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Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

ستارت أب ويكند عمان هي فعالية تمتد على مدار 54 ساعة، يجتمع فيها المهتمون في تطوير البرمجيات، و التصميم، و التسويق، و مدراء المنتجات، و المتحمسون لإنشاء الشركات الناشئة في مكان واحد لتبادل الأفكار، و تشكيل فرق العمل، و بناء المنتجات ، و إطلاق الشركات الناشئة!

تمتد فعالية ستارت أب ويكند على طول عطلة نهاية الأسبوع التي يتم قضاؤها في العمل الفعلي المشترك بين الرياديين و الملهمين للتأكد من أن الأفكار التي يمتلكونها هي أفكار يمكن تأسيس شركة ناشئة قابلة للحياة بناء عليها، و عادة يتكون ما يقارب نصف المشاركين من الأشخاص الفنيين (تطوير، تصميم،…) و النصف الآخر من المختصين في المجالات التجارية.

تبدأ الفعالية يوم الخميس، بإتاحة المجال لكل المشاركين لطرح أفكارهم على بقية المشاركين، و ضمهم إلى فرق العمل. ليتم في يومي الجمعة و السبت العمل الفعلي على تصميم و تطوير الخطط التجارية بالتوازي مع تشكيل رؤية أوضح لشركتهم الناشئة.

تقوم جميع الفرق يوم السبت بعرض النماذج الاولية التي قاموا بإعدادها، و يستمعوا لآراء أعضاء لجنة التحكيم، و ربما يحالفهم الحظ بالفوز بجائزة.

تم تصميم فعالية ستارت اب ويكند خصيصا للرياديين الذين يرغبون بالحصول على تعليقات حول أفكارهم، أو إيجاد شركاء إضافيين، أو حتى تعلم مهارات جديدة. نرحب بكل من يود تجربة عالم الريادة، علما أن الفعالية تعتبر بيئة يستطيع فيها الجميع العمل بمنتهى الحرية، وبلا شعور بالخوف من أي خسارة، لينطلق بقوة إلى عالم الشركات الناشئة.



Jun 5
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome & Keynote
  • Speaker: Rami Al-Karmi
  • Speaker: Mohammad Azzam
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Announce votes
  • Dinner
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jun 6
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Speaker: Hussam Hammo
  • Prayer and lunch break
  • Call for needs & skillse to help!
  • Speaker: Tamer AlMasri
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jun 7
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Speaker: Khaldoon Tabaza
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Closing Speech: Ahmad Al-Hanandeh
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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Gold Sponsors
Contributing & Media Sponsors

Nima Adelkhani

Founder @ PITME   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Nima Adelkhani, Founder and CEO, PITME: Nima’s vision is PITME (Progress in Technology Middle East), a social impact organization that aims to turbocharge the Middle Eastern startup ecosystem by providing access to Silicon Valley resources. His goal is to build a bridge between the entrepreneurial community in the Middle East and the rest of the world. As part of this effort PITME Labs, a growth stage accelerator on track to accelerate 50 companies per year, was launched. Nima is also the host of what he calls Larry King meets Bill Maher meets Khan Academy interview series, Technology in a Tent. Over the past year he has interviewed over 100 thought leaders, investors and entrepreneurs with the theme of lessons through stories. Prior to founding PITME, Nima was head of business development for the Founder Institute, a global accelerator with operations in over 30 cities. During his tenure, Nima helped launch over 300 startups. He is working on a book about his experiences and hopes to teach college courses on entrepreneurship when he grows up.

Ahmad M Alhuwwari

UX Manager @ YAAB   |   LinkedIn

Ahmad is a UX Consultant/Manager. That is a fancy way of saying he plans how to present the things you see on your computer screen, so that they are easy to understand, engaging and compelling. Things like the navigation, forms, categories and words on intranets, websites, web applications and business systems.
He has been doing this professionally since 2006

Ahmad Takatkah

Venture Investor   |   LinkedIn

Ahmad is a VCpreneur from Arabia focusing on investing in Internet and Mobile ventures. Ahmad used to be a venture partner at Leap Ventures and an advisor to MIT Arab Angel Network. Prior to joining leap ventures, Ahmad was the Head of Investments at N2V, managing the holding’s Investments in local early stage web companies in the Middle East region. Ahmad is a Kauffman Fellow, and went to Harvard executive training for Venture Capital and Private Equity. He is Board member and advisor in several web and mobile web startups in the Middle East, a former member of the VC Task Force at the MENA Private Equity Association. He is also a Judge and Mentor at MIT Arab Startup competition, ArabNet Startup Demo, Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition (QRNEC), Startup Weekend (Amman, Cairo, Riyadh), Oasis500 Accelerator, Zajil Award for Arab Web Startups, Creative Business Cup (CBC), Seed Startup Accelerator, iPark Incubator in Jordan, and several Startup Weekend Bootcamps. Ahmad is also known as an active VC Blogger on his blog He holds an MBA from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), a B.Sc. degree in electronics engineering from Princess Sumaya University of Technology (PUST).

