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  • Optimize your skills at the design + code day with 15+ hrs of workshops!
  • Discover the latest web and mobile insights with 70 glocal speakers
  • Network with top digital professional & connect with 50 exhibitors
  • Over 200 startups were launched to the world at ArabNet.


25% of travel bookings in MENA take place online, a market that is expected to reach $35B in revenue by end of 2017. Saudi Arabia is the second largest market regionally, capturing 13% of the region’s online travel bookings. ArabNet Riyadh will explore the trends and opportunities in digital travel, and how leading platforms are adapting to new markets.


With the surge in platforms that provide networking, media and chat capabilities, the race to consumers has become more challenging and innovative. With snapchat, vine, facebook and youtube competing on billions of video views a day, how will and should brands chose their platforms. Native advertising revenue is estimated to reach $9B internationally by end of year as ad-blocking witnesses a year-on-year 48% growth. This segment explores the latest in mobile, advertising and media technology.


The Islamic digital economy hit $107B in 2014 and is expected to grow to $277B by 2020. From halal food and tourism recommendations, to conservative fashion e-commerce, to Islamic entertainment and educational content, ArabNet Riyadh will take a closer look at the types of businesses that are catering to a islamically conscious consumers, and the challenges and opportunities in this space.


The number of mobile banking customers is expected to exceed 1B globally by 2017, with more than 80M of those customers based in the Middle East & Africa, according to Gemalto. With 70% of Saudi’s population under 30, and a smartphone penetration of over 50%, the landscape is prime for banks to compete online. ArabNet Riyadh will feature some of leading banks in Saudi Arabia discussing their mobile and digital strategies, as well as their visions for the future of the sector.


SMEs provide 50% of the work opportunities in the Saudi Kingdom, and contribute 20% of the Gross Domestic Product. Saudi Arabia is also home to 20% of region’s investors, attracting $93M of investment in tech startups the past 2.5 years, according to ArabNet’s research. Entrepreneurship has also become a key point on the government agenda, with new SME initiatives being launched by the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Commerce. ArabNet Riyadh will highlight the latest developments in the Saudi entrepreneurship ecosystem, and feature promising entrepreneurs through it’s Startup Demo, Ideathon and Battle of the Games competitions.


The Design+Code day is focused on helping developers, designers and entrepreneurs hone their skills and build better products. The day features a three tracks of hands-on workshops: for technical development, such as building products with arduino; improving design capabilities, such as branding for startups; and entrepreneurship skills, such as setting up your business for scale.

