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The Makerspace Movement

Over the past two years, dozens of makerspaces have emerged across MENA markets, providing varying levels of guidance, education, technical services & investment. These makerspaces are often coupled with educational programs targeting youth, introducing robotics, open-source hardware and game development into their curriculum. From the Innovation Avenue competition showcasing Arab hardware creators to the Maker Hub, where attendees can see how to build smart devices hands-on, ArabNet Beirut will be hosting a series activities around the maker movement in MENA.

New Platforms in Digital Marketing

With the surge in platforms that provide networking, media and chat capabilities, the race to reach consumers has become more challenging and demand more innovative. With snapchat, vine, facebook and youtube competing on billions of video views a day, how should brands navigate the multiplicity of social channels? At the same time, native advertising is on the rise, with revenues expected to reach $9B internationally by end of year as ad-blocking witnesses a year-on-year 48% growth. ArabNet Beirut will explore the latest in mobile, advertising and media technology, as well as, highlighting budding marketers through the Creative Combat competition!

Accelerating Fintech

The number of mobile banking customers is expected to exceed 1B globally by 2017, with more than 80M of those customers based in the MEA [Gemalto]. Meanwhile investment in financial technology companies tripled last year: from $4B in 2013 to more than $12B in 2014. As banks and financial institutions scramble to meet the demands of tech-savvy customers, innovators are moving to fill the gap. Services for everything from remittances, payroll management, to business loans are now available through non-bank digital platforms. ArabNet Beirut will bring together initiatives that are supporting financial technology startups and explore how banks can capture a piece of the fintech opportunity.

Investing in MENA’s Entrepreneurs

ArabNet estimates that over $800M have been invested in regional digital startups in the past 3 years, with more than 70 active institutional investors putting money in 400+ deals. This thriving activity is attracting international investors and corporates to invest and launch programs in MENA. ArabNet Beirut will host leading international and regional investors to highlight the opportunities and challenges facing the sector, and showcase top startups and entrepreneurs that should be on your radar through the Startup Demo and Ideathon competitions.

More Screens for Video

The MENA region consumes 23.5 billion hours of video content each month, according to Deloitte; the region is the 2nd largest international consumer of youtube content globally. Meanwhile Lebanon, Syria, Egypt & Jordan produce 75% of the entertainment industry's video content (Film & TV Shows) in MENA [Oliver Wyman, 2013]. With such a rich talent base of video masters, ArabNet explores the video production market, from webisodes, entertainment & branded content, and how the model has changed to address digital distribution.

Design+Code Day

The Design+Code day is back! A day of workshops focused on helping developers, designers and entrepreneurs hone their skills and build better products. The day features three tracks of hands-on workshops: development tutorials, ranging from introduction to Perl to building products with arduino; improving design capabilities, such as best practices in using Arabic fonts online; and entrepreneurship skills, from startup accounting to hiring strategies!

