The Ideathon competition aims to showcase the best of regional entrepreneurs with great ideas to an enthusiastic crowd of investors, incubators, media and digital professionals, connecting them with the latest developments in the digital world. Submit your idea to the Ideathon competition for a chance to pitch on stage at ArabNet Riyadh.
- Idea has to be related to web and mobile
- Idea should not be a functional startup
Submitting Your Brilliant Idea
You can submit to the Ideathon competition by filling out the application form linked below.
Please be patient; take your time filling in the form and follow the guidelines to ensure a complete submission. Incomplete submissions may not be approved.
Submitting your idea should take approximately 20 minutes.
A panel of judges will review the submissions and shortlist the finalists for the competition. Judging will be based on the following criteria: value proposition, target market, competitive advantage, business model and innovation.
Based on the results, 10 finalists and 5 runners-up will be chosen.
Finalists will be announced: 7 November (22 Dhu AlHijjah).
- Receive 1 free pass for the full event.
- Present their idea for 2 minutes at the ArabNet Riyadh Forum. [Finalists will be given several rounds of guided training and feedback on their presentation for the Forum]
In the event that a finalist can't make it to the event, gets disqualified, or withdraws, the runners-up will be contacted to replace finalists based on their order.
Winners will be announced during the closing ceremony on 21 November (8 Muharram) and receive cash prizes to help them make their ideas come true.
Registering to Attend the Forum
When you submit to the Ideathon competition, your application gets processed by our team to make sure it’s complete and meets the eligibility criteria.
Upon approval, you will receive an email titled "Your Ideathon Submission Has Been Approved!", which contains a promo-code that looks like this: X3QHHKZLmJ0. The promo-code is valid for one use only.
Go to the registration page and enter the promo-code to receive the discounted Entrepreneur rate. Only Startup Demo and Ideathon applicants will be eligible for the Entrepreneur rate. Selected finalists and runners-up will be exempt from payment.
Early Bird Registration Deadline: 7 October
Regular Registration Deadline: 4 November
Last Bird Registration Deadline: 16 November
On Site Registration is available at the door during the Forum.
Pitches at the Event
StartUp Demo and Ideathon finalists pitch on stage at ArabNet Riyadh on 20 November (7 Muharram). Be sure to be there one day in advance for the last round of pitch training at the Forum venue: Four Seasons Hotel, Kingdom Centre, Riyadh.
For invitation letters for visa requests, kindly send an email to: email@example.com
Previous Ideathon Winners
ArabNet Digital Summit 2010:
- Shabab Jobs by Fadi Sawaqedy
- Mobile Business Cards by Lamaa Abdulkader and Mohammad Taha
- Baraka TV by Mahmoud Abu-Warde
ArabNet Digital Summit 2011:
- Presto by Alaa Khalife
- Sirr.me by Alex Tohme
- Bookmark Visualization by Abraham Kamrack.
ArabNet Cairo 2011:
- Cloud Center by Karim Sameh
- iCall Taxi by Tamer Ahmad
- 7ala Wa7da by Heba Hosny
ArabNet Digital Summit 2012:
- Iflusense by Mahmoud Al Dwaider
- Sign.al by Marc Malkoun
- Physcaid by Fadi Kayale
Want to contact us regarding the Ideathon Competition? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org