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HH Prince Dr. Turki Bin Saud Al Saud President, KACST
HE Dr. Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel Minister of Communications and Information Technology,
HE Dr. Mufrej bin Saad Al-Haqbani Minister of Labor,
Dr. Khalid Bin Hussein Bayari CEO, Saudi Telecom Company - STC
Abdulaziz bin Fahad Influencer in social networks, stand-up comedy, social sketches provider,
Abdulla Elyas CoFounder & Managing Director, Careem
Abdullah Al-Yousef Founder & CEO, Kids App Center & Tag Media
Abdullah Alghadouni Senior Head of Communications, Virgin Mobile KSA
Abdulrahman Aljiffry Entrepreneurship Center, Technology Incubator Associate, KAUST
Abir Al Helou Client Services Director of Technology, Traffic
Ahmad Al-Zaini CEO & Co-Founder, ALWANS
Alex Morriss Director of Affiliate Partnerships - EMAF, Expedia
Ali Nehme Managing Director, Digital, Starcom Mediavest Group
Amir Farha Co-founder & Managing Partner, BECO Capital
Anas El Filali CEO & Founder, Lorem
Aziz Al-noghaither Managing Director, AACC IT Consulting
Ben Maher Executive Director of Advertising EMEA, Mashable
Benjamin Ampen Head of Revenue, Middle-East & North Africa, Twitter
Chris Blauvelt Founder & CEO, LaunchGood
Christian Nucibella Founder & CEO, FiloBlu
Dirk Henke Managing Director Eastern Europe, MEA, Criteo
Dominique Corradi MENA Digital FS Leader - Middle East, Ernst & Young
Dr. Nabeel Koshak Vice President of Business & Innovation at Umm Al-Qura University, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at Makkah Techno Valley Company
Ehab Al Otibi Business & Communication Manager, Mawdoo3.com
Fadi Khater Founder & Managing Partner, Netizency
Fady Elhossainy Accounts Director, eDesign
Fahd Hamidaddin Chief Marketing Officer, Head of Sustainable Development, King Abdullah Economic City
Fawwaz Qadan Head of Database & Technology, MENA, SAP
Fazal Bahardeen Founder, CrescentRating & HalalTrip
Hashim Nabulsi Fund Manager, University Venture Fund (UVF)
Henri Holm Chief Financial Officer, Intigral
Ibrahim AlHamdani Communications Director, Hashtag SM Agency
Ik Jae Jeong Senior Manager of Global Business Development, LINE Plus Corporation
Jamal Al Akkad Ecosystem Development Consultant, Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Center (Wa’ed)
Kerim Türe Founder & CEO, Modanisa.com
Khaled Elbedri Senior Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services
Khalid AlSulami Founder & CEO, ElectroAim
Khalid Suleimani Head of Venture Capital Funds, Alkhabeer Capital
Khansa'a Abu Naji Managing Director, Meshbak Design Studio
Lee Mancini Managing Director, Sekari
Mahmoud Ghoz Founder and CEO, Rawy
Mark Vernooij General Manager, thnk.org
Michel Malkoun Chief Operating Officer, Digital Media Services - DMS - Choueiri Group
Mike Reiner Business Development Venture Capital EMEA, Amazon Web Services, Partner, CCC Startups
Mikhail Fedorenko Co Founder and CEO, Muslima Wear
Mohamad Alfuhaid Founder and coordinator of #Laddn / Strategic director, ALWANS
Mohamed Megahed Regional Commercial Director, Connect Ads
Mohammed Al-Bishtawi Co-Founder, Business & Marketing Manager, AlHudhod
Mohammed Rashid Abaalkheil Head of Marketing & Communications Division, Bank Al Bilad
Mohannad Alnabulsi Jeddah Accelerator Director, Qotuf / Flat6labs
Moodi Mahmoodi CEO, Collaborne
Namek Zu'bi Managing Partner, Silicon Badia
Nawaf Felemban Founder & CEO, Kasra
Neda Aldihany Founder, Brilliant lab – Startup Accelerator services
Nikolas Woischnik Business Development EMEA, Amazon Web Services
Noor Sweid Partner, Leap Ventures
Nouf AlQethami Social Media Strategist, Traffic
Omar Christidis Founder & CEO, ArabNet
Omar Hashem EVP Head of Digital Banking Division, National Commercial Bank - Al Ahli
Omar Soudodi Managing Director , PayFort
Ozan Sonmez Co-Director of New Ventures and Hikma IP Startup Accelerator, KAUST
Pavel Terentiev Partner, AddVenture
Rakan Al Eidi Managing Director - Saudi Arabia, Endeavor
Ramzi Halaby Co-founder, The Online Project
Rasha Saifuddin Founder, Enigmaksa
Rashed Abdullah AlOthman General Manager of IT Division, Bank Al Bilad
Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo Expansion Director, MENA, Travelstart
Ricardo Fernández Chief International Officer, Destinia.com
Saeed Al Nahdi Head of Internet and Mobile Banking, Arab National Bank (ANB)
Saleem Hammad General Manager KSA, Souq.com
Saleh AlZaid Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Samer Abbas Co-founder, Play 3arabi
Sami AlRasheed Co-Founder & CEO, Smaat
Sarah Al Wadaani Professional Stylist & Special Effects Make-up Artist,
Siddharth Puri CEO, Tyroo Technologies
Sofana Dahlan Founder & CEO, Tashkeil
Subra Krishnan SVP Products and Marketing, Vizury
Sultan M. Al-Malik Minister's Advisor - General Director of Public Relations & Media, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology
Usamah Jan Innovation Team Leader, Elm Company | Member of Computer Engineering Department Advisory Boards, Um Al Qurra Univeristy, Alfaisal University, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals and Jubail University College
Walid Hanna Managing Partner, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
Yousef Alyousefi Director, Taqnia Investments
Yousef H. AlDabbagh Co-founder, eDesign
Zohra Khaku Founder & CEO, Halal Gems
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