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Zain Iraq HQ

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ستارت أب ويكند بغداد هي فعالية تمتد على مدار 54 ساعة، يجتمع فيها المهتمون في تطوير البرمجيات، و التصميم، و التسويق، و مدراء المنتجات، و المتحمسون لإنشاء الشركات الناشئة في مكان واحد لتبادل الأفكار، و تشكيل فرق العمل، و بناء المنتجات ، و إطلاق الشركات الناشئة!

تمتد فعالية ستارت أب ويكند على طول عطلة نهاية الأسبوع التي يتم قضاؤها في العمل الفعلي المشترك بين الرياديين و الملهمين للتأكد من أن الأفكار التي يمتلكونها هي أفكار يمكن تأسيس شركة ناشئة قابلة للحياة بناء عليها، و عادة يتكون ما يقارب نصف المشاركين من الأشخاص الفنيين (تطوير، تصميم،…) و النصف الآخر من المختصين في المجالات التجارية.

تبدأ الفعالية يوم الخميس، بإتاحة المجال لكل المشاركين لطرح أفكارهم على بقية المشاركين، و ضمهم إلى فرق العمل. ليتم في يومي الجمعة و السبت العمل الفعلي على تصميم و تطوير الخطط التجارية بالتوازي مع تشكيل رؤية أوضح لشركتهم الناشئة.

تقوم جميع الفرق يوم السبت بعرض النماذج الاولية التي قاموا بإعدادها، و يستمعوا لآراء أعضاء لجنة التحكيم، و ربما يحالفهم الحظ بالفوز بجائزة.

تم تصميم فعالية ستارت اب ويكند خصيصا للرياديين الذين يرغبون بالحصول على تعليقات حول أفكارهم، أو إيجاد شركاء إضافيين، أو حتى تعلم مهارات جديدة. نرحب بكل من يود تجربة عالم الريادة، علما أن الفعالية تعتبر بيئة يستطيع فيها الجميع العمل بمنتهى الحرية، وبلا شعور بالخوف من أي خسارة، لينطلق بقوة إلى عالم الشركات الناشئة.



Aug 21
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • coffee break
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Dinner


Aug 22
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Coffee break
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Aug 23
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Coffee break
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Global Sponsors

Abdullah Hussam

Security researcher

Abdullah Hussam is a 17-year-old programmer and security researcher. he worked closely with Google, Twitter, Yahoo, Paypal, Nokia, and many other companies as a tester, web developer and Ex-hacker. He is Interested in webapps security. He likes code analysis. He received many bounties for his vulnerabilities responsible disclosure.


Omar Tareq

Public affairs & Communication Manager in Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Iraq   |  LinkedInGoogle+

Omar is holding the position of Public affairs & communication Manager in Coca-Cola Bottling company in Iraq. He Based now in Baghdad with his wife & three kids (Two boys & a girl)

Marwan Ahmed

Education Advisor, Entrepreneurship Evangelist, and Football Pundit.   |  LinkedIn

I believe that everyone can be something special. And learning more about entrepreneurship is the X-Factor to turn that something into reality. My career in Higher Education Administration and Exchange Programs taught me if the right help is given to people, extraordinary results are most likely guaranteed. That is why I was and still very excited about SW Baghdad.

Nawras Nidhal Al Shemmary

Credit Collection and Control at Zain Iraq

Hold many position during a 10 years at Zain Iraq, specialize in Project and Program managements for more than 5 years, A 36 years old , Holding a BSc. Degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery From Baghdad University, he work in many other fields in addition to Program Management like Finance, Technical and Business Excellence at Zain and Poultry Management and Environmental precautions managements outside of Zain, he also have a passion about 3D MAX, Sculpturing and Cartoon drawings.

Paul Raouf

Business Development & Regulatory Studies Zain Iraq

A highly capable MBA qualified technical director with over 22 years’ experience in mobile network planning, deployment & optimisation within both established Blue chip & start-up telecom environments around the world. Has a sound background in theory & practice of mobile technologies & performance. Key understanding of Mobile Operator’s business from technical, business and organisational perspectives. Experienced in Programme Management of mobile telecommunications networks and solutions.

Has a BSc & MSc Degrees in Telecommunication, MBA Degree in Organisational Culture and currently writing up a dissertation for the award of MSc Degree in International Business Law.

Took over the rule of Director of Planning and Network Performance for Zain and currently is the Head of Business Development and Regulatory Study, will aware of Zain Strategy initiatives and future outlook.


Ammar Ameen

Co founder & CEO at

I hold a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering (University of Baghdad 2006) and a Master of IT (University of Malaya 2009). I have worked as a lecturer at Cihan University in Erbil for four years, during which I taught: Database Systems, OOP (object oriented programming), and Web Development at the department of Computer Science.

I co-founded Easy Bites with Dr. Mohammed Al-Samarraie, Oliver Koch, and Omar Al Obaidi in Erbil, named the first Internet Start-Up in Iraq. I’ve also worked as a trainer for NITA, developed their eLearning platform and helped managing their events and training sessions.

Mustafa Ahmed

iOS developer at MAHAW & HRiNS LTD

An 18-year-old AI enthusiast, iOS and web developer who was born and raised in Baghdad. He works at HRiNS LTD and MAHAW as iOS and Web Developer. He participated in the first Startup Weekend Baghdad and he worked on his own startup with his class mates. Mustafa thinks that everyone should have the courage to follow their heart and intuition.

Ahmed Jamal

Software Developer, Tech Entrepreneur And a Dreamer

I’m a 24 years old software developer and full-time entrepreneur from Baghdad, Iraq. I have been in the field for nearly 4 years and have been loving every moment of it. Entrepreneurship for me is all about changing the way people think about what is possible. It's about having a vision of how life can be better for all of us and transforming that vision into an existing and sustainable reality. That is my call in life and I look forward to sharing this experience with other aspiring Iraqi Entrepreneurs through the upcoming Startup Weekend event.

Hussein H. Abul Ma'ali

Solo Creative Studio, co-founder

A 24-year-old pharmacist, a graphic designer, and most importantly an entrepreneur. He leads the small Baghdad-based Solo Creative Studio with a motto to help other entrepreneurs building their brands and stand out from the crowd. He is the guy behind the branding of Fikraspace and the previous SWBaghdad and SWbasra events.

Sama Basil kamal

Mercy corps - alternative actors officer

Graduated from IT college nahrain university, loves volunteering, music and guitar hero

Lubna AlShamari

Head Of Event Marketing & Social Media Unit

Lubna has amazing energy levels and shows a strong drive for results. The way she has grown in Zain is a great example of her business skills and fantastic networking abilities.

Rasha Uday Moain

Head of Customer Experience Department

Responsible for the management of the Customer Experience Department activities including developing the customer experience strategy and ensuring the execution and monitoring of customer satisfaction and retention through the provision of services according to leading practices.

Hayder Al-Shakeri
Saif Madha
Faten Al-weli
Laylan Attar
Merry N. Al Khafaji
Amr Khamis
Meena Walaa
Salih Zain
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