Leade.rs discovers the brightest up and coming talent with our curators to highlight on stage. You'll be inspired by entrepreneurs and stories of building their successful startups, get hands on training from some of the leading experts across fields and have the chance to meet some of tech's most influential people in office hours.



Hear from some of the brightest minds across the tech industry talk about the state of the hottest topics like digital health, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and chatbots. Learn how inspiring people across industry are using technology to tackle the world's biggest problems.


Need an in-depth workshop on how to pitch yourself or your business to partners and investors? Do you need to tap into your community but don't know how? Our workshops give you the tools you need to walk out ready to crush your next pitch.


Office Hours

Ever wanted to meet that VC in person? Or pick an entrepreneurs brain on how they'd address an issue in your start up? Here's your chance. Office hours provide an intimate setting for you to get to know some of tech's most influential leaders.


How to make a viral video
Karen Cheng, Founder, Karen X

Learn from the best: viral video expert, Karen X. Cheng. Her videos have over 100 million views. She makes highly shareable commercials and viral videos. Her TV spot for Beats by Dre premiered at the Thanksgiving Day football game. Key learning’s from this how to workshop include: Why some videos go viral and others don't; Video trends in 2017; How to optimize a video for YouTube vs. Facebook; How to optimize a video for brand awareness vs. conversions; How to A/B test videos before you launch.

You need to build a thriving community behind your business
Here's how to make it happen

David Spinks, CEO of CMX Media
Shana Smeets, Country Manager Benelux, BlaBlaCar
Lucie Montel, Managing Director, Maschinenraum
Rahaf Harfoush, Digital Anthropologist and Author 

Join community expert David Spinks of CMX Media for a step by step guide to building a successful community. Every business has a community, it is a matter of whether you choose to focus on it and create opportunities for them to connect with each other.  Traditional businesses (think Industrial Revolution) didn’t have to worry about community.  They built a product and they shipped it to the consumer.  That was it. It’s totally different now. Not only can consumers interact with each other, but they can interact with the brands directly. There is huge opportunity here and in this workshop you will learn how to take advantage of it.


Future of Work
Leila Janah, CEO & Founder, Sama & LXMI
Salime Nassur, Head of EMEA Marketing, Google Cloud
Alexandre Cipriani, Product Marketing Manager, Office 365 at Microsoft France
Guillaume Roques, CMO, Salesforce EMEA

Tech advances and workforce demographics are changing the very definition of work.  While increased automation and globalization present opportunities, they also present significant challenges.  This workshop dives into the future of work and discusses strategies that companies should embrace to keep pace.

Instagram - From Inspiration to Action
Julie Pellet - Brand Development Lead, Instagram

Join us to see and hear how Instagram is successfully building communities through beautiful, visual experiences. Learn the best practices for getting started and creating your presence on Instagram.

Small Screen, Big Ideas
Florence Trouche, Sales Manager, Facebook

  Join us to discover how Facebook can move your business forward. You will learn our best practices to develop personalized marketing at scale strategies driven by a full mobile approach.



How Virtual Reality Is Changing The World
Helen Situ, Founder and Editor of Virtual Reality Pop and the Product Marketing Manager at NextVR

What is Virtual Reality? What are people building for virtual reality? What industries will it affect? What opportunities have yet to be explored? Helen Situ will answer all of these questions during this workshop.

Helen Situ is the Founder and Editor of Virtual Reality Pop (50k+ readers) and the Product Marketing Manager at NextVR. As one of the most connected people in the virtual reality industry, Helen has a uniquely detailed view of where this technology is today and where it is headed tomorrow.

The Complete Beginner's Guide to Chatbots
Matt Schlicht, CEO and Founder of Octane AI & Chatbots Magazine
Phil Libin, Managing Director, General Catalyst and Co-founder, Everote
Marjolaine Grondin, Chief Emoji Officer (CEO) 👯 @ Jam
Louisa Mesnard, Co-founder at Citron

What is a chatbot? What can it do? Why do you need one? How do you make one? Matt Schlicht will not only answer all of these questions during this workshop, but attendees will also make their very own chatbot!

