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Gitex Future Stars

1417 October 2018 / Dubai World Trade Centre

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Join us at The Main Stage for 3-days of mind blowing keynotes, fireside chats, mentor clinics and some of the biggest names in business, technology and entrepreneurship. 

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13:05
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    Opening Remarks by the Chairperson Natasha D’Souza, Journopreneur and Forbes Columnist. 
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    Keynote Presentation: Early Stage Investment. Almost every major tech success – Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Airbnb, Skype, Zynga, etc. – started with angel investment. For businesses that req ...
14:15
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    Sean O’Sullivan, Managing Director of SOSV, the pioneering venture capital firm investing $50 million per year in startup companies. He pioneered street mapping on computers, is credited with coining ...
14:35
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    Investment in AI is exploding with VCs and CVCs scrambling to take on a leadership position in machine learning tech. What implications will these advances in AI technology have on our society? How sh ...
15:00
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    As impact- investing moves into the mainstream how can social entrepreneurs get better access to funding? How can Governments and corporations use environmental and social goals to drive a profit. How ...
15:15
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    Is the fintech revolution still making waves or has it subsided? VCs, corporates & fintech startups discuss the state of the industry’s investment climate and alternative ways in which startups can ra ...
16:00
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    Corporate Venture Funding is becoming an increasingly popular source of investment for startups. But what value add can CVCs provide to startups? How corporate VCs source deals? How different is the r ...
16:45
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    Leading female venture capitalists share their view on what they’ve learned about investing in and building successful companies led by women. How do women’s leadership styles and insights meaningfull ...
17:15
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    Cities, businesses and leaders globally are leveraging the progress potential of angel-backed startups. Learn more about this collaborative movement and how governments, corporates and angel resources ...
17:45
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    Data shows that a substantial portion of VC invested in the last decade has gone into businesses that clone in a new geography. What is fundamentally wrong with COPYCAT startups and why do VCs still i ...
18:15
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    In conversation with Sophia Amoruso, the celebrity founder who went from being a ‘down-inthe- dumps’ millennial to becoming the ‘Cinderella of Tech’ as dubbed by New York Times and getting a highly-ra ...
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    At 41, he took 4 companies from startup to IPO, and had the largest exit that the ASEAN internet market had seen by selling iProperty. His new 2 year-old venture, iflix, already has 2 million register ...
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    By raising over $200million in funding so far and with a strong & sole presence in over 10,000 cities across 22 countries Zomato outpaced the world’s most elite startups. Zomato founder talks how to k ...
11:40
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    US venture capital has backed some of the most successful tech companies in the world. However, US investments outside their own territory are an exception rather than the norm. Is it worth pitching i ...
12:00
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    Growing Through Social. The man responsible for turning Mersk into the global superstar in the enterprise social scene, in 2016, achieved a breakthrough success with using social media to achieve dire ...
12:20
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    If you don’t know what’s happening in China, you are missing out on some crucial info! While Uber can make it pretty much everywhere, it failed in China! Facebook too failed – while its offer to acqui ...
12:40
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    Africa  Spotlight. Growing importance of mobile in consumer lives is putting a pressure on startups to improve mobile apps user experience. Africa’s unique problems have resulted in a unique brand of ...
13:00
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    • Dubai – Innovation Reimagined
    According to the Startup Cities Index carried out by NestPick, Dubai has been ranked as the 29th most dynamic startup city in the world, amongst a list of 85 cities. Dubai in this Index ranked higher ...
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    SeaBubbles is pioneering the environmentally-friendly transportation of the future with their flying water taxis that come equipped with a battery-driven propulsion system. Applauded by city officials ...
13:20
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    Impact investing is more than just fake philanthropy. The session addresses the role that impact finance plays in supporting startups with the social cause.
13:30
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    • Dubai – Innovation Reimagined
    Silicon Valley, New York, London, Singapore and other startup locations have long ruled as the main hubs for tech innovation. Dubai is now one of the hottest startup metropolitan city in world. It is ...
14:00
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    • Saudi Accelerator Day
    The number of startup support organizations – accelerators, incubators, funds, etc. - in Saudi Arabia significantly increased over the last few years. These organizations and companies are proving fun ...
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    Angel investing is picking up both globally and regionally. Leading angel investors talk angel money over VC & institutions. Can angel investment fit into your overall investment plans? How to manage ...
14:20
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    Crowd funding helped millions of startups find capital, but why some crowd funding campaigns work better then others. Lean how successful campaigns managed to pull it off.
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    Investment in AI is exploding with VCs and CVCs scrambling to take on a leadership position in machine learning tech. What makes investment interesting when AI is involved? What not to do when buildin ...
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    • Saudi Accelerator Day
    Saudi Arabia is becoming a home to many of the region's most innovative up and coming companies, such as UTurn Entertainment, PayTabs, Foodics, OrderMe, Morni and many more. This panel will discuss th ...
10:30
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    A breakthrough in AI development by Soul Machines, Nadia is a virtual chatbot who can not only express human emotions, but also read facial expressions. What is the future of human interaction between ...
10:50
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    Think of a world where any young musician is able to code a music app – and able to license it at a 100 miles-per-hour. Benji turns up the volume on all the long term benefits that blockchain technolo ...
11:00
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    As a startup founder, raising funding from VCs can be a challenging process. How should entrepreneurs approach venture capital investors? How can you do your homework and pick the right investors for ...
11:10
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    Imagine a glove that allows you to create music simply by making gestures with your hand and fingers. Find out how the Remidi Glove can turn even those musically challenged into rock stars.
11:30
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    A foldable smart scooter made a quick way from crowdfunding on Indiegogo to selling on Amazon. Find out what made this portable smart vehicle attractive to investors.
11:50
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    Delving into the debate of Life Expectancy (LE) vs. Healthy Life Expectancy (HLE), Takeshi prescribes big data and IoT as essential medical tools to analyse and improve HLE and sustain today’s ‘Labour ...
12:10
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    Ever wondered what it would be like to work on some of Alphabet’s most innovative products and groundbreaking technologies such as Google Research’s machine learning, natural language processing, Goog ...
12:30
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    Questioning the key belief that only natural living beings are able to express emotions, Hiroshi shares the latest algorithm named EMPATH that is enabling IoT to emphatise like humans. Detecting emoti ...
13:00
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11:00
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12:00
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14:00
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    Ruben, a.k.a “master of extreme”, is the one pushing kiteboarding to the absolute limits; he was a world class, professional kite-surfer, the winner of Red Bull King of the Air, a DJ, a party animal, ...
14:35
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    Australian beatboxer with one of the most watched TED Talks ever. It’s been said many times that Tom Thum appears to have not only a symphony orchestra but also a jazz band, techno DJ, 80’s synth pop ...
15:00
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    Costas Papa is an educator, sonic artist and media business consultant. Costas currently makes dark minimal techno with dub undertones and is continually reinventing his sonic identity while keeping a ...
15:30
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    Sihle Tshabalala, a convicted criminal and member of the infamous 26gang. Sihle has spent 11 years behind bars for armed robbery. During his time in prison and within six weeks he taught himself compu ...
16:00
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    Thato Kgatlhanye praised by Bill Gates for creativity and innovation, founder of Repurpose Schoolbags, discusses impact entrepreneurship, where she gets inspiration to push the world forward, and why ...
16:30
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