About the Conference

RAKAMEYA - DAN Digital Day 29 June 2020

Opening Ceremony 28 June 2020

There is no doubt that the future is digital. The digital transformation of our societies is already here and will continue to cross-cut every aspect of our lives. The Digital Arabia Network (DAN) understands digital transformation as a societal issue that should engage stakeholders in an inclusive and participatory manner. For this reason, DAN is organizing Rakameya - the first digital conference of its kind in the region. On 28 June 2020, we will start with an opening session in the evening. On 29 June 2020, we will have a full-day program where we localize and decode the conversation on digital transformation in the Middle East and North Africa.

We invite everyone to participate and examine the impact on (1) arts and culture, (2) business and the future of work, (3) civic participation, (4) gender equality and inclusion, and (5) online media and journalism.

A series of talks and workshops will bring together perspectives of more than thirty regional and international experts, fifteen collaborating institutions, and representatives from civil society and the business communities of the region. This will kick off a series of monthly webinars on each of these topics to enable a more in-depth conversation.

A digital society is a collaborative society. So let's bring everyone on board!

Rakameya Program & Links to the Sessions

RAKAMEYA Sessions
LET'S START THE DAY 29th JUNE 2020 //Info Point/ Help Desk
Get an Onboarding on Monday morning before the workshop starts here! Got lost in the conference program? Technical problems? Other questions? For assistance, please visit our Info Point/ Help Desk or let us know via our Digital Arabia Network Facebook Channel.
Opening Ceremony: #OurFutureIsDigital
Digitization is, of course, a global phenomenon. Nonetheless, the discussion about its effects on society and the economy initially took place primarily in the West. This is not surprising, as digitization had its starting point in technological developments in this region.
Fact checking landscape and tools for media consumers
This online webinar aims at introducing media consumers tools available to fact-check and ensure the credibility of media sources.
Digital Privacy and (Personal) Data Protection: All You Need to Know
The internet is the common space of a digital society. What are the existing governance frameworks in the MENA and what does this mean in times of COVID?
Digital Transformation 101 (Intro Course) for Non-Techies
In this workshop, Digital Transformation 101, we’ll explore digital transformation from top to bottom in the MENA region – from the most basic concepts to advanced strategies and tactics of its startups and ICT ecosystems
"I'd blush if I could": How can we ensure an inclusive digital transformation process?
AI and Co. are not gender neutral! The gender digital divide comes in many forms, whether through the gap in digital skills education between males and females or through the harmful gender biases resulting from projecting AI voice assistants as young women.
Break & Digital Art Performance
Q & A with Abdellah Hassak & Diving into the "Sounds of Marrackech"
It happened so fast: How E-Commerce, Health-Tech, Distance Learning have been disrupted due to Covid-19
E-Commerce, Health-Tech and Distance Learning were three sectors that were brought by the crisis (unintentionally) to the next level.
The Million Dollar Question: How will Travelling look like in the near future?
What will travelling look like amidst the ongoing pandemic? A discussion on the future of travel.
Why do we need Industry 4.0 in the MENA Region?
What is Industry 4.0? Is it relevant for the Western countries only? Do we have Industry 4.0 concepts and strategies in the MENA Region? How can our local industries benefit from it? What implications does it have on the work force?
Arts & Talk
Q&A with Elham Khattab about the digital arts scene in the MENA Region
We are gaming: The Potential of the Gaming Industry in the MENA Region
This talk will discuss the future of gaming in the region and how companies in the region rise to create local heroes and to open-up new local markets for gaming.
It is Not About Skyscrapers: Open Smart Cities in the MENA Region
This session will address the role of participation and citizen engagement in enabling the development of resilient and responsive cities.
The Role of Museums in the Digital Age
The COVID crisis placed museums all around the world under unprecedented pressure to explore new digital formats to be able to share their knowledge with audiences at home.
Fintech and the Open Banking
In this closed session, experts from the region will come together to discuss the future of Fin-tech and open banking, share best practices, as well as discuss the challenges and opportunities of the sector for the region.
Digital Art Performance
Q & A with Mona Gamil and Video Performance
Let's Celebrate: Awarding Session for the Winners of the MENA Innovation Challenge
Our winning entrepreneurs understand the challenge that comes with a digital society and have the solutions to face it! Learn more about winning initiatives and celebrate innovation.
A Talk with Tarik Müller on E-Commerce, digital transformation and more…
Looking for some inspiration before you go? We're talking to Tarek Muller co-founder and managing director of ABOUT YOU, one of the fastest expanding e-commerce start-ups in Europe.

