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University of Baghdad

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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.



Nov 21
  • Registration & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Dinner


Nov 22
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • AWS workshop
  • #1 speaker
  • business planing workshop
  • work time
  • coaches help teams one-on-one. they are here to help!
  • lunch
  • #2 speaker
  • work time
  • coffee break
  • mid weekend check in status report, call for help8
  • Go home!


Nov 23
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • workshop about public speaking
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • #3 speaker
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Sadeq Al-Gezane

Founder of   |  

Sadeq Al-Gezane is 28 years old single engineer living in Baghdad
work as software developer
graduated from university of technology in 2008
his goal is to develop application that’s create better quality life for Iraqi citizens
he is the founder of GoPhast the first Iraqi traffic monitoring application
and the creator of Iraqi trade name directory for FICC

Saad Al-Momen

Lecturer at Baghdad University – College of Science   |  

Saad has a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics, M.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Applications, and currently he is working to complete his PhD dissertation.
He has good knowledge and experience in graphic and websites design.
Saad is one of the founders of "Baghdad's Life", a website and mobile application that work to show the other face of Baghdad. He and his colleagues believe that this city has a lot of places that deserve to be visited, and has a lot of things to talk about.

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Firas Abdullah Thweny Al-Saedi

Head of Computer Engineering Department, Al-Nahrain University.

He holds a Electronics and Communication Engineering. He had published seven IT books in Germany and seven papers in international scientific journals. He is a Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program Alumni - Michigan State University (2011). He was a CEO of two big IT companies in Baghdad. His dream is to make Iraq a better place to live, through urging his students to stimulate their kinetic skills and to direct their passion towards what there are good in, to make it available for the community. He likes reading history, baseball and loves robots and airplanes. Maybe somebody says that “he is ONLY a dreamer”, what is wrong with that? It is good to be a dreamer, what is more beautiful than a dream is when it becomes a reality… who knows …

Dr. Luay Edwar George

Head of Computer Science Department in Baghdad Univ. and IT-expert of Board of Governors (BOG) of Iraqi Stock exchange (ISX)

Ph.D. in Digital Image Processing, with title of thesis "New coding methods for compressing remotely sensed images". A very interesting hint about Dr. Luay, he mentored EXACTLY 100 MSc and PhD students. Who knows, you might be number 101 with thesis that is Startup-related.

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 adviser.


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.

Qusay Mouhayaldeen

Business Analyst at Rabee Securities   |  LinkedIn

An AUIS graduate with Business Administration degree. He currently works for Rabee Securities, a premiere brokerage and financial services company, as a market analyst. Qusay believes that Iraq has great growth potential and that it is up to its youth to make it happen. He is very excited to see what the entrepreneurs will bring this time around and how can he add value to their final products.

Faten Alweli

USG-Iraqi Alumni Coordinator   |  

An alumna of MEPI 2012 and SHE Entrepreneurs 2013 in Sweden. Faten worked in her college to promote women empowerment and women engagement in private business sector in Iraq as women represent the majority in the education system but still minority in the entrepreneurship & private sector businesses in Iraq. She has a B.Sc. Degree in physics from the department of physics/ College of Science for Women/University of Baghdad 2012.

Merry N. Al Khafaji

Corporate Communication at Zain Iraq

Graduated with Business Administration from Al Mansour University college with the first ranks that qualified her to be chosen in Zain Iraq excellence program. Merry is trained in marketing field ,and has a good knowledge in team building, volunteering works , strategic business planning, communication skills, and business ethics.

Mujart Zaid

Founder of Al-Awj media   |  

Born in Baghdad, I studied in the College of control & system engineering. I was always in love with graphic design since my early days. I enrolled in the college of engineering, as most students do, I learned a lot of things but discovered that it wasn't the right choice for me. So I came back to the field of graphics and art creation. It is what I have always loved, and where I found myself. It is my past, present and future.

Yassir F. Hassan

Software Engineer at Malia Group   |  

Yassir is a 23 years old Software Developer, he has a BSc in Information Engineering form Al-Nahrain University 2012, Although his job in Malia Group defines him as a software engineer, but in fact he is interested in Hardware and Software Integrated Systems.
"I think SW is not just an event of individuals who racing with their competitive ideas, it inspires their minds to go toward turning their ideas to a functional business in Iraqi market"

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.

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