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Unlocking the Value of Open Data at RiseUp16

Open data boosting entrepreneurship at RiseUp16:

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We were glad to be present at RiseUp Summit again this year for the 4th time in a row

We always focus on introducing the latest technologies, sharing experiences, knowledge, resources and best practices with the dynamic entrepreneurs and startups for empowering this ecosystem in Egypt and the region.

We had 2 interesting events this Year at RiseUp16

Jointly with Access to Knowledge for development center (AUC School of Business) we conducted a workshop on December 11th introducing to the community “How Open data can boost social entrepreneurship”

How businesses can harness the power of data

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Access to knowledge team started the workshop by introductory remarks on Open data explaining the potential of open data and what it can be used for, giving examples of businesses sharing data, such as Telsa and they presented some case studies such as en2ly showcasing how can Open data improve the transportation sector in Cairo

And they highlighted how businesses can harness the power of data and that open data creates new business models that didn’t exist before

The semantic web is changing the way we use the internet

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Our own Fady Ramzy InsideOut CEO presented to the attendees the following:

  • The web has evolved “from web of pages to web of data”, Computers understand the meaning of what we publish on the web.
  • The types of data on the internet and how to structure the content over the web in terms of open data
  • How content classification enables content discovery and creates alternatives entry points and routes for contents

And Fady highlighted 

  • The key to break the internet is to tell stories and distribute it in an efficient way
  • “Data is the current oil.” If we get data we can create new business models and change the world
  • He presented the Linked open data project for Enel Electrified Vehicle charging Network and here is fady’s presentation  during the workshop
  • He advised attendees to build their own dataset using WordPress as WordPress CMS is still number 1
  • And he explained to attendees how to  structure content on WordPress using open data technology such as Wordlift

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Fady also presented a demo about Wordlift to inspire social entrepreneurs in this untapped area of massive opportunities

What is Wordlift?

wordlift-logoWordLift, by Insideout group, is a content analysis and recommendation tool for WordPress. It is a tool for publishers, newspapers and magazines to organize their content in a meaningful way, expose it better to search engines, boost their user base, website traffic, advertising and above all user experience and accordingly revenues.

Wordlift adds semantics annotations and combines information publicly available as linked open data to support editorial workflow learn more about it here

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The workshop was really interesting and attendees were highly engaged and The hashtag #Opendata went trending during the workshop

Live Streaming Karm Solar annual forum

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Karm Solar launched its Annual Forum as RiseUp’s first satellite event. KarmSolar is a solar technology and integration company that delivers innovative solar solutions to the agricultural, industrial, tourism and business sectors. Since its founding in 2011, KarmSolar has been Egypt’s largest private off-grid solar energy integrator, with exceptional experience in developing its award winning high-capacity solar pumping stations

The Forum featured a series of major announcements, keynote speakers and showcases

We had great pleasure to provide Karm Solar with Live streaming over their Facebook page, which had great impact by putting their online audience at the heart of the event.

 

 

Personal Branding is Essential for Entrepreneurs! So How to Master it?

Building a personal brand is important for all of us, but for entrepreneurs it’s crucial for leveraging expertise and building networks!

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As  an entrepreneur you are the public face of your business. You have clients and customers on your social media. so accordingly your customers needs to feel closer to you, learn from you and trust you so you have to nurture your network with what they need.

Personal branding is not a tagline or an ad campaign. It’s a combination of your interests, beliefs, ethos, values, talents and skills, among a number of other characteristics

Here is some simple infographic with advice’s on how to brand yourself online:

5 advises for Entrepreneurs' Personal Branding(7)

Personal Branding has Tangible Rewards:

How Personal branding generates interest and opens doors?

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“When people are buying your products or services, believe it or not, they’re not necessarily buying that product or service. What they are paying for is a certain type of experience and trust”

Personal Branding helps you elevate your social proof, establish credibility and solidify your niche.

here is a simple guide on how to make money through personal branding

If you didn’t Identify your personal brand yet…YOU SHOULD START NOW

Reregardless of your profession, a well defined personal brand will add tremendous value to your life

Boosting Digital Media Presence through Video!

