TechCamp South Asia

Connecting Women Changemakers

Dubai, United Arab Emirates View Map
September 25-27, 2018

Participants from

India; Pakistan


TechCamp South Asia seeks to empower women social entrepreneurs from India & Pakistan, increasing their technical capacity to use digital tools and strategies to improve their businesses in order to better address social challenges. 

TechCamp South Asia will help women entrepreneurs and startup founders design solutions to overcome certain barriers in their enterprise’s life cycle, from launch, to fundraising, to customer development. This will enhance their ability to convert ideas into action and to scale their startups into the types of businesses that contribute both to the economic growth and social stability of their communities.

Working with technology and business experts, participants in TechCamp South Asia will forge new formal and informal networks, improve their own leadership capacity, and create new solutions and strategies that will enhance their business objectives.


Monday, 24 September 2018 | TechCamp Day 0

Ongoing - Dinner for participants at Hotel as they arrive

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 | TechCamp Day 1

08:00 - 09:00 - Registration and Networking (Table in back of main auditorium)

09:00 - 09:20 - Opening/Welcome Remarks (Sam + Jamie, U.S. State Department)

09:20 - 10:00 Icebreaker where participants unpack similar shared challenges that are unique to women entrepreneurs in India & Pakistan

10:00 - 10:30Solving Social Challenges (Design Thinking Explanation) - Alex & Alisa, Ideo

10:30 - 11:00 - Thinking about a joint/shared challenge: Case Study Showcase of Solutions or Campaigns that impact multiple organizations or are cross-cutting.

10:45 - 11:00 - Coffee & Tea Break

11:00 - 12:00 - What’s your challenge: Brainstorming Groups
(Groups are organized by sector and participants are asked to  brainstorm similar shared challenges that might be addressed by a tech solution // Sector Approach (Health, Education, Economic Empowerment, Agriculture, Civic Engagement, Creative Industries)

12:00 - 13:00 - Lunch

13:00 - 13:45 - SpeedGeeking Session #1 (Rolling Coffee & Tea Break)

Tools, Tactics, and Algorithms For Game Changing EngagementJoanna Rossignol
Cloud SolutionsAWS Team (Ulrike, Dave, Manpreet)
Reaching Rural Populations through Mobile Neelam Azmat
Scaling your Business/Developing your Business Plan with Pricing and ValuationMeenah Tariq
Using Human Centered Design to Understand & Serve Your Customers Alisa Ahmadian and Alex Nana-Sinkam
Building Effective Partnerships, Connecting to Grants and ResourcesSrishti Bakshi
Reaching the Unreachable: Effective Digital Media for Brand-BuildingMaria Umar

13:45 - 15:15 - Interactive Training Session #1

15:15 - 15:30 - Coffee & Tea Break

15:30 - 16:00 - Informal Networking Activity

16:00 - 17:00 - Peer Idea Evaluation and Feedback

Evening - Dinner & Networking Time

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 | TechCamp Day 2

09:00 - 09:45Second Round of SpeedGeeking with New Topics

Google Tools for Streamlining Business & Virtual Incubation Maryam Arshad
Chatbots/Apps/Websites: What's the right tool for your business?Harish Kotra
Digital Storytelling: Using Video to Craft your NarrativeNishant Pagare
Online Community Building + Agile Methodology: Designing Communities with Intent + EmpathyNafisa Isa
How To Become an Effective Fundraiser + SonderConnect Marketing SessionsLathika Pai
Using Human Centered Design to Understand & Serve Your Customers Alisa Ahmadian and Alex Nana-Sinkam
Tech Description and Automation for ExpansionSameer Malik

09:45 - 11:15 - Interactive Training Session 2

11:30 - 13:00 - Interactive Training Session 3: Designing Tools and Strategies to Improve your Business. (This is a second opportunity to choose a different trainer/session that participants have not yet visited. We will ask trainers to combine forces for a few power sessions on highly requested topics/natural crossovers)

13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch and SonderConnect Room for Stories

14:00 - 14:30 - Defining your Challenge (Cohorts from the previous day define challenges they want to solve as a group -- Participants add these challenges in Slack)

14:30 - 14:45 - Present challenge statements (One participant offers to “lead” each challenge group and explains why they chose it. Participants can select any challenge, even if they worked on a different one the day before.)

14:45 - 17:00Cohort Solutions (Teams work together to map out a potential solution to their actionable challenge; suggesting possible tools that could be used and defining a strategy for implementation)

17:00 - 18:30 - Free Time: Additional Pitch Training, 1 on 1 Mentorship Time, Rest Time, SonderConnect Time: Meet in Lobby at 6:30 PM

19:00 Cultural Dinner, Al Fahidi Historic District, organized by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Thursday, 27 September 2018 | TechCamp Day 3

09:00 - 12:00 - Further Project Refinement and Group Work / Submit Project Solutions Descriptions Online / One-on-one trainer mentoring time

Optional Pricing and Valuation Session:

Optional Pitch Training Session:

  • Customer Pitch
  • Business Pitch
  • Funder Pitch

12:00 - 13:00 - Presentations of Solutions 

13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch

14:00 - 14:30 - Expo 2020 Presentation

14:30 - 14:45 - Additional Alumni Engagement Opportunities

14:45 - 15:00 Share Your Thoughts: Survey Time

15:00 - 16:15 Developing your Individual Business Road Map

(Defining your own next steps: Interactive activity for people to map out the tactics and strategies they could take forward in their own business plans or the ideas they developed at TechCamp. What’s the roadmap look like for 3/6/9 months down the road)

Open Office Hours Available with Trainers

16:15 - Closing Remarks

16:30 - Group Photos + Certificates


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