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We are super pumped for the this week’s series of events happening at the Bahrain Technology Week Pavilion, from the 25th until the 28th of September, just two minutes away from the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay. It’s going to an eventful week packed with fun workshops, panel discussions, talks, a pitch competition, good food, and live entertainment.

The Bahrain Technology Week will be kicked off by the AWS Summit on the 25th, and will be concluded by the MITEF Innovation Forum on the 27th and 28th, both of which are taking place at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay. Not to mention the Bahrain Technology Week Pavilion which is happening alongside these two mega-tech events.

The Bahrain Technology Week Pavilion is held in collaboration between the Economic Development Board, Amazon Web Services, and the StartUp Bahrain community. Throughout the week, the StartUp Bahrain community comprised of startups, accelerators, investors, mentors and supporting government entities will be showcasing at the pavilion and hosting a series of exciting activities including discussions, talks, workshops and competitions with the “FACE-OFF ON THE BAY” competition finale marking the end of the week on the 28th to honor the StartUp Bahrain champion!

You don’t have to worry about what to do this week in Bahrain, because we’ve got you covered. You can’t miss this!

Here’s the agenda for the Bahrain Technology Week:

Monday, September 25, 2017

AWS Summit (Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain)

  • 8:00 — 9:30 AM: Registration, Breakfast and Networking in the HUB
  • 9:30 — 11:15 AM: Opening Keynote, Teresa Carlson, VP, Worldwide Public Sector, AWS
  • 11:30 — 12:15 PM: Session 1
  • 12:15 — 1:15 PM: Lunch & Networking in The HUB
  • 1:20 — 2:05 PM: Session 2
  • 2:10 — 2:55 PM: Session 3
  • 3:00 — 3:30 PM: Prayer & Networking in The HUB
  • 3:30 — 4:15 PM: Session 4
  • 4:20 — 5:05 PM: Session 5
  • 5:45 — 7:30 PM: Networking Reception, the HUB
  • Technical Track:

    • 11:30 — 12:15 PM: Introduction to AWS
    • 1:20 — 2:05 PM: Analytics on AWS with Amazon Redshift, Amazon QuickSight, and Amazon Machine Learning
    • 2:10 — 2:55 PM: Delivering DevOps on AWS
    • 3:00 — 3:30 PM: Prayer, and Networking in The HUB
    • 3:30 — 4:15 PM: The Power of Big Data
    • 4:20 — 5:05 PM: Security Best Practices
    • 4:45 — 7:30 PM: Networking Reception in the HUB.


  • Business Track:

    • 11:30 — 12:15 PM: Cloud-Native, Cloud-First, Hybrid Cloud: How Organizations are Defining Their Cloud Strategy
    • 1:20 — 2:05 PM: Creating Your Virtual Data Center: VPC Fundamentals
    • 2:10 — 2:55 PM: Cloud Economics: Transform Businesses at Lower Costs
    • 3:00 — 3:30: Prayer, and Networking in The HUB
    • 3:30 — 4:15: Driving Innovation in the Government with Startup Technology
    • 4:45 — 7:30: Networking reception in the HUB.

The Bahrain Technology Week Pavilion (2-Minutes From The Four Seasons)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

  • 5:30 PM: Panel Discussion about The new norm: Changing Skills Requirements in a Transformative Job Market, with representatives from Bahrain Polytechnic, UoB, and Think Smart.
  • 6:30 PM: Startups Panel Discussion – Featuring representatives from Brinc, C5 Accelerate, CH9, Tamkeen Bahrain, and Rowad
  • 8:00 PM: Take a break and grab a cup of coffee from Grind.
  • 8:15 PM: Tamkeen Session about introducing SMES to Cloud by Enterprise Advisor from Tamkeen, and a representative from Mannai Tech
  • 9:30 PM: Enjoy some delicious meals from the food trucks.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


  • MITEF Innovation Forum (Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain)
    • 9:00 AM: Registration
    • 10:00 AM: Opening Remarks by Hala Fadel, H.E. Khalid Al Rumaihi, Hazem Ben-Gacem, John Defterios.
    • 10:15 AM: Keynote talk about AI & Disruption by Deni Batalov.
    • 11:40 AM: Coffee Break
    • 12:10 PM: A cybersecurity talk about securing your systems for tomorrow by Najwa Aaraj.
    • 12:40 PM: A panel discussion about cybersecurity and how you can protect your brand, product and data while it’s online and offline by Gilbert Kamieniecky, Richard Cremona, Najwa Aaraj and Martin Wulfert.
    • 1:40: Lunch
    • 3:00 PM: A panel discussion about autonomous driving and when will machines finally take over our cars by Hala Fadel, Mark Haidar, and Nicolas Olivier.


  • The Bahrain Technology Week Pavilion
    • 5:30 — 6:30 PM: “FACE-OFF ON THE BAY” pitch competition, Heat 1: First round of pitches (Seed stage)
    • 6:30 — 6:40 PM: Break
    • 6:40 — 7:40 PM: “FACE-OFF ON THE BAY” pitch competition – Heat 2: Second round of pitches (Scale-up stage)
    • 8:00 PM: Tamkeen Session about the support for ICT companies in Bahrain by Tamkeen representatives

Thursday, September 28th, 2017


  • MITEF Innovation Forum (Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain)
    • 9:00 AM: Registration
    • 10:00 AM: Keynote talk about how to keep AI from slipping beyond our control by Wendall Wallach.
    • 10:35 AM: Fireside chat about Artificial Intelligence by Wendell Wallach and Amira Rashad.
    • 10:50 AM: Cloud Computing talk by Mark Whelan
    • 11:10 AM: Fireside chat about the challenges with cloud data for medium sized companies by Gilbert Kamieniecky and Julian Box
    • 11:40 AM: Coffee Break
    • 12:10 PM: A panel discussion about Blockchain by Adam Vaziri and Hadi Kabalan.
    • 1:40 PM: Lunch
    • 3:00 PM: A panel discussion about the challenges facing tech startups in the region by Emad Kashgari and Areije Alshakar
  • The Bahrain Technology Week Pavilion
    • 4:30 — 5:30 PM: Digital Transformation Master Class
    • 5:30 — 6:30 PM: Final Round of “FACE-OFF ON THE BAY” pitch competition
    • 6:30 — 7:45 PM: Coffee Break and Score tally
    • 7:45 PM: Awards Ceremony, where First place wins $50,000 in cash by Tamkeen Bahrain, Tickets to the Web Summit in Portugal; Second place wins $20,000 in cash; and the most innovative startup will win a Cloud10 Scalerator scholarship and AWS cloud credits.
    • 8:30 – Live Entertainment

We surely can’t wait for this week to begin, are we going to see you there? If you’d like to know more click here for a detailed overview of what’s going to happen and who you’re going to see at the Bahrain Technology Week Pavilion.

Follow @StartUpBahrain on Twitter and Instagram for live and full coverage of the four days of awesome activities! And don’t forget to use #TechWeekBH on your social media posts, one of our lucky winners could win mystery prizes from Batelco.