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Upcoming Events

August 2016 – March 2017

Global Innovation Summit 2017

Sept. 21, 2017, Jumeirah Beach Hotel  

Technology and Innovation are the centerpiece of future businesses. The tech industry is bringing new products and services in social collaboration, mobility, predictive analytics and the cloud. Customer experience is driving corporate strategy where CMOs and CIOs are playing crucial roles. Companies who collaborate understand that disruptive trends will help them emerge as leaders.

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Step Conference 2017

April 5th-7th 2017 Dubai, UAE

Step Conference is the largest interactive gathering in the MENA region. STEP2016 gathered 4,000 like-minded folks from all over the globe tackling all things Tech, Digital and Entertainment.
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IBM: Battle of the Bots

March. 25, 2017, Astrolabs, JLT

Bots. They are taking over.

And we’re embracing the chat-bot craze, so come join us as we put bots against each other in a head-to-head, tournament-style competition.

A group of kick-ass developers will be building chatbots with Watson brains in 3 hours to win $1000 in cash and be named Master of the Bots.

If you are an awesome developer, register to compete. Please note that seats are limited. You’re still welcome to watch the battle of the bots if you can’t code (we’ll judge you, though.)

 

 

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Gartner Symposium/ITxpo

 

28 FEB-2 Mar Dubai, UAE

 

As a CIO and senior IT leader,  you need actionable advice to drive digital to the core of your products, processes and talent. But you also need to prepare for disruptive trends that can help you deliver long-term business benefits. This year’s theme, Lead 360. Drive Digital to the Core, will help you see further, explore deeper and to discover how to make digital a core competence for you and your organization.
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Dubai Smartpreneur Competition 2017

February 6, 2017 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI)

13th Floor, Deira, Dubai, Dubai

 

After the exceptional success of the first Dubai Smartpreneur Competition, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched the second edition of the competition. The aim of Smartpreneur is to stimulate a culture of innovative entrepreneurship in the emirate.

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OPCDE 2017 (Call for Papers)

Deadline: January 31, 2017 April 26, 27, 2017 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This event is exclusively focused on technical content and any commercial presentations will be rejected. To make sure that each presentation is up to standards, a reviewing panel will rigorously go through each one in order to evaluate it.
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Gulf Customer Experience Award

Deadline: October 21, 2016 Start/end : January 18, 2017 Date of event: January 18, 2017

United Arab Emirates
1 Day. 100+ Presentations. 42 Winners. The region has become more open to businesses and multinational companies than ever, and thus becoming more open to a competitive market that is shaped and formed by nothing less than exceptional services, customers, and experiences.
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DUBAI-AMSTERDAM Startup Pitches and Investor Roundtable session

Date: 17th January, 2017 Time: 12:00 – 4:00 pm Venue: at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Baniyas Road – Deira, Dubai
Get inspired by innovative pitches of an exclusive selection of startups from Amsterdam and the UAE. The aim is to exchange knowledge and explore startup collaboration and opportunities between the GCC region and Amsterdam. This session is part of the Amsterdam to GCC Startup Programme, organized by StartupAmsterdam in collaboration with GCC-based startup organizations, including DCCI    
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World Future Energy Summit 2017

Start : January 16, 2017 End: January 19, 2017

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)
Anticipating the growing demand for energy efficiency solutions, the WFES Energy Efficiency Expo will address the challenges and opportunities of reduced energy consumption.
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NOOR SHAWWA (ENDEAVOR UAE)

January 9, 2017 6:00 PM

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Noor Shawwa is the Managing Director at Endeavor in the UAE, which he launched in December 2013 to help high-impact entrepreneurs scale up their businesses. Since launching the office, Noor guided Endeavor to select 14 entrepreneurs from 10 companies and built a network of mentors that includes some of the business leaders in the UAE.
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10TH MIT EF Arab Startup Competition

Deadline: January 4, 2017 Start: April 24, 2017 End: April 27, 2017 TBD
Approaching its 10th anniversary, the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) for the Pan Arab Region carries on with its mission of helping regional innovators and entrepreneurs realise their projects and ideas. Multiple success stories from across the region stand witness to the importance of such initiatives in creating momentum towards a culture of building and creative problem-solving.
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Discounted Services from TEDMOB for Wamda Community (Exclusive Offer)

Start: January 1, 2017 End: January 31, 2017 TEDMOB, Lebanon
Are you looking to develop and launch a digital product? You’re in luck. Wamda and TEDMOB have partnered to bring you an exclusive discount deal for your startup’s digital needs, whether mobile application development, marketing services, or UX/UI optimisation.