Online Video has shaken up the World of Social Media

Big brands are taking notice of this trend and are beginning to adopt Facebook video as a way to increase traffic to their video campaigns

Right Now Facebook dominates!

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It is clear that Facebook is doing everything it can to become the top contender for online video content. Its new view-counter, auto-play feature, and embedding options come together to form a social video platform with a major upside.

Why  Video is a must for Boosting your digital Media Presence!

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A recent survey by Animoto of 1,000 professional marketers and 1,012 small- and medium-sized business owners confirms that video marketing is leaving no business behind. Some of the highlights include the following stats:

  • 76.5% of professional marketers and SMB owners that have used video marketing say it has had a direct impact on their business.
  • Facebook was named the most impactful social channel by marketers and SMB owners alike. 44% plan to spend money to promote video content on Facebook in the next 12 months.
  • 1 in 4 marketers and SMB owners feel behind the competition when it comes to video marketing.
  • SMB owners and marketers view video marketing as a skill more desirable than email, design, or written marketing.

How InsideOut Today Can help you Join the Race:

As InsideOut Today is focusing on the entire funnel of Online Content Creation especially video content & video platforms, we have dedicated the last years for lots of researches and working on creating an innovative Online Video platform HelixWare

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“HelixWare is professional video hosting platform with everything you need for marketing your contents, reduce costs and engage your audience”

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And on the same time we are working hard on developing a roadmap for having “Egypt as the hub for online content production in the region by bringing together all the community of online content creators in Egypt in one place aiming to raise awareness, share knowledge and network with like-minded pears about different topics related to online business through a series of meetup that is held monthly #OCCEgypt

Our Last Meetup #OCCEgypt 6 held in cooperation with Gesr ” a program of Misr El-Kheir Foundation that aims to support technology entrepreneurship through its business incubator and technology innovation lab” located at the Greek Campus “Cairo’s first technology and innovation park in the heart of Cairo”

The Meetup was dedicated to “Video, advertising & social media” how it’s the magic for online business

We had great topics discussed in the meetup:

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Our CEO Fady Ramzy discussed with the attendees the below points:

1. The users behavior Online and he went through Ramadan Report about Social Media users behavior last Ramadan

2. Why users prefer to watch Videos Online by presenting the latest statistics and reports about Online Video time spending and he discussed the latest reports by mixpo “The State of Digital Advertising for publishers” and 2016 IAB Video Ad spend study…

3. The Future of Video advertising highlighting how is advertising shifting to online platforms and how it pays off!

4. How Augmented Reality is changing the future of printings, gaming and video entertainment giving a use case for augmented reality such as Pokemon Go and also How to push products in sales materials and brochures with augmented reality he gave attendees the opportunity to test it by scanning HelixWare brochure to witness how Augmented reality is shaping technology! You can also try it just download Layar  scan  Helixware Brochure  and enjoy the show!

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5. And lastly he presented HelixWare Online Video Platform to the attendees showcasing it’s  main features which is “Having Control over your video assets, advertising & also who can access the content and how”

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And we were very proud to have Afef Ajengui Project assistant and Space manager at Cogite Coworking Space, which is the first coworking space launched in Tunisia in 2013 and 3rd coworking space on Earch in 2016 according to Forbes. She is also active in the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Tunisia, and passionate about building a better future in Tunisia and in the MENA Region!

She presented The Startup ecosystem and digital media scene in Tunisia

Afef highlighted the below points:

1. She Gave great examples of successful startups in Tunis and how they succeeded through Innovative content and Video such as digital mania also she gave quick insights and Interesting facts about Internet users in Tunis and best timings for social Media

2. She talked about the success behind Cogite Coworking space and gave quick tips for success ” Love Your work, team work & creating community for better future for your country”

Attendees were highly engaged with the interesting sessions and very useful discussions that took place and here is the set of pictures for #OCCEgypt 6

 

Conclusion:

By choosing the right Online Video platform, having and maintaining a video strategy that provides consistent video content, brands will have the tools to keep audiences engaged and at the same time they will be able to attain the Video Ads revenue SO invest now in your own Online Video Platform!

