The dreamer prize
JURY

A group of five renowned jury members from different industries across Lebanon will review all the reimaginations submitted in hopes of finding the lucky winner.

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SHORTLIST

After the jury reviews all the submissions, they will choose a list of 10 potential winners. The shortlist will be published on this page for public viewing on January 27th, 2017.

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WINNER

The 10 shortlisted contenders will be asked to work on a prototype of their idea and to present it in front of the jury at a private event. The jury will pick the final winner after the presentations are over and his/her name will be announced here.

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JURY
Carole Issa

Carole Issa is the founder of Alephpreneur and is based in Sydney...

Carole Issa is the founder of Alephpreneur and is based in Sydney. As an expert mindset strategist, and certified Meta Dynamics™coach, she works with entrepreneurs to help them build a strong mindset for success and a business with purpose.

She is passionate about entrepreneurship, digital product development, and human behaviour, which is why she also works with businesses to help them bring the entrepreneurial mindset to their teams. She runs the Sydney Entrepreneurship group and is a former member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Sydney.

Carole is an Executive MBA graduate and co-founder of Middle East Audio Suite. She is also behind several B2B and B2C e.learning training projects in Sydney. 

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Sami Abou Saab

Sami Abou Saab is currently the CEO of Speed@BDD, Lebanon’s first ecosystem-backed startup accelerator...

Sami Abou Saab is currently the CEO of Speed@BDD, Lebanon’s first ecosystem-backed startup accelerator. He has been occupying this role since July 2015 and during his tenure, he officially launched Speed@BDD and recruited the first two batches of startups to accelerate. Part of his role, he has been mentoring startups in Lebanon and the MENA region and helped them grow in their early stages. Sami has more than 10 years of experience in technology, both in startups and big tech firms. Prior to Speed@BDD, he worked at Skype and Microsoft Corporation in the US, covering strategy, marketing, and channel modeling. In Silicon Valley, Sami started his own company, MobiLock, which was voted as the best startup in the Berkeley MBA program entrepreneurship class. Sami holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the American University of Beirut and an MBA from Berkeley-Haas and London Business School.

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Antoun Halabi

Antoun Halabi is a former Principal at Strategy&, with over 10 years of consulting experience...

Antoun Halabi is a former Principal at Strategy&, with over 10 years of consulting experience, having led more than 30 strategy and transformation projects in the GCC and North Africa across Telecoms, Media, Energy and Consumer industries. In the past year, Antoun took on the roles of Head of Business Development at ABC and CEO at Verdun Mall, to help setup ABC Verdun, the largest and most modern mall in Lebanon. He currently sits on the Boards and advises several startups and established companies in the ICT space. Antoun holds a BE degree from AUB in CCE, an MSc. in EE from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Daniel Riscalla

Daniel is a Lebanese-American entrepreneur, CEO of Clifton Myers Enterprises, Inc (CME US) and founder of ZippyYum LLC...

Daniel is a Lebanese-American entrepreneur, CEO of Clifton Myers Enterprises, Inc (CME US) and founder of ZippyYum LLC a 3 years old US startup with $20M valuation that addresses the supply chain segment of the QSR marketplace globally. Through the past 30 years, Daniel developed more than 7 different US patents in various industries: Telecom, Retail, Energy and Healthcare.

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Eddy Bitar

Eddy is a young and dynamic social-entrepreneur, He's the Co-founder of Live Love Beirut, the first "autobiography" of a nation...

Eddy Bitar

Eddy is a young and dynamic social-entrepreneur, He's the Co-founder of Live Love Beirut, the first "autobiography" of a nation. This campaign started in 2012 with a hashtag to share the Beauty of Lebanon, and a bracelet to fundraise and make local projects come to life. Today, it counts more than 50 million likes on Instagram, 500000 images, bracelets sold in 42 countries, and more than 200 Live Love accounts creating communities of Love in cities around the world. In 2014, it got adopted by the Ministry of Tourism and Live Love Lebanon became the official campaign of the nation. The Live Love movement is picking up in countries such as Jordan, Egypt, Venezuela, Madagascar and Brazil.

