Creative Combat

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Design the Best Digital Marketing Campaign & Win $5000

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 10 days. All teams must include at least one designer and other members who could be a copywriter, developer, digital strategist or marketing professional. Finalists will be invited to showcase their campaign plans at ArabNet Riyadh on December 13th, and a winning team will be awarded $5000.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The competition is open to teams of 2-3 with at least one designer
  2. Applicants must be 29 years of age or younger
  3. Applicants must be based in the MENA region
  4. The competition is open to students and professionals, freelancing or employed, in advertising, media or communications

Round 1: Application

Teams interested in competing in the Creative Combat should apply using this form. Three finalist teams will be shortlisted to compete based on their teams and campaign.
The application involves each team submitting its members’ resumes. Teams also have the option of submitting their portfolios and/or a 30-second video explaining why they should be chosen to compete and demonstrating their creativity and communication skills.
Application Deadline: November 12
Brief Announced: November 13
Announcement of Shortlisted Candidates: November 25

Round 2: Developing the Campaign Plan

The creative brief will be announced on November 13th to all applicants and will be given 10 days to craft their plans for a digital campaign with designed elements.
Here are some examples of deliverables for your campaign plan:

  1. A plan and design for a banner ad campaign
  2. A promotional plan using social media platforms with visuals
  3. The concept and design for a mobile app/game
  4. A storyboard for an online video
  5. A plan and designs for an email campaign
  6. A plan and designs for a microsite, etc...

Based on their campaign plans, three teams will be selected to present on stage at ArabNet Riyadh. Two runners-up will also be chosen and will continue to train in the event that any of the 3 finalist teams forfeit or are disqualified.

Campaign Plan Submission Deadline: November 23 at 9:00 PM GMT +2
Announcement of Finalists and Runners-up: November 25

Round 3: On-Stage Pitch

The finalists and runners-up will get 10 days to fine-tune their campaign plans, a pitch and presentation training will take place at the conference venue.

December 13 is the big day! The finalists will pitch their campaign plans at ArabNet Riyadh before the panel of judges and conference attendees. Each team will get 5 minutes to present, followed by a 5-minute Q&A session.

One winning team will be selected live by the judges and will be awarded $5,000 at the closing ceremony on the 13th of December.


Abdullah Alfahad
GM of Corporate Communication, STC
​Ahmed Sodoudi
Head of Brand - Chevrolet, MENA, General Motors
​Mahdi AlHusseini
Head of Marketing, Mayar Foods

Judges are marketing executives at major brands.


  1. Receive 1 free pass per team member for the full event which offers a wealth of networking and learning opportunities
  2. Present their campaign plans live at the event and are recognized by experts in their field and top-level media
  3. Benefit from guided training and feedback


  1. Receive 1 free pass per team member for the full event which offers a wealth of networking and learning opportunities

Winning Team

The winning team will receive a cash prize of $5000, in addition to top-level exposure and training


The Creative Combat finalists pitch on stage at ArabNet Riyadh on December 13.Finalists and runners-up should make sure to be in Riyadh, on December 11, for the last round of pitch training.
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