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  • Optimize your skills at the Prototype day with 15+ hrs of workshops!
  • Discuss Business, Media, Entrepreneurship with over 80 Speakers
  • Network with top digital professional & connect with 60 leading companies
  • Over 200 startups were launched to the world. Will you be next?

Digital Transformation Forum

The past year has witnessed bold leadership and direction in achieving growth in non-oil sectors and stimulating the economy under the National Transformation Program (NTP) serving the Vision’s goals for 2030 and beyond. ArabNet Riyadh will feature a Digital Transformation Track that will delve into the impact of the NTP on the digital and entrepreneurship ecosystems, and bring together government, private sector, and startup stakeholders to share insights, best practices and upcoming plans for building an innovation and knowledge economy in KSA.

Adtech Forum

Technology in Advertising and Marketing have become critical to the competitive reach and consumer engagement. Saudi youth under the age of 25 represent 51% of the population, while smartphone penetration is at 178% across the Kingdom. Meanwhile, Snapchat’s success with instant and ephemeral content has triggered the spread to other channels: Facebook’s. This forum tackles the top medium on everyone’s agenda: Mobile, through Ephemeral and Video content, empowered by distribution technologies, analytics and data. This forum tackles how brands, agencies and publishers are adapting to the new platforms that are transforming consumer habits on mobile and web; what are the key trends that define the region; how distribution of media is changing and the data driving advertising technology.

Innovation and Investment Forum

Investments in tech startups in Saudi rank 3rd in MENA by number of Investment, even though the number of investors / funding entities in Saudi is the second largest in the region (18%), according to ArabNet’s State of Digital Investments in MENA Report. However, the ecosystem is flourishing with startups that are rising to fill many market needs, gaps and tackle unemployment. The Innovation and Investment Forum will feature a dedicated track focusing on the investment landscape and improving the ecosystem and access to LPs and growth capital; and a track focused on startup growth strategies and development.

Digital Commerce Forum

The face digital commerce and payments in MENA has shifted radically in the past 12 month with Amazon entering MENA through it’s acquisition of Souq.com. It’s estimated that eCommerce in Saudi will reach $5.7B in 2017 according to the US Embassy in Saudi, with mobile transactions representing two-thirds of online transactions according to Wamda. The Digital Commerce Forum will highlight the latest trends on online and mobile commerce in the Kingdom and MENA, the financial technologies that could radically change the face of global financial transaction and the role of banks in growing their digital footprint.

Prototype Day

The Prototype Day is a revamp on the previous Design+Code Day, this year focusing on entrepreneurship and SMEs as one the key pillars for transforming Saudi Arabia. The day features three tracks of hands-on workshops ranging from legal and HR to product development, helping entrepreneurs hone their skills and grow their business.


ArabNet Riyadh will feature the staple Startup Battle competition that will select the top 3 startups from Riyadh to join the Startup Championship in Dubai in May to select the winner of $20,000 and a scholarship to Silicon Valley. As well as the Ideathon competition for aspiring entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative ideas. This year’s forum features an all new competition: the Creative Combat, for young marketeers to showcase their digital marketing skills.

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Abbas Safadieh General Manager MENA, JollyChic.com
Abdulrahman AlJiffry ‎Program Development Lead, ‎KAUST
Abdulrahman Hammad Managing Partner, SME Law
Adrian Truscan Director - SEO, Resolution MENA
Ahmed Sodoudi Head of Brand - Chevrolet, Middle East, General Motors
Alpesh Doshi Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fintricity
Amanda Turnbull VP and Country Manager - MENA, Discovery Networks
Ambareen Musa Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Souqalmal.com
Amjad Ahmad Founder and Managing Partner, Precinct Partners
Antoni Vives Former Deputy Mayor of Barcelona,
Arwa Shafi New Venture's Associate at the Entrepreneurship Center, KAUST
Ayman Haydar CEO, MenaMarketPlace
Ayman Itani Founder, Think Media Labs
Benjamin Ampen Head of Revenue - MENA, Twitter
Dirk Henke Managing Director - Emerging Market, Criteo
Emre Ekmekci Chief Commercial Officer and Board Member, Hepsiburada.com
Fady Yacoub Co-Founder and Managing Partner, HOF Capital
Fahad Almousa Founding Partner, Inspire Ventures
Farshad Dabeshkhoy Commercial Director, Middle East, Criteo
Fawaz Alrajhi Chairman, AlRajhi United
Heba Sayed Marketing Manager, Watson Customer Engagement - Middle East & Africa, IBM
Jad Yammine Digital Manager, MENA, Discovery Networks
Jonathan Nelson Managing Director of Hack VC, Founder and CEO of Hackers / Founders
Michael Dooijes Co-Founder and Managing Director, Startupbootcamp FinTech & CyberSecurity
Mohammad Al-Rashidi Founder & Executive Chairman, One Global
Moustafa Ismail Regional Director, DMS
Nabil Borhanu President and Managing Member, Graphene Ventures
Omar Almajdouie Founding Partner, Raed Ventures
Omar Hashem Executive Vice President and Head, Digital Banking Division, The National Commercial Bank
Saeed Al Nahdi Head of ATM Network, Arab National Bank
Sonia Weymuller Partner, VentureSouq
Tammer Qaddumi Partner, VentureSouq
Tim Lea Chief Executive Officer, Veredictum.io
Toby Daniell Head of Sales, MENA, INSKIN
Todd OBrien Managing Director, Startupbootcamp Smart Cities
Ulugbek Yuldashev Founder and Chief Executive Officer, AWOK.com
Wael AlFayez General Manager, AlKhaleejiah Advertising & PR CO.
Waleed AlBallaa​ Partner, STVentures
Walla Nahas Economic Development Consultant, Me
Yasser Alobaidan Chief Executive Officer, Jawraa
Zach Finkelstein Vice President of Corporate Development, Careem
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