The fourth Iran Web and Mobile Conference along with the eighth Iran Web and Mobile Festival got held at Iran’s National Library Conference Hall on February 22nd. This year, IWMF was the biggest gathering of Iran’s startup community in one place.
This year the conference was organized by the Consortium of Online Businesses and Iran’s Internet Business Association with the help of private and public sectors of the country. The event happened in three halls simultaneously. Ghalam Hall hosted the startup and entrepreneurship related panels and speeches which were a really interesting subject for young entrepreneurs. The hall hosted 500 people from startup community of Iran. Farhang Hall was dedicated to chosen startups to pitch their business. This hall was a great choice for investor to get in touch with new startups and get to know them. Startups had 15 minutes to pitch, and nearly 200 people were listening to these pitches at its pick. Hekmat Hall was dedicated to lectures with the topics related to Internet based businesses. These lectures were designed to help the growth and development of startups. Hekmat Hall was the smallest hall of conference which hosted 80 people in it.
The main key factor that differentiated this year’s conference from last year’s was that this year’s conference focused on startups. This was the biggest startup oriented event in Iran. The energy and the enthusiasm of the young attendees were first thing that you’d notice in the conference. These kinds of events could help the startup community grow and flourish much faster than before.
Many successful startups which are leading the startup scene in Iran were present at the conference and tried to transfer their knowledge and experience to the young generation. These success stories are the fuel for the startup ecosystem in Iran right now. The young generation need to see these founders and talk to them in more events. We don’t have many events that could gather all of these founders in one place and this is the factor which makes this conference so unique.
There were 95 awards for the best website and mobile applications. In app section Digikala, Jaaar, ZoodFood, BattleFish, and in Website section NetBarg, Faranesh, Taskulu, Saman Bank, ZarinPal to name a few winners. Maybe there were many awards but the fact that these awards could bring back the energy and hope in the founders could help the ecosystem a lot. Young founders need some events as a hub to refuel and move forward with their startups without losing hope.
You could also watch TechRasa’s report from the conference on this post.