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H.E Minister Harb Inaugurates MENA Games Conference 2015

H.E Minister of Telecommunications, Boutros Harb, inaugurated The Middle East and North Africa’s Online, Mobile & Console Games Conference and Exhibition, MENA Games 2015, organized by International Fairs and Promotions (IFP Group) at Mar Mikhael historical train station in Beirut on 26 and 27 March 2015, with the official support of Alfa managed by Orascom Telecom.

Addressing more than 400 delegates representing some of the biggest local, regional and international games’ developing companies, and more than 50 leading experts and speakers, H.E highly valued the initiative of organizing such a conference. In his opening speech, Harb said that “holding this conference in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, proves that the city remains the Arab capital of innovation and entrepreneurship.” Harb welcomed the event’s positive role of “opening networking channels between the digital community members on two sides of the world, stimulating the Arabic knowledge economy, supporting new startups, and creating job opportunities for the young and ambitious innovators.”

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The Arabic Game Jam competition for creativity in Arabic electronic games in Beirut for the first time

The names of the winners among the 33 participants from the Arab World will be announced during a ceremony at the MENA Games on Thursday 26 March

The Arabic Game Jam competition for Arabic game concept development kicks off in Beirut on Tuesday, March 24. This unprecedented competition-event in the Lebanese capital is one of the world-famous competitions where contestants design and develop an Arabic electronic games content within a time limit of thirty six hours.

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The Mobile Apps Economy Is Now Bigger Than Hollywood

Global spending on mobile apps reached an unprecedented 25 billion USD in 2014, and this rapidly growing-sector has created more than a million jobs. With such a growth rate, the digital sector is representing an increasingly large share of the national economy for many countries.

To highlight the importance and vivacity of the digital sector, ArabNet will hold its sixth annual Beirut conference between the 17th and 19th of March, 2015 at the Beirut Hilton-Habtoor Grand Hotel under the patronage of His Excellency the President of the Lebanese Council of Ministers, Mr. Tammam Salam and the with the participation of MP Mrs. Nayla Tueni; His Excellency the Minister of Telecommunications, Dr. Boutros Harb; His Excellency the Minister of Economy, Dr. Alain Hakim; The First Vice-Governor at Banque du Liban, Mr. Raed Charafeddine; former Minister of Telecommunications, Mr. Nicolas Sahnaoui; former Minister of State, Mr. Marwan Kheireddin; and His Excellency the Ambassador of the United Kingdom, Mr. Tom Fletcher.

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Hala Zakaria's Success Story from Panda Playschool to Panda Park

In 1997, former preschool teacher Hala Zakaria bought an existing daycare, Panda Playschool, in Choueifat, Lebanon. Panda Playschool offers programs in both English and French for children ranging in age from 18 months to six years. Interactive learning is a core component of its academic program, and each classroom boasts a multi-touch interactive board. Outdoor play spaces are important, too. The school has a playground and garden with birds and turtles, where students are served fresh fruits and other healthy snacks. During the summer break, the school offers summer programs and camps.

In 2010, Panda had a staff of 18 and 155 students enrolled in its daycare and KG 1 and 2 programs. The previous year, it had also purchased a piece of land in the Metn area and established Panda Park, an outdoor venue that offers a fully equipped outdoor playground, ten picnic areas, and food and beverages services.

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Beirut, February 17, 2015: ArabNet Beirut, Lebanon’s three-day festival of digital creativity, e-business, development, and entrepreneurship, is back for its 6th edition. More than 80 elite speakers will convene in Beirut on March 17-19 to share international and regional perspectives on e-commerce, digital media, disruptive technology in hardware, and innovation with more than 700 attendees. ArabNet Beirut will tackle the growing role of banks in the entrepreneur ecosystem as led by Banque Du Liban's Circular 331. Other hot topics include what it takes to develop great video content for the web, online customer service, fashion, and entertainment.

