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Startup Weekend Gaza 4 is the fourth and biggest SW ever to be held in Gaza. The first Startup Weekend in Gaza was launched by Google, SADAF Technologies, Mercy Corps, PalTel, and many other partners. This year, we are bringing together investors from abroad, dedicated coaches, fantastic corporate partners, and a whole load of community involvement. We're also adding some twists. We received over 650 applications from people in Gaza who wanted to participate in this event. On June 19-21, the top 150 will compete to launch startups in front of investors and mentors from around the world. Get ready for the best startup event Gaza has ever seen.

 


It’s time to show the world Gaza’s top startup talent! Last year, the first investments were made in Gaza startups. Investors are back looking for opportunities. What are you going to reveal? Are you a real entrepreneur? This year’s event comes with some twists. We used to think the most important factor to launch a startup was… a brilliant idea. Now we realize it takes much more. Are you able to bring together the right team to get your product developed? Can you validate the market need and iterate quickly? We’ll be watching to see who succeeds. Join us on June 19-21!


Note: Spots for Startup Weekend have all been taken. We received 650 applications and accepted 150 of the top participants. Many of you were wait listed. If you were accepted, you should have received an email and an SMS (please check your spam folder for your email just in case). You must make your payment asap to reserve your spot and finalize your registration.

  • If you were accepted, you should make your payment at Gaza Sky Geeks (Abu Ghalion Building 3rd floor, Gaza City, open on business days from 9am-4pm) as soon as possible to reserve your spot. The cost of Startup Weekend is only 40NIS if you pay by June 5. If you wait until June 6 to pay, the price will increase to 50NIS. If you wait until June 13, the price will increase to 60NIS. If you do not pay by June 16, your spot will be given to someone on the wait list.
  • If you are on the wait list, you will receive a message from us on June 17 if a spot opens up. Come immediately to Gaza Sky Geeks (on June 17 or 18) to make your payment of 40NIS.
  • If any spots are available the day of the event, they will cost 80NIS.

There will be an orientation/bootcamp on June 12 to prepare you to succeed at this year’s Startup Weekend Gaza. You will only be able to come if you have previously registered. We may invite top people on the wait list to attend, too – wait for an email from us to see if you are invited. Attending that event will give you unique training that will be an advantage at Startup Weekend!


Twists at this year’s event: PRIZES: We will offer prizes in the following categories:

  • Best Validation: At the last Startup Weekend Ramallah, 3 teams validated their idea during the weekend by obtaining revenue before the final pitch. Did you know it’s possible to build a startup and validate your idea by getting revenue so quickly? Now it’s your turn. Who in Gaza will be best at customer/market validation?
  • Best Women’s Team: Women are key to launching successful startups. Research shows that women-led companies produce more revenue than companies with no women. In Gaza in particular, women are an incredible asset to a startup because many study software engineering and because women can travel more easily to represent the startup abroad. Which top team at Startup Weekend will have at least 50% women (including top leadership)? You’ll get a prize.
  • Best B2B Idea: Investors are hungry for products that create real, immediate value for other businesses. Many are sick of startup ideas whose monetization model depends just on advertising. Can you create a product that will meet a business need outside of Gaza and that customers are <gasp> willing to pay for? Show us what you’ve got!
  • Best Overall Idea: And of course, there will be the typical Startup Weekend judging criteria for the best overall idea!

Throughout your work, we encourage you to focus on ideas that have a large market (Middle East, United States, Europe, China, Brazil, Africa, etc… a startup that only serves clients in Gaza is not a startup).

Schedule

Thursday

Jun 19
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome
  • Pitches
  • Voting for top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills.
  • Finished for the day.

Friday

Jun 20
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Startup Dardashah
  • Friday Prayer
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one.
  • Startup Dardashah
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day.

Saturday

Jun 21
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Startup Dardashah
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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Gold Sponsors
Media Sponsors
Judges

Tom Sperry

Co-Founder and Managing Director of Rogue Venture Partners

Tom Sperry is a co-founder and the Managing Director of Rogue Venture Partners, a Portland Oregon based Private Equity Fund. Prior to Rogue, he was the CEO of Exit Games Inc. Exit Games is a venture capital backed technology company with a focus on the video game industry. Prior to Exit Games he was the CEO of the Venture backed company Blade3D headquartered in Shanghai, China. Prior to his role at Blade3D, he held senior management positions with HNC Software (Executive Director) and Looking Glass Studios (Director). Tom began his career at Microsoft Corporation, where he was a founding member of the Games Division.

