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  • The place to meet and network with digital leaders
  • Top speakers debating the hottest industry trends
  • A unique platform to get exposure for your startup
  • Tremendous opportunities to grow your digital business
  • Outstanding atmosphere to open and close business deals


Saudi Arabia is witnessing a boom in digital innovation and entrepreneurship - with new support and investment organizations launching. Accelerators and investment funds are multiplying, graduating new startups and helping them grow. However, entrepreneurs are still struggling with access to talent and customers; mentorship and access to growth capital; experience in building and scaling operations; among other challenges. ArabNet Riyadh will identify the key gaps in the Saudi entrepreneurship ecosystem and opportunities for stakeholder to collaborate and move the sector forward.


The daily reach of online media in Saudi Arabia increased by 44% in 2013, while mobile media consumption increased by 78%. With more demands on the attention of users than ever, reaching the right audience has become very competitive and marketeers are increasingly utilizing performance advertising (retargeting, real-time bidding, etc) and rich media implementations. ArabNet Riyadh will explore how agencies and brands are leveraging technology to increase the effectiveness and reach of their advertising activities.


45% of the Saudi population is playing digital games, and a staggering 65% of them are doing so online - with the rest of the region not too far behind. Habits in gaming content and consumption have changed as Middle Eastern users have become more connected and social, own a multiplicity of devices, and have different interests and values. ArabNet Riyadh will explore the latest trends and opportunities in regional game consumption and development.


With the rapid growth of the Saudi food industry at 18.5% / year, and the increasing interest in mobile commerce - expected to reach 20% of online transactions in MENA by 2015 - the food industry is ripe for disruption by digital platforms. Online food delivery in Saudi Arabia has already become highly competitive, with local players like Hunger Station going head-to-head with regional brands like FoodOnClick and global brands like HelloFood. ArabNet Riyadh will explore how the F&B sector is being transformed by technology and new media.


The wearable band market - including FitBit, Jawbone Up and others - grew 684% worldwide by Q2 of 2014, with sales expecting to reach 43.2 million units in 2015. 3D printing has become more affordable and flexible - now printing everything from soft toys, to food and make up, even to full-scale houses. ArabNet RIyadh will showcase how fitness bands, 3D printers and affordable hardware innovation are affecting the digital market and transforming traditional sectors like healthcare and manufacturing.


For the first time this year, ArabNet Riyadh will include the Design+Code Day - a day of focused workshops to help designers, developers and entrepreneurs build better web and mobile products. From specialized workshops on subjects like Arabic typography and Developing on iOS to broader and cross-functional sessions on UX and responsive design. This day will help designers, programmers and entrepreneurs to connect and enhance their skills.

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Abdelrahman AlOthman Head of marketing and Business development, OTS
Abdullah Hamed CEO and Founder, GameTako, Content Development Manager, Sony
Adel Baraja Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Volkswagen Group Saudi Arabia
Ahmad Jadallah Director of Development - Games and Media, Semanoor International
Ahmed Mourady Head of Marketing, Arabian Centers
Ahmed Saied Content Director and Chief Editor, Sarmady
Ahmed Zedan VP of Marketing, MarkaVIP
Akram Assaf CTO, Bayt.com
Bander AlMutlaq AVP , Strategic Communication, Namaa AlMunawara
Beschir Hussain Managing Director, HelloFood Middle East
Charly Wehbe Head of Channel & Technology Planning, JWT
Dave McClure Founding Partner, 500 Startups
Dirk Henke Managing Director, Eastern Europe & MEA, Criteo
Diya Murra Senior Project Manager, The Online Project
Ebrahim Al Jassim Founder & Managing Director, Hungerstation
Eddy Maroun Co-Founder, Anghami
Elias Ghanem CEO & Founder, Telr.com
Eyad Siyam Online Marketing Consultant, The Marketing Department (TMD)
Fahad Al Timsah Founder, IPlayAwayI
Fares Al Salem Digital Account Manager, H+K Strategies
Fawzi Rahal Founder, Managing Partner, Gamutt
Francis Barel Business Development Manager, Middle East & North Africa, Paypal
George Grama Founder, Mondo Taxi
Ghazi AlShahrani VP, SME, SCSB
Hani Abu Arab CEO And Founder, App Trainers Company
Hossien Bukhameen Co-Founder/CTO, Hungerstation
Imran Iqbal Partner in Tax, Ernst & Young
Israa Muezzin Brand Manager, Nescafe Arabiana
Jawad Abdulsamad Co-Founder, Kayfak
Jemeel AbdelAhad Co-Founder, Saudi Gamer
Jonathan Labin Head of Middle East & Africa, Facebook
Kamal Hassan President & CEO, i360
Kaswara Alkhatib Chairman, UTURN
Khaled Tash CMO, Beverages at AMS Baeshen
Khalid Suleimani Head of Venture Capital Funds, Alkhabeer Capital
Kinloch Magowan Account Director, Latitude Group
Laurent Wehbe Senior UX architect, JWT
Majed Abukhater General Manager, Uber
Malik Nejer Founder, Lumink / Masameer
Marcus Siddons Managing Director, MENA, Xaxis
Martin Yofre Business Director, Momentum MENA
Matteo Lai CEO, Empatica
Mohamad Itani General Manager, Platform Five
Mohamed Gabel Managing Director, GlueTube
Mohamed T. Ibrahim Technology Director, Dopravo
Mohammed Albsimi CEO, TGMedia
Mohammed Nabil Jaffar CEO, Talabat.com
Mona DeFrawi Founder & Managing Partner, IPOQuest Partners
Montgomery Hong Chief Transformation Officer, Zain KSA
Mudassir Sheikha Co-Founder and Managing Director, Careem
Muhammad Arrabi CEO, eCommerce Sea
Muhannad Ebwini Founder and CEO, Gate2play
Mujeeb Hazzaa Commercial Director, eXtra Stores
Nadeem Bakhsh Senior UX, Usability & Ecommerce Consultant, UXbert
Nora AlJindi Content Director, The Marketing Department (TMD)
Omar Sudoudi Managing Director, PayFort
Osama Natto Founder, The Entrepreneur's Accelerator Program
Parminder (Parry) Singh Managing Director for SEA, India & MENA, Twitter
Rabih ElKhodr Founder, StandUp Communication
Rakan AlEidi Managing Director, KSA, Endeavor
Ramez Mohamed CEO, Flat6Labs
Rolly Dib Executive producer & GM, Olive Tree Productions
Saleh Al Zaid Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Salem Baarmah National Center for SME Development, Saudi Credit and Saving Bank
Samer O. Hamze Owner & Managing Director, International Nomads
Suhail Al Masri VP of Sales, Bayt.com
Tamer Qarrain Creative Director & Co-founder, BeeLabs
Tarek Miknas CEO, FP7
Vinu Mallya Director in Assurance, Ernst & Young
Wael Al Fayez Deputy General Manager, Saudi Research & Publishing Company - SRPC
Wael Al Sarhan Director Marketing & Communication, NAS Holding
Walid El Saadany Head of Egypt & Saudi, Otlob.com
Will Platt-Higgins Director of Global Account Partnerships , Facebook
Yann Fourneau VP publishing South Europe, Middle East and Africa, GameLoft MENA
Yasser Almisfer Board Member, Oqal
Ziad Khammar Strategy and Development Director, DMS
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