Day 1 - Startups and Innovation Ecosystems

 

June 27

Investment and innovation strategies for Smart Cities

14:00 - 14:10

Introduction

 

Introduction to the programme

Welcome, review agenda, set high level items

  • Speaker

    Lamis Yazbeck

    Oxford Business Group

  • Speaker

    Dr Riad Hartani
    Strategic Technology Adviser
    Smart City Algiers

14:10 - 14:30

Keynote

 

The role of Startups in driving innovations and advancing economies

  • Speaker

    Frank Rayal
    CEO
    Telesystem Innovations Inc. (TSI), Toronto, Canada

14:30 - 15:20

Panel #1

 

Silicon Valley Comes to Algiers

The panel comprises various entrepreneurs primarily from the Silicon Valley that have had a chance to work on developing startup and tech ecosystems in other parts of the world. They share their experiences and thoughts on what it takes to build a thriving ecosystem.

  • Chair

    Eric Chan
    CEO
    Mobileslate, Silicon Valley, USA

  • Speaker

    Dr. Anurag Maunder
    CEO & Founder
    dLoop, San Francisco, USA

  • Speaker

    Paddy Ramanathan
    Founder and Managing Director
    iValley Innovation Center, USA

  • Speaker

    Gopal Dommety
    CEO
    OpsMX, Silicon Valley, USA

  • Speaker

    Dr. James Shanahan
    CEO
    Duncan & Church Silicon Valley, USA

  • Speaker

    Dr. Mustafa Ergen
    Chief Architect
    Turk Telecom, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Speaker

    Kiran Inampudi
    Startup Advisor
    Alchemist Accelerator, San Francisco, USA

  • Speaker

    Dr. Vishal Sharma
    Principal
    Metanoai, Silicon Valley

  • Speaker

    Dr Riad Hartani
    Strategic Technology Adviser
    Smart City Algiers

15:20 - 15:35

Keynote

 

Funding startups in emerging economies

  • Speaker

    Rabih Khoury
    Senior Executive
    Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP) MEA UAE

15:35 - 16:25

Panel #2

 

Venture Capital and Angel Investing in MEA and Beyond

Select venture capital firms, primarily from the MEA region share their thoughts on the state of things in the tech investing space.

  • Chair

    Issa Aghabi
    Venture Captial
    IFC - MENAP Lead

  • Speaker

    Dr. Nourredine Tayebi
    CEO
    InSense Inc, Palo Alto CA

  • Speaker

    Faten Aissa Zardi
    CEO
    Incubator Sousse, Tunisia

  • Speaker

    Ghazi Ben Othman

    Utiq Vantures

  • Speaker

    Khaled Talhouni Wamda

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    Hassan Haidar

    500 Startups

  • Speaker

    Ahmed Alfi
    Chairman
    Flat 6 Labs and Sawari

16:25 - 16:55

Networking Break

 

Networking Break

16:55 - 17:10

Keynote

 

Succeeding locally and scaling globally

Presenting a success story and what made it happen

  • Chair

    Boris Mann
    Managing Director
    Frontier Foundry

17:10 - 18:00

Panel #3

 

Leading Innovations in the Smart City World 

Various innovations and projects will be presented in this session, showing creative work and projects being pursued and developed. Several innovations will be announced with most of them kept confidential until the day of the conference.

 

Projects presented:

 

  • Introduction of New Innovative Schools Launching in Algiers (Coding, Leapfrog Technologies, etc.)
  • Introduction of New Innovative Incubators Launching in Algiers
  • Algeria 2.0 Update
  • Early Stage Angel and Venture Capital Fund Initiatives
  • Chair

    Dr Riad Hartani
    Strategic Technology Adviser
    Smart City Algiers