كيف تنجح في التسويق عن طريق نشر محتوى مفيد

في هذا الفيديو ، أُقدّم بعض النصائح عن أهمية نشر محتوى مفيد وجيد لجمهورك بدل أن تركّز على الدعايات فقط والتي قد تكون مزعجة في أغلب الأحيان على عكس المحتوى الجيد

كما أذكُر في نهاية الفيديو بعد النصائح العملية لكي تبدأ بتصوير فيديوهاتك الخاصة وبدون الحاجة لمعدّات غالية الثمن

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تابعوا كوالتك على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي

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كوالتك – كيف تختار الشركة أو المبرمج المناسب لإنشاء موقعك الالكتروني

في هذا الفيديو، أُقدّم بعض النصائح عن كيفية العثور على الشركة المناسبة أو مطوّر الويب الذي سيساعدكم على بناء موقع الويب الخاص بكم أو بشركتكم ، وعن كيفية عقد صفقة جيّدة لتحصلوا على الموقع الذي تريدونه

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تابعوا كوالتك على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي

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حكي مفيد – كيف تُطوّر مهاراتك الاجتماعية

في هذا الفيديو اتحدث عن بعض النصائح العملية من أجل تطوير مهاراتك الاجتماعية، كما أذكر بعض من تجاربي الشخصية التي ساعدتني في هذا المجال

تابعوا حكي مفيد على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي

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حكي مفيد – مش غلط ما تعرف

هذا هو الفيديو الأول من حكي مفيد، أعرّف فيه عن نفسي و عن فكرة القناة، ثم اتحدث عن موضوعنا الأول وهو: مش غلط ما تعرف

تابعونا على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي

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KanjWorkshop YouTube channel

KanjWorkshop YouTube channel

I started working lately on KanjWorkshop YouTube channel, and I am planning to focus on the following:

– Product design
– 3D printing
– Electronics
– Programming
– CNC
– Building kits and/or reviewing kits

and also I am planning to focus on the Arabic language in my videos while working to make the video editing professional and the experience enjoyable for you.

I hope that this YouTube channel will help anyone to learn more about 3D printing and electronics and also to provide them with the knowledge needed to pursue their passion, especially if they lack the language skills to watch English videos.

This is still fairly new, and I just have few videos so far, but I am planning to add much more in the future and hopefully the channel will become a reference in the future for any Arabic speaking individual who’s interested in such topics.

If that’s something that interests you, I would appreciate it if you subscribe to the channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Utbh8h6kOa0qRcf6VRS0Q

and even if you are not interested, I would also really appreciate it if you share the channel link with your friends who might be interested in such topics.

I am co-organizing the 1st Maker Faire in Lebanon! (Beirut Mini Maker Faire 2019)

For the past few months I have been working alongside TechnoFuture Lebanon and Lamba Labs – Beirut Hackerspace to organize the 1st Maker Faire ever in Lebanon!!

It was super exciting to get a license to host a Maker Faire here in Lebanon, and we are looking forward to it..

I will share below the official press release from “Beirut Mini Maker Faire 2019” and also check the end of this post for some useful links related to the event:

Mark your calendars- The 1st Maker Faire in Lebanon is on April 6th!


Beirut Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of innovation, creativity and Do-It-Yourself Culture! A family friendly event and an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists and designers, students, and commercial exhibitors!

190+ international maker faires take place around the world, annually, in cities including Tokyo, Rome, Shenzhen, Taipei, Seoul, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, San Diego, Cairo, Dubai and many more! This time, it’s made its way to Beirut!

The Mini Maker Faire is taking place on Saturday April, 6th from 9:00 AM- 9:00 PM at Antwork, Kantari, Spears. Come out to meet creative makers and designers like Jellyfish, Cube 3DP, JP recycle design, Compost Baladi, David Frem, Sabine Kai, Sevag Babikian and Randa Harb. Kids and adults alike will love the various hands-on activities offered at the Young Makers Corner. Get inspired by makers showcasing in the Multi-Sensory Zone, Techno Arts Corner, Green zone and Future of Architecture Area. Participate in the many ongoing workshops all around. Meet inspirational local and international makers and artists and hear about their insights throughout the panel talks.

Tickets are now available online or at any Virgin Ticketing Box Office (Children under 8 years of age enter for FREE- Tickets at $8 for children between 8-12 years old and $10 for 13+ years old).

Beirut Mini Maker Faire is a collaborative event organized and produced by TechnoFuture Lebanon, Lamba Labs Beirut Hackerspace, Kanj Workshop, with the support of antwork and covered by arabnet.

