Step Pakistan-Pakistan’s Leading Tech Event For The Next Innovators

PAKISTAN’S LEADING TECH EVENT FOR THE NEXT INNOVATORS



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Step started out as a series of workshops and small gatherings, and now with a decade's passing has grown to become the largest tech festival in Dubai. Step Pakistan is brought to you by Step, the organizers of the Step Conference, the leading tech and startup festival for emerging markets. Step Pakistan will bring together startup founders, investors, developers, and enablers from Pakistan in a holistic community to collaborate with talks of innovation, raising startup investments and the participation of startups and mentors from the outstanding tech scene in the region.

500+

Attendees

30+

Speakers

20+

Showcasing Startups & SMEs

30+

Hours of Content

Previous Speakers

Naureen Hyat

Tez Financial Services

Naureen
Hyat

Tez Financial Services

Naureen is a serial fintech entrepreneur having closely worked with the microfinance sector. She is a Co-founder at Tez Financial Services and also co-founded CheckIn Solutions, a microfinance-focused FinTech. Her expertise is supplemented by her experience in credit ratings having worked with PACRA, specializing in Microfinance, Banking, and NBFCs. She served as an Assessor of the SMART Campaign was the Head of Finance and Planning Shopistan and has been a directorr of The Pakistan Society for Planned Parenthood. Naureen has studied the field of Inclusive Finance at the Harvard Business School and is a member of the CFA community. Naureen has been featured in Forbes, Reuters (Salaam Gateway), Women in Fintech Powerlist, Business Financing UK and other renowned global publications recognizing leaders and game changers around the world.

Muneeb Maayr

BYKEA

Muneeb
Maayr

BYKEA

Muneeb Maayr is Founder at Bykea, the largest network of motorbikes serving on-demand transport, logistics and payment services in Pakistan. Muneeb graduated from the University of Virginia to work in investment banking at Bear Stearns in New York City right after college. He then led a 600 person back office for SNL Financial in Islamabad, a business acquired by Standard & Poors. Prior to Bykea, Muneeb was Co-Founder and CEO at Daraz.pk, Pakistan's leading ecommerce platform, acquired by Alibaba Group.

Mahlaqa Shaukat

AimFit

Mahlaqa
Shaukat

AimFit

Mahlaqa is the CEO and co-founder of AimFit - Pakistan's first and largest digital fitness platform for women. AimFit is on a mission to make 110m Pakistani women the fittest in the world. The start-up, which has recently raised seed funding, offers group fitness classes via an omni-channel approach: online through the AimFit App and physically at AimFit's group fitness studios currently present in Lahore and Islamabad, Pakistan. With over 25 million workout minutes recorded by it's community and over 42,000 5 star reviews, AimFit is a budding name in Pakistan's, relatively young, health and fitness landscape. Mahlaqa completed her undergraduate and masters degree at Oxford University studying Engineering, Economics and Management. She spent a few years in London working as a technology consultant at Deloitte before returning to Pakistan.

Aatif Awan

Indus Valley Capital

Aatif
Awan

Indus Valley Capital

Aatif Awan is the founder and Managing Partner of Indus Valley Capital, a Pakistan-focused early stage VC fund. He led the seed rounds for Atoms, Airlift, Bazaar, AimFit, RemoteBase and serves on their boards. Previously, Aatif was VP Growth & International at LinkedIn and built the team that grew the network by half a billion members. Aatif also led the product integrations between LinkedIn and Microsoft after the $26B acquisition.

Rabeel Warraich

Sarmayacar

Rabeel
Warraich

Sarmayacar

Rabeel is the Founder/CEO of Sarmayacar - the largest early stage VC firm focused on Pakistan - and a Kauffman Fellow. Prior to this, Rabeel worked with Morgan Stanley and GIC after gaining his education from MIT and Oxford University.

Omair Ansari

Abhi

Omair
Ansari

Abhi

Omair is an investment banker with over 15 years of experience focusing on Emerging Markets, with his most recent role being at Morgan Stanley in New York where he ran 2 funds focused on the space.

Muhammad Owais

Dastgyr Technologies

Muhammad
Owais

Dastgyr Technologies

Muhammad Owais is a co-founder at dastgyr, a startup that launched this year to digitize B2B Trade for the unorganized retail sector. He was also a founding member at Airlift Technologies, a mass transit company that raised Pakistan's largest series B recently. Previously, he worked at Careem and Kaymu.pk.

