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May, 2014
10 examples of Tech Start-ups
from the Middle East
The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology
(ictQATAR) established Rassed, a program that aims to study the
e...
A smartphone app for Hajj pilgrimage
Source: Tfour.me http://bit.ly/REzWKz
Using HajjSalam, pilgrims can
read or hear pray...
A Sudanese solution for
out-of-school children
Source: War Child http://bit.ly/RRslss Image: http://bit.ly/1k27sVR
Through...
Lebanese start-up creates
computerized swimming goggles
Source: Instabeat http://bit.ly/1v5vUKZ Image: http://bit.ly/1o0EY...
Source: Venturebeat http://bit.ly/1bTaWrn
Peak Games produce community
driven games that can be
accessed on different plat...
A job-match and aid-link app
Source: Souktel http://bit.ly/1mrU9ir Image: http://bit.ly/1lBMaOP
Souktel is a is a mobile-b...
A hashtag for an
anti-racism campaign
Source: Al Sharq Portal http://bit.ly/1mYtPLk
A female Saudi pilot
started a hashtag...
Rate My Doctor: an online database
with user ratings for physicians
Source: Forbes http://onforb.es/1k23IUx
Egypt sees 500...
“Tap N’ Go”: a sticker
payment solution
Source: Tfour.me http://bit.ly/1gEvvWv
The “Tap N’ Go” sticker
converts mobile pho...
“Instagram for Good Deeds” contest
Source: Al Sharq Portal http://bit.ly/1sOvVko
This year long competition
started in Feb...
Mohmal: Disposal e-mail
address service in Arabic
Source: Startuparabia http://bit.ly/1sOHubq
Mohmal enables users to quic...
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Ten examples of Tech Start-ups from the Middle East - QITCOM Special Edition

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This is a special edition published ahead "QITCOM 2014" Qatar's biggest ICT conference and exhibition. This month's edition focuses on start-ups from around the MENA region, covering a wide range of subjects and countries.
Some innovations are based on social media, others are the development of creative devices, while others are web-based.
Countries covered in this edition are Palestine, Sudan, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, UAE, Qatar, KSA and Lebanon.

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Ten examples of Tech Start-ups from the Middle East - QITCOM Special Edition

  1. 1. May, 2014 10 examples of Tech Start-ups from the Middle East
  2. 2. The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) established Rassed, a program that aims to study the effects of the Internet and Information Communication Technologies (ICT) on society; and the potential of emerging digital technologies. We produce quarterly Digital Digests of recent market developments and a monthly Top 10 on a particular theme. Ahead of QITCOM 2014, Qatar’s largest ICT conference and exhibition, this issue focuses on 10 Tech Innovations from the Middle East. QITCOM takes place between May 26-28, 2014. About Rassed
  3. 3. A smartphone app for Hajj pilgrimage Source: Tfour.me http://bit.ly/REzWKz Using HajjSalam, pilgrims can read or hear prayers at the right time and place; count the number of circuits made around the Kaaba, tag their tent on the app’s map and get clear image of nearby landmarks and routes.
  4. 4. A Sudanese solution for out-of-school children Source: War Child http://bit.ly/RRslss Image: http://bit.ly/1k27sVR Through the use of a web- based, educational content, laptops, solar power, wireless technology and remote support, NGOs are offering learning opportunities for children in conflict zones who are unable to attend school.
  5. 5. Lebanese start-up creates computerized swimming goggles Source: Instabeat http://bit.ly/1v5vUKZ Image: http://bit.ly/1o0EY26 “Instabeat” offers wearabe technology in the form of a waterproof heads-up monitor. It tracks, stores, and displays data such as the swimmer’s heart rate, calories burned and number of laps swum.
  6. 6. Source: Venturebeat http://bit.ly/1bTaWrn Peak Games produce community driven games that can be accessed on different platforms. They are based in Turkey. Online Games with a local flavor • 300,000 concurrent users. • 11.8 million active players • 25 million monthly active users • 300% annual revenue increase
  7. 7. A job-match and aid-link app Source: Souktel http://bit.ly/1mrU9ir Image: http://bit.ly/1lBMaOP Souktel is a is a mobile-based service that uses SMS to connect people with jobs through its Job- Match function, and put aid agencies in touch with those in need via its Aid-Link program.
  8. 8. A hashtag for an anti-racism campaign Source: Al Sharq Portal http://bit.ly/1mYtPLk A female Saudi pilot started a hashtag ‫عبدة‬# to raise awareness about stereotyping attitudes and racism against darker skinned people in the region.
  9. 9. Rate My Doctor: an online database with user ratings for physicians Source: Forbes http://onforb.es/1k23IUx Egypt sees 500,000 Google searches for Doctors in the country every month. Ekshef provides patients with a guide and ratings for physicians. Users can also book appointments online.
  10. 10. “Tap N’ Go”: a sticker payment solution Source: Tfour.me http://bit.ly/1gEvvWv The “Tap N’ Go” sticker converts mobile phones into a credit card. It can be used to make payments at various UAE retail outlets.
  11. 11. “Instagram for Good Deeds” contest Source: Al Sharq Portal http://bit.ly/1sOvVko This year long competition started in February 2014, under the title #‫انستجرام‬_‫الخير‬ “Instagram for Good Deeds”. Instagram users upload pictures reflecting the “value of the month” with the opportunity to win cameras and photography equipment.
  12. 12. Mohmal: Disposal e-mail address service in Arabic Source: Startuparabia http://bit.ly/1sOHubq Mohmal enables users to quickly create a disposable email address, that temporarily lives and receives emails for 45 minutes. It is then automatically deleted. Users can harness it, when filling subscription forms in order to avoid getting undesired “marketing” emails afterwards.
  13. 13. Disclaimer: All content in these slides is in the public domain and referenced so that you can read the original sources. Contact Us: Rassed@ict.gov.qa Twitter: @ictqatar Thanks for reading Seen any great innovations we have missed? Visit our SlideShare channel for previous issues and our quarterly Digital Digest: http://www.slideshare.net/ictQATAR/

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