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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.



Jun 27
  • Registration & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Dinner


Jun 28
  • 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!
  • 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


Jun 29
  • 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
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Abdallah Absi

Founder & CEO of   |  LinkedIn

Abdallah Absi is a young serial and social entrepreneur that aims at raising new generations of Arab entrepreneurs. He is the CEO of Zoomaal and the President of the Entrepreneurship Club NGO in Lebanon. Abdallah has won various awards in entrepreneurship and computer science.

Hasanen Al-Bana

Founder of SNONO SYSTEMS   |  

Iraqi citizen, 30 years old, with great passion for computers and modern technologies. Married and living in Baghdad.
My goal is to help in integrating and customize modern technologies to work in Iraq, for the local citizens, while keeping costs low by using open source solutions.

Zaid F. Jawad

Founder of Iraqi Cinema Movie Theaters

Believed in the importance of establishing the first cinema in Baghdad after decades of decline in the role of cinema in the Iraqi society. He set an example of how to overcome the harshest situations by starting his own Movie theaters series, Iraqi Cinema, in post-war Iraq. Mr. Zaid F. Jawad is considered a bright businessman who defines entrepreneurship in a different way when he delivers a benefit for the society, not only a successful business.

Media Partners

Ansam Abayechi

Development Policy Specialists

Holds a B.Sc. in Control and Systems Engineering from University of Technology and Masters in International Policy from Duke University. Ms. Abayechi’s experience combines working at senior level in the civil service with private sector work and civil society activism. As an analyst at the Ministries Industry and Planning she has acquired hands on knowledge of Iraq’ development and reconstruction needs as well as valuable communications and administrative skill. During the last ten years, she has served in various international organizations as program manager, consultant and policy advisor.

Firas Al-Obaidi

Business Development Manager of Iraq at Microsoft   |  LinkedInGoogle+

Holds a B.Sc. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Baghdad University and M.Sc. in the same field from Al-Nahrain University. Firas spent 4 years leading the Abu Dhabi Public Sector local government business at Microsoft Gulf. His professional experience includes eighteen plus years in various technical and business roles in the IT and Telecom industries.

Maitham Luaibi

Banking and Financial Sciences Expert

Holds a position as the head of Banking and Financial Sciences Department in the College of Economy and Business Administration and has a PhD in Banking and Financial Sciences. Dr. Luaibi has published several research papers in many local and Arabic publications and has a very popular daily column in Al-Mada newspaper which he discusses the Economical updates with a unique Iraqi tone and a creative funny narrative style. He is a civil society activist with focus on women and youth problems.

Nada Abed Al-Majeed Al-Ansari

Dean of the college of Science for Women, University of Baghdad   |  LinkedInGoogle+

Holds a position as the Dean of the college of Science for Women, University of Baghdad. She earned Genetics from the University College of Wales-Aberystwyth, U.K. Her effort as a Dean is not limited to improving the college and keep up with the scientific and technological development. She believes that women colleges are not only for educating women, but they are also to empower women and to provide them with tools to help them become leaders in their communities and work place.

Global Sponsors

Ali Al-Hilly

Marketing Manager at AMBRO AB   |  LinkedIn

Ali is an internet marketing specialist. His background varies from Graphic Design (Adobe) Software Engineering (Bachelors) and Business Administration (Masters). He is also specialized in Google AdSense and has given few lectures in the Jordanian universities in association with a team of Google Student Ambassadors. He has a good knowledge in stock analysis as he was the title winner of the CFA stock analysis competition over Jordan in 2012 and Jordan’s representative in the continent level. Currently he is the marketing manager for AMBRO AB a Swedish company. Ali is also founder and activist for Mr.IraQ orphans support team in Iraq as well as some other charity activities in Jordan.

Farooq Ali

Program Manager, Social Impact Program (SIP) at ThoughtWorks Americas   |  LinkedIn

For almost a decade, Farooq has coached clients in the US, UK, Canada and South Asia in the art and science of software development, from small and cutting-edge tech startups to large Fortune 500 multinational corporations across a wide range of industries, including retail, media, healthcare, energy, insurance, manufacturing and high-tech.

Hassan H. Alrehamy

IT Manager at the University of Babylon - Chancellor's Office

Alrehamy has a Degree in Information Technology field and IT Infrastructures Engineering. Hassan is currently the IT Manager at the University of Babylon - Chancellor's Office . He also works as a lecturer at the Information Technology College / University of Babylon. He is a very skilled web developer using .Net technologies. Furthermore, Alrehamy has worked for many global IT companies including CACI and BCBCD.

Katral-Nada Hassan

Managing Partner at In2 Consulting   |  LinkedIn

Katral-Nada is an entrepreneur who runs her own communications consultancy in Dubai. She is a specialist in Information Architecture and User Experience Design and promotes building optimal user experiences for digital products. Nada was part of the first ever TEDxBaghdad back in 2011 and is an avid supporter of rebuilding the foundations of education and technology in her home country Iraq. She was raised in Canada, worked in both Canada and the US and currently resides in Dubai where she heads up In2 Consulting’s digital communications strategy division

Mohammed Al-Samarrai

Co-Founder / COO at Easy Bites   |  LinkedIn

Dr. Mohammed Al-Samarrai is one of the founders of Easy Bites, acting as Chief Operations Officer. He is a consultant to GIZ / Icon-Institute Private Sector GmbH in the matter of building the National Information Technology Association (NITA) in Erbil, Iraq. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from De Montfort University - United Kingdom.
Although he owns a Kia-Rio, he's a "Petrol Head" :)

Mohanad Ali

Doctor at the College of Medicine - Al-Nahrain University   |  

Mohanad is the Marketing Manager at a pharmaceutical company. He has a PMP certificate in marketing and works as a trainer and adviser with UNFPA. He is also a member of the Iraqi Youth Parliament and an IYLEP alumnus. His favorite color is blue and he loves fish (Samak Masgoof).

Muhammad Al-Waeli

Independent Researcher   |  LinkedIn

Muhammad has an MBA in International Management and Leadership and a B.Sc. in Business Informatics. He has lived in 4 different countries so far which has added him a valuable international vision about life. His work experience ranges from web design and database to data analysis and climate change. The next step in his life is to get a PhD in Management Innovation from outside Iraq. His believe is that real success comes from helping others to succeed, therefore his motto in life “Make the good ones stronger.”

Mustafa Khalid

Electrical Engineer   |  

Mustafa Khalid is an Electrical Engineer and a master student in Control and Computing at the University Of Baghdad, He is interested in programming and robotics. He was one of the TEDxBaghdad speakers. After he finished his B.Sc. he built a robot to destroy identified explosives that made him the first winner in Alsyada Festival (under the supervision of Ministry of Youth and Sport) and TEDxBaghdad Innovative Technology Award Winner. Currently, he works on cell phone programming. He likes the team work that gives him verity of ideas.

Othmane Rahmouni

Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Advertising   |  LinkedIn

Othmane is a seasoned technology leader, business strategist and entrepreneur with deep expertize in digital media and online advertising, with over 10 years of experience in both startup and corporate settings.

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