“5 reasons why I went to PANDORAHUB FUN! Startup and why it became one of the best decisions in my life”
by Aya Sadder, Lead organiser at Startup Weekend Dubai and Programs and Partnerships Manager at The Sustainability Platform
- Getting off my computer
The majority of my day is spent sitting in front of a computer, the Aha ! moments sound like a $kaching$ every time, it’s addictive. It hit me, I need to keep up with everything that’s changing around me, and if I was ever going to do that, it was definitely going to be in a place that could inspire and focus me.
When I first saw the picture and the tag line of Pandorahub: ‘workation’ I remember thinking to myself, I’m not sure how I’m going to get there but at least I know where I’m headed. After reading through the program, the story of a journey to becoming a true entrepreneur at heart became a step away.
2) Another Language:
So it’s true, I am a language fanatic, but isn’t every Lebanese ? Catalan and Spanish are both music to the ears. I was intrigued to find how helpful, patient and open the Pandorahub community was in teaching me. I included it as part of the challenge, trying to learn as many words, expressions and eventually sentences in a short amount of time.
Enough said. This is exactly what it sounds like, working in paradise for a few days. The perspective change, the views, the serenity, the constant inflow of information makes waking up at 7am the most enjoyable time of your day. Stretching out on the mats, meditating on the terrace, paddle boarding by the river and playing ‘the human knot’ with the team made the trip and the bonds formed there unforgettable.
4) Learning under pressure.
The interesting thing I found, and I wasn’t alone on this, is that under pressure you’re forced to make decisions, and quickly!
The secret to going through such a bootcamp like this one is that you need to come in with a very good idea of what you want to hack.
Being an entrepreneur, or someone working in a start-up, the mentors will give you the advantage to dissect your business lay it out flat and come up with tons of ways to figure out what you want to do at present and more importantly into the plan for the future. It’s all about building confidence. Being someone who spends a lot of time reading, it was a breath of fresh air to come face to face with the startup I am working for.
5) Meeting local start ups:
The incredible part about meeting other start ups is seeing how keen they are to soak in information, and I really mean any information.
Optimizing4happiness, who I will talk about in another blog, it was incredible meeting Stephan who managed to teach me his secret about how to reach happiness. Scratched that one of my bucket list.
Akinness, a platform for entrpeneurs in Spain that acts as a one-stop shop for all and any questions related to starting your own business, answered here.
Mirmiki, a website designated to find someone nearby you, built with a similar interface to Uber, on-demand the community out teach tool that allows you to find a nearby tutor to come to you and teach you how to use any products you had related to technology. Amazing 22 year-old who found the problem of older people not receiving personalized help with technology!
SlowMov, perhaps my favourite (biased) because they have the best coffee, honey, coolest Francois, they also have one in France… list goes on. The idea behind the concept is to promote the people behind the products using their photographs and their stories to show the justice behind all of their products. After the course we even visited his store, it was by far my favorite visit in Barcelona !