Nina Curley

Former Editor-in-Chief of Wamda

Nina Curley is a journalist and consultant focused on entrepreneurship, women, and innovation in the broader Middle East. As the former Editor-in-Chief of Wamda, she led the largest regional startup news site in the Middle East and North Africa, and facilitated the platform's mentorship and research programs. She also launched Wamda for Women, an initiative to support female founders, and she is a founding member of WAIN, the first women’s angel investment network in Dubai.

Nina has written for Al Jazeera, The Washington Post, and The Economist, and she holds a BA with honors from Stanford University and an MA in Cognitive Neuroscience from NYU.

Radi El Fassed

Co-Founder & director Arabreneur, Ramallah, Palestine

Radi El Fassed is both the Co-Founder & director of Arabreneur in Ramallah, Palestine and the Vice President of Business Development for MENA Apps in Amman, Jordan.

In his role he manages the USAID Compete entrepreneurship and innovation project for Arabreneur in the Palestinian Territories through the creation of an angel investor/seed fund. The Arabreneur fund is unique because it supports young Palestinian entrepreneurs to grow startups, spurring employment and fostering an environment of creativity. Arabreneur is a project that was initiated by MENA Apps, a Amman based accelerator that provides similar services as Arabreneur to 15 Jordanian startups.

Radi has 18 years experience in the international ICT industry where he held various positions in the field of Product Development, Technology Roadmaps, Business Strategy, Marketing & Business Development.

Before joining Arabreneur, Radi worked with major telecom operators in the MENA region like Zain and Paltel Group.

Michal Zálešák

Investor at PALinnO

Michal Zálešák is one of the first investors to invest in a Gaza startup. Through PALinnO, he invested in Wasselni in 2013. He has been working in the IT industry since 2000. He used to work as a consultant at the Ministry of Information Technologies. He succeeded in getting around 2 billion Czech crowns in financial support and grants for IT companies. Currently, he is an executive director in Czech ICT Alliance, an official ICT alliance of the Czech Trade agency with more than one hundred members. He gives lectures at conferences abroad on supporting the ICT industry and participates as an expert in a consultation project of OECD for the Kazakhstani government.

Taylor Valore

Principal at Sadara Ventures

Taylor Valore is a Principal at Sadara Ventures, Palestine’s first venture capital fund. A passionate technologist specialized in the region, Taylor was Head of Product Development at RavenPack International, a VC-backed startup, where he oversaw the commercialization of the company’s big data analytics portfolio and managed strategic partnerships with Dow Jones and others.

Recently, Taylor worked in business intelligence product planning at Microsoft, where he led and authored that company’s market opportunity analysis for big data analytics. In the Middle East, Taylor oversaw numerous large-scale technology implementation projects at the American University in Cairo.

Ahmed Abumarzouq

Regional Chief Officer for publicly-traded, national telecommunications provider, Paltel

Born in Jordan, growing up in Egypt, educated in the USA, and living in Palestine for the past 15 years, Ahmed Abumarzouq can rightly be considered a global executive. Ahmed hit his stride as a leader of note when he commenced his own ISP business in 1999. He may have been short on start-up funds and lacking in infrastructure, but those obstacles diminished in comparison to his commitment to build something from nothing. And, he did just that. With the support of five investors who became his Board of Directors, Ahmed grew the company to become the largest ISP in Gaza in just six years—a rapid rise that compelled the national ISP, Paltel, to make an offer of acquisition. The deal led to delighted investors and a fully employed workforce post acquisition. In 2005, Ahmed accepted the role of Gaza Chief Officer for Paltel—a role he holds today, and one where he has become known for heralding in a new era of change. Overcoming aggressive union issues, and a highly sensitive political environment, Ahmed has restructured the company, surpassed revenue KPIs, eliminated union“ stonewalling,” reduced headcount by an unprecedented 56% and increased net profits by 900% in seven years. Education: Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Accounting from the Louisiana Tech University, and attended the prestigious Harvard Business School training: Changing the Game: Negotiating and Competitive Decision Making.

