The 6th International ArabWIC Arab Women in Computing conference

March 2019


Call For Participation for Technology, Entrepreneurship and Leadership Track


We are delighted to announce the Call for Participation for the 6th International Conference on Arab Women in Computing in the Arab World Industry, Entrepreneurship and Women in Tech Career and Leadership tracks to be held on March 7-9, 2019.


Industry, Technology and Applications Track


Co-Chairs

Susan Malaika, Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM, USA.
Houda Chakiri, Founder, CEO - ENHANCED TECHNOLOGIES, Morocco.

The ArabWIC 2019 conference Industry, technology, and applications track invites innovative submissions that relate to business, commerce, and industry (startups as well as established corporations) or government initiatives across the MENA region.
The goal of this track is to build a community that is focused on technology and innovation as applied to business, industry and government in the MENA region. The track will provide a forum for practitioners and industry leaders to learn and interact the latest trends and best practices in technology as applied to the region, as well as innovations, cutting-edge techniques, and strategies, as applied to business and government globally that may be of interest to the MENA region. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Applications in E-government, E-commerce, E-Health, Retail, Fintech, Teleco, Education, Transportation, Agriculture, etc.
  • Artificial Intelligence, machine learning & deep learning  and cognitive computing
  • Blockchain
  • Big data and data science
  • Cloud computing
  • Computer networks and communications
  • Human computer interactions (HCI)
  • Internet of Things/ Wearable technologies
  • Mobile computing
  • Open source technologies and trends
  • Social computing
  • Security and privacy
  • Semantic Web, information systems,data and knowledge management
  • Dev-Ops and software life cycle management
  • Emerging technologies (e.g., Quantum, in-memory computing, etc)
  • Computer engineering and novel hardware technologies
  • Performance Engineering, Testing and Validation
  • And any area related to technology as applied in business, industry or government.

Preference will be given to submissions that have a connection with the MENA region, as well as topics that provide fresh perspectives. This is a competitive track with a limited number of slots.

PC members

  • Asmahan Zein,  General Manager, InfoFort
  • Soumow Atitallah, Program/Product Manager, Microsoft, USA
  • Salim Abid, Google Developer Ecosystem Regional Lead: MENA - Middle East and North Africa
  • Eva-Marie Muller-Stule, IBM, Dubai, UAE,
  • Hanadi Wali, IBM, Saudi Arabia
  • Bouchra Bouqata, GE
  • Alaa Daffalla Shibeika, University of Khartoum
  • Nisreen Deeb, Business Analyst-Senior Software Developer
  • Diane Jordan, Mentor at ArabWIC. Previous: IBM, Harvard Business School
  • Dr Hanane Lhannaoui, IT Professional, Rabat, Morocco
  • Aya Mahfouz, ITWORX Helwan University, Cairo
  • Taida Buljina-Prohic, Principal Engineer at Truven Health Analytics, Detroit
  • Stephanie Nour Prince, Ecosystem Relations Manager at Wamda
  • Alaa Shaheen, Software Engineer, Mozilla TechSpeaker
  • Ayah Soufan, VP Palestine Chapter, Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer, Techwomen, Technovation Challenge RA
  • Sonia Sonia Weymuller, Founding Partner, VentureSouq
  • Kamel Al-Asmar, Founder of Nakhweh
  • Racha Ghamlouch, Program Development, Arabnet, Lebanon
  • Mariam Haidar, Malala Fund, Lebanon
  • Nisreen Deeb, Developer, Lebanon
  • Samia El Amrani, Apple
  • Nadia Ennaciri, Google
  • Dr. Latifa Al-Abdulkarim, King Saud University