Make sure to stay in touch on all updates by following Beirut Mini Maker Faire on Facebook (BMMF2019) and Instagram (BMMF19). See you there!


Maker Faire لأول مرة في لبنان


“Beirut Mini Maker Faire” معرض مرخّص من . Media Maker ، سيقام هذا المعرض في 6 نيسان 2019، ينظمه كل من Techno Future Lebanon, Lamba Labs Beirut Hackerspace, Kanj Workshop, بدعم من Antwork co-working Space. سيجتمع حوالي ال 80 صانع محترف وهواة ليعرضوا صناعاتهم ومشاريعهم وإبداعاتهم التي سيشاركونها مع الحضور جميعًا، ويقدّرعددهم حوالي ال 1000 زائر وزائرة بالإضافة إلى أنه سيقام العديد من ورش العمل اليدوية والصناعات في اليوم نفسه أمام الحضور والمشاركين.


المكان : Antwork Co-working space


الزمان: السبت 6 نيسان ٢٠١٩، ابتدأً من ٩ صباحاً لغاية ٩ مساءً


وفي ظل المشاكل والصعوبات الإقتصادية وارتفاع نسبة البطالة، Beirut Mini Maker Faire هو تجمّع فريد من نوعه سيساهم في تسليط الضوء على وجود صنّاع ومبدعين في لبنان، ومساعدتهم في ايجاد فرص لعرض صناعاتهم على العديد من المستثمرين المهتمين، ودعم الشركات الإقتصادية لتنمو وتندمج في سوق العمل.

Looking forward to see you there, and don’t forget to invite your friends!

I finished the half marathon race (2018)

I Finished the half marathon race (21.1 Km) on Sunday 11 November 2018, and though I missed some long runs and training days and I wasn’t planning to participate in any race at all (before changing my mind, and I am glad I did!!)… I was able to finish it in 2 hours and 12 minutes!! which I consider a good record for me personally, especially that I started my running journey with a super slow pace!! and hopefully I will keep working to improve and improve..

And one of the most amazing parts of the running experience, is the team itself (Team Walid), I enjoyed running with youu!!! you are a super amazing team, we had so much fun, and it was great meeting you all.. and this is just the beginning, and as always.. KEEP GOING!!

My new startup: “Kanj Workshop”

Let me ask you a question..

Wouldn’t be cool to find unique products online? Products that are customized, 3D printed or handmade? Maybe a product with a custom electronic circuit, and some flashy small lights? Or a combination of one or more of these characteristics?

Such a product can be used by you, or delivered as a special gift to your loved ones.

Think about it, We keep finding online very similar products, that are dull, boring, and have the same functionalities, and most of them may not be customized to fit our own needs or style, but they are designed to address the mass market, to sell millions of the same looking product, with little to no concern about small markets and individuals preferences..

one of my early projects, a remote controlled (RC) car

You may be still wondering what is this exactly.. And why I started KanjWorkshop.com. well, here’s my story:

My name is Hassan Kanj, and I Love building stuff, and mixing different disciplines together in order to produce interesting, elegant, customizable and functional products, I like to mix 3D prints, with electronic circuits, with computer programming, and customizable 3D modeled parts to build a product that is both appealing and useful, the final product doesn’t necessarily have to include all these features, it may be as simple as a customizable 3D printed bracelet, or a more advanced product like a RFID lock system, that helps you enter your apartment using a RFID tag instead of a key..


A 3D enclosure I designed and printed for a prototype I was working on! building custom stuff is super cool!

I have a bachelor degree in computer science with Honor, and I spent so many years (and still) programming, I started my own business, helped many clients build their websites, and their online presence, I built many side projects, and co-founded a startup, and later, I started experimenting with building and programming electronic devices (which was something I was so curious about since university, but unfortunately back then, I didn’t have the chance to follow this topic more or to buy all the needed tools to experiment with), so I decided to start allocating money to build my own Lab/Workshop, and gradually, I started buying tools (Drills, screwdrivers, bolts, nuts, Arduinos, soldering irons,…) and with time, my tools started to grow and my skills improved (and of course I am still learning and improving), and I was so passionate about mixing my programming skills and integrating custom programming code in the physical products I build, it was cool building websites and apps, but it is even cooler and more exciting (for me at least), to build a robot, a RC car, a bracelet with lights patterns, that include a cool design, and that can be controlled by a code I implement in these devices.

My father couldn’t find a replacement for a broken part for the car, so I have 3D modeled and printed it.
original broken part (top left), 3D printed part (top right and bottom)

After building different personal projects, I decided that I really need a 3D printer, and a CNC machine. Both are useful to provide a more “professional” look to my products, and after saving some money, I bought my 1st 3D printer, and later, a small CNC machine.

