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Egyptian Startups Ditch the Entrepreneurial World at RiseUp14

More inspiration, more success stories & strong advices combined with amazing vibes Feeding off innovation and enthusiasm for Startups.

Vibrant entrepreneurial community at RiseUp14

RiseUp14

More investments, more pitches and more funding were shown this year at RiseUp14:

From Networking, pitches, keynote speeches, Inspiring success stories, round table discussions, workshops, Trade Fair for startups and panel discussions the young startups were given the opportunity to be in touch with the entrepreneurial world, investors, mentors and top successful entrepreneurs from around the world for more funding and mentoring opportunities,

RiseUp14 took place this Year from 12 to 14 October at the Greek Campus at the American University in Tahrir Square.

This year the event included around 3,000 startup projects and 150 investors, drawing many high-profile public figures

The event kicked off on October 12 with a welcome speech by Abd El Hameed Sharara founder of RiseUp Egypt followed by sports competitions by Transforma and the amazing performance of Mostafa Hussein Band wich made the crowd very enthusiastic and energetic in this great atmosphere.

Then inspiring key notes speeches by Ahmed Gabr the man of the deepest dive in the World! He now has a place in the Guinness Book of Records with 350meters and Dr. Naif Mutawa, the creator of THE 99, the first group of comic superheroes born of an Islamic archetype

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Opening of RiseUp14

Event Highlights:

The 2 days packed event on October 13th and 14th was perfectly designed to connect Egyptian Startups with the top successful entrepreneurs, investors and mentors.

Representatives and delegations from 17 different countries participated at the RiseUp Summit this year.

The countries represented are from the UK, Austria, the Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Denmark, Tunisia, Morocco, Rwanda, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and India. The individuals and groups from these countries participated as a variety of different organizations including co-working spaces, investment funds, incubators and consultants

The event featured a mixture of keynotes:

The two days packed event featured several keynote speeches, successful entrepreneurs sharing there success stories on Enspire Talk Stage by Endeavor, startups showing their products and services in several booths by Injaz Egypt “Injaz Egypt Trade Fair”, a Speed Dating for startups bringing them together with potential cofounders through 15 minute conversations organized by Flat6Labs, as well as workshops, roundtables, debates, fireside Chats and many other activities.

On October 13th the start of the day was super strong with a very inspiring key note speech by Dave Mcclure sharing crucial advices and tips with the attendees.

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Dave Mcclure Key note speech

Also a very interesting first panel discussions by MITEF Pan Arab “The Arab World Meets Silicon Valley” Moderated by Chris Schroeder and the panelists were Dave McClure, Fadi Ghandour, Hala Fadel and Ahmed al-Alfy” – All the panels discussions are available for viewing online here

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Arab World Meets Silicon Valley MITEFArab Panel Discussion

On October 14th the opening started with a very inspiring key note speech by Engineer Wael Rizk followed by lots of inspiring success stories on Enspire talk Stage and more other great activities.

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Wael Rizk Key note speech

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Chris Khalifa Inspiring Success Story of Zooba Eats On Enspire Talk Stage

InsideOut Today Participation:

InsideOut Today proudly provided for the 2nd consecutive year the live streaming service for the RiseUp Summit broadcasting the event to the world over the web to different devices and smart phones. It attracted more than 2,000 viewers to the live stream embedded on different websites.

InsideOut Today provided RiseUp with a turn-key solution that included the capturing devices, encoders and cloud streaming servers.

The overall views where +2,000 you can view all recorded session here

Besides live streaming we had different activities in RiseUp14:

1. Roundtable discussion: On October 13th InsideOut Today hosted a roundtable discussion at the RiseUp summit and we chose a complex topic that we witness online every day in Egypt “Impact of social networks in Egypt on media and news” Guests for this roundtable were media stars – Doha Al Zohairy presenter at Al Arabiya TV channel and also the social media influencers – Mahmoud Salem Award winning Blogger (Best ME blog in 2006, BOB Best English Blog in 2011) Guests shared their opinions and experience with the attendees and it was a really interesting discussion!

