The BDL is organizing #Accelerate2014 and bringing over 50 startup industry veterans from all around the world to put “Blueprints for Success for 1,000 international entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals”. The list of speakers is very interesting and there are a lot of events, talks and competitions to look out for. I just got back from Dubai today so I missed out on the first day but I will be there tomorrow hopefully.
One of the events I was looking forward to attend today was the “Lightning Round – Startup Competition” as part of the Seedstar World Competition as it’s always nice to hear about new ideas and startups. This year, 28 startups took the stage for 1 minute to pitch their idea and 8 made it to the final round tomorrow.
Here are the 8 finalist startups:
Cardio Diagnostic: FDA Approved wireless heart monitor that helps connect patients with doctors.
Saily: Helps you sell second hand items easily.
Yellow: Bitcoin payment solution for money transfers in your currency.
Ki: Password manager app.
Presella: Online e-ticketing platform that enables anyone anywhere to become an event organizer.
GoEjaza: Helps you plan your trips.
Feedeed: Getting fast professional services online
Tari2ak: Real-time traffic conditions app.
Here’s a link to the full schedule [Here].
I was at the event yesterday and it was pretty amazing, but I was wondering how they moved the car that high. As it turns out, they moved it in parts and assembled it on the top. They couldn’t use a helicopter because the area is too narrow and dangerous for such a stunt.
I will write a full post soon on this whole experience as it was a thrilling one.
El Hamra Cinema was built in 1952 and used to be the cultural hub of the city of Tyre before the war started. After being closed for 30 years, Kassem Istanbouli and his team decided to bring the place back to life and hosted at first an International Theater Festival back in June 2014, and then Tyreâ€™s first ever international film festival between November 8 and 11.
Ayyam al-Hamra al-Cinemaiyya brought short films from more than 12 countries in Europe and the Arab world, with the aim of â€œpromoting culture and creativity and to create a space for people to meet and exchange experiences of cinemaâ€. The event is supposed to become an annual one, held each November.
I think this is a great initiative as Tyre (and other cities) needs such a venue for cultural expression and for people to enjoy a positive and enriching experience. Check out the theaterâ€™s Facebook page [Here].
Haile Gebrselassie arrived to Beirut yesterday and performed a training run earlier today with this year’s peace runners, but I don’t think he will be running the Beirut Marathon tomorrow though. Gebrselassie is a true legend in the long-distance tracks and has won numerous Marathon races. Here’s what he said to LBCI about the marathon and running for peace.
See you all tomorrow at the Beirut Marathon!
If you are going to the marathon on Sunday, I recommend you download the Beirut Marathon mobile app as there’s everything you need in it. You can check out the race map, the roads closed, bib tracking and your friends’ location. There are also games to play and a selfie frame.
The app is available for [Android] and [iOS].
I love this man! Every now and then, I listen to the Grendizer song. He will be at Kahwet Leila in Gemmayze on November 7th.
If I missed out on any ad, email it to me or leave the URL in the comments.
Al Rifai Nuts
That’s a hilarious campaign and I like the fact that CBJ and Crepaway replied positively. Nevertheless, that’s not enough and one of them should come with a really smart reply.
I am sure every Lebanese who traveled to Ayia Napa has been to Senior Frog’s. It’s the best place to kick off the party there as it’s always crowded and there’s always live entertainment. Well guess what? Senior Frog’s is coming to Concrete 1994 in Sin el Fil, Beirut for two nights on November 21 and 22.
Regular entrance tickets are at 45$ and 55$ (65$ at the door) and VIP tickets are at 100$.
You can check out more info and book tickets [Here].
I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SAT: C U NXT SAT does HALLOWEEN The Grand Factory [Event]
Here are some of the Halloween events and parties happening in Beirut this weekend. If there are other events that I have missed out, let me know and I will add them. Too bad no one has organized a Zombie walk in Beirut yet but there’s the Halloween night ride which is close enough.
MixFM’s Decadeath: Hallowood. The City of Demons, St George [Event]
6th Sense presents “The 7 Deadly Sins” with AGENTS OF TIME – Centre Sofil Le Maillon Entrance [Event]
THE CIRCUS OF FREAKS II, Art Lounge Beirut [Event]
Dead, Rich, & Famous: Halloween Party, Coworking +961 Sursock Palace Achrafieh [Event]
Massacre at the Oscars, Abbey Road Beirut [Event]
B018 Karantina, Olivier Giacomotto, Ziad Ghosn live at B018 (The Halloween edition) [Event]
3rd Annual Halloween Night Ride, Hosted by CyclingCircle and Cyclo Sport [Event]
Another Halloween Party – El Gardel [Event]