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  • Optimize your skills at the design + code day with 15+ hrs of workshops!
  • Discover web & mobile with 80 speakers from across the world
  • Network with top digital professional & connect with 50 leading companies
  • +200 startups were launched to the world at ArabNet. Will you be next?

ArabNet Riyadh is Saudi’s leading forum focused on digital business in the Kingdom and Gulf countries.

This year’s event focuses on highlighting the opportunities arising after the bold Vision 2030 plan, and the rapidly-evolving digital economy in Saudi Arabia. The forum will host three main tracks: Business, Media, and Entrepreneurship; with speakers from across the world and MENA region, to talk about building the next digital frontier in one of MENA’s strongest markets.

NATIONAL INNOVATION

The Saudi Arabian government has set an ambitious Vision for 2030 and a National Transformation Program (NTP) to move the Kingdom away from dependence on oil and drive the growth of the innovation / knowledge economy.
The National Innovation track delves into the impact of the NTP on the digital and entrepreneurship ecosystems, and brings together government, private sector, and startup stakeholders to share insights, best practices and upcoming plans for building an innovation and knowledge economy in KSA. It also tackles the latest trends in IoT, smart cities, e-government, and business transformation.

MEDIA & ADVERTISING

MENA consumers are some of the most digitally-forward in the world: they watch over 23.5 billion hours of video content each month, according to Deloitte.
This full track on digital media and advertising tackles changing consumer behavior and the proliferation of online and social media platforms, and how brands, agencies and publishers are adapting. It also delves into the best practices for distributing content and the latest trends in data-driven marketing. ArabNet Riyadh also features the OMD Academy, which brings together top brand managers and supports in honing their digital skills.

INVESTMENT & VENTURE CAPITAL

Sovereign wealth funds and family groups in the GCC region have historically been active investors in the top silicon valley VC funds, and Saudi Arabia has recently taken a leading role in this, with the investments by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund in Uber ($3.5B) and the new $100B SoftBank Fund.
The Investment track brings together the region’s top VCs, Limited Partners (LPs), family offices, private equity players, and growth-stage startups to discuss the state of the investment landscape and VC industry in MENA. It also gives new investors, curious about investing in tech startups, the needed information and understanding to dive into the asset class.

BANKING INNOVATION

According to ArabNet’s research, Saudi Arabia has the highest adoption rates of digital and mobile banking across the countries surveyed, reaching a whopping 75% of all survey respondents.
This invitation-only workshop for banking leaders in the Kingdom, tackles the latest trends in digital banking, as well as the broader disruption that fintech (financial technology) startups are bringing to the banking sector. This track also includes a roundtable discussion on the challenges and opportunities for digital banking in Saudi Arabia.

ENTREPRENEURIAL INITIATIVES

ArabNet Riyadh features many initiatives to support entrepreneurs and give them the exposure and connections they need, including ArabNet’s competitions for innovative ideas (Ideathon), promising startups (Startup Battle) and game developers (Battle of the Games); the MatchUp, which connects entrepreneurs to business leaders and investors in 1-on-1 meetings; Women Mentoring Women, which gives entrepreneurial ladies the chance to get mentorship from established businesswomen and investors; the Saudi Arabian edition of IBM’s global SmartCamp startup competition hosted during the event; and finally, an invitation-only roundtable, bringing together private and public sector ecosystem stakeholders to discuss how to support entrepreneurs.

DESIGN + CODE DAY

This is a day 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 mobile app development to building products with IBM's Bluemix platform; improving design capabilities, such as best practices in brand development, user interface design, and using Arabic fonts online; and entrepreneurship skills, from legal insights for startups to tips for hiring and scaling.

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H.H Prince Dr. Turki Bin Saud Al Saud President, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology - KACST
Mazen Mohammad Aldawood Deputy Governor of The General Authority for Small And Medium Enterprises, Ministry of Commerce & Industry
Eng. Ali Bin Saleh Al-Soma Advisor to the Minister of Communications and IT, Secretary General of The National ICT Plan
Abdulla Elyas Co-founder, Careem
Abdullah Alswaha Managing Director, Saudi Arabia, Cisco
AbdulRahman Aljadhai CEO, Elm
Abdulrahman Hammad Managing Partner, SME Law
Ahmad El Alfi Founder and Chairman, Sawari Ventures, Co-founder, Flat6Labs
Ahmed Saad CEO, Crowd Analyzer
Akram Al Haddad​​ CEO, Creative Telecom Company (CTC)
Akram Benmbarek Director of Business Development, Quanergy
Ashraf AlHassan Digital Marketing Director, National Agricultural Development Company (NADEC)
Boye Balogun Managing Director, Future Tech Media
Fahad Al Shatti Vice President Strategic Projects, Agility
Fahad AlSharekh Managing Partner, TechInvest Corporation
Fahd Hamidaddin Chief Commercial Officer, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)
Faisal Shams Managing Director, Saudi Arabia, OMD
Faris Al Rashid Founder and Chairman, Oqal group
Fawzi Rahal Managing Director, Beirut, Flat6Labs
Gordon McConnell Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Hande Cilingir Co-founder and CEO, Insider
Idriss Al Rifai Founder and CEO, Fetchr
Issa Aghabi Investment Officer - Venture Capital, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Jigar Patel Partner - Digital, McKinsey
John Todary Regional Commercial Director, Buzzeff
Khaled Bamohamed Business Unit Director (Cloud and Smart Services), Creative Telecom Co.​(CTC​)​
Kıvanç Onan Regional Senior Director – Middle-East and North Africa, PayPal
Maha Taibah Managing Partner, Eradah
Mahmoud Abbas General Manager, Saudi Arabia, Dell EMC​
Maya Farah Director of Product, Zynga
Michael Ward Managing Director, On Device Research
Mohammad Fadin Software Engineer, IBM
Mohammad Hamad Alhajeri Chief Investment Officer, Impulse International
Nadeem Bakhsh Director of UX, Usability & Ecommerce Consulting, UXBERT
Nadim Khoury Head of Content and Experiences - UAE, OMD
Nancy Bassiouny Vice President, Head of Digital Channels and Innovation - Egypt, Barclays
Nathan Hull Chief Commercial Officer, Elly's Choice
Olivier Cohen Regional Manager, Middle East, Hootsuite
Rabih El Tair Associate Director - Digital, OMD
Rakan Al Eidi Venture Partner, MENA, 500 Startups
Rasha Rteil Head of Innovation and UM Labs, MENA, Universal Media
Reine Abbas Co-founder and Partner, Wixel Studios and Spica Tech
Sara AlAteeqi Founder and CEO, 10M
Sarah Al Ayed Co-founder and Partner, TRACCS
Scott Amyx CEO, Amyx+
Sharif El-Badawi Partner, 500 Startups, Chairman, TechWadi
Sho Sato Chief Analyst, Media Create
Sonia Weymuller Founding Partner, VentureSouq
Stewart Smith Senior Sales Director, Sojern
Sumeet Jain General Partner, LUMA Capital Partners
Taher Alblowe Founder, Geeks Valley
Tuba Terekli Co-founder and CEO, Qotuf Al Riyadah
Walid Hadid Head of Analytics - UAE, OMD
Walid Mansour Managing Partner, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
Yazeed AlSwailem Co-Founder, Tarmeez
Zafer Younis Partner, 500 Startups
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