During the event, we had the opportunity to get to know how accelerators work, first hand, and meet some key people to TechStar’s success, such as Shawn Broderick (Boston CEO) and Tom Keller (Managing Director). During these meetings, there were many interesting insights and discussions on startups and entrepreneurship possibilities in the MENA region as well, which eSpace will certainly keep an eye on.
Rachid Mohamed Rachid, Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade, sent out invitations to IT startups in Alexandria, and 12 companies, including eSpace, were in the lineup to meet the minister. An Alexandrian at heart himself, the minister wanted to know what kind of activities such aspiring companies engage in, the nature of our different business models, status of the current market, and our needs and problems. Many ideas, problems, and dreams were thrown on the table and discussed at length, and with great candidness. The minister responded to the input provided by sharing his idea of starting a technology park to be built in Alexandria, but geared towards fostering entrepreneurs as ourselves and enriching the startup spirit, an idea which displays his confidence in how startups can indeed build and strengthen the backbone of the Egyptian economy.
eSpace CEO, Samer El Sahn, made a point of driving home the importance of realizing a meaningful and scalable entrepreneurial ecosystem, where technical savviness alone does not suffice and investors, VCs, seedings, incubators, accelerators, and the works, are needed to complete the picture. Similar initiatives in Jordan, such as Meydan, were brought up and gained interest by the minister. We hope that the wholehearted and sincere conviction that the minister displayed couples with our core value of becoming "a technology enabler for people that need to get their ideas realized" and creates something constructive and motivated by a common goal of the welfare of our nation.
Just as the visit to Luxembourg a couple months ago, eSpace, under the sponsorship of ITIDA, was there to affirm the presence of
The symposium, which took place October 29, 30, was a mix between lectures, presentations, and an exhibition with over 60 projects showcasing their results and achievements. One such project that caught our eye, running for three years now and nearing completion, was Flexi, which works on putting a standard for Agile in large companies and projects. It was also particularly useful to meet project leaders of the ITEA2 call 4 proposed consortia, which eSpace is planning on partaking in.
eSpace's lead developer, Hatem Mahmoud, will be giving a talk during the final day of the conference, covering a field that eSpace has much interest in; Web 3.0: The Semantic Web. Hatem's talk will be one of two computer science sessions throughout the conference, with the other being IBM's Dr. Ahmed El-Mahdy's session on Cloud Computing. The schedule and more information about the conference can be found here.
The first Alexandria IntallFest will be the sixth InstallFest organized by EGLUG, and will be a thorough event dedicated to the propogation of FOSS. The event will be a day long of sessions dealing with FOSSes, their uses and advantages. Guests are invited to bring their laptops and desktops to have open source operating systems intstalled on them.
The event will be taking place from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on March the 9th at ITI Alexandria (1 Moahmoud Said St., Shohada Square, Main Post Office Building). Be sure to join us with your laptop or desktop, or even without!
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For more information on why you should be interested in FOSS, click here.