Entrepreneurship Track


Co-Chairs

Khalid Machchate, CEO of K&W Technologies International, Morocco
Noha Mahmoud

The goal of this track is to build a community that is focused on technology and innovation as applied to business, industry and government in the MENA region. The track will provide a forum for practitioners and industry leaders to learn and interact on the latest trends and best practices in technology as applied to the region, as well as innovations, cutting-edge techniques, and strategies, as applied to business and government globally that may be of interest to the MENA region.
We invite submissions invites Panels and Fireside Chats (30 minute talks), presentation abstracts (15 minute talks that will be organized into clusters by theme), hands-on workshops (up to 1-2 hours)  that relate to business, commerce, and industry (startups as well as established corporations) or government initiatives across the MENA region.
Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Design Thinking & Lean Startup
  • How to Become Investable in the MENA region
  • Finding the Right Co-Founder
  • Successful entrepreneurship skills
  • Startups vs. mid/large companies, what is the right fit for you
  • What you need to know about working at a startup
  • Developing your personal brand
  • Elevator pitches
  • Disruptive thinking
  • Scaling by Leveraging Technologies
  • Company Governance
  • Business plan 101
  • Team building
  • Business Development through Regional Partnerships
  • Expansion in MENA Region
  • Social innovation and Startups for Good
  • Overcoming challenges of building a startup in the MENA region
  • Efficient Networking for Entrepreneurship
  • Internationalization

Preference will be given to submissions that have a connection with the MENA region, as well as topics that provide fresh perspectives. This is a competitive track with a limited number of slots.

PC members

  • Racha Ghamlouch, Program Development, Arabnet, Lebanon
  • Abdallah Absi, CEO at GivingLoop / Zoomaal
  • Kamel Al-Asmar, Founder of Nakhweh and Head of communications and community engagement at Wamda
  • Stephanie Nour Prince, Ecosystem Relations Manager at Wamda
  • Marianne Bitar Karam, MENA Regional Lead & Lebanon Country Director at DOT Lebanon
  • Mona Itani, Founder and CEO of Riyada for Social Innovation and Lecturer at the American University of Beirut

Women In Tech Career and Leadership Track


Co-Chairs

Dr. Manar Abu Taleb, Professor at University of Sharjah, UAE
Abir Chermiti, Software Engineer, Tunisia

The goal of this track is to provide attendees the opportunity to learn and interact to help them advance in careers in Academia, Industry or Entrepreneurship.  Session proposals may address ideas, best practices and experiences including but not limited to professional development, non-technical skills necessary to advance, organizational dynamics, and career related personal challenges. Format may include individual speakers, panel discussions and workshops. The following list are ideas for potential topics:


General Career Management, planning and Development

  • Work life balance, managing time
  • Presenting a professional image and presence
  • Working in a male-dominated environment
  • Negotiation and conflict management
  • Happiness and career satisfaction
  • Challenges in a global workplace
  • Collaborations across disciplines and boundaries
  • Mentoring, coaching, sponsorship and networking
  • Volunteering and building communities
  • Career growth and promotion
  • Cultivating a culture of mentoring
  • Coping with cultural stereotypes and road blocks

Academia


  • Preparing for an academic career: choosing the right department/school
    (culture, fit, funding, teaching vs. research, etc.),
  • Navigating various career paths
    (tenure track, administrative track, etc.),
  • mentoring students and junior faculty, networking,
  • Research funding and publishing
  • Course development, managing large courses,
    developing a teaching style



Leadership

  • Leading and managing change
  • Managing, including upwards and sideways
  • Moving from tactical to strategic roles
  • Technical innovation and patents
  • Team building
  • Speaking and publishing externally

Industry

  • Career paths for technical, business, and management roles
  • Technical leadership vs. technical management
  • Startups vs. mid/large companies the right fit for you
  • How technical you need to be when you move up
  • Salary negotiations
  • How to interpret your place in the organization

