agenda

Tentative Agenda

STEP Start
Opening Remarks
Opening Remarks

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Opening Remarks
Investing in a VC fund
Investing in a VC fund vs. a new tower in Dubai Marina. Proving the ROI to traditional investors

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Investing in a VC fund vs. a new tower in Dubai Marina. Proving the ROI to traditional investors
Inside the investor-founder relationship
Inside the investor-founder relationship

March 28
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

March 28
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Inside the investor-founder relationship
Struggling economies
Struggling economies and the unlikely opportunity of the startup movement

March 28
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

March 28
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Struggling economies and the unlikely opportunity of the startup movement
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March 28
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM

March 28
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
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Dealing with Missing Data
Missing Data: How can startups overcome the lack of data availability in MENA

March 28
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM

March 28
01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Missing Data: How can startups overcome the lack of data availability in MENA
The Middle East copy-cat
The Middle East copy-cat economy and the challenges of real innovation

March 28
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM

March 28
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
The Middle East copy-cat economy and the challenges of real innovation
Choosing your investor
Choosing your investor: Beyond the cash and how successful has "smart money" been?

March 28
02:30 PM - 02:45 PM

March 28
02:30 PM - 02:45 PM
Choosing your investor: Beyond the cash and how successful has "smart money" been?
Educating the next generation of entrepreneurs
Educating the next generation of entrepreneurs

March 28
02:45 PM - 03:00 PM

March 28
02:45 PM - 03:00 PM
Educating the next generation of entrepreneurs
The role of institutional VCs
The role of institutional VCs: Can new institutional investment drive more regional startup exits?

March 28
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM

March 28
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
The role of institutional VCs: Can new institutional investment drive more regional startup exits?
Closing Day 1
Closing Day 1

March 28
04:00 PM - 04:15 PM

March 28
04:00 PM - 04:15 PM
Closing Day 1
Opening Remarks
Opening Remarks

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Opening Remarks
Impact of Exponential Technology
The Impact of Exponential Growth of Technology and it's application to business

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
The Impact of Exponential Growth of Technology and it's application to business
Peer Pressure and the Culture of Failure
From Family to Friends: Peer pressure and the culture of failure

March 29
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

March 29
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
From Family to Friends: Peer pressure and the culture of failure
Enterprise Innovation
Enterprise Innovation: How corporations can benefit from a startup mentality

March 29
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

March 29
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Enterprise Innovation: How corporations can benefit from a startup mentality
Creating new customers
Creating new customers: Bridging the gap between startups and corporates

March 29
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

March 29
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Creating new customers: Bridging the gap between startups and corporates
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March 29
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

March 29
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
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The next souq.com
The next souq.com: The startups you should be looking out for

March 29
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM

March 29
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
The next souq.com: The startups you should be looking out for
Product, Scale, Monetization and going global
Product, Scale, Monetization and going global

March 29
02:45 PM - 03:15 PM

March 29
02:45 PM - 03:15 PM
Product, Scale, Monetization and going global
Closing Day 2
Closing Day 2

March 29
03:15 PM - 03:30 PM

March 29
03:15 PM - 03:30 PM
Closing Day 2
STEP Digital
Opening Remarks
Opening Remarks

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Opening Remarks
Struggle, Pains, & Threats of Publishing Business
Struggle, Pains, and Threats of the Publishing Business: Is the doomsday for publishers nearing? Is consolidation the solution?

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Struggle, Pains, and Threats of the Publishing Business: Is the doomsday for publishers nearing? Is consolidation the solution?
Artificial Intelligence & Digital Marketing
How Artificial Intelligence will Transform Digital Marketing

March 28
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

March 28
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
How Artificial Intelligence will Transform Digital Marketing
Experience or Impressions
Experience or Impressions: The Good and Bad of Programmatic and Do Brands Still Care about Telling Stories?

March 28
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

March 28
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Experience or Impressions: The Good and Bad of Programmatic and Do Brands Still Care about Telling Stories?
Does duration matter
Does duration matter, and did we just discover the short-form less premium is useless and very difficult to monetize?

March 28
12:30 PM - 01:15 PM

March 28
12:30 PM - 01:15 PM
Does duration matter, and did we just discover the short-form less premium is useless and very difficult to monetize?
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March 28
01:15 PM - 02:15 PM

March 28
01:15 PM - 02:15 PM
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From Content to Data
The Creative Evolution from Content to Data

March 28
03:15 PM - 03:30 PM

March 28
03:15 PM - 03:30 PM
The Creative Evolution from Content to Data
Shifting consumer needs
Shifting consumer needs: From powdered milk to almond milk and when did we start caring about premium water?

