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Agenda

From AI to Fintech, Investing to Sustainability,
Here's What the 2019 Agenda Covered

A Deep Dive Into Tech's Hot Topics:

  • Building the New Gulf Ecosystem
  • A Global Fintech Hub Rises
  • Practical Applications of Artificial Intelligence
  • Energy & Sustainability for a Cleaner Gulf
  • Reskilling the Workforce 
  • Investing & Venture Capital
  • Blockchain Deep Dive
  • Digital Wellness & Corporate Wellbeing

Read on for the full agenda! 

The Unbound Bahrain 2019 Agenda

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06 Mar 2019
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    Almost every government across the MENA region has woken up and is actively supporting the startup ecosystem. It's time to go beyond the primers and 101s, and get to specifics. We want to hear from global as well as regional startups, investors, brands & corporates, governments, and education institutions on building the new Gulf ecosystem. For innovation to thrive at scale, the ecosystem must come first.
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    This talk dives deep on creating a culture of innovation. Customers often ask how can their companies innovate like Amazon. From its humble beginnings as the "World's Largest Bookstore," Amazon has not only innovated across e-commerce and adjacent segments within e-commerce, but also introduced new businesses that seem (and sometimes are) unrelated to e-commerce. Over the years Amazon has gotten very good at taking hard problems (often times esoteric), and made them easier for the masses to use. AWS is a great example of that. We have taken something so central and specialized as operating and managing technology data center, and pushed to the edges in form of a utility. When technology becomes a utility, it becomes ubiquitous, and therefore, more people can participate in the innovation.
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    We live in a Digital era where technology is transforming every aspect of the business world. This digital disruption is changing how we work and imposing new set of competencies and roles that did not use to exist before. This session will shed light on how technology is changing the face of Startups and how it led to the emergence of Technopreneurs as the new breed of Entrepreneurs.
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    The role of women in the region's innovation and entrepreneur ecosystem. Where is Saudi, Bahrain and the region now and where are we headed regarding the role of women in the professional workplace Ð both established business opportunities and startups. The role of Saudi/Bahraini women in innovation, reality checks, the optimistic perspective and the hardships still to overcome.
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    Hear from the venture capitalists and investors funding the new digital gulf. Find out what businesses excite them, hear about the types of investments they've done to date, and get insight into where it's all headed in 2019 and beyond. Especially for startup founders, this is one session not to be missed.
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    Innovation has long been thought of as something that only small agile startups can produce. However large corporates are increasingly demonstrating their efforts to foster a culture of innovation by encouraging labs, accelerators, partnerships models and creating programmes that encourage diversity and engagement with the innovation ecosystem. We take a look at the latest frameworks for innovative thinking that are being advocated in these businesses.
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    Communicating ideas and being able to humanize a brand through effective storytelling is a skill that every founder, executive, investor, and government official can learn. Increasingly, in the age of digital, mobile, and social media, it's no longer an option but a necessity.
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    Let's talk about disruption in the Gulf. It's time to take a granular, step by step approach to how some of the successful startups in the region built their businesses for longevity, integrity, and sustainability. What has separated them from those who tried and failed?
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07 Mar 2019
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    This panel will explore the challenges and the opportunities that Saudi Arabia's vast, yet underdeveloped innovation ecosystem has to offer. Opportunities are abundant and growth markets are expanding. Where Saudi Arabia used to be the exclusive domain of large corporate oil & gas companies, the barriers to entry are being lowered for a number of reasons economic stimulus, cultural shift, transparency with digital transformation and cyber platforms. What does this mean to you the entrepreneur seeking access to Saudi Markets in the new age of digital transformation and the 4th industrial revolution?
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    Tom will take us on a 45 min journey through his thoughts on what digital disruption is really about, what it comes from, what new opportunities it creates and what new threats emerge, but most importantly what you can do about it. What themes should you focus on? What models should you rely on to innovate, how do you bring about culture shifts to places that need to pivot. This talk will discuss the real meaning and power of AI, how FinTech can change banking, how to reskill and rethink education. This ambitious presentation aims to provoke, spark conversation. In a 15 min Q&A that follows Tom seeks to answer the inevitable questions that emerge.
