Techne Summit will launch this year in Alexandria, Egypt from 7th to 8thMay 2016. Carrying the same slogan of TECHNOLOGY.INNOVATION.TALENT on which the event concept is built, the two-day summit will act as a platform including the main global players in the technology industry, namely: industry professionals as speakers, technology businesses, entrepreneurs and startups, investors, users and media representatives.
Techne Summit 2016 will be under the auspicious of The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology where Minister Yasser El Kady, will be leading the event’s opening ceremony. Techne Summit will also be under the auspicious of The Federation of the Egyptian Chambers of Commerce, The Information Technology Industry Development Agency, The Federation of the Egyptian Chambers of Commerce and The General Division for The Computer and Software.
Techne Summit 2016 will continue with the same philosophy of capitalizing on the crucial role of the technology and communications sectors in the development of nations, and fostering innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship to serve the development process. Techne Summit will present international speakers with the opportunity to share their experience with professionals, enthusiasts in the industry, as well as network with others in the technology field from around the world. The event will be an opportunity for startups to grow in the Middle East &North Africa region by connecting with investors and distributers by showcasing their products and acquiring funding for their businesses as well as foster the exchange of ideas and experience across various regions worldwide.
Techne Summit aims to create a platform where booming startups in the technology market are able to showcase their latest innovations, granting their products or services greater visibility among industry professionals and enthusiasts. Similarly participants will have access to the latest innovations and recent business trends, therefore gaining exposure and increased knowledge in the field. Similarly investors will be able explore new areas of potential business collaboration and success, paving the way to mutual business growth for all participating parties. The event aims to ultimately develop the technology industry by fostering the mindset of decentralization within the field and building bridges of informational and cultural exchange between regions. An important goal of Techne Summit is to also grow the contribution of conference tourism to the city of Alexandria and in turn Egypt.
Markade Agency event organizers, along with organizing partners Innovideas, revealed on the Techne Summit website the astounding speaker line-up from around the world who will be sharing their experience and expertise at this year’s event. Says Tarek El Kady, Managing Director Markade, “Last year Techne Summit 2015 was a great success. This year with Techne Summit 2016 we are building on that success and catering to the feedback that we received from both participants and speakers alike to present an unprecedented technology event experience to the region.” El Kady adds, “Our 2015 event presented networking opportunities between what was close to 48 speakers, 900 attendees, 39 Startups and 100 volunteers, from 12 countries worldwide. Techne Summit has definitely established itself as a leading event in the technology industry in the region and our aim along with our partners is to continue to foster that success. For Techne Summit 2016 we are working with double the speakers’ figure of that of Techne Summit 2015, four times the startup one and triple the attendance, while reaching out to more countries in the region.”
Techne Summit 2016 offers a variety of new additions to the previous year’s event. For the first time Techne Summit will feature the field of Medical Technology. Acclaimed speakers will discuss how technological innovations can contribute to the diagnosis, monitoring or treatment of diseases and medical conditions, ultimately having a positive impact on individuals’ quality of life.
Techne Summit 2016 also has also announced that this year’s event will feature a wide array of elite competitions for startups that extend throughout the two-day event and present shining startups with opportunities to pitch and in turn fund their businesses. Among the highlighted competitions is The SeedStars Alexandria 2016 Competition, which aims to support tech or tech-enabled startups with prizes of over $1,000,000 in value. The competition is powered by SeedStarsWorld, a Swiss based startup competition that takes place in emerging markets with the goal of reducing unemployment in those markets through the promotion of and investment in entrepreneurship. The top 10 startups will be invited to pitch in front of an investment panel and compete for the title of “Most Promising Seed-stage Startup of Seedstars Alexandria 2016”. The winning startup will join the global Seedstars Family and take part in the regional and global Seedstars Summits that include the boot camp and investor forums, while earning one flight ticket to Switzerland to compete for competition’s investment prizes. At Techne Summit 2016 Aramex sponsors the Aramex Techne Summit Startups Competition, a competition that encourages promising businesses by offering Plantinum, Gold and Silver Winner packages to the top three startups selected. The prize packages support startups to operate both swiftly and economically by presenting varying discountson Aramex cash rates for international inbound and outbound express services, membership offers for Aramex Shop&Ship services as well as mentorship prizes.
El Kady concludes, “With Techne Summit 2015 we are excited and hopeful. With Techne Summit 2016 our enthusiasm has transformed into passion and our hope into confidence. We are confidently optimistic that the event will be one that produces a highly positive impact on the technology industry in the region.”
Techne Summit 2016 will take place in the monumental Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a symbol of innovation and development built as to represent the ancient Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity in the Egyptian city of Alexandria founded in 331 BC by Alexander The Great.