ArabNet Beirut 2016

Conference Agenda

This is a preliminary agenda, please check back soon for updates.

Design+Code Day 1 March Design+Code Hall A Design+Code Hall B Design+Code Hall C
08:00

 

Registration

 

 

09:00

 

Speakers

- Omar Christidis, Founder and CEO at ArabNet

Opening Ceremony

 

 

09:30

Vibereel Case Study: How we built a major iOS app with a 100% remote team

Mobile applications: Native or Cross-Platform?

Getting started with Anaconda

Talk Lightening Talks

- Venue: Hall A

 

 

09:45

 

Break Coffee Break

 

 

10:15

Frequently Asked Entrepreneurial HR leadership Questions and Challenges
The one Employee Organization! Moving part of today’s HR world
Setting a flexible trendy HR Strategy for SMEs and Startups:
“Purpose Led” HR
Lean HR
Employee Value Proposition
Digital HR “Gamification of Learning and Performance Management”
Wellbeing

Speakers

- Joelle Hobeica, Senior Manager | People Advisory Service, EMEIA at Ernst & Young

- Katharina Luh, Senior Manager | People Advisory Services at Ernst & Young

EHRM: Entrepreneurial Human Resources Management | by Ernst & Young

- Venue: Hall A

High level Hardware workshop to discuss the full cycle of developing a hardware product (ideation -> prototyping -> manufacturing -> distribution -> marketing -> sales)

Speakers

- Rami Alhamad, CEO at PUSH

How to Build a Hardware Startup | by PUSH

- Venue: Hall B

In this workshop, we will present the definition of Arduino Board and its usage as open source, and we will talk about how may an individual get benefit from such a board to achieve a certain technological project using coding of Arduino C. Also, we will engage attendees in a real practical experience to live the experience and get involved in.

Speakers

- Samih Jaber, Principal at Kalimat

Arduino Development Workshop | by Kalima

- Venue: Hall C

11:45

 

Break Coffee Break

 

 

12:00

When you are in a startup, it’s all about creativity, innovation and doing something you love, yet you also need to make a living. Accounting nowadays is far from the traditional debit and credits bookkeeping, providing essential support at different stages of startups development and playing a diversified role within startups. From the pre-operating phase where all the business planning is needed to the trading phase where timely bookkeeping along with assuring that business cycle controls are in place and profitability being measured accurately to the working capital and funding phase where understanding cash flow reports and projections are prepared up to the reporting phase when profitability is analyzed and management accounts are issued to owners, potential investors, banks, and any other stakeholders. Such reports provide an accurate snapshot of the financial health, viability and value of the startup. This presentation would be tackling the role of accounting and finance at the various stage of startups as an important prerequisite to allow such businesses to look forward and critical for long term success.

Speakers

- Badr El Hassan, Audit Partner at Deloitte & Touche

Accounting for Startups- From Infancy & Beyond | by Deloitte

- Venue: Hall A

Typography is the essence of all visual and contextual content in our online life style. Whether in websites, apps, e-books or any other screen platforms, choosing the suitable font for a certain project and being capable of rendering it properly on all screen mediums is the topic tackled in this talk / workshop. The workshop will start with a type design talk focusing on the creative part of creating and working with fonts. This will be followed by a technical web development discussing about tackling font rendering on screen through coding and investigating.

Speakers

- Mackram Raydan, (consultant) (engineer) (developer) at Imagimate LLP

- Pascal Zoghbi, Founder at 29Letters | 29LT

Web Typography | by 29Letters

- Venue: Hall B

MVC Frameworks (by Mohammad Mezzawi): Explore the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern, as a meaning of simplifying, organizing, and maintaining code and basic implementation using yii2 framework (PHP).

Introduction to Perl – 101 (Loukan El-Kadi): Quick overview on Perl and its main operations, with very basic live examples.

Speakers

- Loukan El-Kadi, Software Developer at TechGenies

- Mohammad Mezzawi, Software Development, Team Lead at TechGenies

MVC Frameworks & Introduction to Perl | by TechGenies

- Venue: Hall C

13:30

 

Break Lunch Break

 

  

14:30

Good design is great but it can never achieve change without a well-thought brand strategy, a meticulous brand-building plan and an integration of various means that would expose that design. “Think Beyond Design” will introduce attendees on the vital steps to prepare the ground for a spot-on “selling” design.