Conference Speakers

Politics

H.E. Lena El-Sheikh

Sudanese Minister of Labour and Social Development

BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Dr. Ayman Ismail

Jameel Chair of Entrepreneurship at the AUC

Business & Future of Work

Dr. Lina Yassin

Lead Agile Coach | Delievery Hero SE

BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Tarek Müller

Co-Founder and Co-CEO of ABOUT YOU

ARTS & CULTURE

Dr. Carsten Siebert

Chancellor & CEO Barenboim-Said Academy

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Business & Future of Work

Dr. Thomas Fischer

Deputy Director Management Research at DITF Denkendorf

GENDER EQUALITY & INCLUSION

Bassant Helmi

Co-Chair of DAN

Business & Future of Work

Prof. Dr. Dr. Ayad Al-Ani

Co-Chair of DAN

Business & Future of Work

Amel Saidane

DAN SteCo Member

BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Fatima Giuliano

DAN SteCo Member

BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Deema Anani

DAN SteCo Member

Gender Equality & Inclusion

Eva Aouad El Turk

DAN SteCo Member

BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Rania Reda

DAN SteCo Member

CIVIC PARTICIPATION

Tarik Nesh Nash

DAN SteCo Member

Arts & Culture

Reine Abbas

Founder & CEO at SpicaTech | Co-Founder at Wixel Studios

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Arts & Culture

Dr. Monica Hanna

Acting Dean of the College of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

Arts & Culture

Elham Khattab

Founder and Director of Out Of The Circle Organizations

Online Media & Journalism

Eman Jaradat

Media Development & Media Producer

Civic Participation

Raya Sharbain

Program Manager at Jordan Open Source Association

Gender Equality & Inclusion

Salma Belhassine

National Program Coordinator at The SecDev Foundation

Online Media & Journalism

Dina Ibrahim

Project Manager of Akhbar Meter Project

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Online Media & Journalism

Mahmood Zohery

Senior Media Analyst at Akhbarmeter

ONLINE MEDIA & JOURNALISM

Haytham Mones

Co-Founder of Akhbarmeter

Gender Equality & Inclusion

Khaoula Behi

Innovation Officer, I4C MENA

BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Ismail Chaib

Chief Operating Officer at TESOBE / the Open Bank Project

CIVIC PARTICIPATION

Eloïse Gabadou

Civic Tech Project Manager at Open Source Politics

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BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Loay El Shawarby

Principal Lawyer at El-Shawarby

BUSINESS & FUTURE OF WORK

Hanae Bezad

Founder of Douar Tech

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Arts & Culture

Dr. Yasmin El Shazly

Deputy Director for Research and Programs at American Research Center in Egypt

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Business & Future of Work

Amr Elseginy

CEO at LVNG Learning environments

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Arts & Culture

Abdellah M. Hassak

Sound and New Media Artist, Music Producer from Casablanca

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Arts & Culture

Nadim Arnaout

Illustrator & Concept Artist

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Arts & Culture

Shiran Ben Abderrazak

Executive Director Rambourg Foundation

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Business & Future of Work

Yusr Sabra

Co-Founder at Wakilni

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Gender Equality

Dr. Omar Fassatoui

Human Rights Officer at United Nations Human Rights

Business & Future of Work

Dr. Yasmine Aguib

Deputy Director of Research at the Aswan Heart Centre

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Arts & Culture

Mona Gamil

Contemporary Artist at Art

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Business & Future of Work

Dr. Kaoutar El Maghraoui

Principal Research Staff Member, IBM Research AI

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Business & Future of Work

Rym Baouendi

Founder and Managing Director of Medina Works

Arts & Culture

Nadine Touma

Polymath, Artist, Publisher & Pedagogue

Gender Equality

Martina Ziebell

CEO MENA Business GmbH / Deputy CEO GPP e.V.

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Business & Future of Work

Mehdi Tekaya

President of Wevioo Group