You are browsing the archive for Berytech.

The Rebranding of a Symbol

3:47 pm in Entrepreneurship, General, Social Media, Starting up by Zeina Sarrouf Nassar

This article is a first in a series on how you can get the most out of your social network. Written by Zeina Sarrouf Nassar

The octothorpe has a new career, reborn on August 23, 2007 as the “hashtag.”

The term octothorpe was coined by engineers at Bell Laboratories in the early 1960s; the scientists at Bell Laboratories modified the telephone keypad and added the # symbol to send instructions to the telephone operating system. Since the # symbol didn’t have a name, the technicians made one up. They knew it should be called “octo-” something because it has eight ends around the edge.

The use of hashtags on Twitter came from a convention used on Internet Relay Chat (IRC). Where the user created channels to discuss a given topic, and each channel was named with a hash followed by a title for the channel – a #hashtag. Chris Messina proposed to adopt the same convention on Twitter so that the user could search for all the tweets talking about the same topic – and the hashtag as we know it now was born!

Hashtag #, as a new type of organizational objects of information, plays a dual role in online micro blogging communities. On one hand, a hashtag serves as a bookmark of content, which links tweets with similar topics; on the other hand, a hashtag serves as the symbol of a community membership, which bridges a virtual community of users.

Following the hashtag adoption of Twitter; other social networks acquired it in their platforms naming Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, tumblr and lately Facebook etc… The following acquisition force created various advantages:

  1. Create an online global topic in real-time
  2. Start a competition
  3. Direct the focus of your audience.
  4. Channel content
  5. Host and join Chats, The network become a viable as a venue for public discussion/debate/trends
  6. Get information
  7. Gain followers
  8. Create categories
  9. Growing social media marketing activity

The rebranding of the hashtag incorporated sense and traffic in social media, this massive popular evolution is being used by artists, politicians, public figures, as well as presidential campaigns, revolutions, digital activism, and advocacy etc. Hashtags are a great tool for promotion and discovery on most social media networks, they have become the new way of spreading the word. #hashtag #twitter #facebook #socialmedia

Follow @zeinasarrouf

TATHMEER Preventive Health Care Introduction Gets an ENCORE

5:31 pm in General by Ryme Katkhouda

one of 82 slides developed by Dr Walid Khairallah on Preeventive Health Care

Dr. Walid Khairallah explaining how human evolution effected our bodies and the food we consume.

TATHMEER launched its first activity last week with the first of a 3 session workshop: an “Introduction to Preventive Health Care”. TATHMEER works on strengthening capacities as a preventive measure for self-sufficiency. TATHMEER, in line with its vision of strong conscious, cultured, aware, empowered, creative, self-determined local stakeholders, pro-actively engaged in sustained local development, part of a harmonious global culture grounded in Justice for all, saw fit to start its empowerment activities by focusing on the health of the social actors and other local stakeholders from a preventive health care perspective.
Read the rest of this entry →

Beirut Creative Cluster at the Creative Media Days- Belgium

10:38 pm in Berytech News, Entrepreneurship, General by salim tannous

The Creative Media Days investigate the role of ICT innovation in media, focusing on the creative possibilities and the emergence of new business models. The BCC took part in a series of conferences and workshops that looked into new business models, innovative technology and emerging platforms and applications.

Experimentation, creativity, Future Internet capabilities and Social Innovation are cornerstones of most of the active European Network of Living Labs (ENOLL) in this field. Read the rest of this entry →

The BCC at the Technology & Competitiveness Institute conference in Spain

8:42 am in Berytech News, General by salim tannous

450 delegates from around the world participated in the 15th TCI annual global conference which was held in San Sebastian from the 15th to the 19th of October.

The theme of the conference was “Constructing Place-based Competitiveness in Times of Global Change”. A lot of attention has been given to firm- and cluster- level strategies for competitiveness and strategies for ensuring sustainable competitiveness and development.

Hosted in a part of the world renowned for building competitiveness strategy; the conference also offered an opportunity to share and reflect on the competitiveness trajectory of the Basque Country, a Spanish region with strong tradition, experience and results in cluster and competitiveness policy. Delegates had the chance to explore some of the region’s innovative clusters – renewable energy, machine tools, wine and tourism … – and unique experiences such as the city regeneration of Bilbao or the cooperative organization of Mondragon.

Cluster Tour around Renewable Energy

The Basque Country has a long tradition in energy production. These well-established Basque firms maintain a leading role in new traditional energy projects and are at the forefront of innova­tion in the sector Read the rest of this entry →

BCC Awarded European Label of Excellence

1:56 pm in Berytech News, General by salim tannous

During the 15th TCI annual global conference which was held in San Sebastian from the 15th to the 19th of October, the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA) awarded the Beirut Creative Cluster (BCC)  the European Bronze Label for Cluster Management Excellence.

The benchmarking methodology used structured interviews carried out in a workshop format by a director of ESCA. The focus is a review and comparison of the cluster management with respect to various portfolios of cluster organizations worldwide. The special workshop session was offered during the 15th TCI Annual Global Conference.

The methodology of benchmarking of cluster management organizations was developed by: VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH (VDI/VDE-IT) by a special request from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Since 2007 they have benchmarked more than 250 cluster management organizations. Read the rest of this entry →

One More Reason to Go to Lappeenranta!

1:20 pm in Berytech News, Entrepreneurship, General, Meet the Entrepreneurs, Starting up by Nicolas Rouhana

In a previous post found here, I cited 10 good reasons to go to Lappeenranta this summer. Well now I added another reason, which is the best of all and it’s the Entrepreneurs Award“. The Kauffman FastTrack META Group Europe Entrepreneurs Award is an initiative promoted by META Group and EBN aiming at selecting entrepreneurs, having recently established a high-growth potential start up or holders of and innovative business idea in the creative industry.

Read the rest of this entry →