PC members

  • Diane Jordan
  • Artemisa Jaramillo, Programme Director of Marketing, Innovation and Technology at Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University, Saudi Arabi
  • Andrea Delgado-Olson, Anita Borg Institue, USA
  • Razan Qraini, COO & Co-Founder, Cyber Tech Lab, ArabWIC Palestine Co-Chair.
  • Ghada Ibrahim, Code Academy Program Coordinator at Gaza Sky Geeks, VP of ArabWIC Palestine.
  • Dalia Shurrab, Social Media Coordinator at Gaza Sky Geeks, ArabWIC Palestine Co-Chair.
  • Dr. Zainab AlMeraj, Assistant Professor, Kuwait University, ArabWIC Kuwait Chair.
  • Budoor Al Bulushi, Computer Science, German University, ArabWIC Oman Co-Chair.
  • Basma Al-Amri, Computer Science, German University, ArabWIC Oman Co-Chair.
  • Alaa Moosa, Consultant Project Management at Malomatia, ArabWIC Qatar Chair.
  • Miriana Itani, Senior Android Developer at Saudi Research and Publishing Company and VP of ArabWIC Lebanon.
  • Ouafa BEN TERKI, CEO and Founder of MTY Intelligent Software, President and Founder of the Machine Translation Association & ArabWIC Algeria Chair.
  • Sarah A. Al Doori, Assistant Lecturer at Middle Technical University, ArabWIC Iraq Chair.
  • Ashwag Alasmari, PhD Student at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)- USA.
  • Dr.Arwa Aleryani, Associate Professor at Saba University, ArabWIC Yemen Chair.
  • Nisreen Deeb, System Analyst at Mediterranean Shipping Company, ArabWIC Lebanon Chair & Techwomen Ambassador.
  • Wefa Hakem, Software Engineer at Sofrecom, ArabWIC Tunisia Chair.
  • Haneen Salameh,User Experience Designer, AXSOS Soft, Palestine.
  • Amany Abu Safia, Lecturer at University of Sharjah and VP of ArabWIC UAA.
  • Fadia Al-Bahr, Information Security Administrator, Social Security Corporation, VP of ArabWIC Yemen.
  • Shatha Jayyousi, Customer Management Solutions Manager at Orange Jordan, ArabWIC Jordan Chair.
  • Ouijden Dhemaied,Software Engineer at STEF - ArabWIC Tunisia.
  • Dr Areej Al-Wabil,Principal Investigator at the Center for Complex Engineering Systems at KACST and MIT (CCES) http://cces.kacst.edu.sa, ArabWIC KSA Chair.
  • Manal Al Ansari, Innovation Manager, Emirates NBD, Dubai, UAE ArabWIC Co-Chair.
  • Safa Salwan, Business Development Manager, Careem, VP of ArabWIC Iraq.
  • Bassma Elshemmy, Executive Director, major financial institution, New York.
  • Boudour Ayachi, Consultant/Developper at Sopra hr, VP of ArabWIC Tunisia
  • Alaa Daffalla, Software Engineer at Ericsson, ArabWIC Sudan Co-ChAir

Submission Guidelines


Proposed sessions should be written in English and include a synopsis of the intended content and explanation of its relevance. Information on the qualifications of the speaker(s) must also be present, including expertise and experience.

Proposed panel discussions should include the names/roles of intended speakers and their qualifications. Diverse points of view and backgrounds are necessary for a good discussion. No more than one representative from a single company, university or organization will be included in any specific panel.

Submissions should be in pdf format, following the ACM template. Authors should submit their papers using the EasyChair submission website.
All submissions will be peer-reviewed and acceptance is based on originality, quality and relevance.

Submission Format


Name E-mail Affiliation (optional) - eg employer, academic institution, startup Bio (100 words max) Session category - one of the following:

Session title Session description (100 words max)
Session goal (50 words max) what will the audience learn
Session theme - Session special requirements (100 words max) examples

  • Audience members must have laptop or tablet with pre-installed software
  • Session is targeting participants in ArabWIC hackathon

Important Deadlines


  • Submission due date : December 15th, 2018
  • Notification to authors : January 15th, 2019
  • Camera ready :  January 22nd, 2019

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