Conference Sessions

More about the Opening Session

Date

28 June 2020

Time

6:30 p.m. (Algeria-Morocco-Tunisia)

7:30 p.m. (Egypt-Germany-Sudan)

8:30 p.m. (Lebanon-Jordan)

Speakers

H.E. Lena El-Sheikh Mahjoub

Dr. Lina Yassin

Deema Anani

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Click here for the Link to the Opening Session

Digitization is a global phenomenon. Yet the discussions about its effects on society and the economy are predominantly taking place in the West - unsurprising as it was where many of these developments originated. Nevertheless, digital transformation will have the same, if not more dramatic effects for the populations of the global South. With this in mind, in 2017 we launched the "Digital Arabia Network" (DAN) which covers the MENA population both in the region, as well as the diaspora in Europe. Our goal to address interested citizens, digital actors, and promising digital entrepreneurs in order to create an awareness of digitalization and its impact on our lives.

During this session, we will discuss the opportunities and challenges that we will face as we go digital. We will discuss how to best support the region in shaping its own future using digital technologies. Finally, we will talk about the MENA region and its talents and the fact that we are not (just) recipients of technologies anymore. We can shape the future together and make the process open and inclusive because

#OurFutureIsDigital

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Date

29 June 2020

Time

10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. (Algeria-Morocco-Tunisia)

11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m (Egypt-Germany-Sudan)

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Lebanon-Jordan)

Moderator

Haytham Mones

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Click Here For the Link to Fact Checking Landscape and Tools for Media Consumers

The online webinar aims to introduce media consumers to the fact-checking landscape and easy to use tools. The first part of the webinar will tackle the latest technologies used in fact-checking in Egypt and the most prominent initiatives worldwide. The second part of the webinar aims to empower media consumers with fact-checking tools to verify the credibility of the content and messages they receive on social networks and media outlets.

Part I - Talk (1 hour):

  • Introduction on the Akhbar Meter Media Observatory Initiative.
  • Fact checking landscape and similar initiatives worldwide.
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) application in fact checking.
  • Landscape of tools and methods for media consumers.

Part II - Workshop (2 hours):

  • Fact checking image tools.
  • Basic tools for discovering manipulated videos.
  • How to follow the identity of information sources online.
  • What media consumers should look for to measure information credibility.
  • Space for questions and answers.

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Date

29 June 2020

Time

11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. (Algeria-Morocco-Tunisia) 12:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m (Egypt-Germany-Sudan)

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Lebanon-Jordan)

Moderator

Eman Jaradat

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Click Here For the Link to Digital Privacy and Personal Data Protection

The internet is the common space of a digital society, a space that requires freedom, access, and security. Yet companies and governments increasingly extract and use individual data, misinformation is flooding digital spaces, while online surveillance and censorship are widespread. This talk will discuss the importance of understanding our digital rights as an extension of our human rights. The speakers will present existing legal frameworks for data protection in the MENA region and will discuss how they relate to tech solutions and other developments in the COVID-19 response.

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Date

29 June 2020

Time

12:30 - 02:30 p.m. (Algeria-Morocco-Tunisia)

1:30 - 03:30 p.m. (Egypt - Germany – Sudan)

2:30 - 04:30 p.m. (Lebanon-Jordan)

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Click Here For the Link to Digital Transformation 101 (Intro Course) for Non-Techies

In this workshop, we will 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. The workshop will be structured as follows:

  • Explore the definition of digital transformation;
  • Why digital transformation has penetrated every area of the public and private business world - examples from the MENA region;
  • The benefits (and the necessity) of digital transformation for the common good in the MENA region;
  • Basic tech concepts of the digital transformation - or what every non-techie should know;
  • The role of startups and ICT Ecosystems in the digital transformation of the MENA;
  • Strategies, techniques, and best practices for a successful digital transformation;
  • Opportunities of the digital transformation for the youth of the MENA region;

More about this Session

Date

29 June 2020

Time

12:30 - 02:30 p.m. (Algeria-Morocco-Tunisia)

1:30 - 03:30 p.m. (Egypt - Germany – Sudan)

2:30 - 04:30 p.m. (Lebanon-Jordan)

Moderator

Martina Ziebell

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Click Here For the link to "I'd blush if I could": How can we ensure an inclusive digital transformation process?