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    unbound invites a selection of well-known start-ups to give an overview of their journey to date, sharing lessons learnt along the way and plans for the future.
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    What problems keep VCs up at night? And what kind of investments and trends are they focused on in the Gulf? We want to hear from regional and global investors from different stages and sectors, to learn about best practices on building and exiting innovative businesses.
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    Property Technology (PropTech) is a rapidly growing due to the increase in technology being used within the real estate sector. This technology is being deployed to help cities become smarter. We take a look way technology is being developed by the real estate sector to create smarter cities and the future of Gulf property ecosystem.
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    What can we learn from not just the successes, but perhaps most importantly the failures of startups? How do we overcome adversity? In this panel we hear from founders and innovators on where they wen ...
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    Two days of discussions with innovators and changemakers at big business, startups, government, and the investor community has covered a lot of ground. Some of the key topics have included ecosystems, ...
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    The true test of a great company is in it how it scales. Which each company is unique, there are methodologies, philosophies and best practices that are universal. Hear from key entrepreneurs as they discuss their scaling journey and.
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06 Mar 2019
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    A comprehensive program launched by the BIBF to enable participants to innovate using technology. The program targets new Startups, SMEs and creative individuals who aim to learn the knowledge and skills that will prepare them to start or manage their Technopreneurship journey. This workshop will provide an introduction about BIBFÕs Technopreneurship Program and what participants can expect to gain from joining the Program. If your application is accepted, you will automatically qualify for a ticket to Unbound Bahrain, worth $245.
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    Watch startups battle it out for a chance to win an exclusive prize from Amazon Web Services.
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    Unbound brings together innovators from across the aviation and logistics industry to help Bahrain Airport Company create the airport of the future. This includes an open discussion with invited founders of scaling international businesses.
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    Whether you are a new startup looking to launch or an existing startup looking for ways to grow your business, you will learn something new at Start ON AWS. Join Amazon Web Services (AWS) in this hands-on experience to learn about the variety of ways AWS can support you on your journey as a founder and a startup. These include deploying applications on AWS, optimizing performance, driving efficiencies, reducing costs, and more.It's also an opportunity to meet AWS experts to have your technical questions answered. Please remember to bring your own laptop and power cord to this training.
07 Mar 2019
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    In today's world, we are not exchanging just information, these business models require a transfer of value layer to enable transfer of value and also assets, this is what the Blockchain revolution has enabled. Today Blockchain has reshaped the future of different industries including finance, insurance, supply chain, identification, evidence, and digital property. In this session, we will discuss the opportunities of Blockchain technology, explore examples of use cases and cover the challenges that Blockchain technology is facing to demystify how enterprises can take advantage of this technology, the right way! 
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    Join Google Developer Group Manama and its speakers for an interesting informal discussion on what the digital skills of the future are and how to best upskill talent. Our casual panel represents a range of perspectives across AI, Gaming, Digital Agencies and Data Science, each with their own insights into where the current job trends are heading, what are the recommendations on upskilling and the possible barriers to adoption of those specific technologies are. The session will discuss possible opportunities to get ahead of the curve and how to go about upskilling We also have an open Q&A: Ask our panel anything about making the transition and preparing yourself for jobs of the future.
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    A comprehensive programme launched by Charles Russell Speechlys to inform Startups, SMEs and entrepreneurs about the legal challenges and opportunities facing them. The programme targets new Startups, SMEs and creative individuals who want to learn more about the legal issues facing them on their journey and how to deal with them. Starting with learning about some of the key mistakes often made, the 7 Top Legal Tips for Startups, SMEs and entrepreneurs. The session will then go on to look at the often crucial and complex area of Intellectual Property.Ê Why it is important, what do you protect and how? The programme will also provide insight through 6 Top IP Tips for Startups and entrepreneurs. Furthermore, participants will be able to learn from different experts on the panel who can provide insights on how to meet these legal challenges.

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