Rasha Barakat

HR Admin Zain Al Shabab Director in addition to being part of Corporate Entrepreneurship Responsibility Cross Functional Team @ Zain Jordan

Rasha Barakat is known for:

Human Resources experience in a high tech fast paced industry

Extensive background in HR generalist affairs recruitment and selection training and development employee engagement employee relations, conflict resolution organization development compensation and benefits performance management and change management

Develop and implement organization development programs and interventions

Manage Zain Jordan Youth arm with their different activities that range from CSR to sales and marketing.

Part of Zain Jordan’s Corporate Entrepreneurship Responsibility Division that is focused on supporting youth with great ideas and enhancing the current position of startups through different support mechanisms.

Play a key role in driving organizational change in alignment with business strategy.

Iyad Al Samman

HR & External Affairs Manager @ Coca-Cola Bottling Company Of Jordan

Past Experiences:
Administration & Human Resources Manager
Alpha Flight Services Group - Jordan.
Public Company AAP Airlines/Aviation industry

Head of Personnel & Security section
ALIA Gateway Hotel Queen Alia International Airport Royal Jordanian Airline Investments
Hospital & Health Care industry

CCI Experience:
Country Human Resources Manager
The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Jordan Ltd.
Food & Beverages industry

Country HR & External Affairs Manager
The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Jordan Ltd.
Food & Beverages industry


Brett Nakatsu

Senior Regional Manager – MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa @ UP Global   |   LinkedIn

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington. Currently based in London. Brett has been working for Startup Weekend / UP Global HQ for nearly two years. His role as Sr. Regional Manager is to liaise with the local organizers on the ground in the Middle East and Africa and help them build sustainable startup communities. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2012 with a degree in Business Administration. His professional background is mainly operations, but he also travels frequently – facilitating events all over the world - including (but not limited to) Brazil, Colombia, Turkey, Ghana, Morocco and Jordan.

Masoud Alhelou

Jordan Facilitator @ Startup Weekend Amman

Masoud Alhelou is a co-founder and product manager with strong passion for mobile technology at Iaraby. Iaraby is one of the leading mobile development companies,
Masoud worked in many leading companies in the IT sector, interested in anything related to technology, aims to build mobile applications that make people’s lives easier,
Masoud organised Amman Startup weekend I and II, with many of volunteering work.

Khaldoon Tabaza

Managing Director @ iMENA Holdings   |   LinkedIn

Khaldoon is the Managing Director of iMENA Holdings, a consumer online businesses holding company focused on the MENA. He is also the Founder of Zad Capital, a venture capital platform focused on the Internet, technology, and media industries. In January, 2010, Abraaj Capital acquired Khaldoon's pervious firm, Riyada Ventures, a venture capital firm that he established in 2005, which won the award for the best venture capital in MENA in 2008 and 2009.
Throughout his career, Khaldoon has been involved in 60+ SME and Venture Capital engagements, including co-founding, managing, and advising SME firms and investment funds in Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, and United States. Sectors of expertise include technology, media, telecommunication, Internet, and healthcare.

Rami Al-Karmi

Entrepreneurship & Investment Advisor @ Zain   |   LinkedIn

Rami Al-Karmi is Entrepreneurship & Investment Advisor at Zain , advising on the 1st Corporate Entrepreneurship Responsibly (CER) Division in the region. He is the Founding Partner of Arcoten Holdings - a Pan-Arab and Middle East focused venture and entrepreneurship ecosystem development and advisory studio. He is a Mentor at 500 Startups one of the top Global Accelerators in Silicon Valley , and a regular lecturer at the region's leading universities and entrepreneurship centers. Rami currently serves on the boards of trustees at Elia Nuqul Foundation. He acts as a Mentor / advisor to management / board member to more than 30 successful regional and international venture, with a footprint that spans introducing the lean startup model to Qatar Business Incubation Center in Doha, VentureLab Accelerator at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia ,and FastForward Accelerator in Ramallah / Palestine.

Rami is an entrepreneur, and investor , he founded his 1st startup at the age of 19. And was one of 13 Jordanians invited to attend the Presidential summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington DC 2010. Previously, Rami served as Executive Director at N2V and CEO of N2VLabs (the accelerator, investment and engineering arm of the N2V Group - the largest internet investment holding company in Arabia). Rami holds an Electrical Engineering degree from University of Jordan. He completed the Venture Capital Executive Program at HAAS UC Berkeley, the Leading for the future, and the Leading Organizing for Action Executive Programs at Harvard Kennedy School, and the Senior Executive Education Program at UC San Diego.

Along with being a proud geek, Rami is a passionate advocate of the Lean Startup and customer development methodology and is a regular judge, mentor & keynote speaker at the region's important entrepreneurship & technology events.

Hussam Hammo

CEO @ Tamatem Inc   |   LinkedIn

CEO and co-founder of Tamatem Inc. a [500] Startups backed mobile gaming studio and publisher entirely focused on serving the Arab world with content tailored for the language and culture of the middle east.

Co-founded and was Chief Products Officer at Wizards Productions, the largest gaming company in the region with more than 10 games in its portfolio.

Hussam was responsible for the day to day products management, define and plan the overall company strategy, work with external third parties to assess partnerships and licensing opportunities, work closely with developers and designers to deliver tasks, he also acts like an art director in the company. He also analysis traffic, compares data and prepare reports to act upon, hearing the feedback directly from the users helps enhancing the current products and introduce more features.

Hussam is also the co-founder of, the first of its kind automobile virtual dealer for the Zarqa free zone, the company was established in June 2011

Hussam has worked earlier at Maktoob and created the first Arabic social network with more than 500 thousand users. Maktoob (now became Yahoo) has bought Hussam's project '' the first Arabic social network that won the Queen Rania award for entrepreneurship in 2007 and merged it into its existing products to create 'Maktoob friends'. A social network Hussam managed and created

Before that, Hussam was in charge of many products in the Arabic portal d1g after being part of Razor View team. Hussam has also worked on more than a 100 online and offline projects as a par-timer or a freelancer.

Hussam has won numerous awards including the first place in Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Award in 2007, second place in Taiwan Talentprenuer Award, Best Arabic Website, Best Arabic social network, Best Jordanian website and many more.

Ahmad Al-Hanandeh

CEO @ Zain Jordan   |   LinkedIn

On July 2011, Mr. Ahmad Hanandeh joined Zain Jordan as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with an impressive professional track record, and recently being a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the successful Zain Sudan mobile operation in March 2011.
Prior joining Zain Family, Hanandeh was the General Manager for four years of Posta Plus, the Gulf-based company specializing in world-class delivery, courier and postal services across the Middle East.
Back in 1994 and till 2006, he was a key member of Aramex Group, where he initially joined as an accountant and became a country manager in numerous Aramex’s Asian stations.

Worth mentioning that CommMEA magazine, that entails critical analysis for telecommunications executives, awarded Hanandeh the Award for Telecoms Professional of the Year 2012. Hanandeh also claimed Socrates Award 2014 as he was presented the title ‘Best Manger of the Year’ ” by the Europe Business Assembly.
Hanandeh was born on 1973, and holds a Bachelor degree in Banking and Finance from Yarmouk University in 1994.

Mohammad AlAzzam

Product Manager @ Ikoo Jabbar Company   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Unstable and constantly changing, always after trying new things, with a mission to understand as much as I can about everything in this world, dedicated to technology’s intersection with lives


Sultan Shalakhti

Senior visual designer @ Yahoo!   |   LinkedIn

Strategic, multidisciplinary designer & user experience/user interface expert. Pixel perfection with an eye for innovation. I’ve worked the gamut of clients (Newspaper mobile app,,, Think Arabia, Jeeran, Cakelicious group, Nestle, Reef chicken & Hayat FM to name a few) and now working at Yahoo!

Sultan have had multitude of experience with mobile apps, web design, smart TV apps and Branding.


Tamer AlMasri

Cofounder and CEO @ Jobedu   |   LinkedInGoogle+

An artist at heart, Tamer co-founded a multimedia marketing platform that celebrates the crowd sourced works of awesome creative Arabs and produces them on high quality products under the Jobedu brand.

Jamil Alkhatib

Entrepreneurship Consultant @ German Jordanian University

Jamil Alkhatib is an Innovation and Technology Management expert with more than 15 years of global experience as Innovator, manager, and consultant in the fields of Innovation systems development. He worked with international institutions such as UNESCO, USAID, GIZ and the UN to support Innovation, creativity and building entrepreneurship eco-system.
Currently he works as entrepreneurship consultant with the German Jordanian University to establish innovation and entrepreneurship support centre.
Jamil holds master’s degree from the Technical University of Brandenburg, Germany in Innovation Management as well as B.Sc. in Electronics Engineering.

Dana Masoud

Regional Business Development Director @ Nibras   |   LinkedIn

Dana Masoud is a Business Development, Management, Talent Acquisition & Development professional, and Motivational Coach with proven record in growing Sales, and Building Teams in multiple industries. She has a success record in opening new markets, developing loyal customers, and creating referral relationships. She’s adept at understanding and mapping customer needs to company products and services. She’s equally effective and happy in Business Development, Entrepreneurial (Start-Ups) and Talent Development roles.

Khaled Alqasrawi

Android Engineer @ Genie9   |   LinkedInGoogle+

I'm an Android enthusiast, proud PSUT alumnus, avid runner, constant traveler, and a Jordanian who actually cares about the environment. I worked at several startups in Amman where I developed some awesome apps for Android. I'm now an Android engineer at Genie9.

Hadeel Shehadeh

Social Media Coordinator @ Tamatem Games   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Hadeel is a Jordanian social activist, she holds a BA in Business Management. She is active In social media, from the 10 most powerful influencers in social networking in Jordan and has worked in marketing and public relations.
Ambassador and supportive of many non-profit organizations and charities such as Takiyat Um Ali, KHCF, Truecaller.
Her goal is to be involved in developing the digital marketing realm. She loves to help others and share good deeds through her accounts on the social media.

Omar Tahboub

VP of Product @ Bayt   |   LinkedIn

Omar has architected and led the development of Oracle's next generation payment processing solution -- Oracle Payments. He is specialized in architecting business applications, product management, product strategy, ERP systems, Oracle Applications, Oracle technologies, localization and globalization, partners ecosystems, management of direct, matrix, and cross-functional teams. Currently Omar heads product management and software development at Bayt.

Dr. Abdelraheem Abual Basal

Department Head, Business Administration & Marketing @ PSUT   |   LinkedIn

Abdelraheem has spent 17 years in the United States where he studied and co-founded three startup companies. He obtained his bachelor degree from Eastern Michigan University in Business Administration and his master’s degree in Science Information Systems. He received his doctorate in Management in Information Technology from Lawrence Technological University.

Currently he is the department head of Business Administration and Social Media Marketing at Princess Sumaya University.

Mohammad Salem

Technologist @ Progressoft   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Mohammad Salem is an experienced developer with 10 + years of experience in financial systems and distributed apps using .net, interested in writing excellent software, focused on unit testing, database design, coding best practices, and performance optimization.

A JorDev Board Member, since 2009 and until end of 2010, spoken a lot about .net during that period, especially .net asynchrony and enterprise Library.

Abdullah Abu Hazeem

Senior Developer @ ESKADENIA Software   |   Google+

Having eight and half years of experience in enterprise field, ranging from ERP, Education Management Systems, and Health sector to data mining. Holding a master degree in Software engineering from DePaul University. Tech and active citizen (member at JCI,, believes in the universe rules “Pay it Forward” and “Everything happens for a reason”.
Loves anything combines Art and Technology and his motto in life “Never Give Up”.

Abdullah Al-Faqeir

Software Technologist @ ProDigi Corp   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Writing codes since I was 15 years old, experienced in php and mysql, writes Java,C++,C#,Client-side Javascript, Node.js and android apps, been working in a company called Accusolutions, and now at ProDigi Corp and a freelancer, 2nd year Computer Science in Applied Science University.

Ahmad Khwileh

Arabic Search Quality Analyst @ Google   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Ahmad is a search engine & information retrieval expert who has worked in several top class companies across MENA & Europe. Ahmad currently works at the Search Quality team in Google, where he looks after the quality of the Arabic search results. His role is to ensure that Arabic users are always delighted with the search results and getting the best answers to their queries. Ahmad has presented Google Search at many conferences in MENA & Europe to educate webmasters about search and web technologies. He is also leading the Arabic Google Webmaster help forum.

He’s currently pursuing a PhD degree at Dublin University. Ahmad’s research interests include information retrieval, machine learning and Arabic Natural Language Processing. Ahmad received his Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees in Computer science from Yarmouk University in Jordan.

Omar Faleh Eltaweel

Managing Partner @ Taweel & Co Law firm

Graduated from high school in 1996 , B.A. In law 2003 Jordanian Bar Association Graduation as a full attorney at law in 2004-2005. Established Taweel & Co Law Firm in 2006 upto this date , and now part of the MENA Law Firms around the region .
Specialized in Corporate law , IT Laws, international registration and IP Protection laws , well known for Startups support.
Community Work:
Co-founder of AmmanTT , TweetlawJo and many other initiatives.
Participated in TTi , Oasis500 Workshops , iPark seminars and more.

Eyad Shtaiwe

Founder & Cartoonist @ MeShows Animation Studio   |  

* Born in 1985
* Bachelor of Graphic Design & Animation - University of Philadelphia, 2007.
* Cartoonist at the site of the World Cartoon Movment in the Netherlands.
* Founder of the first newspaper for young people in the universities in Jordan - Quiz youth
* Founder Meshows Animation Studio ( )
* Won the award for Best Comics in 2013 in Amsterdam, on the site (www.cartoonmovement .com ) , the subject of children's rights in the world.
* Participant in many art galleries and social activities and civil society organizations.

Mahmoud Shattel

CEO & Founder @ Taqetna   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Mahmoud holds an Electrical Engineering degree from The Hashemite University.
Mahmoud is a renewable energy entrepreneur and consultant, he established Taqetna company Renewable Energy Company specialized in commercializing his invention Reyah Arabic word for Win.
Mahmoud’s invention Reyah is an Efficient Vertical Wind Turbine and generates power from wind 4 four times more resourcefully than the common turbine four Watts verses one, and has the ability to generate power from low speed winds an important advantage in this part of the world where wind speeds are low in most countries. The size of the turbine, about one meter high, helps ensure that it can be easily and safely used in homes, shops, and any other open space.
Through his invention, Mahmoud aims to provide people with an alternative and cost efficient source of electricity in Jordan and eventually throughout the Arab world.
Mahmouds experience and passion for science has won him several awards including the Silver Award in the Emirates Energy Awards 2013, the CleanTECH Open Award and the DAI CleanTech Award. He also took part of the Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition and won second runner-up prize in the Global Innovation through Science and Technology GIST Competition in Istanbul.

Haitham Masoud AlSaif

Head of Digital Publishing & eContent @ ITP Publishing Group

An early entrepreneur with over 16 years business experience in digital industry and online marketing, participate in establishing large online projects like, additional to his roll in launching the Arabic eCommerce largest platform and he is the founder of one of the largest women online portals and most effective media in GCC launched several online content magazines online like ,,,,,, also he is the CEO of Arabic Digital content Fourm,

Aseel Qtaish

Public Affairs and Communication Executive @ Coca-Coca Bottling Company of Jordan   |  

Aseel is 27 years Old she studies Management Information Systems and recently got her master’s degree with MBA –Human Resources concentration from Talal Abu Ghazaleh Jordan German University school of Business.
Aseel has been practicing public relations and advising on communications for more than 7 years. With a strong background in a wide range of business to business public relations and strategic communications services.
In her current role, she has developed and executed communications plans across Coca-Cola Jordan, Managed the Company CSR initiatives, advised Company on internal communications issues, executed internal Coca-Cola Ambassador Training, acted as company representatives in several national and international occasion, developed employee communications campaigns, prepared communication with media, designed social media plans, created in house company Identity toolkit, as well as executed and measured social media outreach campaigns.

Ahmad Tahhan

Software Engineer @ Yahoo   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Before Ahmad joined university to study computer science, he became an open source enthusiast. 3 years later he a co-founded Jordan Open Source Association. And started working with PHP and web development as a part-time job at a startup before graduating university for 2 years. After graduation, Ahmad started working with Yahoo Maktoob in 2011 as a software engineer. His passion for everything binary drove him to pursue a masters degree in Computer Science, researching the ever expanding field of Recommendation Systems and Social Networks. His day job includes working on Android, and back-end development that supports the Yahoo Maktoob football application. At his free time, he likes to dive into the fictional worlds of video games.

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