AI and Co. are not gender-neutral! The digital gender divide comes in many forms, whether through the gap in digital skills education between males and females or through the reproduction of gender biases by AI resulting in projecting AI voice assistants as young women.

"I'd blush if I could" is the title of a UNESCO policy paper examining how to close the digital gender divide. It shows the voice assistants like Siri and Alexa’s responses when they are verbally harassed.

This session deals with the approach to digitalization. How can we work on it to be inclusive and gender neutral. How can we ensure that we have everyone on board?

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Date

29 June 2020

Time

2:00 - 02:30 p.m. (Algeria-Morocco-Tunisia)

3:00 - 03:30 p.m. (Egypt - Germany – Sudan)

4:00 - 04:30 p.m. (Lebanon-Jordan)

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Click Here for Listening to Abdellah's sound box

In this session, we will have a Q&A with Abdellah Hassak and then we will play his Sond Box “ Sounds of Marrackech”. It will be moderated by Eva Aouad El Turk & Elham Khattab.

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Date

29 June 2020

Time

03:00-4:30 p.m.(Algeria-Morocco-Tunisia)

04:00-5:30 p.m.(Egypt - Germany – Sudan)

5:00 - 06:30 p.m. (Lebanon-Jordan)

Moderator

Rania Reda

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Click Here For the link to 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 examples of sectors whose transformation was accelerated by the crisis and pushed to the next level. E-Commerce platforms are booming, telemedicine is gaining momentum while distance learning for our kids became an integral reality of our daily life.

In this session, we will discuss with our experts a number of challenges facing these sectors, specifically: the pace of transformation, cultural and social acceptance, outdated regulations, and the skills needed to support employability in these sectors.

More about this Session

Date

29 June 2020

Time

03:00-4:30 p.m. (Algeria-Morocco-Tunisia)

04:00-5:30 p.m. (Egypt - Germany – Sudan)

05:00-6:30 p.m. (Lebanon-Jordan)

Speakers

Deema Anani

Moderator

Bassant Helmi

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Click Here For the link to The Million Dollar Question: How will Travelling look like in the near future?

The COVID pandemic froze global travel, closing the doors of approximately 40,000 airports worldwide and leaving (by some estimates) 100 million people out of work. Governments struggle to contain the impact of a battered tourism sector rush to reopen their borders and airports. So will all go back to normal? What will social distancing look like to airlines trying to make-up for lost profit? And will some travel sectors benefit more than others? Join Deema Anani, Chief Commercial Officer and Board Member of Airport International Group, to discuss the future of travel amidst the pandemic.

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Date

29 June 2020

Time

03:00-4:30 p.m.(Algeria-Morocco-Tunisia)

04:00-5:30 p.m. (Egypt - Germany – Sudan)

5:00 - 06:30 p.m. (Lebanon-Jordan)

Moderator

Amel Saidane

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Click Here For the link to 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?

In this session we will try to find answers to all these questions and more. We will present some concrete examples on how Industry 4.0 is being implemented in Germany as well as sharing with you some best practice examples from the region.

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Date

29 June 2020

Time

4:30 - 05:00 p.m. (Algeria-Morocco-Tunisia)

5:30 - 06:00 p.m. (Egypt - Germany – Sudan)

6:30 - 07:00 p.m. (Lebanon-Jordan)

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Click Here For the link to Digital Break

Join the Q&A with Elham Khattab about the Digital Arts Scene in the MENA Region, moderated by Eva Aouad El Turk.

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Date

29 June 2020

Time

05:00-6:30 p.m.(Algeria-Morocco-Tunisia)

06:00-07:30 p.m.(Egypt - Germany – Sudan)

7:00 - 08:30 p.m. (Lebanon-Jordan)

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Click Here For the link to The Potential of the Gaming Industry in the MENA Region

The MENA region is the fastest growing online gaming population in the world at 25 percent year-on-year-growth. With almost 50 percent of the total population under 25 years of age, high mobile penetration rates, and increasing youth purchasing power (mainly the GCC), the size of the MENA gaming industry is estimated to grow to $2.3 and $4.4 billion by 2020. However, despite massive market growth only 1 percent of gaming content is in Arabic. Tapping this potential means localization rather than just translation. 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.

