What to Expect from ArabNet’s Digital Summit this May?

Nadine Kahaleh , Apr 11 2017

ArabNet is rolling up its sleeves for the upcoming Digital Summit that will be held in Dubai on May 16-17. 

The 2-day conference will include four forums during which subjects related to media and marketing, ecommerce, financial technology, big data, digital business transformation –among many others- will be thoroughly explored.

Find below more about this year’s Summit!

An All-in-One Experience
As mentioned earlier, the Summit will feature four forums - Digital Commerce, Smart Economy, Adtech, Innovation and Investment. Read below to learn more about what each forum is about.

Digital Commerce – On Ecommerce and E-retail (May 16)
On-demand commerce and omni-channel retail are transforming the way consumers make purchases.
The forum will explore the emerging trends and opportunities in e-commerce, e-retail and payments in MENA. It will also dive into the digital transformations taking place in the banking sector, and the fintech innovations that are changing the financial services industry.

What will be discussed?

  • New Age Commerce: Social Payments and Financial Services
  • Financial Technology: Fostering Ecosystems and Support
  • Emerging Financial Technologies and Inclusivity
  • Mobility and Evolving Consumer Adoption


Adtech – On Media and Marketing (May 16)
Analytics, content distribution, programmatic, native, bots and automation - all technologies that are reshaping how publishers, agencies and brands do business.
The forum will feature two full tracks covering the latest trends in digital media and advertising, including the AdTech Showcase - a convergence of new advertising and media technologies from around the world to improve the impact and efficiency of campaigns, and help publishers maximize revenues.

What will be discussed?

  • New Technologies in Online Advertising
  • Influencer Marketing: Popularity vs Impact
  • Online Brand Strategies
  • Consumer Experiences: Marketing and Commerce


Smart Economy – On IoT and AI (May 17)
The IoT, artificial intelligence, big data and blockchain technologies are helping reshape cities and transform the relationship between governments and their citizens.
The forum will include a full track exploring the smart economy - covering smart cities, smart governments, the future of cars and transportation, and the digital enterprise - as well as the blockchain and machine learning technologies that are driving this transformation.

What will be discussed?

  • Building Integrated Cities and Communities        
  • Tomorrow's Transportation: Self-Driving Smarter Automobiles  
  • Big Data with Big Security            
  • Regional Synergies and Collaboration


Innovation & Investment – On Accelerators and Funds (May 17)
Massive amounts of cash are flowing into the digital startup space, with new initiatives, accelerators and funds launching almost on a weekly basis
The forum will highlight a full track for investors, with high-level discussions that include LPs, private equity investors and family offices. It will also feature a full track to help corporates understand how they can invest in or collaborate with startups to stay ahead of disruption.

What will be discussed?

  • Building Ecosystems and Startup Communities
  • Corporate Startup Innovation   
  • Private Equity and Growth Stage Investment     
  • The State of Investment in MENA


A Global-Scale Competition
The Startup Championship will join together the winning startups from previous Startup Battles, and place them on a wider competitive plateau – rising from local to global.

18 startups from Beirut, Kuwait, Riyadh, Cairo, Casablanca, and Dubai will be pitching their business model to a panel of judges and a large audience of investors, entrepreneurs, leaders, etc.

The winner will receive a $20,000 check, and an acceleration scholarship in Sillicon Valley, along with other in-kind prizes from partners.

A tech get-together
Accompanying the Summit this year, the Techfair will bring together leading tech companies from across the world – they’ll be uncovering the latest tech trends, recently released apps, and the newest technologies out there!

A Showcase Space to Connect
Think of it as a gathering of young digital startups in the MENA -- the digital showcase will group startups who have developed a proven business model and a structured product in one space. They’ll be exposed to incredible networking opportunities with strategic partners in Dubai.

Want to be part of ArabNet’s Digital Summit this May? Reserve your seat now!




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