Reham A. Al Wehaidy

Al Athar Global Consulting, Inc

Ms. Al Wehaidy is a Palestinian businesswoman and an
expert in development. She is currently the owner and
chairperson of Al Athar Global Consulting, Inc. In this
capacity, Ms. Al Wehaidy leads the company’s business
development efforts and extends business services to a
diversified pool of clients in Palestine and the region.
With more than 14 years of professional experience in
executive management consulting for associations and
businesses, trade competitiveness advancement, private
sector development for maximizing growth and improving business performance,
grants management and monitoring and evaluation, Ms. Al Wehaidy client
portfolio includes multiple local, regional and international development agencies
and organizations. She is an active volunteer in a number of Palestinian and
international nongovernmental organizations and private sector institutions. Ms.
Al Wehaidy is a certified Association Management Executive from the
International School of Association Management (ISAM), California and holds an
undergraduate degree in pharmacy.

Ashraf Elyazouri

VISION PLUS

Eng. Ashraf Ahmed Elyazouri is trainer, speaker and the General Manager and co-founder of VISION PLUS Co. Eng. Ashraf has a Mini MBA degree from Chicago business institute, International Diploma in Project Management from World Bank International Finance Corporation, and Electronic System Engineer graduated from Arab Academy for Science and Technology (AAST) Egypt. Until med 2005 he worked as Network Department Director in Ministry of Interior (MOI). In July 2005 he was appointed as ICT director in Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), he is co-founder of the Palestinian Information and Communication Technology Association (PICTA) and former head of Partnership committee, Palestinian Information Technology Association of Companies (PITA) Board Member, and Palestinian Information and Communication Technology Incubator (PICTI) Board Member. He is professional trainer with over 10,000 credited training hours. Keynote speaker at Expotech 2011 &2013 conferences.

Hadi Abushahla

Development Advisor at the Office of the Quartet Representative Tony Blair

Silver Sponsors
Coaches

Asim Janjua

Acumen Global Fellow, former Googler

Asim is a creative thinker skilled at driving social innovation through technology, design thinking, and business development. He combines a keen grasp of complex issues, impeccable design sensibility. Asim has over five years of experience in creating transformative change in ambiguous environments through meaningful ways with cutting-edge companies and startups. With a background in arts and a self-taught coder, Asim strives to bridge the gap between developers and designers marketing and engineering departments

Justin Dawe

Entrepreneur

Justin Dawe is interested in all aspects of building companies. He started his career in Silicon Valley as a mechanical engineer, working on manufacturing medical and computer equipment. He then worked in the non-profit sector for several years doing energy policy and community organizing, including helping to design and win the first ever statewide public vote for clean energy.

Most recently, Justin started a company that utilizes waste carbon dioxide to increase production from old oil fields, building the company to 25 people and raising $250M from leading VC and private equity firms. He is currently on the Board of Scoot Networks, a company that runs networks of shared electric vehicles.

Wiktor Schmidt

Cofounder and CEO, Netguru

Wiktor Schmidt is the CEO of Netguru, a Ruby on Rails web development house that focuses on sustainable and scalable web development consulting. He and his team help clients reach their MVPs as soon as possible and with the cleanest and most maintainable codebase.

Wiktor is also very involved with building the European startup community, especially in Poland and Ireland. He was one of the organizers of Democamp Poznań and Startup Weekend Dublin.

Alaa' Odeh

Founder and CEO, HADAF: From Passion to Progress

Alaa’ Odeh is the Founder and CEO of HADAF: From Passion to Progress, a non-profit focused on cultivating social and economic progress by way of entrepreneurship, start-ups and innovation in underserved areas in the Middle East and Africa (MENA). HADAF addresses development challenges in targeted areas through mentorship, training and strategy development programming supported by global partners.
Alaa’ has over 10 years of professional experience working in international relations across government and private sectors, focusing on the MENA region. Her expertise in program and project management, international stakeholder management, communication, analysis and strategy planning. She has in-country experience in Germany, Jordan, Morocco, Niger, Qatar, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United States.

Magnus Petersen-Paaske

Magnus Petersen-Paaske is an autodidact web developer who launched the Kairos Society in the Nordics. He started his first startup at 19 and since then has worked for an early stage startup, taught a coding class, won the runner up award in the European StartupBus competition, co-organized a startup weekend in the Danish Parliament, and most recently co-founded Founderbus Africa and Founderbus Middle East.

Magnus has been recognized for his results by organizations like the Global Entrepreneurship Summer School in Munich, the World Business Dialogue in Cologne, the 2041 Antarctic Youth Ambassador Program, Nacue 50, as well as by President Bill Clinton as part of Clinton Global Initiative University 2013.

