The first Startup Weekend Dubai, held in October 2011, attracted more than 400 participants and resulted in the launch of several online and mobile technology startups. As with last year, the upcoming Startup Weekend Dubai will be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Dr. Christiane Schloderer, a participant at last year’s event, said, “Startup Weekend Dubai was the most thrilling event I have ever attended in the UAE. I loved the energy, the enthusiasm, the spirit. My team, MindTalk, is still going strong after six months, preparing for a launch of activities.”
The Startup Weekend concept began in 2007 in the United States. Since then, more than 200 Startup Weekends have been held around the world. The Dubai event is one of three Startup Weekends to be held this spring, including Abu Dhabi on May 24-26 and Doha on June 14-16. All three events are being organized by the same team behind last year’s event in Dubai – Ms. Sara Falaknaz, Ms. Deem Albassam and Mr. Kamal Hassan – who have recently founded the company “Innovation Machine” to promote regional entrepreneurship and innovative startups.
Adrian Azodi, whose team “Giftastic” won second place in last year’s event, said, “The Startup Weekend experience is pivotal. It gives you the tools and platform to turn ideas into reality. My team and I are using both the momentum and the prize money to move our idea into a real business.”
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