Kalsoom Lakhani

i2i Ventures

Kalsoom
Lakhani

i2i Ventures

Kalsoom is the Co-founder & General Partner at i2i Ventures, an early stage VC fund for Pakistan, and the country’s first female-founded VC fund. Prior to opening the doors to i2i Ventures in 2019, Kalsoom was the Founder of Invest2Innovate, i2i Ventures' sister entity, which she founded in 2011 to support and unleash the potential of young entrepreneurs in growth markets like Pakistan. She has trained young entrepreneurs, changemakers, and civil society leaders in Kosovo, Nepal, Cambodia, Ireland, Bangladesh, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, and has spoken at numerous venues, including the World Economic Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. State Department, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, and SXSW. Kalsoom is currently a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and serves on the Board of the American Pakistan Foundation.

Muhammad Sheheryar Iqbal

Airlift Technologies

Muhammad
Sheheryar
Iqbal

Airlift Technologies

An Aerospace Engineer who joined Airlift Technologies almost a couple of years ago. Was looking after Supply Acquisition and onboarding for Airlift Transit. Was then responsible for building the end to end Supply Chain of our quick commerce venture post Covid outbreak. Currently, have all my efforts focused on national and global expansion of the Airlift Technologies.

Fatima Mazhar

COLABS

Fatima
Mazhar

COLABS

Fatima Mazhar is the Chief Operating Officer at COLABS . Fatima is an alumnus of Washington College, where she did her undergraduate, and the University of Pittsburgh where she did her Masters in Global Political Economy, Security and Intel Studies. She is also a Sloan Fellow from MIT. In 2013, she joined Careem as a fleet manager in Dubai. In 2014, she took on the role of General Manager Pakistan and two years later, she became the head of expansion. She played a pivotal role in Careem’s growth in the country before resigning in 2018. She has also worked as the General Manager at Keep Truckin’. In February 2021, she founded Dukaan.pk and led the company as the COO for four months before stepping down.

PREVIOUS STEP SPEAKERS

Sriram Krishnan

Andreessen Horowitz

Sriram
Krishnan

Andreessen Horowitz

Sriram Krishnan is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he invests in early stage consumer startups. Today, Sriram serves on the board of Hopin. Prior to joining a16z, Sriram held numerous senior product roles. Most recently, he led core consumer teams at Twitter where he was responsible for products including the home timeline, new user experience, search, discovery, and audience growth. Before this, Sriram created and oversaw various mobile ad products for both Snap and Facebook, including Snap’s Direct Response ads business and the Facebook Audience Network, one of the largest networks in display advertising. Sriram started his career at Microsoft where he touched numerous projects related to Windows Azure. He is the author of ""Programming Windows Azure"" published by O'Reilly. Sriram writes actively at @sriramk on Twitter and at sriramk.com. Along with his wife, he also co-hosts The Good Time Show on Clubhouse, a nightly show through which they interview innovators around tech and culture.

Alex Antolino

Typeform

Alex
Antolino

Typeform

Alex Antolino is a creative director, content creator, and overnight music producer.

David Miltner

Fiverr

David
Miltner

Fiverr

David Miltner is the Head of Growth Marketing for International Expansion at Fiverr International Ltd. (NYSE: FVRR), the company that is changing how the world works together. David and his team are responsible to grow Fiverr’s international footprint and connect local businesses with top talented freelance experts. Before he joined Fiverr, David successfully scaled up new mobility start ups in Germany and Europe.

Christopher Schroeder

Entrepreneur & Venture Investor

Christopher
Schroeder

Entrepreneur & Venture Investor

Christopher M. Schroeder is an American entrepreneur, advisor and investor in interactive technologies and social communications. He is author of the recent best seller, and first book on startups in the Arab World, Startup Rising -- The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East. Schroeder was the CEO and Publisher of washingtonpost.newsweek interactive and co-founder of the Silicon Valley venture capital backed startupHealthCentral.com. Schroeder serves on the board of advisers of the American University of Cairo School of Business, American University School of International Service, and the boards of directors of the American University of Beirut, The German Marshall Fund and the American Council on Germany. He is on the Investment Committee of The Wamda Fund, one of the largest venture capital funds in the Middle East. He has co-led the Economic Recovery and Revitalization working group of the Atlantic Council's Middle East Strategy Task Force. He was named one of LinkedIn's first 50 Influencers. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

