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Hack for Peace in the Middle East


Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 8:00 PM (PST)

Hack for Peace in the Middle East

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Hack for Peace

Are you a coding geek, (HTML5, PHP, Ruby on Rails, Java Script, Python, C++), problem solver, designer, or a business professional that cares about coding for a cause? Do you think you're crazy enough to change the world and believe that you can actually do it? Then this event is just for you!

In efforts to turbocharge the startup ecosystem in the Middle East, PITME, in partnership with 'Code for a Cause,' will be hosting a Hackathon to bring together 500 techies to assist us in addressing issues that exist in the Middle East. PITME is proudly uniting the San Francisco developer community to hack for a social cause. The 11 PITME Labs Squad 01 teams, representing 6 different countries along with a panel of Middle Eastern studies experts will guide the techies in an effort to make a difference.



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Hack for Peace Schedule

Saturday, February 1st

  • 8 AM - Check-In, registration and breakfast (1 hr) 
  • 9 AM - Hack for Peace Welcome Note (30 min) 
  • 9:30 AM - Stanford Peace Innovation Lab; Peace Tech Intro (1 hr) 
  • 10:30 AM - Partner API (Rackspace, BitTorrent and Wix) announcements (1hr)
  • 11:30 AM - Begin Hacking
  • 12 PM - Lunch 
  • 5 PM - Dinner

Sunday, February 2nd 

  • 8 AM - Begin Hacking Again/ breakfast
  • 12 PM - Lunch
  • 5 PM - Stop coding submit projects/ Judging begins
  • 8 PM - Hackathon ends


Rackspace Final  Wix Logo  Hackers and Founders  Code for a causehackbright academy  Bittorrent  Application developers alliance   


Hack for Peace in the Middle East provides the chance for competitors to win:

  • Free trip all paid 22-day tour in six cities in the MENA region for two members from the winning team.
  • $24,000 in Rackspace services - $2,000 in services a month from Rackspace for 12 months.
  • A total of $2,500 cash prizes from BitTorrent to winning teams that use their BitTorrent Sync API to create useful apps and services.
  • A chance to demo your project at Catalyst
  • Get press cover and exposure in the U.S. and the MENA region
  • Network with investors and top entrepreneurs 
  • A premium package provided by Wix


 Rohini Pandhi is a senior product manager at Rackspace and has a background in engineering and entrepreneurship.  She has experience creating and building B2B and B2C products for startups and larger organizations in a variety of industries, including technology, clean energy, entertainment, food services, and financial services.
Former relief-worker, investment bnaker, and social entrepreneur, Mark Nelson founded and co-directs Stanford Peace Innovation Lab, where he researches mass collaboration and mass interpersonal persuasion. Mark focuses on designing, catalyzing, incentivizing, and generating resources to scale up collective positive human beavior change.
Farid Fadale is currently serving as the director of development for content initiatives in BitTorrent Inc. With a background in engineering, he is an expert in creating products and services for consumers and enterprise markets. Being an X-code-hacker and entrepreneur, he has worked in telecom, media, IT security & risk management, financial services and the content industry.

Eric Mason is the Director of Communications at Wix.com. For nearly all of his life Eric Mason has been helping people, companies, and leaders share their unique story. As the Director of MarComm and Technology Evangelism for Wix.com, he leads development of creating context driven PR/communication and marketing strategies.

A social entrepreneur and mentor capitalist, Margarita Quihuis's career has focused on innovation, technology incubation, access to capital and entrepreneurship. Her accomplishments include being the first director of Astia, and Co-Director at Peace Innovation Labs.


In his former role, Nima Adelkhani was head of business development for the Founder Institute, a global accelerator with operations in over 30 cities. He also helped to manage TheFounded.com and Fonder Showcase. During his tenure, Nima helped launch over 300 startups. Prior to this, Nima worked in international business development.

Inspired by Sheryl Sanberg's 'Lean In' book and organization, which supports women leadership in the workforce, Salma decided to join PITME as an early co-founder and head of strategic partnerships. Primarily wroking with governments, NGOS, incubators, VCs, and Investors to create new wealth creating opportunities in MENA.





Have questions about Hack for Peace in the Middle East? Contact PITME

When & Where

620 Folsom Street #100
San Francisco, CA 94107

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 8:00 PM (PST)

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PITME is a social impact organization that aims to turbocharge the Middle Eastern startup ecosystem by providing access to Silicon Valley resources. PITME's initiatives include: PITME Labs - a growth stage accelerator program supported by over 200 mentors in Silicon Valley, Technology in a Tent interview series, PITME Catalyst Conferences, and tailored programs for entrepreneurs and investors. 


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