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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

finalists announcement

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.
round 2 judging

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.

social impact rising in the arab region

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.

all winners

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

mit livestreaming viewership

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

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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