Matt Schlicht is CEO of Octane AI, Founder and Editor of Chatbots Magazine (250k+ readers), creator of the largest bot’s community (25,000+ members), and the author of the #1 chatbots guide in the world. Octane AI powers bots for brands and celebrities such as Maroon 5, Jason Derulo, 50 Cent, Lindsay Lohan, Causes, and many more. Previously Matt was one of the first employees at Ustream (acquired by IBM), a Y Combinator alum, and a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30.


Silicon Valley Survival Guide
Geraldine Le Meur, Co-Founder, The Refiners
Gil Penchina, Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor
Jason McDonald, Co-Founder, Stringcam
Aurelia Setton, Managing Director & Founder, MontBlanc Ventures

Innovation is everywhere, but to have a true global impact in the digital space, location is paramount. Considering a move to Silicon Valley however, can be daunting — competition is fierce, network is key and time-to-market is of the essence. Join Geraldine LeMeur, Gil Penchina and Jason McDonald for a 101 survival kit workshop about how to survive in Silicon Valley. Learn to unlock your unique competitive advantage.

AI Now!
Jennifer Marsman, Developer Evangelist, Microsoft
Walter De Brouwer, Chief Scientist, Gen.Life
Alexandre Cadain, Entrepreneur and Researcher

Join AI experts and hear the 5 most important things that happened in Q1 of 2017 for the future of AI.


Startup Sesame Summit
Wednesday, April 12th

How can tech events change the world?

11.00 Opening

11:05 Community
Francesca Pick, Chair, Ouishare Fest
Risto Kuulasmaa, Founder & CEO, Tubecon
Marija Rucevska, CEO, TechChill
Till Ohrmann, CEO, Pirate Summit
Moderator: Ben Costantini, Co-founder & CEO, Startup Sesame

11.30 Diversity
Dagnija Lejina, Founder, Digital Freedom Festival
Romain Dillet, Writer, TechCrunch
Camille Pène, Director, Futur en Seine
Moderator: Joanna Kirk, Co-founder, Startup Sesame

11.50 Curation
Katja Toropainen, Head of Program, Slush
Diane Drubay, Founder, We are Museums
George Hedon, Founder, Pause Festival
Moderator: Ben Costantini, Co-founder & CEO, Startup Sesame

12.10 Emerging Markets
Kiran Maverick, Founder & CEO, The August Fest
Samer Karam, Founder, Startup Megaphone
Stefan Gantchev, CEO, DigitalK
Moderator: Moojan Asghari, Co-founder & COO, Startup Sesame

12.30 Closing 

Innovation at the frontier

Paul Papadimitriou, Innovation Scout & Founder, Intelligencr
Samer Karam, Founder, Startup Megaphone
Tugce Ergul, Partner, Angel Labs
Ammin Youssouf, Impact Technologist & CEO, Afrobytes

Manila, Beirut, Lagos, Sao Paulo, Bangalore, all places, along many others, that know thriving tech ecosystems, yet look daunting to many outsiders, especially investors. Join our panelists to learn more about how to overcome your doubts about the new frontiers of success and making this global connected world a tangible reality. 

The IoT is an ecosystem play
Cédric Giorgi, Director of Special Projects at Sigfox
Barbara Belvisi, Co-Founder & Managing Parter, Hardware Club
Quentin Sannie, Co-Founder & CEO, Devialet
Vincent Nallatamby, Founder & CEO, Tempow


Building a strong network of partners is absolutely key when building an IoT solution. This workshop will give you key take aways on where to start and with what kind of partners.  Whether you are an entrepreneur with a new idea involving the Internet of Things, or an executive at a company looking at how IoT can be involved to answer some of your business challenges, there's one common challenge : where to start, who to contact, which companies or technologies to involve. In this workshop, you'll learn about some of they key players of the industry, and understand why launching an IoT project or solution needs to involve many different stakeholders, at different stages of the solution creation or roll out. 

David Nihil

The only public speaking workshop you'll ever need to take
David Nihill, Author, Do You Talk Funny?

You’re scheduled to give a business presentation, pitch investors, or deliver a wedding toast. And you’re petrified. You’re simply not cut out for public speaking. Never mind being entertaining. David Nihill has walked—and talked—in your shoes and we have to convinced him to come talk to you. David went from being deathly afraid of standing in front of an audience to hosting a business conference, regularly performing stand-up routines, winning storytelling competitions in front of packed houses and becoming one of the world’s leading experts on the usually not so exciting topic of public speaking. He did it by learning from some of the world’s best public speakers: stand-up comics.