Archive for the 'Conferences' Category

ArabNet, Beirut and ‘Being Arab’

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Visiting Beirut is always a bitter sweet experience. My last trip to Beirut to attend ArabNet, the region’s first web business conference was my third trip to the city in 8 years, each of which had the duration of 48 hours. Each time I visit beirut I leave with a book, always from Librarie Antoine, [...]

ArabNet 2010, Day 1: the Arab web industry emerges

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Photos stolen from Andfaraway With a ballroom full of participants during all sessions, buzzing networking activity during coffee breaks, inspiring talks from both older web hands and young ones, startup demos from all over the region, not to mention very active tweeting and live blogging, we can say that day 1 of the ArabNet conference [...]

ArabNet: Ten years late, the Arab web industry gets its conference

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Here is one of my favorite anecdotes about the Arab web industry: the web advertising spending of the whole Arab region, including the rich Gulf region and Saudi Arabia is less than the revenue of a single niche web marketing agency (which you never heard of) in Seattle where one of my friends works. Now [...]

NewThink Theater: Infecting Jordan with the virus of positive action [with VIDEO]

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Here’s something that keeps Jordan interesting: there is always someone or some group initiating something. Regional politics might be depressing. Local politics too. The economy is not doing great. There are setbacks, deterioration, and the “I don’t care” attitude all around us. But at the same time, someone is launching a new initiative.. startup.. band.. [...]

Who can revolutionize Arabic music? A bunch of people from Finland and their friends, perhaps?

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

I really wish I had a time machine in my basement. Here is what I would do: pay a visit to Cairo in the 1950s or 1960s. Here is one time destination I would travel to: 24 February 1966, Cairo. I would key-in time and place on the machine’s touch screen and seconds later would [...]

VIDEO: Zaha Hadid announced as winner to design new art and culture center in Amman

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Zaha Hadid was officially announced as the final winner of the long standing competition to design the King Abdullah II House for Art and culture in Amman. Mayor Omar Maani made the announcement in a special ceremony held a couple of days ago where he hosted Hadid and a group of dignitaries, cultural officials and [...]

360east goes to Mobile World Congress 2010

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Yes, 360east is off to Barcelona tonight to attend the Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest get together for the mobile industry and a symbol of the world’s obsession of staying connected anytime, anywhere. The numbers of people alone is staggering: 50,000 professional will visit the event this year, including, supposedly 2,800 CEOs (are there [...]