The aim of Kanj Workshop isn’t to sell to millions of people, or to mass produce millions of generic items, but rather, a place where you can buy customizable items, items with a personalized touch, some of these items can be customized (to add your name, or different color, text, etc..), you can use them yourself, or buy them as a special gift for someone.. I mean, a customized “print your name on a mug” is boring, so let’s replace that, by building something more awesome!

some of the tools at my workshop

and here’s the website link: https://www.kanjworkshop.com

KanjWorkshop Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kanjworkshop/

KanjWorkshop Instagram page:  https://www.instagram.com/kanjworkshop/

Relaxation guide (Part 1): Decluttering

After writing How to relax when there’s no magic switch, I received a suggestion to add external links that are related to my content, I thought about that, and I decided instead to write a practical guide based on my own experience.

In these posts I will share my experiences, and what worked for me, each post will be dedicated to one topic only.

Keep in mind that not everything will work exactly the same for you. so just stick to whatever works the best.

The 1st topic to reduce stress, is decluttering. And here’s a definition from dictionary.com:

declutter

verb (used with or without object)

1.

to remove mess or clutter from (a place).

2.

to organize and prioritize (one’s commitments, material possessions, etc.)
 Decluttering can be physical or mental, and both are important.

Let’s start by the physical..

By removing items from your desk, cleaning your place, and removing as many unnecessary objects from your room/house/office,etc.. you will feel more relaxed… or at least less stressed..

This may be a bit difficult if you are attached to items, but you won’t understand how relieving the result is, until you try it.

if you have extra books or stuff that you no longer want, donate them!

if you have old useless papers, just throw them!

if your space is extremely messy, rearrange it..

and so on..

I know that with time, things may get messy again, but at least by understanding this concept, you will make a conscious effort to declutter early and more often..

Now when it comes to “mental decluttering”, one of the methods is to clear your mind by writing things down, I already talked about that in one of my personal podcast episodes, you can listen to it here: Episode 1: شيل من راسك وحط على الورقة

and that’s it for part 1!

What I achieved at 30!

Tomorrow’s my birthday, and I will be 31..

I wanted to write a post in my last day being 30.. that summarize some of the stuff I achieved/learned during this year.

Why?

This year wasn’t easy for me, and I faced many challenges, setbacks, and problems, and as I am growing older, I feel there are more pressure on me, which can be really annoying sometimes, and in many occasions I was feeling really down..

Though I have a clear vision of what I am doing, in addition to persistence and working hard, it is still a bit annoying when you don’t see immediate results or when things doesn’t move as fast as you want, and there’s always the uncertainty that what you are aiming for doesn’t happen as expected or it may not work at all (which is something I am fully aware of.. but unless you try you will never know, and when that happens you will have to adjust), especially that the way I approach life and work is different than many of my peers.. so it is a bit of an uncharted area, but for me it is the lifestyle I want, it matches my personality, and I wasn’t forced to choose this path.. it is just something I like to do!

when we feel down we sometimes underestimate (or doubt) the importance of the  things we achieved/learned in our journey, especially the stuff related to ours goals, so I am writing this list for myself, as a reminder of all the positive things that happened, and how far I moved forward even if it isn’t always obvious, and if you are reading this, I am not sure if you will find my post useful to you since it is a personal list, but at least, it may be helpful to encourage you to write your own list to keep track of your progress, especially when you have a relatively long term goal.

so for me I am aware that I am moving forward, but still it is a good idea to collect the positive stuff I’ve done/learned to concretely measure that progress (instead of having the “illusion of progress”) and it is also a good motivation when I am not feeling so well, and that’s what I am doing here.

The List

Of course this isn’t a complete list, and some of the items that may seem unrelated are actually extremely connected and helps me getting closer towards one of my main goals: to manufacture custom electronic products (from design, to programming,..), and under each point I will mention why it was helpful and/or what I learned.

