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2013 Cairo

Disrupt!/Design!/ was an opportunity for creative startups in the fields of Music, Graphic Design/Typography or Digital Media to showcase their ideas, interact with mentors and compete for some amazing prizes. The event was held from 21 – 23 November 2013 at The District, Maadi, Cairo.

Have a look at the video compilation here.

What did we look for?

Creative entrepreneurs with ideas about:

Music:  whether you make music or produce it, show us how your talents and how you want to shake up the Arab music industry.
Graphics – we’re looking for graphic designers in to typography and calligraphy! Show us how cool it is to play with language and its impact on products.
Digital media – non-fiction storytelling through digital media. With all that’s happening in Egypt and the region, we want to see how you’re sharing your stories and making our voices heard.


1st prize: €2000 and 6 months coworking space at The District
2nd prize: €1000
3rd prize: discount for your own campaign on Zoomaal.com

Competition criteria

  • Creativity of startup/idea campaign (10 points)
  • Team competence, qualifications and dedication (10 points)
  • Sustainability and growth potential (10 points)
  • Social impact (5 points)
  • Disruptive/innovation factor (5 points)

Competition rules

  • Your startup/idea must fall under one of the mentioned categories.
  • You must attend the 3-day competition.
  • You or a team member must be of Egyptian, Syrian or Iraqi Nationality.

Some of the mentors during Disrupt!/Design!/

hala hattab
Hala Hattab
muhammed mansour
Muhammed Mansour
ranya shalaby
Ranya Shalaby
nashwa ibrahim
Nashwa Ibrahim
gehan gerges
Gehan Gerges
noha fathi
Noha Fathi
moataz kotb
Moataz Kotb


Some of the judges

heba amin
Heba Amin
mai abdel asim
Mai Abdel Asim
noha zayed
Noha Zayed
Heba Gamal
Heba Gamal

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