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His Excellency Dr. Alain Hakim , Minister of Economy and Trade
His Excellency Boutros Harb , Minister of Telecommunications
Dr. Saad A. Andary Second Vice-Governor, Banque du Liban (Central Bank of Lebanon)
+Aziz Musician and Cultural Strategist,
Abdallah Yafi Managing General Partner, B&Y Venture Partners
Ahmad Al Hanandeh CEO, Zain Jordan
Alex Brunori Head of Creative Agencies in MENA, Google
Ali Ismail Co-founder, FikraSpace
Amer Tabsh Producer and Presenter, FutureTV
Amir Farha Co-founder and Managing Partner, BECO Capital
Amr El Shair Founder, Alex Hackerspace
Ayman Afanah Principle Technology Evangelist, East Mediterranean, Microsoft
Badr El Hassan Audit Partner, Deloitte & Touche
Bilal Ghalib Entrepreneur, Activist and Maker,
Bilal Hallab Founder, The Social Clinic
Carol Matta Product Director, Native Advertising , Digital Media Services (DMS)
Cesar Younes Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Christian Vanizette Co-founder, MakeSense
Denise Jabbour Creative Producer, Home of Cine-Jam
Dirk Henke Managing Director Emerging Markets, Criteo
Dominique Corradi MENA Digital FS Leader - Middle East, Ernst & Young
Eddy Touma Co-founder and CEO, Klangoo
Eli Khoury Chairman and CEO, Quantum Group
Eliane Metni President and Director, International Education Association (IEA)
Fadi Bishara Founder, BlackBox
Farah Mtaweh Co-Founder and Project Manager, Education and Technology Center (ETC)
Fawzi Rahal Founder and Managing Partner, Gamutt
Gabriel Chamoun CEO and Film Producer, The Talkies
Ghassan Chahine Sr. Audience Marketing Manager - North Africa, East Med and Pakistan, Microsoft
Gloria Mattar Branding Consultant at M&C Saatchi, Managing Partner at BrandTribe
Guillaume Crédoz Founder of Ghouyoum, Principal at RapidManufactory
Hande Cilingir Co-founder, Insider
Imad Lahad Director of Digital Strategy , APCO Worldwide
Jana Abi Akar Creative Director and Partner, Eweev
Jawad Abbassi Head of MENA, GSMA
Joelle Hobeica Senior Manager | People Advisory Service, EMEIA, Ernst & Young
John Peebles CEO, Administrate
Julien Fayad Partner at Eweev, Co-founder and CEO at ShopBuilder
Kasper Holst Wochner Senior Vice President, Fastacash
Katharina Luh Senior Manager | People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
Khaled Bohsali Executive Director, Foreign Affairs Department, Banque Du Liban
Kimberly Samaha Managing Partner, Synthesis Venture Fund Partners
Kirsten Colombier Innovation Communications Manager, MENAT, GE
Lamys Haddad Executive Producer and Owner, Cherry Films
Loukan El-Kadi Software Developer, TechGenies
Lucas Brémond Space Systems Engineer, Axelspace
Mackram Raydan (consultant) (engineer) (developer), Imagimate LLP
Mahmoud Moussa MEA DX Azure, Microsoft
Majd Yousef YouTube Editor, BBC Arabic
Mariam Karnib Presenter, Al-Manar TV
Marvin Liao Partner, 500Startups
Maya Farah Director of Product, Zynga
Maya Rahal Managing Editor, Wamda
Michael Mansour Regional Director, Developer Platforms and Technologies, Microsoft
Mohammad Mezzawi Software Development, Team Lead, TechGenies
Mohammed Megahed Regional Commercial Director, Connect Ads
Mouhamad Rabah General Manager, ZRE
Nadim Zaazaa Country Director, UK Lebanon Tech Hub
Nawaf Felemban Founder and CEO, Kasra
Nazim Fraijat Managing Director L.E.M.A Region (Levant & Emerging Africa), EMC
Omar Christidis Founder and CEO, ArabNet
Pascal Zoghbi Founder, 29Letters | 29LT
Racha Ghamlouch Senior Program Manager, ArabNet
Raja Kurban Managing Partner- Transport, Kurban Group
Rami Alhamad CEO, PUSH
Rudy Banholzer Partner and Managing Director, Your Social ME
Sabine El Kahi Founder, Kids Genius
Samer B. Saleh Senior Graphic Designer, Raw Design Studio
Samih Jaber Principal, Kalimat
Selim Boutros Director, Kurban Group
Stéphane Attali Dean and Director General, ESA Business School
Tammer Qaddumi Partner, VentureSouq
Tarek Dajani Co-founder and CEO of Cleartag, Chairman and Founder of DNY Group
Tarek-Gabriel Sikias Producer and Partner, Laser Films
Thibault Naline Business Manager MENA, Radium One
Turi Menthe Venture Partner, North Base Media
Walid Hanna Managing Partner, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
Waseem Afzal Head of Digital, Omnicom Media Group (OMD)
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