The Week in Review

A new week is starting in force. But before that, let’s go quickly through the week just passed. Yes, you’re right, I’ll focus on next paragraphs on the Wednesday’s event DemoCamp Dubai 4th edition, the first demo camp on which I have been not part of public, but of the presenters.

The event itself had part of great media coverage, and here I’ll have to mention Shuttlegazine, The National, Startup Arabia, Tech-wd.com.

Demos, as usual there were four:

  1. restate.ae – an iPhone application used to complement and give mobile access to a well known real estate portal which covers Dubai properties. It has been created by the guys behind SpinBits.
  2. StartUpArabia Database – a moderated wiki like database dedicated to Arab technology startups, entrepreneurs and financial organizations that anyone can edit and enrich. Most of all, Moh’d Marwan Meddah put his soul in creating StartUpArabia.com, proving that in a selfish world, it is not necessary to be selfish yourself to win.
  3. eMapia – eBay and Google Maps combined, a niche web application providing a way to getting in direct contact the buyer and the seller.
  4. w2task – a web based task and time management system. This has been presented by myself – a truly amazing experience. Not everything worked according to the plan. It took me a while to synchronize the pitch of my voice with the levels of the sound system, often sounding either too loud or too low. This, of course, had a domino effect in my presentation spirit, making me quite tensed.

However, although I am taking note of the above imperfections, I would mark the above event as an achievement, especially because of the great feedback which demonstrated that such type of applications can have a great future. As I’ve seen in the National due to recession, when big companies are cutting down on budgets and on projects, it can be a lifetime opportunity for startups to play from the same level with the well established companies.

In development terms, that means I would stabilize the base code of w2task, improve the workflow and make it more appealing for the first time user, when no data is present.

Let me conclude with the greeting posted on Twitter:

Good morning! It is time to start in force a great new week!

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