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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.

Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Mohammed Alafranji
Reem Omran
Silver Sponsors
Media Sponsors

Wael Attili

Creative Founder, Kharabeesh Network   |  

Wael is an architect by training, an avid blogger, a young entrepreneur, and a passionate storyteller..

Wael started working with in 1997 while still a student of Architecture at Jordan University. He later progressed his career in information design, user experience, branding and innovation until he finally started Kharabeesh, in 2008. Kharabeesh now is considered one of the fastest growing entertainment network based on social media that serves Arab internet users around the world. It started as a small storytelling house for the new Arab generation and it was aiming to place Arab entertainment on the WEB map. His hobby turned career has resulted in a large profile of productions recounting stories stemming out of his society to reflect its daily realities.

Mohannad El-Khairy


Mohannad El-Khairy is a Palestinian-Canadian living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he leads Plug and Play Tech Center's efforts in the Middle East and bridges their entrepreneurial ecosystems to Silicon Valley. He began his career in Montreal with BCA Research, a leading independent investment research firm, before moving to Dubai where he joined Zawya, one of the first successful internet startups in the Middle East (acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2012). At Zawya, Mohannad led the global business development team, managed the customer service division, built the brand and the company's 2.0 strategy, and structured several regional and international partnerships. Having paneled several conferences and seminars in the Middle East, he is an avid proponent of building the knowledge economy and fostering a culture of entrepreneurship, innovation and value creation. His particular interests involve empowering mobile and digital media startups. He completed his degrees in Economics and Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal and is an active writer, blogger and socio-political commentator.


Brian Baker

Brian Baker created one of the very first web sites in the early 1990’s, and spent the next 10 years working in software, building several of the most visited websites, Fortune 100 enterprise systems, and management software tools. He is responsible for several online technologies we use every day, including how we read our news and how we view online video content. Mr. Baker moved to hardware design in 2003, finding great success with his own consumer electronics startup, selling product at national retail and earning awards and media attention around the world (company sold to a private equity group in 2008).

For the past 3 years Mr. Baker has helped Fortune 500 clients and startups with product discovery/design, marketing, and the manufacturing of consumer electronics and textile products. Mr. Baker has won several awards for user-centric approach to interactive and physical product design

Marie Alexander

Marie Alexander most recently served as the CEO of Quova, Inc., the leading IP geolocation services company in the United States. Marie raised over $35mm in venture financing, and led the sale of the company to Neustar (NSR NYSE.) Quova dominated the IP geolocation space and representative customers included Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Dell and

Prior to joining Quova Marie served in senior executive positions at Vantive and Harbinger, two publicly-traded CRM companies, in Engineering and Development, Product Management, Operations Management, Strategic Relationships, and Pre and Post Sales Service and Support.

Marie serves as a trustee of the National Center for Women in Technology and has had numerous essays published on geolocation and appeared on the USA Today CEO technology forum. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Information Systems from Georgia State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from Georgia College.


Will Weathersby

Mercy Corps   |  

Will Weathersby is the program advisor for the Arab Developer Network Initiative (ADNI) for Mercy Corps in Jerusalem. Prior to joining Mercy Corps, he was a co-founder and General Partner of Nexus Group, LLC, a Silicon Valley based investment and venture capital firm. Nexus Group managed and invested over $200 million in technology start-ups in companies such as, iVillage, CommerceOne, Broad Daylight, Quova, Service Metrics, and net.Genesis. He is an active angel investor in the United States and is currently serving as an advisor to AnaBasali, a Palestinian social start up. Will received his B.S. from the United States Military Academy and his MBA in Finance and Economics from the Wharton School of Business.

Aleksandar Milutinovic

Mercy Corps   |  

Seasoned program manager with eleven years of experience in development, conflict and post-conflict contexts. Expertise in community development and emergency relief. Extensive knowledge of donor rules and regulations. Extensive experience in building IT sector and knowledge based transformation.



Oct 18
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Oct 19
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Startup Dardashah
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Startup Dardashah
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Oct 20
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Startup Dardashah
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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