Christine Tsai

500 Startups

Christine
Tsai

500 Startups

Christine is the CEO and Founding Partner of 500 Startups. Since the firm’s inception in 2010, she grew 500 to over $580M in committed capital, 2,200+ portfolio companies, 5,000 founders, 120+ team members, and a vibrant community of founders spanning more than 75 countries around the world. Christine has spent her entire professional career in Silicon Valley, building tech products and investing in early stage startups. From 2003 to 2010, Christine held product marketing and technical operating roles at Google, focusing primarily on monetization and developer products. Early on at Google, she was part of the team that launched Google AdSense and Google Analytics. Christine also drove marketing for YouTube’s syndication products, including strategic partnerships with major consumer electronics and gaming partners like Sony, Panasonic, Vizio, Electronic Arts, and Ubisoft. She also worked on Google’s Developer Tools including App Engine, Google Web Toolkit (GWT), Android, and Google APIs, and led planning for Google I/O, Google’s flagship developer conference. Christine holds a B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of California at Berkeley and was a National Merit Scholar. Christine also served as a research apprentice through the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program in the Department of Psychology.

Robert Scoble

Infinite Retina

Robert
Scoble

Infinite Retina

ROBERT SCOBLE: Infinite Retina Chief Strategy Officer | Spatial Computing Researcher | Expert on Augmented and Virtual Reality | Top Five Technology Blogger Robert Scoble is among the world's best-known technology strategists. He is also a keynote speaker and most passionate about Virtual and Augmented Reality and how they will change and disrupt business. Based on his many meetings with tech pioneers and thinkers, he is always looking for early changes in patterns that foretell lasting trends. Three such trends have resulted in his three books. Siri was launched in his house. He did the first live video from inside the first Tesla (Elon Musk gave him a ride before he gave his best friend a ride). He has the first video of a Google self-driving car up on YouTube. He was first to show the world many companies and technologies, like those, and Flipboard, Pandora, Instagram, and thousands of others. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, and associated social media accounts, like Scobleizer on Twitter, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology strategist at Microsoft. He later worked for Fast Company as a video blogger and then Rackspace promoting breakthrough technology and startups and representing its brand to millions. Founded by Irena Cronin and Robert Scoble in October 2018, Infinite Retina, LLC, is the first strategy firm dedicated to helping big brands develop and implement spatial computing strategies (virtual and augmented reality, along with other computing that humans, robots, or virtual beings can move through). They believe that a decade from today the center of digital commerce and life will have migrated from today's handsets to tomorrow's VR and AR headsets -- or smart glasses, as they might be called. Robert wants to help brands understand, plan, and implement strategies to make this vital transformation. Robert is working with Irena on a new book, "Infinite Retina," which will be published in Spring 2020. It will focus on several industries that will radically change in the 2020s due to Spatial Computing. In addition, Robert has interviewed thousands of tech company founders, and his previous three books, written with Forbes author Shel Israel, have predicted three decade-long trends: "Naked Conversations" predicted how businesses would use social media before Facebook became popular. "Age of Context" predicted how wearable and mobile technology would bring new kinds of software. His most recent book, "The Fourth Transformation," predicts how augmented and virtual reality will change every business. As a globally in demand keynote speaker Robert delivers a rocket ride through the future of technology, and shows you how your business is about to be disrupted by a perfect storm of technology changes. Spatial Computing, whether we call it mixed reality, augmented reality, or virtual reality, will join with autonomous vehicles, crypto currencies, new kinds of artificial intelligence and voice first systems, like Apple's Siri or Amazon's Alexa, along with other deep infrastructure changes from new kinds of cloud architectures to 5G to radically change what we think of computing and, even, what it means to be human.

Charles Schreger

NYU

Charles
Schreger

NYU

Former president of HBO Enterprises, currently marketing professor at NYU Stern School of Business, visiting professor at American University in Dubai and former staff writer at the Los Angeles Times.

Mark D'Arcy

Facebook

Mark
D'Arcy

Facebook

VP, Chief Creative Officer at Facebook where he leads the company’s creative efforts to make advertising across Facebook and Instagram more relevant for people and more valuable for businesses. Mark joined Facebook in 2011 and today his team, The Creative Shop, operates from more than 40 Facebook offices and last year alone helped produce several thousand projects across Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Oculus for an extraordinarily diverse client base including 80% of the world’s top 100 advertisers. The Creative Shop does all this through close partnerships with all the major advertising groups and collaborations with independent creators, influencers, artists, production companies, media companies and technologists. The work these partnerships create is regularly recognized in the press for driving innovation and at leading award shows, including Cannes Lions, where Mark has served on the inaugural Innovation and 2016 Glass Lion juries. Mark helped establish the Facebook Awards to celebrate the best creative work on the platform and in 2012, he founded the Facebook Global Creative Council. Mark is proud to serve on the boards of AD and the IFP, Independent Filmmaker Project.

