October 3, 2016

BDL Accelerate 2016


Fly in to Beirut for the free-to-attend BDL Accelerate 2016, stay for the world’s best gastronomy.

Souk el Akel

BDL Accelerate 2016’s Souk El Akel [Arabic for food market] will feature 24 hand-picked independent food stands representing the best flavors from around the world. With Souk El Akel, we are supporting SMEs and family businesses across the country.

Conference attendees can experience BDL Accelerate 2016’s Souk El Akel in the Entertainment Tent at Forum de Beyrouth between 10 am – 12 am (midnight) on Thursday & Friday November 3 & 4, and from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday November 5. The Entertainment Tent is only accessible to registered attendees wearing the Official Conference Badge or Wristband.

Beirut leads the region’s healthcare revolution with one of the biggest HealthTech Hackathons in the world.
Touch Surgery

BDL Accelerate 2016 has brought together top hackathon organizers, Hacking Surgery and Garage48, to pull off one the world’s biggest 48-hour overnight HealthTech Hackathon on November 2, 3, and 4 in the Mezzanine of Forum de Beyrouth.

Garage48 turns ideas into working prototypes in 48 hours. Garage48 started in Estonia in April 2010 and has since expanded around the world. Touch Surgery builds technologies to empower the global surgical community, and organizes healthcare innovation events through Hacking Surgery.

World’s leading innovators exhibiting cutting-edge technologies in Beirut.
Vector Watch
BUCHAREST, ROMANIA BDL Accelerate 2016 has invited some of the world’s leading innovators in photography, wearables, automotive, and more, to showcase and demo their products in Beirut.EyeEm builds cutting-edge technology to analyze the aesthetics of images and showcase the best photographs from the world’s leading photo community.
Vector Watch is a leader in the wearable technology space, designing beautiful, powerful smartwatches that integrate seamlessly into your everyday life.

Banque Du Liban Accelerate 2016
BDL Accelerate is the only international innovation & entrepreneurship conference in the world that is inclusive, because it’s free. We don’t charge our attendees, so that everyone, from all walks of life, can learn, engage, be inspired, and connect with industry experts, investors, like minded individuals, and changemakers from around the world.

With over 10,000 attendees flying in from 100+ countries, BDL Accelerate 2016 is by far the best return on investment a business can make on the conference circuit. Join us.

Apple’s The Woz!

Our first headline speaker for BDL Accelerate 2016 in Beirut is Steve “The Woz” Wozniak, the Silicon Valley legend who founded Apple with Steve Jobs.

Steve Wozniak Live at BDLA16
Banque du Liban

Organized by
Banque du Liban

Banque du Liban (BDL) Accelerate is organized by The Central Bank of Lebanon, Banque du Liban. The event began in November 2014, as a celebration of the first anniversary of Banque du Liban’s Circular 331.


“Beirut. The food’s delicious, the people are awesome. It’s a party town… Hopefully, you will come back smarter about the world. You’ll understand a little more about how uninformed people are when they talk about that part of the world. You’ll come back as I did: changed and cautiously hopeful and confused in the best possible way. Travel at its best defies expectations… That’s part of the thing that makes Beirut so interesting.”
Anthony Bourdain (CNN Host and World Renowned Chef)