SignUp for a Free Trial of HelixWare Online Video Platform and also Join our meetup community today and help us share knowledge and educate the community

Egypt Startup Ramadan Iftar at the Greek Campus

In a vibrant and energetic atmosphere, Egypt Startups and the community’s stakeholders came together, but for some different this time, an Iftar Dish party last Wednesday 15 July at the Greek Campus! It Was a community-organized gathering where stakeholders and startups interested in the sharing culture would meet up to network, socialize, and share delicious food and experience. Everybody got his favorite dish with him/her where also foreign nationalities expressed their food culture and offered delicious dishes and presented great cooking skills as well.pic This gathering was a great opportunity to get hold of the latest happenings in the tech & startup scene and also host community-driven discussions and feature new ideas and projects in a vibrant atmosphere. For some great pictures of the Egypt Startup iftar check it out here

Egypt entrepreneurs foster innovation during Global Entrepreneurship Week!

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

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Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week in Egypt:

With over 150 countries participating and celebrating the Global entrepreneurship week in all its form; GEWEgypt with the great support of MCSBE team the GEW Egypt kicked off  from 16 to 23 November with over 120 activities.

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GEW Egypt at the Greek Campus

The opening ceremony started on Sunday 16th November 2014 at The GrEEK Campus, Down Town, Cairo with lots of interesting activities taking place during the week by MCSBE and as well by strategic partners ILO and EJB. the event is sponsored by Vodafone, Organizing Partners include Nahdet El Mahroosa, MC Egypt, Ice Cairo, VC4Africa, Cairo University, Nile University, AUC, BUE, Arab Academy for Science & Technology and Maritime Transport, AWTAD, Injaz, Innoventures, US Embassy, Phai, Maan,  and many others. – Read more here

One of the Remarkable events that took place on November 19th & 20 is Cairo Innovates organized by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology in cooperation with Nahdet El Mahroussa: a 2 day event transforming The GrEEK Campus in Tahrir Square into a science hub!

The Opening Ceremony was attended by Minister of Scientific Research Sherif Hamad, former Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and the former Minister of Higher Education Amr Ezzat Salama and director of Nahdel El Mahroussa Loay El Shawarby, As well as heads of research centers and institutes and universities and a number of business owners and representatives of civil society organizations

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Cairo Innovates Opening

A Sciene Hub at the Greek Campus by Cairo Innovates

Cairo Innovates A Science Hub at the Greek Campus

Cairo Innovates is an event gathering that brings together all regional R&D stakeholders in one place — the pipeline of innovators and scientists who are Egyptianising technology and building the Egyptian economy and the mentors, accelerators, incubators, investors and crowd-funding platforms that can empower and drive their innovation.

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The Greek Campus fully packed with Innovators

 The aim is to create a buzz for science and encourage its local growth. For the first time, Egyptian scientists and innovators will take over the GrEEK Campus — we want their excitement to become contagious! says Cairo Innovates

Also an Employment fair for Startups by Injaz Egypt giving the opportunity to youth and startups to explore all Employment opportunities available in the market.

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Bottom Line

Egypt Has great potential  for entrepreneurship to serve as a dynamic force in a New Egypt as well improving the state of the national economy in Egypt and start-ups have good growth potential

Proudly there’s great organizations in Egypt supporting and empowering the new generations, the Entrepreneurs and Startups through different options  incubation, extensive mentorship and funds such as Startup Mena, Masrdotbokra, Injaz Egypt, Endeavor Egypt, Flat 6 Labs, Nahdet El Mahrousa , AUC School of Business, Startup weekend, and lots More

We as InsideOut Today always proud to  be part of the community and supporting the Startups we also participated  last month at RiseUp Egypt Summit (Riseup summit is Egypt’s largest entrepreneurship summit to be held for the 2nd year) and we provided lots of interesting activities at the Summit check it here

We also hold a public chat over twitter Every other Thursday at 1 PM (Cairo – Egypt – Local Time) for one hour using the hashtag #IOTTT to discuss latest topics & trends related to business & technology, this month we are talking about Online Video Marketing!

And gladly we will host a special Twitter chat on the Occasion of the GEW on Sunday 23 November at 12 Noon to Discuss Egypt entrepreneurs foster innovation during GEW!

SUNDAY TWITTER CHAT

Get Involved and Join #IOTTT twitter chat we value your opinion!