Mike Butcher

TechCrunch

Mike
Butcher

TechCrunch

Mike Butcher (FRSA) is currently Editor of TechCrunch Europe. Mike is also involved in a project to bring European technology entrepreneurs and investors together in a club environment called TechHub (@TechHub), in London initially. A long time journalist, Mike has written for UK national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman. He is a former editor ofNew Media Age magazine, the leading new media weekly in the UK, and the European edition of The Industry Standard magazine. Since 1996 he has launched or re-launched numerous media web sites and in 2000 he was nominated as NetMedia's European Internet Journalist of the Year. In 2004 he was voted "One of the 100 Innovators of the UK Internet Decade" by GfK NOP, the fourth-largest custom research business in the world. In July 2008 he was put at No. 47 out of the Top 100 people in London's creative industry by The Independent newspaper and The Hospital Club. In August 2008 TechCrunch Europe was awarded the best "Web 2.0 and business blog" in the UK, by the readers of Computer Weekly magazine. In 2009 it was named as one of the Top 10 blogs out of the UK. Also in 2009 he was named one of the Top 10 bloggers on Twitter in the UK. In October 2009 he was named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph. In April 2010 he was named as one of Britain's Top 100 "digital power-brokers" by Wired UK magazine. In April 2010 TechCrunch Europe was shortlisted in the Specialist Digital Publisher category of the prestigious UK-based Association of Online Publishers' Digital Publishing Awards. In November 2010 he was named as one of London's most influential people in New Media and "king of dotcom commentators" by The Evening Standard Newspaper. In February he was listed as one of the Top 100 most influential people on Twitter in the UK. He has spoken at the prestigious Monaco Media Forum and Le Web, among many other conferences. Mike is a regular commentator on the technology business, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4 and Bloomberg. Mike's personal blog is mbites, while he Twitters as @mikebutcher.

Ronaldo Mouchawar

SOUQ.com

Ronaldo
Mouchawar

SOUQ.com

The co-founder and CEO of SOUQ.com, the largest online retail and marketplace platform in the Arab world. Since co-founding SOUQ.com in 2005, Mr Mouchawar has overseen aggressive expansion of the company to become the first choice in online shopping for millions of customers in the Middle East. Mr Mouchawar has more than 15 years of experience in technology and business management. He started his career as a Technical and Systems Consultant with EDS in the US, and before starting SOUQ.com, he spearheaded a consulting company that managed numerous web and e- commerce projects in the Arab world. Mr Mouchawar holds a Master's degree in Digital Communications and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Mr Mouchawar’s family background is in trading, which combined with his passion for innovation and technology, has led him to start, develop and lead the e-commerce market in this region. As keen to set high goals for himself and his team in his career as he did as a Basketball player, he is an inspiration to young entrepreneurs looking to blaze their own trail and he is passionate about creating jobs for Arabs and like-minded entrepreneurs to join his growing team. In March 2015, Mr Mouchawar received an award from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in recognition of SOUQ.com’s digital influence in the UAE. Recently, Mr Mouchawar was awarded the prestigious Retail Business Leader of the Year & Entrepreneur of the Year Awards by Gulf Business (Motivate Publishing).

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What We Cover

Step Pakistan will cover the latest trends and innovation in the technology and digital space, from fundraising and investment, to tech talent, and digitization with participation from relevant stakeholders from the ecosystem.

Investment & Fundraising
  • Government Funding
  • VC & Angel Investor Interest
  • Emerging Startups
Fintech & E-commerce
  • Payments
  • Marketplaces
  • Legislation
Tech Talent
  • Hiring local talent
  • Outsourcing tech talent
  • Entrepreneurship
Tech & Innovation
  • Healthtech
  • Foodtech
  • Edtech
  • Mobility
  • Smart Cities
 

WHAT GOES ON

Live Stages and Tracks

Step Pakistan features a live stage, workshops and programming running simultaneously covering the latest trends and innovation in the regional technology space.

Startup & SME Programming

Step Pakistan hosts multiple online startup & SME programs to facilitate connections with investors, clients, partners.


Networking

There will be opportunities for attendees to meet the right people through general and curated virtual networking.


Matchmaking

Matchmaking opportunities will be curated between different stakeholders through themed roundtable sessions focusing on diverse industry topics.




VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES

The Step experiences are entertaining and educational across the days of the event, giving attendees an opportunity to network differently. 




VIRTUAL EXHIBITION

Startups, tech companies, brands government entities across various stakeholder types participate to connect with attendees and gather leads, connect with potential partners .