<>Posted on Sep 2010 Ahmad F Al-Shagra, Imagine a group of highly motivated Arab developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more in a 54 hour event that builds communities, companies and projects. That’s what Beirut is hosting and this is why you need to be there…

First let us tell you about the event. It’s going to be a 3 day event in Beirut that will allow creative people with backgrounds in Business, Development, and Design to form teams to come up with ideas (Day1), develop a mockup (Day2), then design and present a prototype (Day3) all within 3 days.


The guys behind YallaStartup Weekend are the real deal, Sami Shalabi of Zingku (currently working for Google), Habib Haddad of Yamli and Elie Khoury co-founder of Woopra. So not only are they cool, but they know what MENA Entrepreneurs need. Them and others will be providing help to teams throughout the creation process.


If you’re from Lebanon you don’t have to worry about transport because the venue is Berytech which apparently is situated on a Mountain overlooking Beirut, equipped with high speed Internet . Residents from Jordan and Syria will be getting bus transfer via what they’ve labeled as ‘Geeks on a Bus’.

As for the rest of you book a flight asap and if you don’t want to lose geek to geek face time skip the hotel reservations, Berytech says it’s cool to crash on campus, just bring you’re sleeping bag and some headphones cause from the looks of it, it’s going to be a 3 day energy high.

The Startup Weekend scene is a global one spanning across the globe. It recently got a spot in the MENA region with a couple of events in Oman, of course none with a focus on Online Entrepreneurship and geek startup culture, which is where YallaStartup Weekend aspires to excel.

Check out the video to get a better idea of how it’s supposed to look, and leave a comment if you’re interested in going with a 20% discount the guys from YallaStartup Weekend have provided for 5 lucky TNW readers.