The highly-anticipated Arabnet Kuwait was launched on October 8th under the patronage and with the participation of H.E. Khaled Nasser Abdullah Al Roudan, Minister of Commerce and Industry - Kuwait. Over a 1000 government leaders, digital practitioners and entrepreneurs gathered for the third edition of the conference which drew in high level sponsors including: Boubyan Bank, DMS, Kuwait Finance House, KUWAITNET, Al Khaleejiah and VIVA Kuwait.
The final conference day (October 9th) featured the Money forum, sponsored by Kuwait Finance House. The full track of the forum explored the global trends in Fintech, featuring four panels with industry leaders from Colendi, Gulf Capital, Mustard Seeds and many others. The track also hosted Kuwaiti banking leaders from Boubyan Bank, Kuwait Finance House, NBK Capital, Kuwait International Bank and more, as well as fintech leaders like Ripple and 11.2 Capital who delved into transformations created by big data, blockchain and AI.
On the same day, Arabnet Kuwait hosted the Media and AdTech track which shed light on the technologies reshaping marketing and the consumer journey. The track featured expert international and regional marketers from Beattie + Dane, Twitter, DotSpace Group as well as Kharabeesh.
Moreover, Jake Thomas, Head of Agency Development - MENA at Snap Inc. took to the stage and delivered a keynote targeting millennials. Another keynote speaker was Leena Kewlani, Branded Content Director from DMS who discussed influencer marketing with real-time data. The conference also held, on its sidelines, The MatchUp, sponsored by KUWAITNET and is a series of one-on-one meetings between top business executives, and fast-growing regional startups.
For the 3rd consecutive year, Arabnet Kuwait featured the Startup Battle competition, highlighting emerging talent and innovators. With Sirdab Lab as a Training Partner and Bayt as Hiring Partner, Gamify from Palestine (1st place), Swap from Kuwait (2nd place) and Plotos from UAE (3rd place) were chosen as the top startups.
The three winning startups will get the chance to participate in the Championship taking place in Dubai at the Arabnet Digital Summit 2019 for a chance to win $20,000. As for the People’s Choice Award, Scrrap from Kuwait was selected as the winner of a $5000 CASH PRIZE presented by Kuwait Finance House.
Arabnet Kuwait wrapped up successfully and was able to highlight the latest trends and opportunities in the digital sector. High profile industry leaders and entrepreneurs tackled key topics via four tracks, and the conference served as a platform for thriving entrepreneurs who want to turn their ideas into reality. Arabnet will be hosting its next event in Riyadh on December 12-13, 2018 which promises to be the biggest and most interactive Arabnet event yet.