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InsideOut Today – Roundtable Discussion

2. Workshop: On October 14th we had a very interesting workshop at the RiseUp summit “Content Marketing Innovations for Startups” at the workshop our CEO Fady Ramzy went through the journey of online content from understanding what is content marketing & its importance, to the latest innovations in content marketing, the art of story telling, understanding the new platforms such as scan media and augmented reality and understanding the CONTEXT and he presented some examples of innovative content check it here

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InsideOut Today – Workshop

 And also our CEO Fady Ramzy was interviewed by Al Horra TV giving his opinion about RiseUp14

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Fady Ramzy Interview with Al Horra TV

The Closing Ceremony:

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Abd El Hameed Sharara – Closing Ceremony

The Hashtag #riseup14 was trending during the summit and it generated a great engagement as people were posting pictures and feedback during and after the event and we collected some lovely pictures from #riseup14 on our flicker account Was such a great journey to be operating Social and covering the event; we enjoy being part of the community and supporting entrepreneurship in all fields.

See you in RiseUp15!

7th MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition in Cairo!

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum (MITEF) of the Pan Arab Region held It’s annual Arab Startup Competition at the AUC New Cairo Campus for the first time!

“The MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region has been holding its competition for several years, and this year it is their biggest ever,” said Ayman Ismail, assistant professor and Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at AUC’s School of Business. “We are celebrating a large number of Arab startups, and Egypt has the highest number of startups represented as finalists.”

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Event highlights: 

The event took place at the collaborating American University in Cairo’s School of Business New Cairo Campus for 3 days from May 20th to May 21st 2014 with a condensed program as follows:

Workshop: May 20th-21st, 2014

Following 4 months of preparations and working toward achieving common deliverables, the 50 semi-finalists of the Ideas & Startups tracks sat for a 3-day training covering topics such as business planning, sales, finance, marketing, elevator pitching, presentation skills, etc.

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Selection of the Finalist Teams: May 21st, 2014

At the workshop, Round 2 judges chose out the finalists teams from the Ideas & Startups Tracks to qualify them for the final round of oral presentations

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Final Round Oral Presentations: May 22nd 2014

On day 3 of the workshop, the participants from the ideas and startups tracks had to pitch in front of a judging panel.
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Final Award Ceremony: May 22nd , 2014

In a big ceremony at the American University of Cairo attended by over 800 people, including Hala Fadel, Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region, Fady Jameel, President of Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives International, Dr. Karim Seghir, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Administration, at AUC’s School of Business, and Bill Aulet, Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, USA.

The ceremony started with a great musical performance by Adrian Anantawan followed by welcome address and opening remarks by Hala Fadel and Dr. Karim Seghir

Then an inspiring key note by Bill Aulet

Followed by great fire side chat and panel discussions, and a short movie for the 3 days workshop and judging panel.

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The winners were announced at the end of the ceremony and they got great rewards such as trip to Silicon Valley or cheques for funding their ideas

Winners of the cash prizes of over $100,000 in the idea, start-up and social entrepreneurship tracks were from Sudan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan.

In addition to the Start-ups and Ideas Track, three women-led start-ups were rewarded a trip to Silicon Valley, sponsored by Google for Entrepreneurs.

Also awarded were three start-ups who proved to have the best social impact receiving $10,000 each from ALJCI, Mercy Corps and Skoll Foundation.

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Congratulations to all the winners well deserved and keep up the good work!

Interact participation 

We have proudly provided the live streaming service for the 7th MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition! Broadcasting the event to the world over the web to different devices and smart phones. It attracted more than 700 online viewers! with top countries including Egypt with 270 views, USA with 32 views, Morocco with 30 views, Lebanon with 29 views, Palestine with 23 views and many other countries

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Interact Egypt provided a turn-key solution that included the capturing devices, encoders and cloud streaming servers. The service provided included many interesting features including

Top quality multiple bitrate streaming , Social networks integration, Embedding, Reporting and analytics and many more!

The Hashtag #mitefarab generated a great engagement as people were posting pictures and feedback during and after the event and we collected some lovely pictures on our flicker account

Arabic content and digital media boom (Cabsat Review)

CabsatDigital media on the rise now in the Middle East!

Last month was really interesting and different. I (Fady) have participated, with our partner RealNetworks, in Cabsat 2014 in Dubai, the region’s largest and most important conference and exhibition about media and broadcasting. Here are the trends that I noticed there.

Digital Media Solutions

Two years ago, I also participated in IBC Amsterdam where I saw latest digital media solutions and services worldwide. This year I was really glad to see all those companies coming to the region presenting their latest technologies in Dubai. This assured me that Interact is on the right track being a technology provider for streaming and digital media solutions. Earlier this year many big names started opening their regional offices also in the region, like also our partner, Brightcove.

fadyWe are proud to have more than 15 years in digital media starting from the very early years of the real player! Across the years also we have built a unique network of world class partners, we have been working with RealNetworks, Brightcove, Teracue, Blackmagic design, Adobe (Flash), Sorenson, Amino, winnow and many others!  Most of them were at Cabsat and worth mentioning that I personally liked the booth of Blackmagic design where they presented all their products along with prices, right on the wall !

