Dubai Digital & Tech event by AstroLabs

Yesterday I attended my first meetup event in Dubai. Given the recent work I am doing on our own Analytics and the event was titled ‘Web Analytics Wednesday!’, I thought it would be a good one to start with.

The event is on and can be found under ‘Dubai Digital & Tech‘.

Dubai Digital & Tech is a community driven initiative of free meetups for knowledge sharing in the digital and tech space

It was hosted by AstroLabs who are based in a really nice space in JTL, Cluster R.

AstroLabs Dubai is the region’s premier coworking space for digital technology companies. We help startups set up a presence in Dubai and provide a platform for them to scale globally.

The main speaker was Rakesh Ramesh  who is the Digital Marketing Director at Careem. He gave a talk entitled “Careem Success Story – Building mobile first companies to scale through proper measurement solutions”.

It was an interesting talk with some good takeaways however the more interesting thing for me was to get to see what AstroLabs was and what it was all about. They have three main packages which might be of interest:

Moonlighter 750 AED monthly – Nights & Weekends space access, high speed internet, meeting rooms, printing, office supplies, and coffee/snacks

Community Member 1,500 AED monthly – 24/7 space access with high speed internet, bookable meeting rooms, printing, office supplies & coffee/snacksOn-site mentorship + office hours

Member 2,500 AED monthly – Annual contract includes DMCC Free Zone Trade License at no cost. Account manager to help you establish your company.

To find out more about these packages check out their pricing page.

I am looking forward to attending more of their evenings in the near future.

#RFTees August

The next Refresh Teesside is on Wednesday 8th August at 6pm in the function room at Capaldi’s in Middlesbrough. This months event is going to be one of the best events yet, do not miss out! We are really pleased to welcome Kevin Mann as our ‘Spotlight’ speaker this month. His talk is entitled “The Princess is in another Castle“. Nothing else is being shared about the content of the talk but I would advise you not to miss it! We are going to showcase the new Refresh Teesside branding thats been worked on by Chris Scott. We are really exciting to announce our new sponsors who are supporting the event for the forseable future. They have also informed me there are some goodies in the post for all our members so don’t miss out! As always we have t-shirts to give away and a stack of free stickers from all over the web.

The next event is a week today.

Please register now to guarentee you get a ticket. The tickets for the events are limited and are avlaiable on a first come first served basis. Past events have seen us really close to being sold out and the demand for this months event is set to be high so please only register for a ticket if you can make it.

Click here to signup to the August event now!

Really looking forward to seeing you in a week.


Refresh Teesside – a networking event for creative Teessiders!

Next Event – 6pm, Wednesday 8th February @ Capaldi’s, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough

Refresh Teesside meet at 6pm on the second Wednesday of every month. We meet in the function room upstairs at Capaldi’s Restaurant, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough.

In Teesside there are hundreds of creative businesses who can benefit from knowing each other. Many of the businesses are relatively small in size, focusing on a specific skill or service. Everyone can benefit from knowing other professionals in their own trades and networking with other professionals who offer skills and services they may require in the future.

Registration will be between 6 and 6.30pm. We will greet you and ensure you are registered. At 6.30pm there will be an introduction to the event with any announcements. After this, it’s up to you to get out of the event what you want.

There will be developers with their laptops out sharing code and working on problems. There will be freelance developers and designers looking to connect with agencies. There will be photographers looking to offer their services to others. There will be business owners who may be recruiting. Most importantly there will be creative people networking with their peers.

There will be light food, kindly provided by Capaldi’s, during the evening. The bar will be open. The event officially finishes at 9pm.

We look forward to seeing you there, if you have any questions then send us a tweet or an email.

To register for the event please go to the Refresh Teesside Eventbrite page

If you would like to find out more information about future events then please bookmark our official website.

Other links that you may find interesting:

SuperChristmas 2009

SuperMondays, in partnership with Thursday FizzAdesign AssociationRefresh Teeside and VBUG are proud to announce:SuperChristmas is the Christmas party that brings our organisations together to round off an excellent year and to set the scene for 2010. The party will start at 7:00pm on Thursday 17th December 2009 at Hoults Yard.

Click here to buy your tickets now!

The ticket price includes a light dinner, ceilidh dancing, and as much free beer/wine/soft drinks as the budget will allow…all served in a farm house theme decked out with bales of hay!

Everybody is welcome, so please do invite your friends … there will be no presentations on the night so leave your laptops, notebooks and netbooks at home!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Reply to the Telegraphs Milo Yiannopoulos

So I was browsing my tweets yesterday and came across this article by Milo Yiannopoulos – Sun Tech Mission 2009 its still grim up North looks like Milo has managed to upset quite a few people and in my opinion people are quite right to be outraged. I thought that the article warranted a reply. I started to put a few thoughts together myself and thought I would contact a few people in the region and collate some comments/replies and post them in addition to my response. This morning I received a few comments and also links to replies which have already been written. It looks like Milo has even responded to some of the blog posts and comments as well.

So I have scrapped my response as I fully agree with all the comments below in one way or another. There as also been a large number of comments on the blog itself so be sure to go and read.

To read the full story please visit my blog on