Speakers

- Gloria Mattar, Branding Consultant at M&C Saatchi at Managing Partner at BrandTribe

Think Beyond Design | by M&C SAATCHI

- Venue: Hall A

The workshop includes a hands-on exercise that begins with exploring the creative potential of Arabic lettering and progresses into learning how to utilize these skills as designers to create contemporary Arabic brand marks. This workshop will also touch on how the mark/logo comes together to complete a full brand.

Speakers

- Samer B. Saleh, Senior Graphic Designer at Raw Design Studio

Arabic Lettering for Logos | by Raw Design Studio

- Venue: Hall B

 

Speakers

- Ghassan Chahine, Platform Strategy Lead, Lebanon and North Africa, East Med & Pakistan New Market at Microsoft

Developing with Azure | by Microsoft

- Venue: Hall C

15:30

 

Break Coffee Break

 

15:45

Basics of Growth & Distribution & why its important for Startups with Q&A

Speakers

- Marvin Liao, Partner at 500Startups

Growth Lessons from Silicon Valley | by 500Startups

- Venue: Hall A

Because it's almost never the case that the first idea you have will be the best. An important part of the creativity of a designer is to think about how to rapidly prototype and get feedback. Moving from the ideation, we’ll introduce you to ten key principles for good design to apply in UI design. We call these heuristics. Finally, as much as you would like to think that your role is done when the design is developed & launched, the real work begins at this stage with tracking & analyzing.

Speakers

- Jana Abi Akar, Creative Director and Partner at Eweev

- Julien Fayad, Partner at Eweev at Co-founder and CEO at ShopBuilder

From Prototyping to Optimizing, UX/UI a continuous process | by Eweev

- Venue: Hall B

End of Day
Forumday1 Hall A Forumday1 Hall B Forumday1 Hall C
08:00

 

Registration
09:30

 

Speakers

- His Excellency Dr. Alain Hakim, at Minister of Economy and Trade

- His Excellency Boutros Harb, at Minister of Telecommunications

- Dr. Saad A. Andary, Second Vice-Governor at Banque du Liban (Central Bank of Lebanon)

- Omar Christidis, Founder and CEO at ArabNet

Opening Ceremony

- Venue: Hall A

10:30

 

Coffee Break

 

 

Banking Track - Invitation Only (Convention Center)
11:00

Silicon Valley is on fire, with more than 150 unicorns (valued at $1B+), and some investors and experts crying "bubble." Many of 2014-5's most anticipated IPOs, including Square, Box, LendingClub, and King, are now trading significantly below their IPO valuations. At the same time, industry-disrupting startups - from fintech to edtech to healthtech - are dominating investor interest, and major global and regional corporations are betting big on accelerator programs and startups that will redefine the future of their sector: Barclay's accelerator and GM's $500M investment in Lyft are two examples. Finally, the Internet of Things, the rapidly decreasing cost of computing and 3D printing, and the ease of Do-It-Yourself hardware innovation has opened up new opportunities in smart devices, from drones to smart cities. This session brings together leading global investors to discuss the trends and opportunities that are dominating the global internet industry.

Moderator

- Fadi Bishara, Founder at BlackBox

Speakers

- Kimberly Samaha, Managing Partner at Synthesis Venture Fund Partners

- Marvin Liao, Partner at 500Startups

- Turi Menthe, Venture Partner at North Base Media

Panel Opening Panel; Hot Trends and Opportunities in Digital

- Venue: Hall A

 

11:45

The Ideathon aims to promote innovation and entrepreneurship at its very earliest stage: turning bright ideas into functional products. It runs as a series of rapid-fire back-to-back presentations, where each selected entrepreneur has 2 minutes in the spotlight to show that their idea is innovative and has strong business potential.