Glen Dalakian II

Director of HIVE

Glen is currently the Director of HIVE, an accelerator and network for Armenian startups and talent around the globe. HIVE invests in and accelerates seed stage tech startups in a variety of sectors. Glen is also on the Community team at Wamda where he previously worked as Features Editor, covering entrepreneurship news and events across the Arab world. His focuses include gaming and social entrepreneurship and he particularly enjoys helping young startups craft their pitches.

Wael AlShurafa

Software Developer

Wael is a Software Developer at the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG). He previously worked as a Teaching Assistant at the IUG and the University College of Applied Sciences (UCAS) for two years, also he was a Project Manager at Nepras company.
ِAlthough Wael has 3 years of practical technical experience, he is very fast self driven learner which makes him qualified enough to work with very critical enterprise software systems, like those systems in the IUG joining his team.

Wael has never hesitate to help people and students who are looking for support to fulfill there projects.
If you know Wael, you may have noticed that he is always smiley and lovely :)

Osama Abu Kmail

Android Developer

Java Programming Expert, and Android Developer , The GodFather of OpenSource and Linux in Gaza, have good experience with workshops since i have presented presentations about OpenSource and Linux and Android many times.
I have participated in Startup Weekend Gaza 2011 ( First one ).
Have a good experience in Linux Operating System since 2007.
Have Programmed some Android Applications available on PlayStore.

Alaa Al-Salehi

CEO of ServeMe

Alaa loves the smell of code, writing, reading, refactoring and fixing bugs. Alaa loves to help people who want to achieve perfection and create helpful projects, reach success in their business. Alaa is working in IUG as a team leader for student portal, one of the main systems that manages more than 20,000 students. Alaa runs his own start-up -ServeMe- that develop a group of tools for android users.
Alaa loves mobile development and add value to people lives providing solutions for their daily problems. Alaa's is recently focusing on android OS, he is the leader and developer of many heterogeneous - web and mobile - projects. He has a good experience in Google data API specially YouTube API.

Mohammed Awad

DB Expert

Dr.Eng. Mohammed Awad. He is the Founder & CEO of DWBI Solutions company. In addition, he is an assistant professor and the IT Unit Director at University of Palestine. Dr. Awad has won many medals worldwide. He has a PhD in Software Engineering specialized in Data Warehouse & Business Intelligence. He is an official reviewer in IEEE. In addition to having 9 years of industrial experience, he has done lots of rsearches and publications worldwide.

Mohammed Riyad El Khoudary

Back-end/front-end Developer

Mohammed Riyad El Khoudary is a Team Lead at the Information Systems Department - Islamic University of Gaza (IUG). He received his M.sc of Computer Engineering from IUG. Throughout his eight-year career as a back-end/front-end developer and team leader, Mr. Mohammed is and was always passionate about problem solving and solution modelling using software development. In addition to software development, Mohammed is always interested in helping others achieving their goals, throughout technical mentor-ship, training, and consultants. He currently supervises a number of startup projects as well as graduation projects. He can be contacts at m.elkhoudary (at) gmail (dot) com.

Emad Kehail

Manager of the Information Systems department at The Islamic University of Gaza

Emad Kehail, currently the manager of the Information Systems department at The Islamic University of Gaza. The department is responsible for in-house development for all the university software that serves more than 20,000 students.
Before, Emad has worked in the software development in the municipal sector for more than 7 years. He holds Oracle certification in software development and database administration.

Emad is one of the founders of Computer Land Center, one of the leading training centers in Gaza that is specialized in IT training.
He also worked as an individual consultant for IT projects with the UNDP, World Bank. Moreover, Emad worked as an IT expert and consultant for the IUG Business Incubator and participated as an advisor and mentor for the incubated companies.

Ahmad Z. Hania

UX Expert   |   LinkedIn

Ahmad Hania is a professional designer & developer and specializes in UX design and Front-End development. With more than six years of experience as a freelancer he has worked with customers from all around the world. Ahmad Hania has been the founder of many startups. He's the co-founder of Wateen Technologies a software development company. He's also the founder and owner of AhmadHania.com his blog page and freelancing frontier, and Fribly.com a digital magazine where you find useful and awesome stuff for your inspiration and benefit. He likes to spend his free time either playing video games or sports.

Fadi Hania

Software Engineering Consultant   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Fadi Hania is a co-founder of Wateen Technologies, a web and mobile development services provider. He has over 10 years of experience focused on Software Development. He has started his career as a freelance developer and worked with many customers around the world. As an expert in Software Engineering, he is providing consultation services to a number of local and international organizations and coaching startups, aiming to improve the overall software development process and industry in Gaza.
Fadi holds an MSc in Software Engineering from the University of York, and he has been a successful trainer and academic instructor for a number of low and high-level software development courses. He has recently trained over 27 certified professionals in Requirements Engineering.

