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First, for those of you who don't know, GeekFest is intended to be an offline social for online people and should be interesting to anyone who's involved in the online world and in using technology to create, educate, entertain, inform, drive change or just play around. It’s a purely social event and is purposefully kept organic, free and easy. Launched in Dubai in 2009, there have, to date, been GeekFests in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Cairo, Alexandria, Damascus, Amman and other Middle Eastern countries. Each one has been different in style and content, reflecting the diversity of our region but also reflecting how the very loosely defined template of GeekFest allows people to do their own thing the way they want to. Each regional GeekFest has happened because someone liked the idea and wanted to give it a try in their community. Nobody owns it, nobody sets rules – the only guiding principals have been shared in iterations of this very Geekifesto.