OPEN TX 2022 is the inaugural conference to create a place for entrepreneurs and professionals to meet in the Austin, Houston, Dallas triangle. Join us for talks and panels about
OPEN TX 2022 is the inaugural conference to create a place for entrepreneurs and professionals to meet in the Austin, Houston, Dallas triangle. Join us for talks and panels about entrepreneurship, emerging tech, and running and managing an organization. You will get to network with successful entrepreneurs, leaders of the industry, venture capitalists.
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OPEN – Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs and professionals – is a global network of entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals, which consists of chapters all around the world in 17 cities ranging from Silicon Valley, New York, Toronto, London, MENA, and Islamabad to name a few.
This event is hosted by OPEN Austin with the help of the Houston and Dallas chapters of OPEN.
We will be following COVID guidelines as provided by the CDC at the time of the event.
(Saturday) 8:00 am - 4:30 pm CDT
- Day 1
- March 26, 2022
8:00 AM Start8:00 AM - 9:00 AMBreakfast and Registration
9:00 AM Welcome9:00 AM - 9:15 AMWelcome by Tauseef Rab, President OPEN Austin
9:15 AM Keynote9:15 AM - 10:00 AMKeynote by Omair Tariq, CEO and Co-founder cart.com
10:00 AM Break10:00 AM - 10:15 AM15 minutes break
10:15 AM Panel on cloud computing10:15 AM - 10:45 AMPanel on cloud computing moderated by Aater Suleman, Panelists: Faisal Bhutto, Ali Hussain, Taimur Rashid
10:45 AM Brief discussion on Deployment and Managing NLP Systems10:45 AM - 11:15 AMNLP in various Industry Domains and a brief discussion on Deployment and Managing NLP Systems. A Fireside chat with Bilal Ahmed
11:15 AM Opportunities in Pakistan11:15 AM - 12:00 PMOpportunities in Pakistan and Special Technology Zone Authority by Rabeel Warraich, Raza Mustafa, Nouman Khan
12:00 PM Lunch12:00 PM - 1:00 PMOne hour lunch break
1:00 PM Taking the leap into entrepreneurship1:00 PM - 2:00 PMTaking the leap into entrepreneurship
2:00 PM Break2:00 PM - 2:15 PMBreak for 15 minutes
2:15 PM Demo Day2:15 PM - 3:45 PMToo often ideas get lost in the shuffle of startup uncertainty. Innovations get left on the sidelines or are overlooked in favor of more connected or better-leveraged companies. Get your chance to present your pitch to investors and successful entrepreneurs and get valuable feedback. If you are interested in presenting please: https://forms.gle/Q1ZsGBQbgvVRonbf9 Note: While you are pitching your startup to investors, the Demo Day presentation itself will not include actual funding. You will still get the opportunity to network with the judges and other investors but OPEN Texas will not have an official role in any private agreements.
3:45 PM Closing remarks3:45 PM - 4:00 PMClosing remarks
4:00 PM Networking4:00 PM - 4:30 PMNetworking
Open Austin will be hosting a fundraiser with Former Pakistani Cricket Coach and Captain Misbah-Ul-Haq. He will talk about the foundation, PCHNA - Pakistan’s Children’s Heart foundation North America and
Pakistan children’s Heart Foundation North America ( PCHFNA) is a nonprofit 501(c) (3)organization The Federal Tax ID of PCHFNA is 81-4291117. The donations to PCHFNA are exempt from Federal Income Tax.
– Leading run-scorer in ODIS during 2013
– Pakistan’s most successful test captain
– One of 2017 Wisden Cricketers of the year
– Pride of Performance Award in 2014
– ICC Spirit of Cricket 2016
– SITARA-I-IMTIAZ in 2018
(Thursday) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PKT
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Bilal Ahmed will share his experience of building teams and products at Sonasoft as a CTO / technical co-founder and as a CEO of AI powered knowledge discovery company called
Bilal Ahmed will share his experience of building teams and products at Sonasoft as a CTO / technical co-founder and as a CEO of AI powered knowledge discovery company called Grotabyte that he later founded.
Join us and get a chance to learn from Bilal about his journey, culture and leadership, taking a company public, spinning off a new venture, product-market fit among other topics.
(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
In this session, Bilal will share lessons from his exciting -- and hopeful -- journey in helping start the semiconductor ecosystem in Pakistan. We will look at the actions and
In this session, Bilal will share lessons from his exciting — and hopeful — journey in helping start the semiconductor ecosystem in Pakistan. We will look at the actions and the actors in this space, and zero-in on actionable goals that OPEN-ers can partake in. Bilal’s success demonstrates with the right structure, ecosystem, and training in place, it is possible to build a successful tech startup in Pakistan with niche and premium skills in addition to the more commoditized software development skills.
Can we take Pakistan’s ‘potential’ in semiconductor space to the Vthreshold this time around?
Bio: Bilal Zafar is the founder & CEO of 10xEngineers – a semiconductor design and verification services startup based in Lahore. A Ph.D. graduate from the University of Southern California and former Principal Engineer at Qualcomm, Bilal moved to Pakistan in 2018 to kick-start semiconductor work in Pakistan.
(Friday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm