Startup Weekend Jeddah Global Artificial Intelligence

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Startup Weekend Jeddah Global Artificial Intelligence Edition 2018


Ignite – Develop – Impact

Artificial intelligence (AI), as an idea, first appeared soon after humans developed the electronic digital computing that makes it possible. And, like digital technology, artificial intelligence, or AI, has ridden waves of hype and gloom—with one exception: AI has not yet experienced wide-scale commercial deployment.

Every sector of the economy can benefit from the smart use of artificial intelligence (AI). AI solutions are already leading to improvements in healthcare, advances in education, more robust accessibility tools, stronger cybersecurity, and increased business productivity and competitiveness. AI also has the potential to generate substantial economic growth and enable governments to provide better and more responsive government services while addressing some of their most pressing societal challenges. And as AI’s capabilities have dramatically expanded, so has its utility in a growing number of fields. It also has great potential to enable tremendous social good.

Artificial Intelligence for Enterprises and Economic Development

Large amount of data created by various mobile platforms, social media interactions, e-commerce transactions, and IoT provide an opportunity for businesses to effectively tailor their services by effective use of AI. Proper use of Artificial Intelligence can be a major competitive advantage for any business considering vast amount of data being generated.

Artificial Intelligence is an emerging field that allows businesses to effectively mine historical data and better understand consumer behavior. This type of approach is critical for any business to successfully launch its products and better serve its existing markets.

What is a Startup Weekend?

Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. The weekend events are centered on action, innovation, and education. Beginning with Thursday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Saturday night demos to a panel of potential investors and local entrepreneurs.  Participants are challenged with building functional startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.

Why Startup Weekend AI Jeddah?

Artificial Intelligence is not a new technology but its rapid growth over the past years worldwide could risk leading countries without AI talent and local ecosystems behind other countries who are already heavily investing in the field.

Having a Startup Weekend focused around AI will help in kickstarting a local AI community in Jeddah and beyond, by bringing existing AI experts in the field and introducing people in both business and society to the possibilities. AI Experts can come from universities like KAUST and KAAU and from large companies like Saudi Aramco, SABIC and Maaden. The gathering can also plants the seeds needed to make sure Saudi Arabia does not get left behind in this coming wave of AI revolution.

Global Startup Weekend AI (GSWAI) is bringing as many communities as possible around the world together to locally engage their ecosystems, to educate them on the theme, in order to democratize the AI concept and push them out of their comfort zone to build the better tomorrow we all want to live in. This global initiative is more than a simultaneous event in several cities around the world: it is federating a genuine community around artificial intelligence, democratizing its use, and making it more diverse, inclusive and impactful by removing boundaries. Yet, this global initiative, over the same 2 weekends, at least 15 cities around the world will organize the same SWAI in their local community. Everyone will be connected throughout the world, with Global Mentors, facilitators & organizers.

What outcome are we looking to achieve with Startup Weekend AI Jeddah?

Besides helping to establish a local AI centric ecosystem, our goal is to inspire AI-driven projects that could potentially help solve real problems in the region and beyond.  That is to say, AI Projects that we can help by connecting them to the right large companies that confirmed a need for them and also connecting bright ones with accelerators and investors along with relevant industry partners.

Targeted Participants

  • Students, Researchers & Scientists
  • Professors
  • Engineers 
  • Smart Innovators
  • Robotic Technologist
  • Gaming Professionals
  • Automation Industry Leaders
  • Managers & Business Intelligence Experts
  • Professionals in Media Sector

AI Applications:

  • Industry Use
  • Cognitive Computing
  • Chatbot
  • Data Science, Machine Learning & Deep Learning 
  • Data Mining and Data Analytics 
  • Speech Recognition, Image processing, Unsupervised Learning
  • Security
  • Robotics
  • Neural networks
  • Computer Vision
  • NLP
  • IoT
  • Home Assistant

Is your department/organization has an interest to bring AI-based solutions to its operations?

Propose a challenge to be addressed during the event.

Are you a financing / investment institution and have an interest to financially finance or invest in the resulted AI-based solutions?  Join us Today.

Do you have an interest to be a mentor in the event? Join us Today.

Do you have an interest to take part in the Judgement Panel? Join us Today.

or contact the organizing team in ICD of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB):

Eng. Hamza A Alsaktawi, Manager Knowledge and Innovation Program, ICD 


Phone: +966126468156

Mobile: +966555909078


Saudi Arabia , IsDB HQs. The Tent Hall


29/11/2018 9:00 AM