in that inflection point where innovation in everything - from product development to operations and up to business strategy and communication - is key to their survival / growth.
The agency works with 12 companies from 3 continents and 6 different industries - ranging from e-commerce to IT and up to digital media and edtech.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
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