On March 31st, the region’s largest digital event, ArabNet Digital Summit 2012, is organizing Community Day, offering free activities for digital enthusiasts and professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and NGO and civil society staffers. Among the sessions on offer is a Digital Entrepreneurship BarCamp*, hosted by SMEX, AltCity and ArabNet, where you’re invited to engage in live debates, workshops, and networking opportunities.
Sessions will be lead by members of the online community, civil society representatives and NGOs where they will share their expertise.
Visit the BarCamp wiki page to suggest sessions and topics.
Registration for Community Day is free: http://arabnet.me/conference/summit/register/
*BarCamps are open, peer-to-peer workshop-events, where the participants provide the learning.
Beirut, Lebanon, 20 March 2012: As the web and mobile industry in the Middle East undergoes a period of unprecedented growth and expansion, so do the opportunities available to entrepreneurs and digital professionals in the Arab region. This year’s ArabNet Digital Summit, which will take place in Beirut from the 27th of March until the 31st, will call upon aspiring entrepreneurs and digital professionals in the region to showcase their talent, connect with their peers, and bring their visions to life through the Ideathon and Startup Demo competitions.
“ArabNet serves as a platform for innovative individuals in the region to not only connect and learn, but also leverage their ideas and talents in front of the right people,” stated Omar Christidis, Founder of ArabNet. “We aim to facilitate the growth of entrepreneurs and help them overcome challenges such as limited funding, support, and resources with the ultimate goal of strengthening the web and mobile industry in the region.”
The Ideathon aims at turning bright ideas into functional products and the Startup Demo helps early stage startups to bring their startup to the next level. ArabNet will introduce the top 20 entrepreneurs and startups in the region, exposing the latest in the digital sphere and giving entrants the chance to win big cash prizes and the attention of investors, incubators, and developers.
The competitions will take place during the Forum Days (March 29-30) which are aimed at bringing together digital business leaders in the region to cover the latest web and mobile trends and technologies.
The ArabNet Digital Summit 2012 will also test the skills of coders and shed light on the most talented engineers through a challenge where participants will have 12 hours overnight to build a simple web or mobile application as part of the Developer Days (March 27-28). The Overnight competition is free to all developers, regardless of whether they are registered to attend the conference. Additionally, chosen developers attending the conference will give 5-minute “lightning talks,” giving them the rare opportunity to speak alongside representatives from leading organizations and convince attendees from organizations across the region of their talent.
“We’ve created a platform for the talent and exceptional work of digital professionals in the region to be recognized,” said Christidis. “The summit will give professionals across a variety of industries the opportunity to showcase their potential and be awarded for their excellence in the digital field. In doing so, we hope that they will prove themselves to their peers and consequently advance their careers.”
Furthermore, the summit will host an Industry Day (March 28) focused on how web and mobile applications are transforming traditional industries, and a Community Day (March 31) open to the public and focused on raising awareness about the power of digital.