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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

crowd in the opening

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.

WAEL RIZK

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!

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

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

Fady interview horra TV

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!

Starting today … Always Startup!

This is the story of our new brand, InsideOut Today!

It has been a very interesting journey since our company was born in 2009, launched by Andrea Volpini who initiated the setup for the company beginning of the year then myself, Fady Ramzy, joined as the country manager in June to start the journey of Interact Egypt bringing online innovations from the European market to Egypt and the Middle East. Interact Egypt, started as the regional office for Interact SpA to strengthen the footprint in Middle East and North Africa, especially in the Telecommunications market. We started building the team and we were (and we still are) very focused to get the best calibers in town in terms of technical skills as well as personal entrepreneurship & enthusiastic spirit! The very first team members were Remon Magdy, the brilliant Service Delivery Manager, Ahmed Atef as support engineer & Jasmine Alladin our energetic online marketer.

Andrea's birthday in Cairo 2009

Celebrating Andrea’s birthday in Cairo 2009, with an exciting gift from the team: A Shisha 🙂

And we moved forward …..

Now we were closer and more local to our Egyptian as well as regional customers in Egypt, Tunis, Algeria and others, even including Pakistan. We started our journey by having all the R&D operations done in Cairo as well as the regional support operations. Lastly was the business development to grow our own regional footprint and it was interesting to expand our customer base to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Ghana and others in the MENA region. We were also proud to have a network of worldclass technology partners, like RealNetworks where we launched their Helix 13 platform in 2009 in Cairo in an interesting event inviting partners, customers and telco/media key players. Since then, we have been their regional partner for next generation streaming technologies. We were always committed share our experience to the local community through lots of public events we did as online marketing consultants, also with giant partners like Al-Ahram (in media & publishing sector, check the photo set) and Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (in Government sector, check the photo set), Google (in ICT sector, check the photo sets & session video) and IOETI (In travel & tourism sector, check the photo set) and also Markedu and Afritech (in the sector of online marketing, check the BBC interview and photo-sets: Markedu & Afritech). Based also on our commitment to local startup eco-system, we believe that we did the very first web-seminar about E-marketing for Entrepreneurs in Arabic! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMG9hR_hG20

The Egyptian Revolution

A major milestone for Interact Egypt, as well as the whole Egypt, was the Jan 25th revolution in 2011 where young Egyptian generation wanted to create a new Egypt that’s more dynamic and enthusitic going away from 30 years old stagnant political regiem & scene. This revolution was ignited over social media, and we had to summarize the whole story for those days before, during and after the revolution in a summary slide-deck that went viral and a public photo set. Egypt, written using logos

Andrea makes another entrepreneurial move!

Few months later, as a serial entrepreneur, Andrea decided to make a major entrepreneurial move by moving out of Interact SpA and creating his own startup with David Riccitelli Insideout10 SRL to bring a step forward their own restless dedication towards online innovations, and with special focus on another major passion the semantic web – where the web is about things not strings! It is the next generation web where computers understand the needs of human beings and makes the online journey looking for content and services easier and richer discovering more facts and exposing more values. At this moment, the very first version of our first semantic web product, Wordlift, took place. Wordlift started basically as WordPress Plugin that provides an easy-to-use method to enrich user-created text (a blog post, article or web page) with HTML Microdata, and evolved across different versions to be the tool to help bloggers, publishers & content creators to organize their posts and pages using “concepts” like we do in the real world. Accordingly, Interact Egypt was reborn again, instead of being the regional office for Interact SpA, it was the sister company for the new startup, Insideout10 S.R.L having an amazing team back in Rome including Maurizio Sarlo, Francesco Scavelli and Kim Renberg as first believers of this new path. This move was a major change to our team, where for the first time we had to become a startup ourselves since we were not relying anymore about the Italian mother company. We grew our own footprint unleashing the potential in Africa where we started building online music and online advertising platforms. Moving the the Gulf (GCC) region, where internet speeds were even booming, our streaming platform was the exact solution for Telco operators who wanted to provide streaming services to their customers, starting by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Meeting @RealNetworks office in London

