Day 1
28 May 2016
Day 2
29 May 2016

Open Data at a Glance

Enas Ashraf Senior R&D Engineer, ITIDA Provide a foundation of Open Data principles and landscape and explore the benefits and uses of Open Data.
Enas Ashraf

Unleashing the Power of Data-Driven Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the MENA Region

Dr. Raed M. Sharif, Senior Program Officer for the Networked Economies program at IDRC’s Regional Office in Cairo, Egypt ,


The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region continues to show by far the highest youth unemployment rate in the world, reaching almost 30% in 2015. These rates have continued to worsen since 2012, particularly for young women. This is more than double the global youth unemployment rate, stabilizing at 13 % by the end of 2014. At the same time, data, increasingly referred to as the new oil or soil (or even pipes) is helping thousands of entrepreneurs around the world launch new businesses and come up with products and services that we could not even imagine a few years ago. For example, open data is increasingly seen as the foundation on which entrepreneurs can build innovative products and services, big data and analytics are used to improve organizational productivity and effectiveness and crowdsourced data is now gaining more interest and becoming the business model for new entrepreneurial activities. In this talk, I will discuss the potential social and economic value of data-driven innovation for entrepreneurship and youth employment in MENA and present a framework to realize these tremendous benefits through effective utilization of open, big and crowdsourced data, as well as strengthened organizational and human capacities.
Dr. Raed M. Sharif

Publishing GIS Open Data

Ahmed Osman & George Ioannou Goals and objectives This Tutorial will walk you through publishing your GIS data to the web in a standard compliant API. You will utilize a fullstack open source Software with GeoNode and Cartoview at the core to serve out your geographic content. At the end of this tutorial you should be able to host and...
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Panel 2: Open Data and Open Innovation: The Catalysts for Entrepreneurship

Moderator: Haitham S. Hamza, Ph.D., SECC-ITIDA, Egypt
  • Hossam Abdelgawad, Cairo University, Egypt
  • Raed M. Sharif, IDRC, Egypt
  • Rasha Tantawy, TIEC, Egypt
  • Ali Rebaie, Data Science Advisor, UAE
  • Johan Arvling, Knowledge Management and Innovation Advisor, Egypt
  • Mohamed Maher, Head of enterprise and ICT Etisalat, Egypt
Ali Rebaie
Dr. Raed M. Sharif
Dr. Haitham Hamza