Crunching TechCONNECT

31 Jul, 2008

TechCONNECT is a yearly networking event orginazed by Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE ). The Event  brings together entrepreneurs, leaders in the technology industry, and those with a demonstrable interest in technology, with the aim of increasing Tech entrepreneurship.

This year event commenced last Monday with around 40 attendees. At the Green Garden in The Princess Sumaya University for Technology in Al Jubeiha, Amman , Jordan.

At least 2 of QRCE sponsors attended the event, Wassef Masri Managing Director, Telecom and IT Service of Optimaiza Solutions the first publicly traded IT company on Amman Stock Exchange. And Elias Darwish Google Account manager MENA who was the speaker at the Art Of online Advertising Seminar I covered here.

I managed to talk with few participants, not with everyone because I had other meetings,  so in this post only 5 companies are crunched.

Akhtaboot , it is a Jordanian based social recruitment website from Middle East. 3 of Akhtaboot team attended the event: Yousef Shamoun Co-founder and head of sales & marketing, Kamle Al-Asmar ROR web developer, and Mais Gousous Marketing coordinator.
According to Al-Asmar and Shamoun Akhtaboot launched a CV writing service recently, but soon they will enhance it with new version that will categories the CV writing service according to career level: Beginning, intermediate and advanced. Entry Level, Mid Career and Senior (UpDate: CV writing is launched see my post here) The other information I got from them is that Akhtaboot team will launch in few weeks, online gaming for middle east built using Java-Script.

As of Today CV Writing service is live fees range from 50$ to 200$, I ll write another post about it.

Moritery Systems: is a participant in the second face of Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition (QRNEC) in the security category. This startup is developing Transit vehicle tracking solution that will be deployed by the custom department of Jordan, it replaces the old method of stamping trucks with red wax, with a device that uses RFID and GPS which enables custom officials to know where the truck is  in Jordan at anytime, and it could be accessed with a web interface, the tracking system is integrated with the government mapping system. The startup is co-founded by Ahmad Nausra and Tala Izahran and is currently self funded.

Generic is the company that provides IT outsourcing and has its own product called OneEd, which is a web based school Management Systems ( OneEd) that helps educators perform grading, attendance-taking, reporting, scheduling, health administration and other vital tasks. It is designed for teachers, principals, office staff, technical coordinators, guidance counselors and school nurse. The system is built using Microsoft .NET platform.
When I tried to access OneEd website  today, it  was not operational and gave me the following error:

Server Error in ‘/’ Application,

Object reference not set to an instance of an object. !

Generic has also developed Virtual Reality Systems for Middle East Defense Systems (A KADDB Company) providing virtual prototyping of the company military products.
Generic is founded by Mahmud Shalabi who has many years of experience working with Microsoft in USA in MS CRM and other products.

JO-ALTEN: With the recent huge increase in oil prices JO-ALTEN the Jordanian Russian Company for Alternative Energy Co. wants to provide cheaper solutions using solar energy and wind. The company website claims 70% saving for heating and 80% saving in energy consumption for industrial companies. JO-ALTEN general manager is Dr. Yaseen Al-Husban and it is based in Amman-Jordan.

ELSIRAJ an Online Community Platform, is another participant in QRNEC second face,  the online business category. ELSIRAJ founder declined to provide me with info about the service saying its confidential, he said they will be launch in about a month.

I managed to get some other news from other startup and I will publish them very soon in separate posts.

To read about the last year TechConnect go to Mohammad KHawaja’s post here

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