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My Visit to Doha, Qatar as an EIR

I was invited to attend an inaugural event in Doha called the Research to Startup Program (RTSP) by the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP). The event was about looking at opportunities for the potential commercialization of technology developed at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) alongside a peer group of entrepreneurs and amazing mentors from all over the world. I had never been to the Middle East, as least for anything other than being in transit.

Learning Goals for 2017

Each year I try to learn new stuff, but it’s been a long time since I did a relatively deep technology dive. I already knew a bit of Ruby, HTML and CSS, and last year I took the plunge into Javascript and built out some prototypes using Meteor. I used codementor when necessary. It was an amazing resource to get help. I set a budget of US$1000 to be used incrementally in 15 min slots.

Moving over to Hugo

I’ve had several false starts on blogging over the years. I usually get caught up in blogging for companies. This year I made a commitment to blog for myself and be more active in branding myself online. I’ve chosen Hugo as the platform. I took at look at several other web and blogging platforms from medium to Wordpress. I found myself graviating towards static website generators as I didn’t want to deal with all the security headaches that come with managing a database backed website like WordPress, especially when my main use case is to ocasionally write.