THE IDEATHON

- Venue: Hall A

 

12:15

 

Speakers

- Walid Hanna, Managing Partner at Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)

Sponsored Announcement

- Venue: Hall A

 

12:30

 

Coffee Break

 

13:00

 

Speakers

- Stéphane Attali, Dean and Director General at ESA Business School

Sponsored Announcement

- Venue: Hall A

 

13:15

The Startup Demo aims to support early-stage startups from across the region and help them grow their businesses. The startups featured have a working product, a customer base and potentially a revenue stream; they are looking to take their companies to a new level through funding, exposure, and strategic partnerships. Each selected startup will have 5 minutes on stage to showcase its product and convince the audience and judges of its strong market potential, effective business model and potential for socioeconomic impact.

STARTUP DEMO

- Venue: Hall A

 

14:00

   

Lunch Break
15:00

 

Speakers

- Jawad Abbassi, Head of MENA at GSMA

Talk Talk: The State of the Mobile Economy in MENA, by GSMA

- Venue: Hall A

 

Speakers

- Marvin Liao, Partner at 500Startups

Talk Talk: Trends from Silicon Valley and the World, 500Startups

- Venue: Hall B

15:20

As the amount of online advertising has proliferated, customers have become increasingly blind to banners, and usage of ad blockers is on the rise, growing 48% year on year. Native advertising provides advertisers the opportunity to engage consumers through ads that look and sound like the content it is embedded in. These ads can vary from sponsored posts to in-feed social media ads to banners that look like content pieces, and are estimated to reach $9B internationally by the end of 2015. This panel will explore how native advertising works, how it is being utilized in the region and the opportunities for publishers, agencies and brands.


Speakers

- Alex Brunori, Head of Creative Agencies in MENA at Google

- Carol Matta, Product Director, Native Advertising at Digital Media Services (DMS)

- Mohammed Megahed, Regional Commercial Director at Connect Ads

- Nawaf Felemban, Founder and CEO at Kasra

- Waseem Afzal, Head of Digital at Omnicom Media Group (OMD)

Panel Panel: AdContent: Exploring Native Advertising

- Venue: Hall A

 

Speakers

- Nadim Zaazaa, Country Director at UK Lebanon Tech Hub

Talk Talk: The Anatomy of Lebanon's Growth, by UK Lebanon Tech Hub

- Venue: Hall B

15:35

 

In 2000, Tarek Dajani founded Cleartag, one of the first digital agencies in Lebanon, and grew the team and operations to handle major clients across the region. 15 years later, in November 2015, JWT announced it was acquired a majority stake in Cleartag, creating a new success story for the Lebanese entrepreneurship ecosystem. This session features Tarek Dajani in a 1-on-1 interview on about starting, scaling and selling Cleartag, as well as his future plans with his new entity, DNY Group.

Speakers

- Tarek Dajani, Co-founder and CEO of Cleartag at Chairman and Founder of DNY Group

Interview Interview: Acquisition: Shaping the Agency of the Future

- Venue: Hall B

15:55

 

 

Speakers

- Christian Vanizette, Co-founder at MakeSense

Talk Talk: Civic Technologies to Solve the Refugees Crisis | by MakeSense

- Venue: Hall B

16:15

 

Break Coffee Break
16:30

 

 

 

Pitching Innovation Avenue Pitches
16:45

  

Moderator

- Omar Christidis, Founder and CEO at ArabNet

Speakers

- Eli Khoury, Chairman and CEO at Quantum Group

CEO Series; Interview with Eli Khoury, Chairman & CEO, Quantum Group

- Venue: Hall A

 

Speakers

- Mouhamad Rabah, General Manager at ZRE

Talk Talk: Introducing Phase II of BDD | by ZRE

- Venue: Hall A

16:50

 

According to ArabNet Business Intelligence, more than $800M have been invested in regional digital startups in the past 3 years, with 70+ active institutional investors putting money in 400+ deals. Activity in Q1 of 2016, has already witnessed significant investment activity, especially with the milestone $67M Series A raised by Wadi.com. Even with this surge of activity, there are still gaps in the ecosystem, especially in early stage investment and support. This session will host leading investors to highlight the opportunities and challenges facing the sector.

