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Friday, April 20, 2018 at 5:30 PM - Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 6:00 PM (CEST)

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Dear all,


We are pleased to invite you to “MAK X – Building Bridges,” an international conference on innovation and entrepreneurship at BI Norwegian Business school on April 20th-21st, 2018.


MAK is building an international and diverse platform for innovation and entrepreneurship right in the heart of Norway. The conference will inaugurate MAK’s efforts of building bridges between Norway and other international startup ecosystems and will feature speakers from 16 countries and 5 continents -- remarkable individuals who have been honored by the World Economic Forum, Forbes 30 under 30, TEDx, and other prestigious organizations.


We are honored by the presence of our special guest speakers, H.E. Ambassador Artur Wilczynski (Canada’s Ambassador to Norway), H.E. Ambassador Riffat Masood (Pakistan’s Ambassador to Norway), and H.E. Ambassador Karl Gardner (Ireland’s Ambassador to Norway), who will be speaking about the importance of innovation in the 21st century.

Our full speaker lineup is included below:

- JAMES EHRLICH (UNITED STATES) - Silicon Valley l ReGen Villages l Stanford University Peace Innovation Lab

- VALENTINA PRIMO (ARGENTINA/EGYPT) - Editor-in-Chief of Startup Scene l Middle East Editor of Scene Humans at CairoScene


- SILVIJA SERES (NORWAY) - Board Director at NKR l Nordea bank and Academedia

- MIKE SCALA (UNITED STATES) - Artist l Mike Scala Foundation for Youth l Teach the World Foundation

- PRITIKA MEHTA (INDIA/UNITED STATES) - Mathematician l Data Scientist l TEDx Speaker l Serial Entrepreneur

- BALÁZS NÉMETHI (GERMANY) - Founder of Taqanu


- YARDENNE ASSA MAOR (ISRAEL) - Co-founder of Irrational Innovation l Impact Investor l Venture Capitalist

- JESSICA GUTER (SWEDEN) - Project Manager at Norrsken Foundation

- KENNETH WINTHER (NORWAY) - Founder and CEO of Moonwalk

- STEPHANY ZOO (CHINA/KENYA) - Founder of the China Africa Tech Initiative

- SIMARPREET SINGH (INDIA) - Founder and Chief Edutainment Officer (CEO) at Mind Batteries

- SARAH DOHERTY (UNITED STATES) - Co-Founder of TeleHealth Robotics

- UMAR ZULQARNAIN (CANADA) - Co-Founder of Grit Ventures

- IMAN MESKINI (NORWAY) - Norwegian Actress

- HAMZA FARRUKH (UNITED KINGDOM) - Founder of Bond-E-Shams l Portfolio Solutions

Strategy at Goldman Sachs l Forbes 30 under 30

- SHAUN JOHNSON (UNITED STATES) - Co-Founder of StartUp Institute

- THARALD NUSTAD (NORWAY) - Serial Entrepreneur l Founder of Nordic Impact

- JULIA BOSSMANN (UNITED STATES) - Director of Strategy at Fathom Computing

- TUOMAS YLA-KAUTTU (FINLAND) - Head of D11 Lab l World Economic Forum Global

Shaper l MIT Tech Review Ambassador l Startup Advisor

- VILAS DHAR (UNITED STATES) - Founder of Next Mile Project l Harvard Fellow on Social


- H.E AMBASSADOR ARTUR WILCZYNSKI - Canada's Ambassador to Norway

- H.E AMBASSADOR RIFFAT MASOOD - Pakistan's Ambassador to Norway

- H.E AMBASSADOR KARL GARDNER - Ireland's Ambassador to Norway

To read more about the MAK X Speakers, please visit We look forward to seeing you there!


MAK X Agenda:

Friday April 20th, 2018:

18:00 - 18:10 Welcoming Remarks by CEO Javad Mushtaq

18:15 - 18:30 Opening Remarks by Ambassadors from Canada, Pakistan, and Ireland to Norway

18:30 - 19:00 The Norwegian Startup Ecosystem

19:00 - 19:30 Building World Class Startup Ecosystems

19:30 - 20:00 What can Norway learn from Silicon Valley?

Saturday April 21st, 2018:

9:00 - 9:30 Registration

9:30 - 9:45 Welcome and Introduction

9:45 - 10:15 Building Systems for Social Impact: Moonwalk

10:15 - 10:35 Exponential Technology, Norwegian Startup Ecosystem, and Norway's Potential in the International Start-Up Scene

10:35 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 11:00 Investing in Emerging Markets and Building the first Venture Capital Fund in Pakistan

11:00 - 11:15 Perspectives from the Middle East and Africa

11:15 - 11:30 Perspectives from the US

11:30 - 12:00 Building World Class Startup Ecosystems: Learning Best Practices from Other Countries

12:00 - 12:30 The Ambassador's Conversation Fireside chat

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break

13:30  - 13:45 Strategies for Maximizing Impact to 1 billion People

13:45 - 14:00 Y Combinator - How Are Silicon Valley’s Best Startups Using Artificial Intelligence?

14:00 - 14:15 Artificial Intelligence - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

14:15 - 14:25 Blockchain & Impact, What's Next?

14:25 - 14:35 Eliminating the World’s Healthcare Access Crisis

14:35 - 14:45 LeveragingBlockchain Technology to Create Electronic Legal Identities

14:45 - 14:55 Sustainable Solutions to the Global Water Crisis

14:55 - 15:30 Scaling Technology for Social Good

15:30 - 15:45 Break

15:45 - 16:00 The Intersection Of Culture and Technology: What China’s Philosophy of Development Means for the Global South

16:00 - 16:15 Building Social Movements, Entrepreneurship, and Social Impact

16:15 - 16:30 Fireside Chat: Sustaining Passion and Drive to Change the World

16:30 - 16:45 Innovation, Collaboration, and Creativity to Change the World

16:45 - 17:15 How To Change The World: Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing

17:15 - 17:35 How to Change the World, Starting with Yourself

17:35 - 17:50 How Corporate Innovation Utilizes Diversity

There will be extremely limited seats for the conference. Make sure you get your ticket now!

Like what you see? Don’t forget to follow MAK on all our Social Media channels to stay up to date on more events!


Twitter: @MAKOrg_no

Instagram: @MAKOrg_no

Please use our hashtag #MAKX2018 when posting on social media!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are excited to see you at MAK X!

On behalf of the MAK X Organizing Committee,



Javad Mushtaq

President and CEO



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BI Norwegian Business School - Oslo campus
37 Nydalsveien
0484 Grefsen

Friday, April 20, 2018 at 5:30 PM - Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 6:00 PM (CEST)

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    MAK is a social organization working to promote diversity as a competitive advantage for Norway and Norwegian businesses. The organization consist of Norway's and Scandinavia's largest and most diverse community of talents, counting for over 600 from over 35 nationalities.

    MAK works within two main fields; 1) Leadership, and 2) Innovation and entrepreneurship. In the second field, MAK works actively to build bridges between players in international start-up ecosystems. For more information on MAK’s initiatives, please visit or check FacebookTwitter, or Instagram

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