It’s been quite a February for us at Flan! Starting off the month and the year 2023 on a great note! Flan took part of the global tech event LEAP, from 6-9 February 2023 at Riyadh Front Expo Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. With over 150,000 attendees, astounding tech gadgets, expert speakers, fascinating panels, and enlightening talks, LEAP 2023 was an event to remember! We got to meet industry leaders and top players in the Metaverse and Web3 industries, hear their talks about the space, life in the metaverse, the world of metaverse, the future of the Metaverse and how to navigate its challenges, and discuss gaming, and the Saudi gaming ecosystem with inspiring people. Here is a short glimpse of our highlights!

1. All about Tech, Web3, and the Metaverse:

Our Co-founder Majdy Miqdady met Sebastien Borget, the Co-Founder & COO of The Sandbox! And Robby Yung, the CEO of Animoca Brands.

Another major highlight was meeting Tonomus CEO, Joseph Bradley and CMO, Joanne O'Gorman. Tonomus is building the world’s first truly cognitive city - Neom. Tonomus had a mixer during the LEAP event where we got to meet extraordinary people. Joseph Bradley had an incredible talk at LEAP named: “The Metaverse Experience - Transcending Physical and Digital Divide”, our favourite quote by him during that talk about the Metaverse: "it’s not live physically or digitally, it’s just to live". 

It was also a pleasure meeting Azeem Khan, the Fundraising & Partnerships Lead at Gitcoin and hearing his insights during the investor spotlight panel "Web 3.0 & NFTs:  Wondrous, Wobbly or Wait-and-See?"

2. Gaming & The Saudi Gaming Ecosystem: 

Jerry Gamez, CEO of VOV Gaming had a great talk “From play to prosper” about gaming and how it transforms education, we also got to meet afterwards.

 We also enjoyed discussing the developments in the Saudi gaming ecosystem with Kadri Harma, CEO of Nine66, right before her talk - “How we’re building the games ecosystem in KSA”- in the creative economy stage.Nine66 is creating an Integrated Game Development Ecosystem in Saudi Arabia.

3. LEAP moments

From the moment the event started and up until the very end, it was filled with innovative tech, metaverse tech, fascinating panels, and great talks with members of the tech, Web3, and Metaverse community! Right when we got to the LEAP event, they stamped our passports with the official LEAP stamp, and ended with the LEAP logo in the sky! LEAP23 was truly an event to remember and it was amazing getting to discuss all these topics and introduce Flan to everyone in the space. 

We’re looking forward and can’t wait part to take part in many more similar events in the future! Follow our Twitter and LinkedIn pages and stay up-to-date with our news and join our Discord community.