ArabNet: Ten years late, the Arab web industry gets its conference
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]
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?
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
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
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 […]
My Amman: re-discovering, re-engaging, re-connecting our city
My Amman View more documents from SYNTAX. I had the pleasure of being invited by Jordanian social entrepreneur (and self proclaimed “doctor of companies, governments and peoples”) Maher Kaddoura, to give a talk about ‘My Amman’ at the pilot of NewThink, an initiative to spread a culture of positive action, a can-do attitude and entrepreneurship […]
HM Queen Rania mentions use of Watwet in Le Web keynote as example of digital activism
Last week my TootCorp partner Mazen and I had a great time attending Le Web, Europe’s largest internet conference. You can actually watch the entire conference on the video archives of Ustream, who where streaming the sessions live. The pace of innovation we witnessed around the real time web, social networks is just and mobile […]
Shifting gears in Jordan.. Let’s talk entrepreneurship!
Going to the opening of the Global Entrepreneurship Week tonight was like going to group therapy. My partner Razan and I had just had an “afternoon from hell” dealing with extremely lame financial reporting issues at the office. It’s the stuff that makes one curse the day he or she decided to be entrepreneurial and […]
A video from 2004.. I can’t believe half a decade passed!
While doing some searching on the web, I chanced upon a very low budget (no budget!) video that I created for the Immedia 2004 conference. This is something I even blogged about in the early days of 360east. I watched the video with amusement. A number of familiar faces are featured. It also features a […]
Are you a young creative: Make an ad.. Go to Cannes this June
Just received this announcement from a loyal 360east reader (hi Dina!) about a competition by the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival that will take the winner to attend this prestigious ad event and compete in the Young Lions Film Competition. MAKE AN AD At midnight on 15 May (GMT), YouTube will release a brief on www.youtube.com/canneslions […]
Imagining The Dubai-ification of Baghdad
Monocle’s Tyler Brule shares a thought on the Invest Iraq conference held in London a couple of days ago: FT.com / Columnists / Tyler BrÃ»lÃ© – Between Iraq and a marketplace: I couldnâ€™t see any indication of where the Iraqi leadership was heading next, but I imagine their global tour has quite a bit to […]
Amman Centennial Forum: Youth and Mayor Omar Maani talk about the city
On Saturday 21 February 2009, from 5 to 8 pm, Amman’s youth are invited to attend an open Amman Centennial Forum with the Mayor of Amman Omar Maani, to discuss Amman’s vision, at Al Al Hussein Cultural Center in Ras Al Ein. Check out the event’s Facebook page. This forum is being held by the […]