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Date

29 June 2020

Time

05:00-6:30 p.m.(Algeria-Morocco-Tunisia)

06:00-07:30 p.m. (Egypt - Germany – Sudan)

7:00 - 08:30 p.m. (Lebanon-Jordan)

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Click Here For the link to It is Not About Skyscrapers: Open Smart Cities in the MENA Region

The concept of smart cities is one that often evokes in our imagination futuristic urban landscapes powered by technology. Existing definitions of smart cities also contain similar biases and exhibit blind spots to the role of the citizens as producers of this intelligence. This session will address the role of participation and citizen engagement in enabling the development of resilient and responsive cities. Using a number of case studies, the speakers will highlight successes and challenges of different models of civic participation and their manifestations during times of Corona.

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Date

29 June 2020

Time

05:00-6:30 p.m.(Algeria-Morocco-Tunisia)

06:00-07:30 p.m. (Egypt - Germany – Sudan)

7:00 - 08:30 p.m. (Lebanon-Jordan)

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Click Here For the link to 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. This talk will discuss the changing role of museums in the digital age and explore (1) how new technologies enable the creation of new immersive experiences and (2) how museums are being re-designed as cultural hubs that provide the space to not only explore our past but also imagine our future.

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Date

29 June 2020

Time

05:00-6:30 p.m. (Algeria-Morocco-Tunisia)

06:00-07:30 p.m. (Egypt - Germany – Sudan)

7:00 - 08:30 p.m. (Lebanon-Jordan)

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Click Here For the link to Fintech and the Open Banking

New regulations have allowed the Fin-tech industry to boom in some parts of the region while others are struggling to catch up with the trend. Digital payments are playing an essential role in keeping businesses running through the COVID pandemic and companies are coming up with innovative technologies to cater to communities where cash still rules. Finally, open banking initiatives are empowering financial institutions to securely and rapidly enhance their digital offerings, while, at the same time, enabling financial transparency and supporting anti-corruption efforts.
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.

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Date

29 June 2020

Time

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. (Algeria-Morocco-Tunisia)

7:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Egypt - Germany – Sudan)

8:30 - 9:00 p.m. (Lebanon-Jordan)

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Click Here For the link to Digital Break

In this session, we will have interview Mona Gamil and then she will play her video, which will be live streamed via Youtube! It will be moderated by Eva Aouad El Turk & Elham Khattab.

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Date

29 June 2020

Time

07:00-07:30 p.m. (Algeria-Morocco-Tunisia)

08:00-08:30 p.m. (Egypt - Germany – Sudan)

9:00 - 09:30 p.m. (Lebanon-Jordan)

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Click Here For the link to Awarding Ceremony

Going digital has a tremendous impact on us and our societies which needs to be met with awareness and participation. The winners of the MENA Innovation Challenge understand this and have risen to the occasion through using technology to find innovative solutions to the challenges we face as a society. Join us for this celebratory session to see how our entrepreneurs are fighting misinformation, enabling sustainable farming, using technology to provide better healthcare and so much more.

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Date

29 June 2020

Time

07:30-08:30 p.m. (Algeria-Morocco-Tunisia)

08:30-09:30 p.m. (Egypt - Germany – Sudan)

9:30 - 10:30 p.m. (Lebanon-Jordan)

Moderator

Amel Saidane

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Click Here For the link to the Talk with Tarik Müller

Looking for some inspiration before you go? We're talking to Tarek Müller, co-founder and managing director of ABOUT YOU, one of the fastest expanding e-commerce start-ups in Europe and Hamburg’s first unicorn with a value of more than USD 1 billion. Tarek is so much more than that though! As a serial entrepreneur who started his first company when he was just 13, Tarek holds stakes in more than fifteen companies and was featured in Forbes '30 under 30' list as one of the brightest European entrepreneurs in 2018. Join us to hear him talk about e-commerce, the digital economy, and share insights from his personal journey!