Momen Shataly

IOS Developer

Momen Shataly, Web and iOS Developer/Trainer and Freelancer
With two years experience in Web Development using ASP.net and PHP he started his career as Web developer at UNRWA - 2010, then a PHP developer Dallata Consulting Group Ltd, mastered Objective-C and iOS development by self-learning, currently working as iOS freelancing developer developing apps for iPhone and iPad, also an iOS trainer, he gave the first training course in iOS development in Gaza (180 Hours) organized by Mercy Corps and sponsored by USAID, been in the freelancing business from 2011 with clients in UK, Canada, Denmark, and the MENA region, working on a couple of his own startups.

Walid Kassab

Regional Manager for Hadara Technologies

Walid Kassab is representing Hadara Technologies in Gaza. Hadara Technologies, a Paltel group company, is the leading Internet Service Provider in Palestine with the biggest internet capacity and number of subscribers. The company played a major role in building the Internet services in the Palestine.

Mariam Abu Etewy

Wasselni CEO

Founder and CEO of Wasselni startup, First female founder to get investment in Gaza, Wasselni is A social network to share and order taxi, Wasselni get investment in December 2013 by PalIino. She participated twice in Startup weekend.

Samah Al-Safadi

Business Development consultant

Miss Samah Al-Safadi is a Business Development consultant

Rafat M. Abu Shaban

Business Development Specialist

Rafat is intrigued by fast-paced and challenging business startups where he works as a Business Development Specialist at the Islamic Uni. Gaza within its Business &Tech. Incubator. He also lectures on topics related to Business, Technology, Entrepreneurship and Crowdfunding.

Rafat now serves as a country coordinator at the UK Chartered Institute of IT (BCS)- ME Section, having finished his masters from Uni. Strathclyde in Glasgow

Mohammad Abu Mandeel

Customer Care Manager/ Gaza atPalTel

Mohammad Abu Mandeel has been the Customer Care Manager/ Gaza atPalTel since January, 2006.Abu Mandeel has more than 16 years of experience in communications and information technology field. He joined PalTel family from its early beginning in 1997

Bader AbuShaaban

CEO of Speed Click

He is currently the CEO of Speed Click Company for Telecommunication and Internet Services the second largest Internet Service provider in Gaza Strip.
He executed several consulting tasks for the benefit of major private sector companies in Gaza which resulted in great success stories (Ex. Bashir Sikik Co., Al Saqqa Home Appliances Co. and others)
He worked with TATWEER Business Services as a Business Development Advisor and Marketing Specialist since it has been commenced in 2008 until June2012, through that He executed innovative consulting programs targeting the local private sector firms, and developed customized capacity building programs that suite the market needs.
After his M.Sc marketing and Management graduation from one of the top UK business schools, Bader started His career in 2003 when he became a part of international business development projects executed by the USAID contractor DAI (Development Alternatives Inc) . and then he worked with well-known private sector firms where he excelled in executing profitable marketing and sales programs that achieved strategic growth and product visibility.
He demonstrated success records in providing technical assistance and capacity building in the fields of Innovation Management, Strategic planning, Awareness campaigns, Marketing Counseling, Customer service, Public relations and sales promotion activities rather than motivating staff to peak performance levels.

Ahmad Ibrahim Radwan

Senior Marketing Officer

Ahmad Ibrahim Radwan, who currently occupies the position of "Senior Marketing Officer at Jawwal Company", has graduated from Business Administration dpt. at Al-Azhar University in 2009.
He started his career life as a volunteer for one year at Mercy Corps organization as part of the GCC. Program. This year has contributed to building a useful experience in the field of projects and programming activities. It provided the base for carrying on with a more successful career path.
After Mercy Corps, in 2010 Ahmad was recruited as a Sales Administrative at Jawwal Company

Adham Khaled Bolbol

Intelligent Care Engineer

Adham Khaled Bolbol is an Intelligent Care Engineer (I-Care) at Jawwal Palestinian Cellular Communications Co., Palestine. He received his MBA Degree from Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) and Bachelor Degree in Computer Engineering from IUG. He has a wide Experience in Computer Systems, Programming Languages, Mobile Apps and Web Design. In his position at Jawwal he provided support for both Customers and Sales Personal in Data related services. He can be contacted at Adham.Bolbol (at) Jawwal (dot) ps.