March 28
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM

March 28
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Shifting consumer needs: From powdered milk to almond milk and when did we start caring about premium water?
Is the future in apps or in web browsing?
We're confused. Is the future in apps or in web browsing?

March 28
04:00 PM - 04:45 PM

March 28
04:00 PM - 04:45 PM
We're confused. Is the future in apps or in web browsing?
Closing Day 1
Closing Day 1

March 28
04:45 PM - 05:00 PM

March 28
04:45 PM - 05:00 PM
Closing Day 1
Opening Remarks
Opening Remarks

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Opening Remarks
The digital shift and TV
Is TV becoming digital or digital becoming TV?

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Is TV becoming digital or digital becoming TV?
Building modern millennial brands
Building modern millennial brands: From Buy 1 We Donate 1 Tom's model to Dollar Shave Club and Warby Parker

March 29
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

March 29
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Building modern millennial brands: From Buy 1 We Donate 1 Tom's model to Dollar Shave Club and Warby Parker
Innovation of Audio in Advertising
The Innovation of Audio in Advertising: Anghami, Alexa, Google Home

March 29
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

March 29
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
The Innovation of Audio in Advertising: Anghami, Alexa, Google Home
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March 29
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM

March 29
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
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Automation of the Future Store
The Automation of the Future Store: How will retail look like in 2050?

March 29
01:15 PM - 02:15 PM

March 29
01:15 PM - 02:15 PM
The Automation of the Future Store: How will retail look like in 2050?
The fear of a social media backfire
The fear of a social media backfire: Racism, sexism, and the politics of modern advertising

March 29
02:30 PM - 03:15 PM

March 29
02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
The fear of a social media backfire: Racism, sexism, and the politics of modern advertising
Closing Day 2
Closing Day 2

March 29
03:30 PM - 03:45 PM

March 29
03:30 PM - 03:45 PM
Closing Day 2
STEP X
Opening Remarks
Opening Remarks

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Opening Remarks
Death of the Steering Wheel
The Death of the Steering Wheel: Industries Autonomous driving will disrupt

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
The Death of the Steering Wheel: Industries Autonomous driving will disrupt
Land Vs Space Networks
Land based networks vs space based satellite networks: Cost, speed, and latency

March 28
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

March 28
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Land based networks vs space based satellite networks: Cost, speed, and latency
Reducing Travel Time
Reducing Travel Time: From short to long haul and land to air. Hyperloop and tunnels

March 28
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

March 28
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Reducing Travel Time: From short to long haul and land to air. Hyperloop and tunnels
AI & The Rise of Robots
How AI and the rise of robots is impacting identification and citizenship

March 28
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

March 28
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
How AI and the rise of robots is impacting identification and citizenship
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March 28
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

March 28
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
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Autonomous City
What would a fully autonomous city look like?

March 28
01:00 PM - 01:15 PM

March 28
01:00 PM - 01:15 PM
What would a fully autonomous city look like?
The Swason Effect
How will The Swason Effect and battery technologies enable us to almost fully rely on the sun's energy

March 28
01:30 PM - 02:00 PM

March 28
01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
How will The Swason Effect and battery technologies enable us to almost fully rely on the sun's energy
The Software Car
The Software Car: Why automotive companies need to become technology companies and hire more computer engineers than mechanical engineers

March 28
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM

March 28
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
The Software Car: Why automotive companies need to become technology companies and hire more computer engineers than mechanical engineers
Mass Adoption of Electric Vehicles
The Mass Adoption of Electric Vehicles: Driving range and experience, EV infrastructure, and Safety

March 28
03:00 PM - 03:45 PM

March 28
03:00 PM - 03:45 PM
The Mass Adoption of Electric Vehicles: Driving range and experience, EV infrastructure, and Safety
Closing Day 1
Closing Day 1

March 28
03:45 PM - 04:00 PM

March 28
03:45 PM - 04:00 PM
Closing Day 1
Opening Remarks
Opening Remarks

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Opening Remarks
Hardware of the Brain
The Hardware of the Brain: Will we ever be able to link the brain machine to a computer machine

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
The Hardware of the Brain: Will we ever be able to link the brain machine to a computer machine
The job threat to many
The job threat to many: What will happen to taxi and truck drivers?

March 29
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

March 29
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
The job threat to many: What will happen to taxi and truck drivers?
Cleaning to washing and cooking
From cleaning to washing and cooking: How will future smart homes look like and how would they make us more efficient human beings?

