Feb 11,2012

ArabNet is the hub for Arab digital professionals and entrepreneurs to connect and learn.

ArabNet runs a series of events across the MENA region aimed at growing the web and mobile industry and launching new digital startups. For the third consecutive year, ArabNet is holding the ArabNet Digital Summit in Beirut from March 27-31, gathering over 1,500 high-profile executives and globally-renowned players.

TechWadi is proud to partner with ArabNet in support of Digital Summit 2012, what will be the region’s largest web/mobile gathering. Including familiar faces from the TechWadi community, a total of 100 globally renowned speakers will share their expertise in cutting-edge panel discussions, specialized workshops, exciting competitions, and more.

The ArabNet summit has a track-record of connecting participating entrepreneurs with funding and media exposure. Again, this year ArabNet is providing the opportunity for top entrepreneurs to pitch their digital ideas and startups. Entrepreneurs should apply before March 1, 2012 for the chance to pitch in front of an audience of more than 1000 investors, incubators, executives, developers and media.

More details and videos at the end of this post

Last year, the ArabNet Digital Summit in Beirut saw over 1,000 Arab web business leaders, investors, mentors and start-ups come together to harness innovation and discuss the latest trends in the industry over a period of four days.

This year, ArabNet Beirut  is going to be even BIGGER! The summit is set to take place on March 27-31 and promises 5 action-packed days of cutting-edge panel discussions, specialized workshops and focused networking sessions among other activities. Additionally, over 100 distinguished speakers will take the stage to share their extensive expertise in the field of digital.

The five day summit will be split up into four parts: two Developer Days (March 27-28), which will host technical discussions and workshops for programmers, an Industry Day (March 28) focused on how web and mobile applications are transforming traditional industries, two Forum Days (March 29-30) which will feature pitches by some of the region’s top entrepreneurs and are aimed at bringing together digital business leaders in the region to cover the latest web and mobile trends and technologies, and finally, a Community Day (March 31) open to the public and focused on raising awareness about the power of digital media.

The Digital Summit will include ArabNet’s annual competitions: the Ideathon and Startup Demo. The Ideathon aims at turning bright ideas into functional products will introduce the top 20 entrepreneurs and startups in the region, exposing the latest in digital entrepreneurship and giving entrants the chance to win big cash prizes and the attention of investors, incubators, and developers.

Click here for more info about the conference.

Don’t keep it an Idea, apply now to the Ideathon Competition!If you’ve got a great idea for a mobile or web company, then the Ideathon is for you! Apply for a chance to be one of 10 finalists who will present their ideas live at the summit. Each finalist will get 2 minutes in the spotlight to prove their idea is innovative and has strong business potential. The top three pitches will win cash prizes and great ideas will get the attention of investors, incubators, and developers!Deadline to apply: March 1st, 2012 Don’t stay a Startup, apply now to the Startup Demo Competition!If you already have a startup that’s up and running, Startup Demo Competition will help take it to the next level! Apply here for a chance to be one of 10 finalists invited to present live at the summit. You will get 5 minutes on stage to showcase your product and prove it’s worthy of the attention of media, and investors. Finalists receive a booth at the Startup Demo throughout the Forum days.Deadline to apply: March 1st, 2012

More about ArabNet

The first ArabNet Digital Summit outside of Beirut was held in Cairo in October 2011 (see here for our coverage back then) and brought together globally renowned digital experts not only to discuss the latest trends and technologies in mobile and web, but also to examine the opportunities present for aspiring digital entrepreneurs in a nation undergoing a major political revolution.

“A major focus of ArabNet Cairo was tying digital tools and technologies to economic and social development. The Egyptian market presents significant prospects for the Web and mobile industries, which can in turn contribute to strengthening the economy,” said Christidis.

Cloud Center wins the ArabNet Ideathon in Cairo:

Zaytouneh at the ArabNet Cairo startup Demo:

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