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EXPO 2015 Innovation Challenge

The EXPO Innovation Challenge is about creating solutions to real challenges through purpose-driven tech. We want to bring together the most innovative, daring and talented programmers, entrepreneurs and designers, and provide them with a supporting environment to build high-impact and scalable solutions under the theme “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life”  in less than 72 hours.

During the weekend, the selected participants will receive skill-sessions related to coding, design thinking, and pitching, as well as inspirational sessions delivered by industry-experts. Participants have the chance to pitch their own ideas relating to the theme of the event, and, if selected, work on them in groups. Participants also have the option to tackle the real-life case study related to innovation within the food industry value chain developed by our Premium Sponsor, DAFZA, a leading Dubai free trade zone.

The winning teams will be awarded up to 20,000 EUR and have the opportunity to go through an unique process of incubation and mentorship, provided by leading European incubation hubs for 6 months, in order to give them an opportunity to develop their ideas into successful startups. During this period, the startups will be supported by mentors, tutors and various industry experts.

It will be a fun, challenging and very hands-on weekend. Participation is free (upon competitive selection process), and participants will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole weekend – and the option of staying at the venue all night. In addition, participants will gain a network of international developer, designer & entrepreneur colleagues.

EXPO Innovation Challenge is for those who want to make an impact and aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo. Will you be there?

Why is EXPO 2015 Innovation Challenge for you?

  • You will meet and connect with other talented and daring developers, designers and entrepreneurs.
  • You will get the opportunity to work on a real-life innovation challenge.
  • You will be mentored and received skill-sessions by industry experts.
  • The winning teams will be awarded up to 20,000 EUR.
  • The winning teams will receive the opportunity to be incubated at leading European innovation hubs for up to 6 months.
  • Participation is free.


Meet our team

Haider Ghaleb
Chief Technical Officer

Serial Tech Entrepreneur with 10+ years of experience in IT consulting and development. Worked with a number of international companies in the Middle East and Europe. B.Sc. in Computer Engineering. MSP & AIESEC alumni.

Roxane Jurkovskaja
Chief Operational Officer

Business Developer & Entrepreneur with experience within international companies, the UN, NGOs, & startups in the Euro-Med region & Asia. M.Sc. In Economics & International Business. AIESEC and CEMS alumni.

Marco Lucchin
Chief BD Officer

Entrepreneur & Creative, with experience in international business and organizations. International Development Consultant driving investments in the Middle Eastern, Asian and South American area. Master in International Relations. AIESEC alumnus.

Soheila Yalpani
Outreach Manager

Project Management Professional with experience in the financial, international development, energy, mining & maritime sectors in US, Canada & MENA. B. Comm. In Transportation & Logistics. AIESEC alumni.


Take part in EXPO Innovation Challenge if you want to make an impact and you aren't afraid to challenge the status quo. Will you be there?