Mix N' Mentor Dubai 2016

December 15, 2016 Dubai Future Accelerator, Emirates Towers, Dubai, UAE
Mix N’ Mentor brings together promising entrepreneurs with top regional and global mentors. Thanks to its unique format and high profile delegates, 74% of past participants say they saw a direct improvement on their business.
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IBM SmartCamp Dubai 2016

15- Dec

Astrolabs, Dubai, UAE

 

The startups are competing in IBM SmartCamp, a one-day bootcamp and pitch competition with events in 30 cities around the world. Dubai is participating for the first time this year.          
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Startup Weekend Abu Dhabi

8-10 Dec SkyTower, 35th Floor, Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE
The startup movement has accelerated growth in many London and global industries, and fintech is one the most exciting and rapidly developing industries in the world! The time for entrepreneurs and innovators to work and invest in their ideas is now. The industry is more susceptible to ideas now than ever before. Our goal for this event is to connect people who are passionate and want to tackle the tough challenges in the financial and fintech industries, all while learning-by-doing, firsthand, what makes a business and an idea successful.                  
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Autodesk University Middle East 2016

14 Dec

Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE

 

Autodesk University Middle East 2016, the largest Autodesk software users conference in the Middle East region, returns for the 5th year, bringing together design and engineering professionals from around the world. Join thought leaders and product experts for insightful keynotes, specialized industry classes, free Autodesk Certification exams, and premium networking opportunities. Experience today’s revolutionary tech trends and much more all in 1 place.    
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Bluemix workshop- DEWA Hackathon

29-3- Nov

Astrolabs, Dubai, UAE

 

Join us on the 29th- 30th November for the IBM “Bluemix” workshop. Bluemix was created in order to help developers build and deploy their applications. If you plan to do that with extensive support for mobile and web applications, Bluemix provides all Watson services, Mobile services, Data & Analytics services, IoT services and more services you need to develop your next brilliant idea.      
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Global Webvr Hackathon

Start: November 28, 2016 Ends: February 1, 2017 Online
The idea behind the hackathon is simple: people from all over the world get to participate in this online ‘virtual’ hackathon which aims to develop new VR-based ideas and applications
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Cognit_Etihad hackathon

20-26- Noc

Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

Cognit, the joint venture established between Mubadala and IBM Watson to be the exclusive provider of Watson technology in the MENA region, and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE have announced a joint hackathon, in celebration of the nationwide Innovation Week 2016, being held between November 20-26.              
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The Entrepreneur Day - Bluemix workshop

17 Nov

DTEC, Silicon Oasis, Dubai, UAE

 

Join us on Thursday 17th November for the IBM “Bluemix and IoT” structured workshop. Bluemix was created in order to help developers build and deploy their applications. If you plan to do that with extensive support for mobile and web applications, Bluemix provides all Watson services, Mobile services, Data & Analytics services, IoT services and more services you need to develop your next brilliant idea.    
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Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit Dubai 2016

31 Oct – 1 Nov

Raffles, Sheikh Zayed Road Wafi, Dubai, UAE

 

  Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit 2016 provides you with the proven practices and strategies you need to maintain cost-effective security and risk programs to support digital business and drive enterprise success. Build the trust and resilience needed to seize opportunities, reduce risks, and deploy new security models.
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MSD Innovation Factory

Start: October 25, 2016 Ends: February 7, 2017 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
MSD is eager to find new and better ways to provide healthcare services to patients and healthcare professionals around the world. That is why the EEMEA MSD Organization is opening its doors for entrepreneurs and ideators to come up with feasible solutions to three of the most important needs across all countries in the region.
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GITEX Startup Movement

16-Oct, 1:00 pm 20-Oct, 6:00 pm

Dubai World Trade Centre – Trade Centre – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

  GITEX Startup Movement brings together a global startup ecosystem to enable the success of entrepreneurs and make a difference on how we work, live & play. We aim to connect Startups from over 30 countries to meet over 400 investors and 20,000 CXOs as part of GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK      
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IATA NDC Hackathon

14-15-Oct

Emirates Group HQ Building – Emirates Metro Station (Red Line) – Level 2 – The Atrium.

