021Disrupt 2018: Ready, Set, Disrupt!

After breaking moulds and turning heads in 2017, Pakistan’s premier technology and entrepreneurship conference has returned to the docks. With more gusto than ever, the crew behind 021Disrupt is all geared up to bring you an unforgettable weekend brimming with innovation and ingenuity.

The event promises to be a one of its kind experience which brings the best of the global entrepreneurship community together under one roof. Picking up where we left off in 2017, it is set to follow a similar format with speaker sessions, workshops, office hours and an invite-only roundtable. In addition to fine tuning and building upon the existing program we have also introduced additional elements such as our Startup Rapidfire session where a few startups will get the once in a lifetime opportunity to pitch their startup to the local and international startup community at large.

 

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Although the roster of speakers from our first edition was a tough act to follow, this year’s lineup from home and abroad manages to not only live up to it, but surpass it. We are welcoming pioneers, trailblazers and the most preeminent names from a multitude of diverse disciplines. With everything from investment and social innovation to branding and media influence up for discussion, there’s definitely something for everyone. To facilitate this diversity we have over 60 speakers on board with backgrounds in technology, entrepreneurship, investment, media, sustainability and innovation amongst many others.

 

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One of the most popular segments of the conference last year, we brought Office Hours back and this time around with over 15 national and international venture capital funds. Getting global exposure on a local platform is something which would merely be a matter of wishful thinking before last year. Whether a startup is seeking advice, mentorship, potential investment or looking to make the right contacts, getting face time with finest has never been as easy as this.

 

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Entrepreneurship is not confined to one field or domain. Startup founders hail from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds and bring with them a host of different skill sets. Our panels will bring together prominent names from the world of entrepreneurship, venture capitalism, television and media social innovation and more. Their perspectives, opinions and experiences regarding burning questions within their fields will provide everyone with a glimpse into the inner workings of their specific domains. Along with these panels, we have workshops being facilitated by industry veterans focusing on everything from design and innovation to blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Months of work and hundreds of emails later, with the help of our sponsors, we are all set to deliver a conference like no other. Our Gold sponsors HBL, Engro Corporation and Zameen.com along with other sponsors including Foree, Dasani and 10Pearls have stood by our side as we turn the city by the sea into the city with the startups this November.

 

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Our Ecosystem facilitation partner HBL, was established in 1941 as Pakistan’s first commercial bank. Over the years, HBL has earned the trust of 11 million account holders in 20 countries who choose to bank with Pakistan’s largest commercial bank. HBL is catalyzing Pakistan’s digital journey by partnering with fintechs and startups to turn their ideas into practical solutions. HBL was built on the idea of strengthening Pakistan and it believes that entrepreneurs are the key to achieving that goal.

Another one of our Gold sponsors, Engro, has a portfolio consisting of varied businesses including fertilizers, foods, chemical storage & handling, trading, energy and petrochemicals. Engro aims to create positive impact not just in the lives of stakeholders, but across the entire economy. Reaching out to over 1.5 million farmers, they provide convenience, hygiene and nutrition to over 12 million consumers every day. Producing low cost electricity from flared gas for millions of Pakistanis, developing indigenous power production from Thar Coal and LNG facilities, they are well placed to help Pakistan overcome the energy crisis.

On board as our Gold sponsor, Zameen.com is the first and largest property portal in Pakistan and is among the top five property portals in the world. It was founded in 2006 and has since revolutionized the real estate industry of Pakistan by connecting buyers and sellers online in a highly convenient way, making it a household name among Pakistanis around the world. With over 350,000 new listings each month, and over 5 million monthly users, it is the pioneering property portal of Pakistan, with more than 12,500 agencies registered.

The Dasani Discovery Challenge in partnership with 021Disrupt, aims to crowdsource cost-effective ideas within the domain of plastic waste management, i.e. collection, sorting of waste and recycling. The core focus of the challenge for the participants will be to showcase their innovative ideas highlighting, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) collection models and awareness creation strategies, PET sorting model; to sort Coca-Cola PET bottles out of the general plastic waste (shopping bags, wrappers, labels, food packaging etc) and PET recycling models for effective and efficient recycling of Coca-Cola PET packaged products.

Our Chrome sponsor, Foree, offers ForeeApp – Pakistan’s Payment App. For messages, there’s an app. For photos, there’s an app. For money, there’s the ForeeApp! Powered by a Universal Payments Interface (UPI) for P2P, Business and Government payments, Foree enables payments from existing bank accounts, cards and wallets. With a vision to power economies by enabling digitalization and financial inclusion to promote social economic justice, Foree’s mission is to make data and money exchange easy, inter-operable and trusted. SMS ‘hello’ to 939-333 for priority access or visit www.foree.co to reserve your unique Foree Address e.g. @HomeShoppingPK or @JehanAra to receive money without sharing your mobile or bank account number!

 

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