Tough times, that generated more success

Moving forward to the next years after the revolution, namely 2012 & 2013, it was challenging & tough time for us due to the overall situation in Egypt. The elections for a new president, was a unique experience that many Egyptians had not witnessed for the previous 30 years, or (if age is less than 30) then it was a first-time experience. We had our contribution here too: Our social media monitoring report about presidential candidates went viral & trending over slideshare and also received the attention of international media like BBC, CNN and Wamda https://twitter.com/slideshare/status/214366046247845890 https://twitter.com/samuelcnn/status/214326101504311296 Back to our core business, Enterprise Content Management Systems (ECMS) and media delivery, the year 2012 was major year for technology advancements on both fronts. In digital media, the new MPEG-DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP) technology started to evolve, we witness that clearly during our visit to IBC in Amsterdam, where we celebrated the launch of our second major product (after wordlift) which is then code named HelixCloud. HelixCloud is basically a middleware that provides a management framework and an intuitive Web UI on top of Helix Universal Server to help ISPs, Telco Operators or large enterprises to take control of their streaming platform. This product has changed the way our customers do streaming business. For example in A1, Austria’s leading telco operator providing them with a scalable and robust future TV platform that boosted their revenues through ingesting advertising in video playlists as well as lowering operational costs. It was a busy year though in 2012, between launching new versions of the mobile portal for Tunisiana (our telco customer in Tunisia), Augmented Reality for Enel (energy customer in Italy), upgrading the streaming platform of FastTelco (Telco customer in Kuwait), boosting back travel industry in Egypt through events & trainings and also launching social media contest for Savoy Group (travel customer in Egypt, a leading hotel complex in Sharm el Sheikh). Good news also was that, again our products like wordlift were getting media attention. This is also beside lots of work also on the Italian side, summarized in the next leaderboard video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOyW8LrK_Dc

The Group

Moving forward in 2013, the new spin-off called Redlink became finally a reality, providing semantic technologies to news & media, and changing the way computers work for people! This was the year of linked open data for us, where we started heavily focusing on these technologies and providing it to our customers like the linked open data for Enel project, and other projects across Europe as well. The InsideOut Group now started to taking shape between the three companies, with a startup spirit! Having said so, back to Cairo, the major trend was the uprising tech startup eco-system that was really booming, with lots momentum going on, and we were actively there on several fronts like providing guidance to Entrepreneurs, speaking at and supporting events like Riseup Summit , launching Egypt’s first Augmented Reality meetup, and lots more. Although political scene was quite tough in Egypt those days, we managed to deliver our best quality of services and also expanded our services and footprint to South Africa, crafting a solution for democratizing the radio programing there! Rise Up Egypt Summit Another major milestone for 2013, towards end of year, was the start of MICO (Media in Context) project, a European Union part-funded research project to provide cross-media analysis solutions for online multimedia producers. The 3 companies of the group are working harmonically on that project while our role, here in Cairo, is providing interesting use cases for this research project.

InsideOut Today!

Finally today, in July 2014, we are proud to make this long awaited announcement of our rebranding where our new brand is InsideOut Today. It is a new concept more than a brand, it is dynamic, open and community driven! Even our new logo is an open source algorithm that you can play with it yourself! Our team is growing, not only more geeks, but in several fronts also boosting every day our energy and focus. We work hard and play also hard 🙂 !

Iftar party 2014

InsideOut Today team at the Iftar party, Ramadan (July) 2014.

Tunisiana Mobile portal, an unmatched success story.

Tunisiana’s WapUp users doubled in no time!

In March 2007 Interact developed the Mobile portal for Tunisiana (Tunisia’s leading mobile operator), providing their subscribers with a content-rich and user-friendly portal.

The portal offers a variety of contents via six different Content Providers. Among the contents announced there are downloadable contents (ringtones, images, games) and editorial contents (international and local news, weather, sport news and the star signs etc.) Tunisiana manages the contents of the section Infos Tunisiana, for services and products offered by the operator.

On May 2010 Interact launched the new version of this portal, branded WapUp, Tunisiana wap portal.

The new version offered a rich user experience and an enhanced look and feel, in addition to new interactive, user centric features such as the WAP Chat and Gifts.

WapChat is a WAP chat service that can be accessed through WAP enabled phones, it allows users to chat with each other based on their interests. They can also chat in public chat rooms or create their own private chat rooms and invite other people. Subscribers can manage their own profile and customize their account profile picture via WAP and MMS. Subscribers can also receive SMS alerts and notification upon receiving private messages and also newsletters via SMS.

The social nature of the service is so strong that in less than a month from its launch the service has grown to an exceptional number of users above any forecast. Interact is really proud of this project since it is a clear case of interesting, revenue generating services that we provide to our customers.

Finally in November 2011, Interact was proud to deliver the hardware expansion project to extend the capacity of the platform to consume more than double the load.

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