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  • The leading event for the Arab digital creative sectors
  • A day of workshops for developers and designers to build their skills and network
  • Launchpad for budding entrepreneurs to showcase their startups and entrepreneurial ideas
  • 80 speakers tackling the hottest topics in web and mobile

Entrepreneurship and Investing in Technology

The entrepreneurship ecosystem is thriving in MENA, with the continuing proliferation of accelerators and the launch of significantly bigger funds ($40M+) by established VCs like MEVP, Wamda, Berytech and BECO Capital. ArabNet Beirut will showcase international perspectives on venture capital and acceleration, as well as featuring some of the newest funding organizations in MENA. It will also include ArabNet’s signature competitions - the Ideathon and Startup Demo - which will feature 20 pitches from entrepreneurs with bright digital ideas and promising startups.

Fashion and luxury: eMarketing and eCommerce

Global online luxury revenues reached $11B in 2012, according to eMarketer. Luxury marketers are increasingly investing in digital, with 72% increasing their social media spend and 85% are increasing their digital advertising spend. ArabNet Beirut will examine the goals, strategies and activities that fashion and luxury brands are pursuing online, and explore what is unique about this sector when it comes to online marketing and commerce.

Social Media Debate and Case Studies

Social media has become a fundamental component of every organization’s communication strategy, and has grown to include customer service and customer loyalty / retention initiatives. ArabNet Beirut will feature a debate about one of the key issues for major corporations: outsourcing social media vs. keeping it in-house. The conference will also include a series of case studies on how food & snacks brands are using social media to reach and engage their customers.

Design and Development

The ArabNet Design+Code Day is back, with focused workshops to help designers and developers build better web and mobile products. From specialized workshops on subjects like Arabic typography and version control systems, to broader and cross-functional sessions on Ux and product development, this day will help designers and programmers enhance their expertise and connect with each other. These topics will also continue in The Forum days, which will also bring together CEOs from the top development houses in MENA to discuss the changing business of web and mobile development.

Digital Strategies for TV Broadcasters

For the first time ever in 2013, US consumers spent more time online than on television. This shift is even more drastic when considering that 40% of US consumers are using a second screen (mobile, tablet, laptop) while watching TV on a daily basis. Time-shifting shows has become increasingly popular, challenging the traditional 30-second ad spot. ArabNet Beirut will explore how broadcasters are changing their content and monetization strategies to keep up with this transformation in media consumption habits.

E-marketing: From Banks to FMCGs

Major brands - from banks to FMCGs - are beefing up their digital marketing activities and spending. ArabNet Beirut will bring together leading brands and agencies to discuss the hottest trends in e-marketing and lessons learned from experienced marketeers in the field. The conference also features the second edition of the Creative Combat - the digital marketing talent, where teams will be asked to create a digital campaign in just one week, and finalists will be invited to pitch live at the event!