Finished my 2nd marathon

At 2015, I finished my 1st marathon, and in 2017, at the age of 30, I finished my 2nd one, after training for months with the amazing “Team Walid”

how this was helpful: The obvious results are losing weight and becoming more fit, in addition to training my mind to handle fatigue while running for hours, but also another extremely important consequence for me is that I met some amazing people who were strangers at first then become friends, and during the training I really enjoyed how we were acting as one team

Started “coder voice hackerspace”

It was a hackerspace for hardware, we used to meet each Saturday to work on projects or  discuss hardware related topics,  I met some really cool people and I learned more about electronics and it was also beneficial for the hackerspace members, currently we aren’t holding any meetups, but we still have a WhatsApp group, which is helpful in case anyone has any question or wants to discuss a certain topic.

how this was helpful: I had the chance to meet people that really helped answering my electronics questions, I made new friends, and learned more how to organize meetups

Interviewed some really cool developers in my coder voice podcast

I had the pleasure to interview some well known developers at coder voice podcast, such as the Freelance Front-End UI/UX Developer Sara Soueidan (@SaraSoueidan), The 1st employee at Laravel Mohamed Said (@themsaid), in addition to other talented developers.

how this was helpful: I met new people, learned from their experiences and improved my interviewing skills

Worked part-time (remotely) on a startup

I used to work remotely but as a freelancer, not a part-timer, it was a different experience for me, since it was about working specific hours per day (or a certain total per week) rather than working to finish a project (of course within a deadline but still I am not obliged in specific hours).

I worked for few months then I quit, but it was totally an important experience for me.

how this was helpful: in this specific startup, many of the tasks were challenging and it wasn’t a normal basic CRUD app, so I learned many things and I implemented some interesting solutions.. in addition to learning and working with TypeScript, a language that I didn’t use before, and the income provided me with some cash for the startup I am working on.

built my 1st RFID door system

I implemented my 1st RFID system to unlock the door at my place, so instead of using a key, I can just swipe a RFID tag and the door is unlocked!

The cool part, is that I built it myself with my own specifications, instead of buying something out of the shelf..

I may start selling the system in the future, but I think it still needs some modifications first.

how this was helpful: I learned so much about the design process of a product, and now I can “swipe to unlock” my door !

Moved from using arduino ide to learning how to program microcontrollers using c language

I started working with hardware with the Arduino board and its IDE, but later I started learning more about microcontrollers, their registers, and how to program them in C, and I think it is crucial to know that if you want to produce and sell products with embedded systems.

I started with an ATMega chip, then I move to a PIC chip.

how this was helpful: It provided me with a more in-depth look to how microcontrollers work, more options, and more flexibility.

Bought and assembled my 1st 3D printers

If I want to sell products, it was essential for me to have an enclosure that looks professional, and that can be manufacture in-house (at least as a start), and it was really time-consuming and sometimes inaccurate to drill holes in project boxes to make them suitable for a certain project, and needless to say, this isn’t a reliable process to produce products..

so I did some research and I bought my 1st 3D printer, and it was a DIY kit! that means you have to assemble it yourself, it took me a while, but I managed to make it work.. I printed the enclosures for my RFID project, and it was more awesome than I expected.

how this was helpful: well, 1st of all, the idea of assembling my own 3D printer was an amazing exercise by itself, it was a bit challenging, but it feels great when you finish then turn it on! you learn so much from doing that, and you become more familiar with the machine in case you need to fix something, or in case you want to modify it.

and from a business point of view, this is essential in the startup I am working on, and to build enclosure for my future products.

Bought and assembled my 1st CNC machine

Another machine that I wanted to have is a CNC machine (of course a small one for now.. since a big one is really expensive, and I don’t need it for now anyway..), it was also a DIY kit, so I had to assemble it myself, but it took less time that the 3D printer, unfortunately there were a problem with the board, so I contacted the seller and they sent me another one for free.

how this was helpful: I still didn’t fully try the machine, but it should be beneficial in manufacturing the PCB (printed circuit boards) for my products and also with engraving..

Organized my workshop

To build products you should have a workshop (in my case it is a room at my place), and I think it is more than a year now since I started buying tools to work on hardware products, and building my workshop was a cumulative process, but I knew it is extremely essential for building stuff, so now I have a range of tools, and a place to tinker and build stuff!

how this was helpful: Having a place with the tools is essential to build products and to experiment.

Started 3d modeling using fusion 360

Fusion360 is one of the most amazing apps I tried, and it is amazing to design and model 3D parts in order to print them, I started learning on it, and I have already designed different parts that I 3D printed

how this was helpful: in order to build products, you need to learn how to 3D model (of course unless you want to hire someone for that), but I personally enjoy designing the product myself, it is an essential tool for me.

Conclusion:

For more than a year now, I was working to learn more about electronics and how to build embedded systems, so I spent good amount of time learning about all the different aspects, from design to PCB manufacturing, to using a 3D printer, and all these different disciplines, and all that needed time and effort, in addition to money, so it took me some time to be able to afford the tools needed, and I didn’t buy everything at once, but it was a gradual process, and the process can be a bit frustrating sometime because there are so many stuff you need to learn in order to design a fully functional product.. but I believe I have accomplished a good part in the past year and looking forward for the next one.