Are you looking for some challenges? On 14-15 October join the adventure to build a travel app or solution through IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) APIs. Your objective? Create your own project to ensure a better travel experience and learn about the standard!        
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Startup Weekend Fashion

13-15 Oct

IBM Design Studio and Inncovation Centre – D3-  Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Startup Weekend Dubai FashTech 2016 kicks off this year with a lot of exciting updates. We will be hosting the weekend from October 13-15, 2016. We are looking forward to having our top experts, designers and developers guide the participants this year to create the best MVP’s of their wearables, design and technology products. Keep reading till the end, we have a little surprise prepared for you if you are interested in being the next big idea in wearables!      
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FashTech- Bluemix Developer Bootcamp

26-sep, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Astrolabs, JLT “Dubai – United Arab Emirates”
  FashTech: Developer Bootcamp is a pre-hackathon Bluemix Bootcamp for developers attending the FashTech Startup Weekend at IBM Design Studios where top experts, designers and developers guide the participants this year to create the best MVP’s of their wearables, design and technology products.        
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Online webinar - Deliver on Your Innovation Goals with IBM Bluemix

07-sep, 10:00 – 11:00 PM

Dubai – United Arab Emirates
  With over 40% growth in 2015, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) clouds are gaining increasing attention of IT decision markets. This session describes how IBM helps its most demanding customers avoid the pitfalls and realize the benefits of PaaS with IBM Bluemix. Read on. Date: 09/07/2016Time: 2:00 pm ET      
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How to pitch

06-Sep,  5:00 PM

The Cribb – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  You will learn how to present your idea in front of friends, investors and at competitions.

  • Pitch presentation template.
  • Pitch presentation design.
  • Executive summary.
  • Investment deck.
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Building in the Internet of Things: In conversation with Sanjay Brahmawar, Global Managing Partner, Watson Internet of Things

05-Sep,  5:30 PM

AstroLabs Academy Dubai “AstroLabs Dubai Cluster R JLT Dubai, United Arab Emirates”
  Internet-enabled devices that relay information back to applications and to other devices have created a new genre of businesses. Whether the device impacts a person (fitness wristbands, or smart irons), or companies (predictive maintenance and asset health insights), Internet of Things has enormous potential for startups that are willing to harness this emerging tech. Join Astrolabs as they host a conversation with Sanjay Brahmawar, Global Managing Partner, Watson Internet of Things at IBM who will talk about the digital disruption of the physical world. WIoT Build Brochure – Developers      

Get Investment Ready

04-Sep, 5:00 PM

The Cribb – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  You will learn how to value your startup, what investors are looking for and how to present your project to increase the possibilities of raising money.      
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Beginning Front End Development - Workshop 1

02-Sep, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Shatha Tower – Al Sufouh – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
The workshop is a full day event from 10 am-6 pm on Friday, 2nd September in 10th floor of Shatha Tower, Media City and the price per person is 250 AED. There is easy metro access to this place and if you are coming by car, there is plenty of parking space available in front of the building.    
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Innovation Culture Design Mini-Workshop

24-Aug, 6:30 – 7:30 pm AstroLabs Academy Dubai “AstroLabs Dubai Cluster R JLT Dubai, United Arab Emirates”
  This 2 hour talk/workshop will involve exposure to what is a digital mindset, Hyper island ideology + practical hands on experience in IDEO inspired design thinking methodologies, an Iterative process and an awareness to innovation structure, process & culture.  

How technology is transforming the way we consume media

23-Aug, 7:00 – 8:00 pm In5 Innovation Hub”Boutique Villa #7, Dubai Knowledge Village, Dubai”
  In just the past year, the press sector has undergone huge changes thanks to technology and social media innovation. To know how media outlets operate in the social media era, is crucial for brands and startups to learn how to best interact with journalists online and strengthen their press relations strategies. This Californian Creativity session will provide an exclusive look at this topic.    
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STARTUP GRIND HOSTS WALID SINGER (PRESELLA)

22-Aug, 7:30 am – 8:30 pm

Hult International Business School – Al Sufouh – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

    Speaker: Having worked in events all his life, Walid dropped out of college, one semester before graduating, joined an accelerator and was awarded seed funding for Presella. Presella is an event technology startup, launched in Beirut now in Dubai, focuses on Event ticketing, Guestlist Management and digital marketing for events.    
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Mastering google Analytics, Google Tag Manager & The Basics of Digital BI

3-June, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm AstroLabs Academy Dubai “AstroLabs Dubai Cluster R JLT Dubai, United Arab Emirates”
Learn to Master Google Analytics: Track the important KPI’s needed for your business, Tell stories with your data, Import Advanced Metrics & Dimensions, Customize Your Reports & Dashboards with the exact data you need, and Automate key processes.
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Digital Newsletter & Customer Retention Marketing for your business

21-May, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm AstroLabs Academy Dubai “AstroLabs Dubai Cluster R JLT Dubai, United Arab Emirates”
Without Customer Retention, you don’t have a chance of succeeding as a digital business. Over the last 10 years, the digital marketing landscape has changes quite a bit, but one channel that has stood the test of type are email newsletters. This workshop will cover the basics of how to setup email campaigns, how to code in basic HTML, how to design off of responsive professional looking templates, and how to track and setup automated campaigns, with the end goal of having a rock solid digital customer retention strategy in place.
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Bringing your social media content back to life - workshop

