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Cairotronica was founded as the Cairo Electronic and New Media Arts Festival, which is a biannual festival established in 2016 that showcases emerging and established new media artists and offers transformational learning experiences. The idea for Cairotronica developed from noting the global interest in the overlapping of art with technology and science. It is an up-and-coming area of practice globally, and the region lacked a platform to support its talents to join in on this contemporary movement.

Seeing a lot of potential in local artists from the first two festival editions, Cairotronica saw an opportunity to expand on its current artistic practices, and to democratize/ facilitate the tools for creating new projects that are multidisciplinary within art, science and technology. Hence, developing a platform supporting local artists already interested/ working in this intersection of disciplines. Additionally, the platform aims to activate the international scene with a steady stream of artists and projects that can strongly represent Egypt and the region, and present the region’s perspective on the critical and urgent topics that lie at the intersection of art, science, technology and society.

In 2019, Cairotronica launched a fellowship program under the theme “We Are Data” in collaboration with Impakt Festival in the Netherlands to offer a fellowship for artists to further develop their multidisciplinary practice.



Haytham Nawar is a practising artist and designer and a scholar in the fields of art and design. He has built his professional
Artistic Director
Ghalia Elsrakbi is a design professional, researcher, and design educator. She is an Associate Professor of Practice in Design and the Director of the Graphic Design Program at the American University in Cairo. She is a co-founder and co-curator of Cairotronica, Cairo Electronic, and New Media Arts Festival.
Managing Director and Curator
Nada Bakr is an independent curator, researcher, and cultural manager. She holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Media Arts Cultures
Strategy and Partners
Ahmed Ellaithy is the founding director of the American University in Cairo’s Technology Transfer
Graphic Designer
Tasneem Tawheed is a graphic designer whose interests include, but are not limited to editorial design, information design, visual identity, design research and the intersection of design, culture and politics. She holds a BA in graphic design from the American University in Cairo.
We Are Data Program Officer
Rana Magdy (1995, Cairo, Egypt) formally trained as a graphic designer at the American University in Cairo. She currently works as a design educator, researcher, and cultural programmer both independently & with Re:Coded.
Communications Assistant and Festival Coordinator
Habiba Afifi graduated from the German University in Cairo in June 2020, studying Media Design. Her focus points range from interactive installations, personal documentaries, CGI, and animation as well as experimental shorts.
Communications Manager
May is an independent professional working with organisations and projects in Arts and Culture focusing on their programs’ development, monitoring and evaluation and communications.
Production Manager
Ahmed Ashmawy is a set designer at his core, but his professional experience extends beyond that. He has been on the production and technical sides of countless theater performances, visual art exhibitions, and new media art installations, managing their implementation and setup. He has worked with international artists in Cairo as part of D-CAF, mentored young designers as part of 2B Continued, and implemented sets in theaters all over the world for Temple Independent Theater Company.