Among the enriching activities, ArabNet Beirut 2015 promises to shed light on some of the hottest topics in the digital sector in the region. Check out some of the must-attend sessions:

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Digital Startups in Lebanon Get a Networking & Funding Boost

Beirut, January 12, 2015: More than $150 million are now available for investment in fast-growing Lebanese startups in the creative and digital sectors. Driven by Banque Du Liban (BDL) Circular 331, announced just one year ago, Lebanon is witnessing the establisment of half a dozen new institutions that support and fund entrepreneurs, including venture capital funds, seed funds, accelerators, and bootcamps. Decision-makers from these new institutions will join top regional investors, executives and promising startups at the 6th edition of ArabNet Beirut – the largest gathering for the digital creative sectors.

ArabNet Beirut 2015 will bring together more than 700 attendees and 80 high-profile regional and international speakers to share their perspectives and insights on digital business. Innovators, entrepreneurs and marketeers will also have the unique opportunity to get exposure through ArabNet’s annual competitions: the Ideathon, for new business concepts; the Startup Demo, for fast-growing young startups; and the Creative Combat, for promising talents in emarketing. The winners will take home $10,000 of cash prizes and a fully-paid 3-month startup program in Silicon Valley. Applications for the competitions are open until February 12th on www.arabnet.me.

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Memento Photoboutique – Showcasing Photos in Innovative Ways

Nada Ghobril spent ten years working in France, Dubai, and Jordan as a telecom and IT professional. Upon her return to Lebanon in 2010, she learned about the entrepreneurship training courses at AMIDEAST and enrolled in the “Growing a Business” workshop. She felt she had sufficient knowledge regarding starting a business, but wanted to learn the most common challenges Lebanese entrepreneurs face as they expand their businesses in the Lebanese market.

Passionate about digital photography, and knowing that digital photo album printing services were available in the U.S. and Europe, Nada was considering starting a business that would offer these services in the Middle East.

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AMIDEAST and Citi Foundation Launch Fourth Year of Arab Women’s Entrepreneurship Project

This November, AMIDEAST and Citi Foundation launched the fourth phase of the Arab Women’s Entrepreneurship Project (AWEP), designed to empower women entrepreneurs by providing them with the skills and techniques that will enable them to fully realize their economic potential and to allow them to benefit from networking and mentoring relationships that foster business success. The fourth round of AWEP will be offered in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Morocco, with 20 women selected in each country.

The economic participation of women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is lower than anywhere else in the world. MENA women have limited access to financial and training services, and face far higher unemployment rates than men. Added to this are common perceptions and beliefs that women should not be the financial heads of households.

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Banking, Retail, Innovations and cyber security in the Digital Age

DGTL#U Forum to discuss the future of electronic payments in the digital economy era.

The third series of the DGTL#U Forum organized by Al-Iktissad-Wal-Aamal group will take place on the 4th and 5th of December 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beirut under the patronage of HE Mr. Boutros Harb, Minister of Telecommunications in Lebanon. This yearو the topics will include discussions on transitioning to a cashless economy, how banks and retailers are adopting digital technologies and adapting to digital disruptions in their businesses. The forum will also feature on its second day an open discussion with HE Mr. Boutros Harb.

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Kids Genius - A new learning centre for kids

During her years of studying mechanical engineering in college, Sabine el Kahi often felt frustrated by not being able to implement the theoretical knowledge she was learning in practical ways. Although the university owned the equipment and machinery that could help students realize their projects, safety issues frequently prevented them from using the equipment and a professional trainer would have to demonstrate their use. When Sabine discovered a complete modular series of small and safe machinery at a fair in Germany that students could use to get hands on experience with actual machines, she was elated and immediately applied to represent the manufacturer in the Middle East. This was the first link in the chain that finally led to where she is today.

The second link was formed upon her college graduation with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Vision from the American University of Beirut. Sabine initially joined the family business, which supplies spare parts for heavy machinery. Always on the lookout for new products and services in the field of engineering, she decided to purchase a 3-D printer to help university students and professionals create prototypes. However, without experience in business and sales, she was unable to successfully market her services. That is, until she enrolled in AMIDEAST Entrepreneur Institute’s Growing a Business and Sales Team Development workshops to gain the practical skills she lacked.

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