March 29
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

March 29
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
From cleaning to washing and cooking: How will future smart homes look like and how would they make us more efficient human beings?
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March 29
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

March 29
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
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Is AI a Threat to Humanity?
Is Artificial Intelligence a threat to humanity or will it be the elecricity of the 21st century?

March 29
02:15 PM - 03:00 PM

March 29
02:15 PM - 03:00 PM
Is Artificial Intelligence a threat to humanity or will it be the elecricity of the 21st century?
Robotics and AI building cities at lower cost
The Ridiculous Cost of Construction: How robotics and AI will build safer and better future cities at a lower cost

March 29
03:00 PM - 03:15 PM

March 29
03:00 PM - 03:15 PM
The Ridiculous Cost of Construction: How robotics and AI will build safer and better future cities at a lower cost
Closing Day 2
Closing Day 2

March 29
03:30 PM - 03:45 PM

March 29
03:30 PM - 03:45 PM
Closing Day 2
STEP Money
Opening Remarks
Opening Remarks

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Opening Remarks
The landscape of the crypto and blockchain space
The landscape of the crypto and blockchain space

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
The landscape of the crypto and blockchain space
Blockchain value in enterprise
Blockchain value in enterprise for smart contracts, fraud, and identity

March 28
10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

March 28
10:20 AM - 11:00 AM
Blockchain value in enterprise for smart contracts, fraud, and identity
Businesses aren't adopting blockchain apps
Do business know enough about blockchain to adopt and implement applications at a faster pace?

March 28
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

March 28
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Do business know enough about blockchain to adopt and implement applications at a faster pace?
Blockchain entrepreneurs raising investment
Blockchain entrepreneurs raising investment through ICOs rather than through VC

March 28
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

March 28
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Blockchain entrepreneurs raising investment through ICOs rather than through VC
Crypto Competing with Mainstream
Transaction data speed being affected as crypto becomes more mainstream.

March 28
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

March 28
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
Transaction data speed being affected as crypto becomes more mainstream.
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March 28
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

March 28
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
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Tech ecosystem transitioning
How is the tech ecosystem transitioning to support fintech startups

March 28
01:45 PM - 02:15 PM

March 28
01:45 PM - 02:15 PM
How is the tech ecosystem transitioning to support fintech startups
The crypto-craze
The crypto-craze: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple

March 28
02:15 PM - 03:00 PM

March 28
02:15 PM - 03:00 PM
The crypto-craze: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple
Startups vs. Institutions in crypto exchange
Startups vs. Institutions in crypto exchange

March 28
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM

March 28
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Startups vs. Institutions in crypto exchange
Navigating digital currency
Navigating digital currency with investment products as offerings

March 28
04:00 PM - 04:45 PM

March 28
04:00 PM - 04:45 PM
Navigating digital currency with investment products as offerings
Closing Day 1
Closing Day 1

March 28
04:45 PM - 05:00 PM

March 28
04:45 PM - 05:00 PM
Closing Day 1
Opening Remarks
Opening Remarks

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Opening Remarks
Shifting the banking industry
Shifting the banking industry with APIs and open banking

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Shifting the banking industry with APIs and open banking
Fintech creating social impact
Fintech creating social impact: remittances, direct pay, and the unbanked

March 29
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

March 29
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Fintech creating social impact: remittances, direct pay, and the unbanked
Transformation of retail and customer experience
Digital payments in the transformation of retail and customer experience

March 29
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

March 29
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Digital payments in the transformation of retail and customer experience
Alternate lending models changing banking sector
Alternate lending models changing the banking sector

March 29
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

March 29
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Alternate lending models changing the banking sector
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March 29
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

March 29
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
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It's hard to be the next Paypal
It's hard to be the next Paypal but Automate EVERYTHING

March 29
01:30 PM - 02:00 PM

March 29
01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
It's hard to be the next Paypal but Automate EVERYTHING
Banks taking a shortcut
Banks taking a shortcut by working with fintech startups

March 29
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM

March 29
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
Banks taking a shortcut by working with fintech startups
The challenge for VCs in the fintech space
The challenge for VCs in the fintech space

March 29
03:15 PM - 04:00 PM

March 29
03:15 PM - 04:00 PM
The challenge for VCs in the fintech space
Blockchain and connected devices
Blockchain and connected devices

March 29
04:00 PM - 04:30 PM

March 29
04:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Blockchain and connected devices
Closing Day 2
Closing Day 2

March 29
04:30 PM - 04:45 PM

March 29
04:30 PM - 04:45 PM
Closing Day 2