Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority Kicks off Second Emirati Tech Boot Camp

Dubai-UAE: 02 May, 2017 – Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the integrated free zone technology park, kicked off today the second edition of its Emirati Tech Boot Camp.

The free informative event for UAE nationals will run from May 3 to June 4 at DSOA’s wholly owned Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (DTEC), the largest incubational facility for tech startups and entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

Open to Emiratis across segments – students, professionals, entrepreneurs, as well as members of the public with an interest in technology – the month-long boot camp will comprise four workshops by leading industry experts, certified trainers, and successful technology entrepreneurs. Addressing the various aspects of starting a tech venture, the workshops will offer insights on ideation, preparing a business plan, digital marketing and analytics, budget planning and legalities, as well as pitching a business proposal to investors and securing funding. In addition, one of the workshops will focus on technology for non-techies.

Speaking on the boot camp, Shahla Ahmed Abdul Razak, Deputy CEO of DSOA, said: “Our first Emirati Tech Boot Camp last year garnered great interest among the UAE national community. In line with our commitment to supporting local entrepreneurs, we have organized the second edition of the event to encourage our talented young people to unleash their creativity.”

She added: “Our boot camp aims to provide valuable insights into the fundamentals of developing a business proposition. We are confident the knowledge gained will enable the participants to make a major contribution to the growth of the technology sector in the MENA region through enhancing their individual competencies and levels of competitiveness.”

Marking the end of the boot camp, a demo day will give teams of participants an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts. DSOA will reward the winning team with potential funding and mentorship.

A wholly owned entity of the government of Dubai, DSO operates as a free zone technology park for large enterprises as well as medium and small companies looking to set up their offices in Dubai.