This is interesting, Sirdab Labs is a newly launched accelerator program. It helps start-ups grow quicker and efficiently by offering workshops, space for them to work and a community that includes entrepreneurs and talented mentors. Right now they’re at the phase of making a directory with a list of companies willing to help start-ups whether it’s a funding company, marketing, design, development etc. For more details click [here], to sign up your business click [here].
For those of you that remember, last year I joined the yearly Start Weekend event. I’ve written a thorough blog post about it I recommend you check out [here]. It’s a worldwide event that takes place in over 100 countries which involves developers, designers and entrepreneurs. If you have a skill that you think will help a startup then you’re eligible even if it’s non-technical.
Every one with an idea stands on stage and pitches his idea. After all the ideas have been pitched each person with an idea stands in a selected area where designers and developers approach ideas they liked and ask if they can join the team. After teams have formed they have around 45 hours to work on their project.
The projects will be presented to a team of judges on Saturday. It’s best to at least have a working prototype of your project ready along with a presentation. Last year I went to the event to check it out, got so excited joined a team and got 2nd place. I’ve already signed up for this year, if I find an idea I like I will definitely join this year.
It was one of the most productive weekends I have ever had and I highly recommend people with skills to sign up. Not only will you get to meet new people, challenge yourself, and leave your comfort zone but you also learn a lot of financing a business and ways to monetize a business.
To sign up click [here]
- Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 5:00 PM to Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 11:00 PM
- Location: Khaldiya, Kuwait University – College of Engineering
- Cost: Free
Microsoft have ditched Hotmail and have announced the new Outlook. Since this is very recent news many short ‘@outlook.com’ nicknames are still available, I was able to snatch the one I want. You can probably get an email with your name without adding any numbers. The Outlook account will be your main account for Microsoft services like Xbox Live and SkyDrive.
I like the new user interface by Microsoft, though I rarely like anything coming from them. It’s simple and minimal, unlike Hotmail which is cluttered and confusing. I don’t use any of Microsoft’s services apart from Hotmail although I might use SkyDrive since I have 25GB of free space but snatching the username I wanted is basically why I signed up.[Link]