coder voice 1st meetup – اللقاء الأول لصوت المبرمج

I am currently organizing the 1st coder voice meetup at Beirut Digital District (BDD), on the 12th of March 2020 (from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM), for more details about the meetup, check the below video, and I have also added Arabic and English description for the event under the video.

Announcing the 1st meetup for coder voice

Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/687735408633353

هل أنت مبرمج؟ او مهتم بعالم البرمجة؟
في اللقاء الأول لصوت المبرمج سنعرّفكم على المجموعات المختلفة للمبرمجين في لبنان، كيف بدأوا، ‏ما هي قصتهم، وما هي النشاطات التي يقومون بها وكيف يمكنكم الانضمام إليهم، ستعرفون هذه التفاصيل من خلال ممثلين عن هذه المجموعات سينضمّون الينا في هذا اللقاء
وسيحدّثنا المشاركون أيضاً عن الذكاء الإصطناعي، برمجة المواقع، برمجة الهاردوير، برمجة الألعاب وغيرها من المواضيع التقنية والبرمجية

:أسماء المتحدّثين

  • حسن كنج (Coder Voice)
  • ريم محمود (Beirut AI)
  • علي بشير (WordPress Beirut)
  • ألاء الحريري (GDG Coast Lebanon)
  • ألاء سلام (Lamba Labs)
  • إياد الحوت (Lebanese Game Developers)

Are you a programmer? or someone who’s interested to know more about the programmers communities in Lebanon?

At coder voice first meetup, we will have representatives from different programming communities in Lebanon, they will share with us, their story, what they do, and also how you can join their communities and attend their meetups.

The speakers will also talk about some technical topics related to Artificial Intelligence, web development, games programming, hardware programming and more…

Join us at our first programmers meetup, and get to know the different programmers communities in the country, and have fun discussing or just listening to programmers talking about cool stuff and cutting edge technologies.

Speakers list:

  • Hassan Kanj (Coder Voice)
  • Reem Mahmoud (Beirut AI)
  • Ali Basheer (WordPress Beirut)
  • Alaa El Hariri (GDG coast Lebanon)
  • Alaa Salam (Lamba Labs)
  • Iyad El Hout (Lebanese Game Developers)

Location/Date: Thursday 12 March 2020 (7:00 PM -> 9:00 PM) at Beirut Digital District (Bldg. 1280 – Room 2)

Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/687735408633353


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

Click on the below image to start watching the video ⬇

تابعوا كوالتك على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/qualtech.lebanon

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/qualtech.lebanon

Qualtech website: http://www.qual.tech

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

Click on the below image to start watching the video ⬇

تابعوا كوالتك على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/qualtech.lebanon

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/qualtech.lebanon

Qualtech website: http://www.qual.tech

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwzHbD3UD_ELx8y4bNiJf6w?sub_confirmation=1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/حكي-مفيد-856951011331084

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hakimoufid

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/حكي-مفيد-856951011331084

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hakimoufid

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwzHbD3UD_ELx8y4bNiJf6w?sub_confirmation=1

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!