ArabNet, the Kingdom’s largest technology gathering, is back for its eighth edition on Dec. 10-11 and has moved to a new venue, the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center. For the second consecutive year, ArabNet will feature two events taking place simultaneously under one roof: ArabNet Riyadh for 2,000+ corporate executives and senior government leaders, and Inspire Saudi for 4,000+ entrepreneurs, youth and students.
The two concurrent events will bring together more than 250 experts and speakers from around the world, with full tracks of programming covering a range of topics: Inspire Saudi for startups and investors, Ad/Edge for digital media and advertising, Finverse for digital banking and fintech, Digital Policy Forum for senior government leaders, CIO Forum for CIOs, CTOs and senior IT decision-makers, and Investor Summit for investors.
The event will also bring together more than 300 exhibiting startups in the largest tech entrepreneurship showcase to take place in the Kingdom and the region, alongside 150 investors representing more than $1 billion in capital for startups seeking investment.
This year’s program also features various initiatives and activations bringing together inspirational and successful leaders and entrepreneurs through: The Academy, workshops on entrepreneurship, marketing and e-commerce; Women Mentoring Women, bringing regional women leaders to mentor women who are just starting out; Investor Lounge, a series of one-on-one meetings between startups and top business executives; Sawalif Riyadiya, gathering successful GCC founders to share their journeys and lessons learned with aspiring entrepreneurs; Future Zones & Stage, showcasing the future of industries; and ArabNet’s long-running competitions: Ideathon and Startup Battle.
During Startup Battle, entrepreneurs will present their startups in front of investors, incubators, media and digital professionals. The top three startups will get to compete against the best in the region at the Startup Championship.
Ideathon is the go-to destination for brilliant ideas. Regional entrepreneurs will get to showcase their ideas in front of a crowd of investors, incubators, and media and digital professionals for a chance to win a $5,000 prize.
Those interested in participating in the competitions should apply before Oct. 31.
ArabNet is a leading event, insights, and innovation program organizer focused on tech business and innovation in the MENA region. It organizes conferences for the tech sector in Dubai, Riyadh, Kuwait and Beirut; publishes news and analysis of the sector in their online news portal and produces original research and reports focused on the sector; and organizes custom-tailored innovation programs for corporations and governments.