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Abdallah Absi CEO, Zoomaal
Abdul Malik Al Jaber Chairman and Founder, MENA Apps / Arabreneur
Afif Toukan CEO, Wizards Production
Ahmad AlHuwwari UX/Web Planner Manager , YAAB
Annie Hazlehurst Founder & CEO, Faridan
Assem Hijazi Windows Product Group UX Lead MEA, Microsoft
Chahe Yervenian Chairman & CEO, Sayfco Holding
Claudius Boller Director for Digital Business and Partnerships, Universal Music Group
Dana Khater CEO & Co-Founder, Coterique
Dani Arnaout Systems Engineer, Lextech Global Services
David El Achkar Founder, CEO, Nyle
Donald Derek Haddad Hacker, Google Developer Group Beirut
Eddy Maroun Co-Founder & CEO, Anghami
Elias Ghanem CEO & Founder, Telr
Elie Aoun President MEAP Region, Ipsos MediaCT
Elsa Abi Aad Senior Art Director, PenguinCube
Fadi Bizri Managing Director, Bader Young Entrepreneurs Program
Fadi Dabbagh Founder, CEO, Mistile
Fadi Sabbagha CEO, Born Interactive
Fares Sayegh General Manager, Ro'ya TV
Fatma Ghaly Managing Director, Azza Fahmy Jewellery
Fawzi Rahal Managing Partner , Gamutt
Fouad Bedran Co-Founder & Managing Director, OOX
Ghassan Chahine Platform Strategy Lead - Lebanon & New Markets, Microsoft
Henri Asseily Technology Venture Capitalist,
Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares Founding Creative Director , Khatt Foundation
Ibrahim Dsouki Head of Online Department, Aljadeed TV
Ihab ElFouly Co-Founder, Tamkeen Capital
Imad Hoballah Chairman & CEO, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)
Jackie Fares Levant Marketing Manager, Fromageries Bel
Jessy Abou Habib ‎Head of Digital Department, LBCI
Joanne Kubba Head of Strategy, Partnerships & Outreach, Eureeca
Juan Jose de la Torre VP Digital – Mobile / Web, Intigral
Karim Khoury Chairman & CEO, ViaMobile
Krystell Jaber Head of Retail Communication, BLOM Bank
Kyriakos Zannikos Digital Marketing Manager, MENAP, Johnson & Johnson
Magali Ghosn Content Designer, PenguinCube
Mahamad Tanahy Founder, Bright Creations
Manal Khater Strategic Planning Director , Atelier, Leo Burnett
Marc Dfouni Co-founder, CEO, Eastline Marketing
Marco Pezzano Managing Partner, Young Digitals
Marianne Hoayek Executive Director, Executive Office Unit, Banque du Liban
Mattia Perroni Founder, CEO, Jumia Egypt
Mayssam Badri Marketing Manager, Heineken international , Brasserie Almaza Lebanon
Mia Azar Senior Art Director, PenguinCube
Michael Mansour Platform Strategy Lead - Gulf, Microsoft
Michel Malkoun Managing Director, Digital Media Services
Mike Butcher Editor At Large, TechCrunch
Mohammed Yamama Technical Evangelist Middle East & Africa, Microsoft
Muhammad Chbib Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Citra Style
Nabil Moutran Regional Director, Memac Ogilvy
Nima Adelkhani Founder, PITME
Numan Numan Managing Director, 212
Omar Bader CEO, PinPay
Osama Shoeib Developer Outreach Manager, Nokia MENA
Paul Boulos Head of Marketing & Corporate Communications, Bank of Beirut
Praveen Prabhakaran Head of Ecosystem & Developer Experience, Middle East, Nokia
Rabih Ghandour Founder, CEO, Wamli
Rabih Nassar Founder, CEO, Apstrata
Ralph Aoun Managing Partner , COM FU
Ramzi Rizk Co-founder, EyeEm
Ramzy Abouezzeddine Group Head of Marketing & Communication, Bank Audi
Rania Kanaan Co-Founder , Ananasa
Roula Nahas Regional Marketing & PR Manager, BestSeller
Roy Zakka Founder , Ubanquity Systems
Salma El-Yassir Lebanon Country Director, Welfare Association
Sana Odeh Faculty Liaison for Global Programs of Computer Science, New York University
Sarah Chehab Senior Art Director, PenguinCube
Scott Cohen Founder and VP International, The Orchard
Stephanie Holden Head of Strategy and Business Development / Head of MBC Ventures, MBC Group
Tamer Rashad Member and Mentor, TechWadi.org, Founder & CEO, HumTap
Tarek Shalaby Commissar Of Creativity, The Planet
Taylor Valore Principal, Sadara Ventures
Tony Wannous Founder & CEO , Koein
Walid Hanna Managing Partner, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
Zaid Farekh CTO&Co-Founder, Semantic Intelligent Technologies
Ziad Matar Senior Director, Business Development, Qualcomm
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