The Agenda


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*A note on MIT rooms: (Ex: 32-123 refers to building 32, floor 1, room 23). Find a map here.

Friday, April 19th

The program on Friday is exclusively reserved to IDEAthon participants. If you would like to sign up, please indicate it when purchasing a ticket. You can find more information about the IDEAthon here.

All locations for this day will be held in MIT Sloan School, Building E62.

18:00 - 19:00 in E62 Lobby

Registration & Check-in

19:00 - 19:30 in E62-233

Introduction to the IDEAthon

Fouad Maksoud, Best Innovator of the Arab World in Stars of Science Season 9

19:30 - 20:30 in E62-233

Workshop I: Advanced Technologies: Understanding AI and Blockchain

Tarek Mansour, co-founder and CEO at Kalshi

Luana Lopes Lara, co-founder at Kalshi

20:30 - 21:30 in E62-233

Workshop II: The Art of Storytelling

Haya Odeh, Amjad Masad, & Faris Masad, co-founders at

21:30 - 23:00 in E62-233

Team Formation & Work Time

Snacks to be provided


Saturday, April 20th

All locations for this day will be held in Samberg Conference Center, Building E52.

8:00 - 9:30 on E52 7th Floor

Registration & Breakfast

9:30 - 10:15 on E52 7th Floor

Opening Remarks

Rami Rustom, MIT EECS 2020

Dr. Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning

10:15 - 11:00 on E52 7th Floor

Opening Keynote

Mr. Naguib Sawiris, Executive Chairman at Orascom Investment Holding

11:00 - 11:20 on E52 7th Floor

Networking Break

11:20 - 12:30 on E52 7th Floor

SciTech Talks

Tech Talk I 11:20-11:40

Hanna Salameh, Founder & Design Director at Hanna Salameh Design

Fireside I 11:45-12:05

Iman Oubou, Founder and Editor-In-Chief of SWAAY Media

Tech Talk II 12:10-12:30

Abdul Mohsen Al-Husseini, Co-founder and CTO at Analytical Space

12:30 - 13:30 on E52 6th Floor


13:30 - 14:30 on E52 6th Floor

Panel I: Innovation Ecosystems: The Foundational Elements

Elissa Freiha, Founder & Bosslady at womena

Fouad Maksoud, Best Innovator of the Arab World in Stars of Science Season 9

Hisham Elhaddad, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at HOF Capital

Malaz Madani, Founder of

Moderated by Dana Alansari, MIT Sloan MBA Candidate

Panel II: Green Cities: The Compromise Between Development and Sustainability

ElFatih ElTahir, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT

Karim Elgendy, Lead Sustainability Consultant at Dar Al-Handasah & Founder of Carboun

Sébastien Mannai, Founder and CEO Acoustic Wells

Moderated by Dana Dabbousi, Bachelor of Science Candidate at MIT

14:30 - 15:00 in E52 6th Floor

Networking Break

15:00 - 16:00 on E52 6th Floor

Panel III: Digital Infrastructure: Blockchain and Other Technologies

Mashael Alsabah, Scientist at QCRI

Moe Ghashim, Entrepreneur

Yazan Barguthi, CEO of Jibrel Network

Moderated by Tarek Mansour, CEO and Co-founder at Kalshi

Panel IV: Data-Driven Decisions

Munther Dahleh, Director of IDSS at MIT

Rida Qadri, PhD Candidate in Urban Information Systems at MIT

Sofiane Abbar, Senior Software Engineer and Researcher at Qatar Computing Research Institute

Moderated by Rim Hariss, PhD Candidate in Operations Research at MIT

16:00 - 17:00 on E52 6th Floor

Panel V: Big plans: The Era of Grand Visions

Markus Elkatsha, Urbanist, Researcher, and Rocketeer at the MIT Media Lab City Science Group

Pedro Ortiz, Senior Fellow at the Marron Institute of Urban Management at NYU

Siqi Zheng, Samuel Tak Lee Associate Professor at the MIT Center for Real Estate

Moderated by Ali Al Sammarraie, Master of City Planning Candidate at MIT

Panel VI: Mobility: The Future of Transportation

Hamdi Tabbaa, Head of Levant & Qatar at Uber Middle East

Hazem Zureiqat, Partner at Engicon, Co-Founder at Sowt

Mostafa Kandil, Co-founder and CEO at Swvl

Moderated by Adham Kalila, Master of Science in City Planning Candidate

17:00 - 18:00 on E52 6th Floor

Keynote Speech

Mustapha Madi, Director of Planning, Urban Design, & Landscape Architecture at Dar Al-Handasah

19:30 - 20:30 in E62-233

[IDEAthon only]

Workshop III: Developing A Pitch

Mohamed Kamal, CEO of Unbias

20:30 - 23:00 in E62-233

IDEAthon Team Work Time

Dinner to be provided


Sunday, April 21st

Sunday is the day for IDEAthon final presentations! All locations for this day will be held in The Ray and Maria Stata Center, Building 32.

8:00 - 9:30 in Bldg. 32 Lobby

Registration & Breakfast

9:30 - 10:30 in 32-141 and 32-155

Panel VII: Reconstruction: The Future of Cities in Crisis

Jessica Wolff, Urban Planning & Research Consultant

Malik El-Abdeh, Programme Manager at the European Institute of Peace

Rouba Mhaissen, Founder & Director at Sawa for Development and Aid

Moderated by Nour Ghadanfar, Master of City Planning Candidate at MIT

Panel VIII: Smart Cities: The Digital Bureaucracy

Abdulaziz Al-Homaid, Research associate at QCRI

Jeff Shamma, Director for the Center of Excellence for NEOM Research at KAUST

Marwan Aboudib, Co-founder and CEO at Tekuma

Moderated by Ali ElSeddik, MIT Sloan MBA Candidate

10:30 - 13:00 in Stata Center Student Street.


12:00 - 13:00 in 32 Forbes Cafe


13:00 - 15:00 in 32-123

SciTech Talks

Tech Talk III 13:00-13:20

Haya Odeh & Amjad Masad, Co-founders at

Tech Talk IV 13:25-13:45

Layal Jebran, President & CEO

Tech Talk V 13:50-14:10

Abeer AlOlayan, Petroleum Scientist at Aramco

Tech Talk VI 14:15-14:35

Sally Itani, Co-founder at Architects for Change

Tech Talk VII 14:40-15:00

Malaz Madani, Founder of

15:00 - 16:30 in 32-123

IDEAthon Pitch Competition

16:30 - 17:00 in 32-123

Keynote Speech

Rama Chakaki, Co-founder at

17:00 -17:30 in 32-123

IDEAthon Awards

Special Announcement

Ihssan Tinawi, MIT EECS M.Eng 2019

Dr. Amine Bermak, Professor and Associate Dean - College of Science and Engineering - HBKU