More than just a hashtag: Digital Arabia Network launches in Beirut

More than just a hashtag: Digital Arabia Network launches in Beirut

Civic Participation

Economy

Education

Technology

26 January, 2018 - 28 January, 2018

Beirut - Lebanon

Conference

The 26th and 27th of January 2018 marked the creation of the lab for the digital future of the MENA region. It all started when a group of individuals in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and Germany realized that the digital community in the Arab world had real potential. To explore the impact and opportunities digitalization and its different instruments can bring to Arab societies by improving and transforming lives while promoting inclusion and equality, they created the Digital Arabia Network (#DAN). And Beirut witnessed the exciting start of a new era of meaningful connection with the launch of #DAN.

Beirut was specifically selected by the founders as the launch place for this initiative. Over the course of the two day launch event, 34 participants from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and Germany came together to represent all spheres of the digital community. Beirut Digital District (BDD), the main venue, was abuzz with presentations, group discussions, and round tables. Key questions were posed such as “what does it take to build a digital community?” and the diversity of the digital community in the Arab world was analyzed. Best practices were explored in-depth. But the real highlight was the creation of #DAN’s manifesto and online platform to connect the digital community in the MENA region through specific tools which were discussed and developed during the actual event.

Since then, #DAN also took major steps towards setting itself up to become the key platform for digital pioneers changing lives through art, culture, education, business, economy, media, NGOs, technology, and politics.

Other Events

Algeria IT Expo

Exhibition

Algeria IT Expo

Technology

12 November, 2018 - 14 November, 2018

Algiers - Algeria

#DAN at the re:publica

Conference

#DAN at the re:publica

Technology

2 May, 2018 - 4 May, 2018

Berlin - Germany

Our Steering Committee Member for Tunisia Amel Saidane spoke at the giz track tech for good, ”Perspectives from developing countries: It’s the End of the WORK as We Know It (and I feel fine)” and our network member Lanna Idriss spoke on women in fintech as well as on financial institutions and fintechs in Germany, the Near and Middle East Visit re:publica website

MENA ICT Forum

Conference

MENA ICT Forum

Technology

10 September, 2018 - 11 September, 2018

Amman - Jordan

The MENA ICT Forum is a premier ICT industry event of the Middle East and North Africa region, held biennially in Jordan under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein. The Forum is an ideal regional platform to acquire knowledge, establish vision, and network with C-suite business people, governments and policy makers, nonprofit […]