Fady Issawi

Regional Manager at PICTI   |  

Fady is a computer engineer with business-oriented mentality, who has worked in different business fields in Gaza especially in ICT fields. For the last 4 years, he was the CEO of NEPRAS a leading company in Media production and Information Technology solutions. At the beginning of 2014, he launched (tender.ps), a website specialized in Tenders published over Palestinian Territories in Jerusalem, West-Bank and Gaza.
Fady works currently with Palestine Information and Communications Technology Incubator – PICTI as Gaza Regional Manager.

Ahmed Saqer

Finance specialist

a Management & finance specialist with more than 10 years as an entrepreneurship, business plan & financial management instructor, having a solid background in NGOs referring to my experience with PNINA, Intensive work ability in different functions of Administrative and Accounting. I was in charge to manage all the financial and administrative matters during my experience. Now I am a Team Leader of ICT Team Start program with Mercy Corps, a Technical Instructor at GTC, UNRWA, and Teacher in Accountant Dep. at University College of Applied Science (UCAS), also I was Marketing & Accountant at PNINA. I am having an Arabic Certified Public Accountants (ACPA). I gained a lot of managerial skills throughout my work with a wide-ranging scope of financial auditing. Prepare PhD in Finance, and hold a master Degree in Finance and Accounting

Osama N. Qunoo

Web/ mobile developer

Osama N. Qunoo has more than 7 years of professional experience inweb development or latter mobile. He is Islamic University (IUG) Mobile/Web Developer. He has two mobile application on store vTask, and Smart Ratio Calc, which are titanium-based applications In addition to many web solutions and manipulate with an international outsourcing systems like, DNN Content Management System, and WordPress Blogs. He has a wide and thorough knowledge in JavaScript/MVC, Titanium/Alloy, and Web/Mobile development, which enables him to be a reference point for development in ICT sector. He has trained Android, JavaScript, and Web Programming for many times since 2007.He has a Master degree of Computer Engineering from Islamic university of Gaza from 2012. He works as IUG webmaster and a supervisor and trainers for the IT graduates and responsible for managing teams, programming and defined the policy and techniques.

Mohamed Alnajjar

Core Operations Manager - PAlTEL

Eng. Mohamed Alnajjar, MSEE. Currently works at Palestine Telecommunications Company PALTEL as Core Operations Manager for Gaza District. Eng Najjar holds an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, USA. His research work focused on time-series analysis and short-term forecasting. In his current job, Eng Najjar heads Paltel core operations directorate in Gaza where his responsibility includes the safe and secure operation of Paltel IP network. Prior to joining Paltel, Eng Alnajjar was employed by Lucent Technologies, Naperville, USA where he held a position of Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Lucent Access Unit. During his tenure with Lucent, Eng Najjar worked as the technical manager of the DSL firmware and Development group as well as heading Lucent CPE Interoperability lab located in Naperville. Mr Najjar was a key member of the team that introduced ADSL service to Lucent Anymedia system. He continued his work to involve second-generation ADSL systems (ADSL2+) as well as newly developed VDSL2 standard. Mr., Najjar also held a short position at the Islamic University of Gaza where he worked as the directory of the Business and Technology Incubator. In this short tenure Mr Najjar helped the Incubator establish strong relationship with IT Technology leaders such as Google, Cisco and Microsoft.

Amal Abu-Shammala

Incubation Supervisor

Amal Abu Shammaleh has been working for more than two years as a Project Coordinator and Incubation Supervisor for "Supporting Palestinian Entrepreneurs and SMEs" project held by Business and Technology Incubator at the Islamic University of Gaza
In addition, Amal is also a certified trainer at Bid Network, a global organization aims at preparing emerging market entrepreneurs for investors.
Amal holds a degree in English Business Administration and currently working on her MBA thesis titled: the effect of Acceleration Programs on the sustainability of Startups in Gaza.She also worked as a lecturer of project management in Nama' College of Science and Technology.

Laila AbuDahi

Windows 8/Windows Phone developer

Laila is the founder of a startup called Motion which develops kinect-based interactive solutions. She's also a Windows 8/Windows Phone developer. Her passion to technology started since she was a student. She was awarded as one of the first Microsoft Student Partners in Gaza and she used to lead the Microsoft Community in Gaza for the past 3 years.

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Mohammed AlAfranji
Nadine Badereddine
Alaa Saqer
Said Hassan
Iliana Montauk
Mohammed Skaik
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