Here’s how:

  • Follow @insideout_today
  • Click here to view and follow the feed directly on Twitter.
  • Add the hashtag #IOTTT to each of your tweets and begin each response by noting which question you’re answering (“A1:” to answer question 1, for example) So everybody can follow along

And here is snap from #IOTTT past twitter chats

Egyptian Startups Ditch the Entrepreneurial World at RiseUp14

More inspiration, more success stories & strong advices combined with amazing vibes Feeding off innovation and enthusiasm for Startups.

Vibrant entrepreneurial community at RiseUp14

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More investments, more pitches and more funding were shown this year at RiseUp14:

From Networking, pitches, keynote speeches, Inspiring success stories, round table discussions, workshops, Trade Fair for startups and panel discussions the young startups were given the opportunity to be in touch with the entrepreneurial world, investors, mentors and top successful entrepreneurs from around the world for more funding and mentoring opportunities,

RiseUp14 took place this Year from 12 to 14 October at the Greek Campus at the American University in Tahrir Square.

This year the event included around 3,000 startup projects and 150 investors, drawing many high-profile public figures

The event kicked off on October 12 with a welcome speech by Abd El Hameed Sharara founder of RiseUp Egypt followed by sports competitions by Transforma and the amazing performance of Mostafa Hussein Band wich made the crowd very enthusiastic and energetic in this great atmosphere.

Then inspiring key notes speeches by Ahmed Gabr the man of the deepest dive in the World! He now has a place in the Guinness Book of Records with 350meters and Dr. Naif Mutawa, the creator of THE 99, the first group of comic superheroes born of an Islamic archetype

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Opening of RiseUp14

Event Highlights:

The 2 days packed event on October 13th and 14th was perfectly designed to connect Egyptian Startups with the top successful entrepreneurs, investors and mentors.

Representatives and delegations from 17 different countries participated at the RiseUp Summit this year.

The countries represented are from the UK, Austria, the Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Denmark, Tunisia, Morocco, Rwanda, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and India. The individuals and groups from these countries participated as a variety of different organizations including co-working spaces, investment funds, incubators and consultants

The event featured a mixture of keynotes:

The two days packed event featured several keynote speeches, successful entrepreneurs sharing there success stories on Enspire Talk Stage by Endeavor, startups showing their products and services in several booths by Injaz Egypt “Injaz Egypt Trade Fair”, a Speed Dating for startups bringing them together with potential cofounders through 15 minute conversations organized by Flat6Labs, as well as workshops, roundtables, debates, fireside Chats and many other activities.

On October 13th the start of the day was super strong with a very inspiring key note speech by Dave Mcclure sharing crucial advices and tips with the attendees.

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Dave Mcclure Key note speech

Also a very interesting first panel discussions by MITEF Pan Arab “The Arab World Meets Silicon Valley” Moderated by Chris Schroeder and the panelists were Dave McClure, Fadi Ghandour, Hala Fadel and Ahmed al-Alfy” – All the panels discussions are available for viewing online here

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Arab World Meets Silicon Valley MITEFArab Panel Discussion

On October 14th the opening started with a very inspiring key note speech by Engineer Wael Rizk followed by lots of inspiring success stories on Enspire talk Stage and more other great activities.

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Wael Rizk Key note speech

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Chris Khalifa Inspiring Success Story of Zooba Eats On Enspire Talk Stage

InsideOut Today Participation:

InsideOut Today proudly provided for the 2nd consecutive year the live streaming service for the RiseUp Summit broadcasting the event to the world over the web to different devices and smart phones. It attracted more than 2,000 viewers to the live stream embedded on different websites.

InsideOut Today provided RiseUp with a turn-key solution that included the capturing devices, encoders and cloud streaming servers.

The overall views where +2,000 you can view all recorded session here

Besides live streaming we had different activities in RiseUp14:

1. Roundtable discussion: On October 13th InsideOut Today hosted a roundtable discussion at the RiseUp summit and we chose a complex topic that we witness online every day in Egypt “Impact of social networks in Egypt on media and news” Guests for this roundtable were media stars – Doha Al Zohairy presenter at Al Arabiya TV channel and also the social media influencers – Mahmoud Salem Award winning Blogger (Best ME blog in 2006, BOB Best English Blog in 2011) Guests shared their opinions and experience with the attendees and it was a really interesting discussion!

