BSc Information Technology student Sohail Ahmed participated at the Techstars Startup Weekend Dubai on January 25-27 at the Dubai Future Accelerators and Infinity Labs.
Firstly, following the welcome speeches and orientation on day one, participants were encouraged to pitch their ideas in just one-minute, for the audience to vote on ideas. Sohail pitched the idea on reducing the youth (18-25) unemployment rate was was selected 14 among many participants. Along with three other participants, his team named YouTalent'm, over 48 hours, collaborated together, working towards making a viable pitch deck for the five-minute presentation scheduled at the end of day three.
Industry leaders and mentors were available for support with the development of ideas on days 2 & 3. We particularly found the guidance and advice from Ms Mashal Waqar (CTO, The Tempest), Mr Tiberiu Lacomi (The Imporbable Agency) and Mr Guillermo Ginesta (Infinity Labs) very valuable.
According to Sohail, “It was an innovative and highly informative event, in terms of exploring entrepreneurship, learning, problem-solving and networking. I earnestly believe that most of these skills would help me do my best on our Expo 2020 Live project - 'Roadmate'.”
Sohail Ahmed along with few other students and mentored by Dr Eliseo Ferrante is also the recipient of the Expo Live funding.