Moderator

- Maya Rahal, Managing Editor at Wamda

Speakers

- Abdallah Yafi, Managing General Partner at B&Y Venture Partners

- Amir Farha, Co-founder and Managing Partner at BECO Capital

- Fadi Bishara, Founder at BlackBox

- Tammer Qaddumi, Partner at VentureSouq

Panel Panel: The Evolving Investment Scene in MENA: From Acceleration to Growth

- Venue: Hall B

17:05

The MENA region consumes 23.5 billion hours of video content each month, according to Deloitte, and 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 in MENA, according to Oliver Wyman. The production industry, once focused exclusively on television shows and commercials, is now building out new capabilities in digital content creation. This session brings together leading production studios to discuss the changing market for video content, and the new digital products and distribution channels that studios are exploring.

Moderator

- Majd Yousef, YouTube Editor at BBC Arabic

Speakers

- Denise Jabbour, Creative Producer at Home of Cine-Jam

- Gabriel Chamoun , CEO and Film Producer at The Talkies

- Lamys Haddad, Executive Producer and Owner at Cherry Films

- Tarek-Gabriel Sikias, Producer and Partner at Laser Films

Panel: Shifting Directions: How the Video Production Industry Woke Up to Smaller Screens

- Venue: Hall A

17:45

 

Speakers

- +Aziz, Musician and Cultural Strategist at

Music + Code Performance

- Venue: Hall A

End of Day
Forumday2 Hall A Forumday2 Hall B Forumday2 Hall C
08:00

 

Registration
10:00

Over the past two years, dozens of makerspaces have emerged across MENA markets, providing guidance, education, technical services and investment in hardware innovation. However, investment in hardware, IoT and wearables still represent less than 5% of total deals done in the region. This session hosts some of MENA’s leading makerspaces to discuss the challenges facing the hardware innovation ecosystem, interesting projects they are working on, and the increasing interest in this sector more broadly.

Moderator

- Amer Tabsh, Producer and Presenter at FutureTV

Speakers

- Ali Ismail, Co-founder at FikraSpace

- Amr El Shair, Founder at Alex Hackerspace

- Bilal Ghalib, Entrepreneur, Activist and Maker at

- Guillaume Crédoz, Founder of Ghouyoum at Principal at RapidManufactory

- Kirsten Colombier, Innovation Communications Manager, MENAT at GE

Panel Panel: The Maker Awakening: Maker-spaces and Communities from Across MENA

- Venue: Hall A

 

Matchup (Invitation Only)

- Venue: Hall B

10:15

 

  

 

RoboFight Showcase
11:00

 

Speakers

- Lucas Brémond, Space Systems Engineer at Axelspace

Talk Talk: Conquering Space by AxelSpace

- Venue: Hall A

 

11:30

 

Coffee Break
12:00

 

Speakers

- +Aziz, Musician and Cultural Strategist at

Talk Talk: Intersection of Music & Code

- Venue: Hall A

 

Speakers

- Rudy Banholzer, Partner and Managing Director at Your Social ME

Talk Talk: From Content to Commerce | by Your Social ME

- Venue: Hall B

 

Workshop Workshop: Fabrication & 3D Printing
12:15

 

Speakers

- Rami Alhamad, CEO at PUSH

Talk Talk by PUSH Wearables

- Venue: Hall A

12:20

 

 

Speakers

- Eddy Touma, Co-founder and CEO at Klangoo

Talk Talk: Should I Publish About the Kardashians | by Klangoo Inc.

- Venue: Hall B

12:35

With the increasingly important role that technology is playing in business and society, teaching coding and technology literacy has become critical for developing the next generation of professionals and entrepreneurs. Lebanon has recently witnessed a surge in educational programs targeting youth, introducing robotics, coding, open-source hardware and game development programs for K-12 students; some of these programs have been launched with the direct support of the Ministry of Education. This session highlights programs that are bringing coding and robotics education into Lebanese schools. 

