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QRCE supports ArabNet Digital Summit 2013 for the 3rd consecutive year
Monday, February 18, 2013 Amman -For the third year in a row, Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE) will take part in supporting the ArabNet Digital Summit 2013, slated to take place in Beiru
February 18, 2013 2:30 by Amjad Baker
For the third year in a row, Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE) will take part in supporting the ArabNet Digital Summit 2013, slated to take place in Beirut between 20-22 March to bring together more than 600 regional and international pioneers in the ICT sector.
Through holding entrepreneurship contests and linking entrepreneurs and start-ups with investors and CEOs of the biggest regional and international companies, the pan-Arab conference aims to shed light on the new opportunities available for talented people in the digital sector, while making the concept of entrepreneurship at the heart of the process of Internet and mobile phone application development.
In his comment, the Executive Director of QRCE, Farhan Kalaldeh, said: “Our support of the ArabNet Summit activities confirms the continuity of our strategic partnership with ArabNet organizers and embodies our common objectives for grooming young people in the digital sector and prompting talents to adopt entrepreneurship as the basis for development.”
“Since its launch, we have been keen on sponsoring ArabNet Summit as we believe in the importance of such initiatives in advancing entrepreneurship and creativity among youth, introducing success stories achieved by a number of the technology pioneers, and encouraging participants to break the mould and think seriously about how to transfer their innovative ideas into projects capable of making a qualitative leap in the local and regional economic development,” Kalaldeh added, stressing the significance of such events in increasing investment opportunities in the IT sector across the region and creating channels of communication between gifted youth and projects financiers.
In addition to ArabNet’s Ideathon and Startup Demo competitions for entrepreneurs, allowing them to pitch their bright web/mobile ideas to investors, business incubators and media, the conference will introduce the “Creative Challenge” competition through which teams of young digital talents in advertising, marketing and communications will challenge each other to develop an effective digital marketing campaign around a creative brief in one week.
For his part, the Founder of ArabNet, Omar Christidis, said: “As the industry of digital content development is booming in the region, the Levant has emerged as a center for entrepreneurship. In the light of this, the ArabNet held this year as usual in Beirut has been the hub for Arab digital professionals and entrepreneurs, and the premier gathering for tackling the digital sector-related issues.”
The conference will feature several workshops focused on building unique web and mobile phone applications, and symposiums for discussing digital issues related to the media, entertainment, advertising, arts, culture, fashion, design, food and beverage, as well as entrepreneurship and social impact.
It is worth mentioning that this year’s event will bring together more than 80 top speakers from the region and beyond, and is expected to attract over 600 executives, entrepreneurs, developers, designers, programmers, and workers in the technology sector.
About Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE):
A Non-Profit organization established in 2004 to help develop Technology Entrepreneurship in Jordan. The Center is part of El Hassan Science City, and plays the role of a national Center of Excellence for Entrepreneurship. As part of QRCE strategic plan, the Center is implementing a comprehensive initiative focusing on four key areas: Networking, Recognition & Awareness, Capacity Building & Support, and Funding. Over the last five years, the center has organized many activities that benefited thousands of entrepreneurs, professionals & students in Jordan. For more information please visit: www.qrce.org
ArabNet is the hub for digital professionals and entrepreneurs to connect and learn. Our activities aimed at building the web industry and supporting entrepreneurship in the region include: an annual summit in Beirut, widely acknowledged as the largest digital gathering in the MENA region, with a track record of bringing globally-renowned speakers to discuss the latest topics in the field, as well as successfully connecting entrepreneurs and startups with funding and incubation through the Ideathon and Startup Demo competitions; our ArabNet Roadshow which held free training workshops for over 1,500 entrepreneurs across the region to teach them to successfully develop their business plans; our newly launched Developer Program, which connects developers with potential employment at the region’s digital startups; The Startup Database Program, which connects startups with investors free of charge; and the ArabNet website, which has been redesigned to be the leading reference for digital businesses in the MiddleEast, featuring news, analysis and a growing database of startups, developers and entrepreneurs. For more information please visit: www.arabnet.me
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