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SHORTLIST

Beit Care

Home Healthcare Accessibility
Reimagined into
BeitCare
Hussein Sleiman
22/01/17

Parkr - Reimagine Lebanon

Lack of Parking Spaces
Reimagined into
Extra Income
Andrew Malouf
22/01/17

YallaBus

Transportation
Reimagined into
A user-friendly mobile ap
Johnny El Hajj
22/01/17

Pegt

Pedestrian Public Amenities
Reimagined into
Public Seat
Souad Eid, Walid Sader
21/01/17

Hearts n' Hands

Recruiting volunteers
Reimagined into
Hearts n' Hands
Carla ElZayed
19/01/17

IT Video

Overheating solar water heater
Reimagined into
ProShield
Haytham Dbouk
18/01/17

CIVVIES Pitch

Garbage
Reimagined into
CIVVIES
Aya Hoteit
05/01/17

Biowell trailer

Home waste food
Reimagined into
From waste to energy
Lena Sleiman
30/12/16

Carpolo©: There is always someone on your way

Transportation
Reimagined into
Smart Carpooling Platform
Mohamad Nabaa
12/12/16

Trade My Book introduction #TMB #Lebanon

Garbage money education
Reimagined into
Trade My Book
Ali Obeid
04/12/16
 
WINNER

YallaBus

Transportation
Reimagined into
A user-friendly mobile ap
Johnny El Hajj
22/01/17
Over the past few years, Beirut's traffic congestion has been our major problem and is still one today. Regardless of all the infrastructure problems and the overpopulation that Lebanon is facing, the main reason for this kind of traffic is that very few of the lebanese population use the local transportation provided. It is stated that only around 17% of the population uses the buses because they either don't know enough about it, don't feel safe on the bus, or can't seem to find the right bus stop. For that reason, "YallaBus" is a user-friendly mobile application that "reimagines" the whole local transportation system in Lebanon by making the lives of commuters easier and allowing them to track buses in real time. All what the user will have to do is insert his location and give us his destination with the time of arrival desired and we'll provide him with the fastest route to take with the number of transfers, where and when to wait for the next bus to come, and finally an approximate duration of the complete ride taking into consideration traffic congestions using a smart algorithm. Now the most important benefit of using "YallaBus" is that both the user and the driver can track each other. From the pre-setted virtual bus stations (in front of shops, caffes and restaurants which can turn later on into real stations), the user is able to identify his status as "waiting" which will directly appear as a notification on the driver's phone where the latter can track his customer and therefore stop to pick him up. Next, once the user pays his ride via the application using his credit card (when entering or leaving the bus), the driver receives an alert with the details of the commuter which allows the driver to assess the payment. Moreover, during their ride, passengers can rate the safety, the cleanliness, and the quality of their experience on the bus as well as provide comments informing other commuters if the bus is crowded or if there is traffic on the road etc... As for the people with no connection, "YallaBus" provides offline maps and bus routes as well as approximate bus schedules. A small percentage of every transaction made through the application as well as revenues earned from setting our bus stations in front of shops, coffee shops, and restaurants will allow us to expand our loyalty program and freebies. That is, for every 5 bus rides, commuters will get 1 free bus ride. In addition to the drivers' bonuses, they will receive free vouchers to clean their buses and fill their gas tanks. Finally, Nelson Mandela once said, "The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow." You see, "YallaBus" is not an application that only aims at reducing traffic or pollution, but it is also a message for the active youth of today to take this beloved country into their own hands and reimagine it in a better way and perhaps one day in the best way possible. Use our "yallabus" to reimagine our Lebanon. This project is presented by Geroges Geha, Johnny El Hajj, Therese Keyrouz, Johnny El Hall, Pia Saghbini and Ghassan Zughaib.