Moderator

- Racha Ghamlouch, Senior Program Manager at ArabNet

Speakers

- Eliane Metni, President and Director at International Education Association (IEA)

- Farah Mtaweh, Co-Founder and Project Manager at Education and Technology Center (ETC)

- Sabine El Kahi, Founder at Kids Genius

Panel Panel: Building Future Makers: Coding and Robotics in Education

- Venue: Hall A

12:40

 

 

Speakers

- Hande Cilingir, Co-founder at Insider

Talk Why Leading Brands Are Focusing on Web & Mobile App Personalizations and Real | by Insider

- Venue: Hall B

13:00

 

In 2011, an angry United Airlines customer caused a 10% drop in the airline’s stock and a $180M decrease in valuation. Some brands are so cautious about their online presence that they choose not to engage at all. However 67% of Twitter users say they’re more likely to buy from brands that they follow and more than 88%of consumers check reviews when shopping online. This session will discusses the importance of managing the brand’s online reputation and how to best handle crises when they happen.

Moderator

- Mariam Karnib, Presenter at Al-Manar TV

Speakers

- Bilal Hallab, Founder at The Social Clinic

- Imad Lahad, Director of Digital Strategy at APCO Worldwide

Panel Panel: Save the Brand: How to Maintain your Reputation Online and Manage a Digital Crisis

- Venue: Hall B

 

Workshop Workshop: Product to Prototype
13:15

 

Speakers

- Maya Farah, Director of Product at Zynga

Talk How to run and scale live games - Lessons from Farmville and others | by Zynga

- Venue: Hall A

13:35

 

Speakers

- Michael Mansour, Regional Director, Developer Platforms and Technologies at Microsoft

Talk: A Connected IoT World | by Micrsosft

- Venue: Hall A

13:45

 

Break Lunch Break
14:30

  

 

 

Workshop Workshop: Introduction to Arduinos, Raspberry Pi's and other components
14:45

   

Moderator

- Omar Christidis, Founder and CEO at ArabNet

Speakers

- Ahmad Al Hanandeh, CEO at Zain Jordan

CEO Series; Interview CEO, Zain Jordan; From Infrastructure to Community

- Venue: Hall A

It is estimated that the size of data generated online hit 667 exabytes (10^18) in 2014 alone. The potential of this data is the relationships it can reveal: measuring, analyzing and understanding the interactions that users have across multiple touch points in their day-to-day behavior. Making sense of this volume of data is a major opportunity for businesses today: the rapid surge in Big Data technologies is allowing for real-time optimization, granular audience targeting, logistics and efficiency optimization. This session explore how businesses can harness the power of big data to hone their services and reach.

Speakers

- Dirk Henke, Managing Director Emerging Markets at Criteo

- Nazim Fraijat, Managing Director L.E.M.A Region (Levant & Emerging Africa) at EMC

- Thibault Naline, Business Manager MENA at Radium One

Panel Panel: Business Essentials: Big Data & Analytics

- Venue: Hall B

15:05

   

Speakers

- John Peebles, CEO at Administrate

Talk Building the Ultimate Human Organisation: How to Attract,Inspire,Retain Talent | by Administrate

- Venue: Hall A

15:25

 

Moderator

- Omar Christidis, Founder and CEO at ArabNet

Speakers

- Raja Kurban, Managing Partner- Transport at Kurban Group

- Selim Boutros, Director at Kurban Group

CEO Series: Interview with Kurban; The Evolution of Travel's Journey

- Venue: Hall A

 

Speakers

- Dominique Corradi, MENA Digital FS Leader - Middle East at Ernst & Young

- Kasper Holst Wochner, Senior Vice President at Fastacash

- Khaled Bohsali, Executive Director, Foreign Affairs Department at Banque Du Liban

Panel Panel: Financial Technology in Emerging Markets

- Venue: Hall B

15:45

 

Break Coffee Break
16:15

The Creative Combat aims to highlight young talents in the regional advertising, communications and media industries. The competition challenges teams of 2-3 to come up with a plan for an effective digital marketing campaign that addresses a specific creative brief in just one week. All teams must include at least one designer and other members who could be a copywriter, developer, digital strategist or marketing professional. The teams requested to propose a creative campaign that encourages working people with a sedative lifestyle in Lebanon to introduce more physical activity into their routine.

Creative Combat
17:00

 

Awards Ceremony
End of Day