The demand for streaming technologies in the Middle East is on the rise which gives massive opportunities now, more than ever before, for Arabic content (especially video) to go mainstream. Last year Arabic content was only 3% of all the content online with ranking number eight, after also long time where it was only 1%. But on the other hand, for video, Saudi Arabia is the Youtube’s number one viewership nation! Again assuring that the need for digital media and digital media solutions, services and platforms in the region, is now massive.

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Social TV platforms

It is quit cool to watch a TV show and respond, vote or participate in it, on-air, via a tweet or Facebook post! The social TV era has started, with a number of social TV platform companies presenting their capabilities at Cabsat. Companies like Never.no and Youtootech presented interesting scenarios and case studies of enriching the traditional TV viewership with high engagement over social media. These type of platforms that provides TV producers the ability to mix the engagement over social media in real-time with a TV show brings massive value also towards advertising. Recently, this is becoming a hype where all broadcasters, TV networks, social networks and online media giants are having the next battle, the battle of the living room!

4K Cameras & Televisions

Are you happy with your new HDTV?! Technology never stops and soon High Definition would be good old days! In Cabsat I witnessed also the trend of the Ultra HD or 4K cameras and Televisions! So whats the difference between today’s HD and this 4K?! Mashable has a good answer to that question, its about the resolution where 4K has twice the HD resolution!

In Cabsat there was a cool competition in displaying 4K Cameras capabilities. Sony had a full studio setup there while Canon focused on colored fruits, shows and Khaled Abol Naga being their onsite brand ambassador. Also Blackmagic design entered the competition for 4K cameras heavily by introducing cost effective cameras!

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Final conclusion, if you want to jump on the digital media wagon today, its never too late to contact us!

 

The new uprising Silicon Valley!

Slideshare2Once again, politics and technology happening come across on our Interact Egypt timeline. The date is Jan 28th 2014, which is a very important  and stressful date  in Egypt for two reason: The trail of former president Mohamed Morsi facing jailbreak charges and the second reason was the 3rd anniversary of revolution, namely that date on 2011 was called the “Friday of rage”.

Lets talk technology!

But, the same date was stressful on another more interesting track than politics, technology! It was the announcement date for Google Cloud Developer Challenge 2013, an annual software applications contest based on Google app engine. The contest, that started on September 4th had many applications submitted from different parts around the world including India, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa, South East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and finally. United States, Europe and the Rest of the World. The contest had 5 milestone dates starting from competition start till winners announcement and was really a very useful experience for everyone who joined regardless where he/she reached. Behind the scenes, everybody also witnessed and was amazed by the energy of the enthusiastic young lady orchestrating the whole contest, Elizabeth Clark.

The tech startup scene?!

Middle East participation was, as usual, quit interesting to me. In the last 4 or 5 years, the tech startup ecosystem started to flourish and get unleashed in the Middle East in general, and Egypt in specific. For this reason also in the recent years Egypt saw lots of events, contests, hackathons for tech startups, from international entities including Google’s own “start with Google” (where our country manager Fady Ramzy presented an interesting session about E-Marketing Strategies for entrepreneurs) and the more interesting events like Startupweekend, that was courageous enough to move away from Cairo to other places all over Egypt including upper Egypt cities witnessing such events for their first time like Assuit and Aswan! This also ignited local scene here in Cairo to start running our own “local” entrepreneurship events like RiseUp summit last November.

Our geek is here!

Back to our  #gcdc story, which is even more interesting, since Interact Egypt’s own geek Mohamed Abdel elRahman was one of the finalists with his cool midoapplication Courseit, which enables you to learn anything you want, you can find numerous of useful written courses and streaming videos that can optimize your knowledge and skills in many different life categories.  Mohamed is a real example of Egypt’s new generation technology geeks, his personal hobbies is to play around with new Content Management Systems and programming languages, reading techies blogs, trying out new frameworks. On that day he was really nervous and curious to see his app as the winner for the Middle East region, and we all supported him and had the same passion 🙂 But then, the announcement was on that night, due to difference in timezones, which added more stress here!

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Finally the announcement came out late night from the Middle East were Geo Sketch from Saudi Arabia and Travellog from UAE, but our Mohamed was even filled with further energy to proceed on the geeks track and jump into future contests again!

Interact would like to congratulate all the #GDCD winners worldwide and especially the uprising Middle East! 

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