Hacka { MENA } is build on a vision to create a positive & tangible impact in the world

During the weekend, technopreneurs will receive skill-sessions related to coding, design and prototyping to ensure that they have all the necessary tools.
You can work on one of the real-life case studies tackling social issues that companies have supplied, or work on your own idea to achieve positive social change and build a team around it, your call!

Prizes will be given by Adobe and Blackberry.
The winning team will be invited to present their solution at the EXPO 2015 in Milan, Italy. Need more details? Scroll down to the FAQs or drop us a mail.

Will you be there?

Speakers & Mentors

Hatem Sallam CEO at ITWORX Education
Ahmed Rabieh Mobility & RIA Specialist at ITWORX & CEO at Mobipreneur & Adobe UGM
Shaima Ghafoor Products Solution Manager at Yahoo! & Regional Director in Girls in Tech
Eric Hensel Co-founder & Head of Sustainability Innovations at Sustainable Square
Nabil Al Sayed Founder / CEO at Startup SWAT
Samer Azar Co-founder & CFO at AltCity
Genny Ghanimeh CEO & Founder at Pi Slice
Monaem Ben Lellahom Co-founder & Head of Advisory Services at Sustainable Square
Prashant K. (PK) Gulati Founder and Maker-in-Chief at The Assembly
Mike Dawson Co-Founder & CEO at Ustad Mobile
Mostafa Khalifa CBDO at Ta3rifah
Sallyann Della Casa Lead Tree Shaker at Growing Leaders Foundation (GLF)
Ritesh Tilani Managing Director at Innoventa
Christine Souffrant CEO & Founder at Vendedy
Aiman Kabli Founder / CEO at AK Creative Solutions
Tina Pick Co-Founder & CEO at The Sustainability Platform & C3 Head of Media
Thomas Pulling Senior Manager at PwC
Ahmed Hany Assistant Manager at PwC
Jayesh Maganlal Manager IT Enterprise Architecture at FlyDubai

April 2nd

  • 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM Registration and Check-in

    Registration and check-in begins from 8:00 AM.
    We'll see you at In5 in Knowledge Village. Register, drop your things, get familiar with Dubai, meet the others, enjoy the sun, play some soccer and chill out before the programme starts.
    Don't forget to grab a name-tag and a t-shirt.

  • 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM Snacking and Networking

    Join in for getting to know each other before kick-off!

  • 06:00 - 06:15 Opening Speech by DIC Management

  • 06:15 - 06:45 Keynote Speech Ahmed Mohammed Rabieh "Rise of the Machines"

    The "Rise of the Machines" that connect themselves to the internet, from cars to heart monitors to home objects even to the military weapons. The New ERA of new possibilities for data gathering, predictive analytics, Smart buildings and Automation.

  • 06:45 PM - 07:20 PM Panel Discussion

    With Ahmed Mohammed Rabieh, Eric Hensel, Genny Ghanimeh, and Hatem Sallam.

  • 07:20 PM - 08:00 PM Presentation of Case studies and Pitches

    For those that have come with ideas that they would like to work on - this is here you get the chance to pitch! 1 minute per pitch - so be ready :)!

  • 08:00 PM - 08:30 PM Get 2 know each other

    Speed-networking session where you will have the chance to get to know the other participants - and ask more questions about their ideas so you can decide whether you wish to work on it.

  • 08:30 PM - 09:00 PM Team Formation

    The chosen ideas will be announced and teams start forming and discussing ideas, determining their roles, and planning their weekend.

  • 09:00 PM - 12:00 PM Hack4Impact & Dinner

    Start working!
    Formalize the teams and take an inventory of skills. Be sure you have all the team members and skills that you need in order to realize your idea.

    You may stay and work as late as you wish - In5 is open all night. If you brought your sleeping bag you are more than welcome to stay all night.

April 3rd

  • 07:00 AM - 09:00 AM Breakfast

  • 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM Goodmorning Session by Shaima Ghafoor and Sallyann Della Casa

    Shaima is a product solutions manager at Yahoo and the regional director of Girls in Tech, a non profit organization focused on engagement, education, and empowerment of influential women in technology and entrepreneurship.

    Salina Della Casa is the Lead Tree Shaker of the Growing Leaders Foundation (GLF). The Foundation, based in the Caribbean and the Middle East, focuses on Awakening the Potential of our #Leaders of Tomorrow.

  • 10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Snack Break

  • 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Workshop: Business Model Canvas by Mostafa Khalifa

    Mostafa Khalifa is a Serial Entrepreneur & Business Development Evangelist. He is a co-founder of multiple startups in the field of business development with 8 years+ experience in regional leading positions as a consultant in a variety of multi-national companies in the domains of customer service & business consulting.

  • 11:15 AM - 05:00 PM Hack4Impact & Lunch

    Mentors will be around from 2PM-5PM to give advice and support - don't hesitate to approach them: they are there to help! At 1PM the RedBull Wings team will arrive to give refreshments!

  • 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM Workshop: Designing for Digital Products by Ahmed Rabieh

    "Designing for Digital Products" will be given by Ahmed Mohammed Rabieh from ITWORX and and founder of Adobe Community Leaders Mobility Gurus UG. Find out more about designing digital products from a perspective that spans beyond the digital landscape, and how other factors are linked and count in ways proving that great digital products are not results of accidents.

  • 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM Workshop: Tactical Lean Strategies for New Startups by Aiman Kabli

  • 06:00 PM - 12:00 PM Hack4Impact + Dinner

    You may stay and work as late as you wish - In5 is open all night.

April 4th

  • 07:00 AM - 09:00 AM Breakfast

  • 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM Workshop: How to make an unforgettable presentation by PwC

    Outline and purpose of this workshop: The ability to present effectively to clients and colleagues is fundamental to success as a consultant at any level. It is a skill to be learned, practised and continually developed.

  • 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM Hack4Impact & Lunch

    Mentors will be around from 2PM-5PM to give advice and support - don't hesitate to approach them: they are there to help! At 1PM the RedBull Wings team will arrive to provide refreshments. Focus on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place. By 6PM all teams have to submit the final presentations!

  • 06:00 PM - 06:30 PM Snack and Final Preparations

  • 06:30 PM - 8:30 PM Final Pitches and Announcements

    Presentations and Announcements of Winners

  • 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM Wrap-up and After Party

Proudly sponsored by

Headline partners

Government partners

Award partners

Eco-system Partners


Haider Ghaleb Founder & Chief Executive Officer at The D. GmbH
Roxane Jurkovskaja Chief Strategy Officer at The D. GmbH
Ahmed Fouda Social Media Specialist at The D. GmbH
Ismail Issa Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Tarifah
Mina Shenoda Founder & Chief Executive Officer at El Makana
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