20-May, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm AstroLabs Academy Dubai “AstroLabs Dubai Cluster R JLT Dubai, United Arab Emirates”
Social Media content is not dead, and you don’t need a big budget to grow your social media channels! Learn how to grow your Organic Social Media reach with tips and tricks from the industry leading digital agency The Online Project. This class will serve as your  A-Z guide to creating the perfect content strategy for your brand.
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SEO (Search Engine Optimization): Getting your site to rank high on Google

7-May, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm AstroLabs Academy Dubai “AstroLabs Dubai Cluster R JLT Dubai, United Arab Emirates”
If you’ve ever wondered how to get your website on the front page of search engines, the answer you’re been looking for is SEO. By taking this course, you will gain a better understanding of how search engines work and how to use them to your advantage. You can increase your business’s revenue and gain a very in-demand skill to help you advance in your career.
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Advertising with Google: using Adwords to grow your business

6-May, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm AstroLabs Academy Dubai “AstroLabs Dubai Cluster R JLT Dubai, United Arab Emirates”
Learn to fully utilize Google’s advertising platform AdWords to grow your business, benefit the organization & clients you serve, and advance in your career.
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How to pitch to a venture capital firm - comprehensive 2 day workshop

29-30-Apr, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm AstroLabs Academy Dubai “AstroLabs Dubai Cluster R JLT Dubai, United Arab Emirates”
This comprehensive condensed crash-course is a full two-day lesson on how to get your early-stage startup funded. No fluff, no BS, you will be shown behind the Iron Curtain of the VC world and walk away with skills, tools and insights that will set you apart from other investees. At best, you’ll use what you’ve learnt to gain an edge and get a Term Sheet from a VC. At worst, you’ll find out what’s holding you back from getting funded, and navigate a new path to success, saving you a ton of time and energy in the process. In both cases, you win. If you pass the criteria of having a killer pitch by the end of the 2 day session, we will invite you to a separate pitching competition, in which the winners will be directly referred to all VC’s in our network! This comprehensive condensed crash-course is a full two-day lesson on how to get your early-stage startup funded. No fluff, no BS, you will be shown behind the Iron Curtain of the VC world and walk away with skills, tools and insights that will set you apart from other investees. At best, you’ll use what you’ve learnt to gain an edge and get a Term Sheet from a VC. At worst, you’ll find out what’s holding you back from getting funded, and navigate a new path to success, saving you a ton of time and energy in the process. In both cases, you win. If you pass the criteria of having a killer pitch by the end of the 2 day session, we will invite you to a separate pitching competition, in which the winners will be directly referred to all VC’s in our network!
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Learn All About Push Marketing: Display Advertising, Google Display Network, Facebook, and Retargeting – Workshop

23-Apr, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm AstroLabs Academy Dubai “AstroLabs Dubai Cluster R JLT Dubai, United Arab Emirates”
Learn about Push Marketing, and how to reach a wide audience interested in your product. In this workshop we will cover the basics of online display advertising, including Display ads, GDN (the Google Display network), Facebook Ads, Placements, Affiliates, and Retargeting (on Google, Facebook and using 3rd party tools like AdRoll).
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Startup Hackajob 2016

22-Apr – 23-Apr, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm “In5 Innovation Centre”, Boutique Villa #7, Dubai Knowledge Village, Al Sufouh Road – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
hackajob logoStartups are the strongest engines for change in the world today. The Startup Hackajob 2016, hosted at In5 Innovation Centre on April 22nd, is an invitation to compete for a chance to change the world, as a part of a fast growing startup. 6 of the region’s most promising startups are challenging programmers to join their fast growing teams in a Startup Hackajob event on April 22nd. The event will be organized by SquareCircle Tech and supported by In5 Innovation Centre. Adding a 10X engineer to a strong founding team can end up being a startup’s most powerful weapon. These output driven hackers are asked to go above and beyond what they know as the first employees in startups and deliver challenging projects on the fly. It’s a perfect place to hone your skills and grow beyond what you once thought was possible.
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Learning the ins and outs of Google Analytics workshop

9-Apr, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm AstroLabs Academy Dubai “AstroLabs Dubai Cluster R JLT Dubai, United Arab Emirates”
  Learn to Master Google Analytics: Track the important KPI’s needed for your business, tell stories with your data, Import Advanced Metrics & Dimensions, Customize Your Reports & Dashboards with the exact data you need, and Automate key processes.  
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