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InsideOut Today – Roundtable Discussion

2. Workshop: On October 14th we had a very interesting workshop at the RiseUp summit “Content Marketing Innovations for Startups” at the workshop our CEO Fady Ramzy went through the journey of online content from understanding what is content marketing & its importance, to the latest innovations in content marketing, the art of story telling, understanding the new platforms such as scan media and augmented reality and understanding the CONTEXT and he presented some examples of innovative content check it here

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InsideOut Today – Workshop

 And also our CEO Fady Ramzy was interviewed by Al Horra TV giving his opinion about RiseUp14

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Fady Ramzy Interview with Al Horra TV

The Closing Ceremony:

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Abd El Hameed Sharara – Closing Ceremony

The Hashtag #riseup14 was trending during the summit and it generated a great engagement as people were posting pictures and feedback during and after the event and we collected some lovely pictures from #riseup14 on our flicker account Was such a great journey to be operating Social and covering the event; we enjoy being part of the community and supporting entrepreneurship in all fields.

See you in RiseUp15!

7th MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition in Cairo!

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum (MITEF) of the Pan Arab Region held It’s annual Arab Startup Competition at the AUC New Cairo Campus for the first time!

“The MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region has been holding its competition for several years, and this year it is their biggest ever,” said Ayman Ismail, assistant professor and Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at AUC’s School of Business. “We are celebrating a large number of Arab startups, and Egypt has the highest number of startups represented as finalists.”

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Event highlights: 

The event took place at the collaborating American University in Cairo’s School of Business New Cairo Campus for 3 days from May 20th to May 21st 2014 with a condensed program as follows:

Workshop: May 20th-21st, 2014

Following 4 months of preparations and working toward achieving common deliverables, the 50 semi-finalists of the Ideas & Startups tracks sat for a 3-day training covering topics such as business planning, sales, finance, marketing, elevator pitching, presentation skills, etc.

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Selection of the Finalist Teams: May 21st, 2014

At the workshop, Round 2 judges chose out the finalists teams from the Ideas & Startups Tracks to qualify them for the final round of oral presentations

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Final Round Oral Presentations: May 22nd 2014

On day 3 of the workshop, the participants from the ideas and startups tracks had to pitch in front of a judging panel.
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Final Award Ceremony: May 22nd , 2014

In a big ceremony at the American University of Cairo attended by over 800 people, including Hala Fadel, Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region, Fady Jameel, President of Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives International, Dr. Karim Seghir, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Administration, at AUC’s School of Business, and Bill Aulet, Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, USA.

The ceremony started with a great musical performance by Adrian Anantawan followed by welcome address and opening remarks by Hala Fadel and Dr. Karim Seghir

Then an inspiring key note by Bill Aulet

Followed by great fire side chat and panel discussions, and a short movie for the 3 days workshop and judging panel.

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The winners were announced at the end of the ceremony and they got great rewards such as trip to Silicon Valley or cheques for funding their ideas

Winners of the cash prizes of over $100,000 in the idea, start-up and social entrepreneurship tracks were from Sudan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan.

In addition to the Start-ups and Ideas Track, three women-led start-ups were rewarded a trip to Silicon Valley, sponsored by Google for Entrepreneurs.

Also awarded were three start-ups who proved to have the best social impact receiving $10,000 each from ALJCI, Mercy Corps and Skoll Foundation.

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Congratulations to all the winners well deserved and keep up the good work!

Interact participation 

We have proudly provided the live streaming service for the 7th MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition! Broadcasting the event to the world over the web to different devices and smart phones. It attracted more than 700 online viewers! with top countries including Egypt with 270 views, USA with 32 views, Morocco with 30 views, Lebanon with 29 views, Palestine with 23 views and many other countries

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Interact Egypt provided a turn-key solution that included the capturing devices, encoders and cloud streaming servers. The service provided included many interesting features including

Top quality multiple bitrate streaming , Social networks integration, Embedding, Reporting and analytics and many more!

The Hashtag #mitefarab generated a great engagement as people were posting pictures and feedback during and after the event and we collected some lovely pictures on our flicker account

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