Up until 2010, my life had been pretty standard. I was always first in school, knew I wanted to become an engineer, and dreamt about working in a supermultinational, leading the ambitious corporate life.
And I was right on track. In 2006, I got in the American University of Beirut to study Mechanical Engineering. First internship at Air Liquide, second at Procter & Gamble in Germany. My parents were so proud! During my final semester, I took a shot at the audition of the “Stars of Science” competition organized by Qatar Foundation. I was selected out of 7000 applicants for my product: heart rate swimming goggles. So I decided to go. To risk graduating on time. To follow my semester online. To miss the annual job fair. I just had to try something new!
After four long painful months in Doha, learning electronics from scratch, working with engineers and designers on building a prototype, developing a business plan, networking for a huge voting campaign, (it is not done) doing online exams, writing weekly reports of Arabic Poetry (thank you yamli.com), and trying to swim every morning… I won the third place! Check out the videos below (sorry but no english subtitles yet- working on it).
Stars of Science was a life changing experience. I quit my design engineering job at Dar al Handasah (Shair and Partners) -my parents were devastated- and founded Instabeat, a startup dedicated to design and develop a heads-up display for swimmers. Instabeat has been quite a ride: we won the 1st prize of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Business Plan competition in 2012, raised investment to fund our production line, and we have been around the world to promote self-tracking and swimming. We also pioneered the Quantified Self movement in the Middle East, hosting the very first meetup.
On a more personal note, I am a very sociable and lively person, and a BIG fan of technology, sports and travelling. And I am in love with swimming, running and yoga.