A Big Welcome to the Brinc Batelco IoT Hub

Hello, and welcome to the very first post on the BB blog! This is where you will find the latest news and updates about activities and initiatives at the Brinc Batelco IoT Hub in Manama, Bahrain.

On Tuesday 3rd July 2018, the Brinc Batelco IoT Hub opened its doors for the official launch event. Over 100 esteemed guests filled every corner; from media to government officials, C-level executives from Batelco and Brinc, partners, investors, startups and many more. In addition to having some of the most recognisable names in Bahrain present, guests traveled from across the world to participate; we had attendees from Hong Kong and Barcelona, as well as neighbouring countries in the GCC. The atmosphere was vibrant; it was fantastic to see the space full of life after so many months of hard work to get it ready.

At the Brinc Batelco IoT Hub we have the purpose and mission of fostering an ecosystem to attract and develop IoT technology innovators from Bahrain and across the MENA region. We believe that by helping to develop entrepreneurs, we can deliver world-class connected hardware products for the global market and propel the next wave of economic development in Bahrain. We work together with local partners such as Tamkeen, Startup Bahrain and the EDB to build on the foundations of a fast-growing startup ecosystem.

The Brinc Batelco IoT Hub will be a birthing ground for talent; pioneers who are yearning to revolutionize the industry by building connected hardware products for global markets. It is a meeting place to create, ideate, innovate and collaborate. We have desks and offices available to rent right now, which includes a CR address!

Here, founders can work in a creative space, they can network and meet the community, they can build electronic prototypes, they can host or attend startup events and workshops, and they can learn from mentors and industry experts. We offer programs and services tailored for connected hardware startups and tech entrepreneurs looking for speed, support and expertise to build successful companies. This is an unprecedented opportunity to access mentorship, product design and development guidance, manufacturing and exposure to regional and global investors and markets.

Home to the MENA region’s first dedicated IoT accelerator, we bring the knowhow for manufacturing connected hardware products in China, access to funding through our wide network of investors and our partner Tamkeen, and business expertise from seasoned entrepreneurs who have real-world experience of building companies. MENA-based or Bahraini startups can apply for the next accelerator cohort until 25th July. Applications are open twice a year.

We have many more exciting events planned for the upcoming months… watch this space to find out more, and come to visit us soon! Our doors are always open.

Your BB IoT team

1st Batelco Hackathon Ever!

The BIG day is finally here! Hooray for Bahrain’s thriving ICT sector as Batelco, with the help of the Kingdom’s public and private sectors, launches the maiden edition of the Batelco Hackathon today, on Sep 5, 2018.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past several months, you probably already know that Batelco, the Kingdom’s leading telecom network, plans on turning the Batelco Hackathon into a mega event in its own right. And rest assured, the event is not just about optics. It aims to help improve certain aspects of our lives (including, of course, our day-to-day digital interactions) with the help of technology and some of the brightest mind the region has to offer.

On the top of the agenda is one ambitious initiative which, if turned into action on the ground, could see Batelco’s remote sites transforming into smart cities. The telecom giant explains the objective in its announcement for would-be participants:

“Create a solution on how to convert Batelco remote sites to smart sites. How can we proactively detect faults in remote sites, for example, power systems, air conditioning temperature, humidity, water leak, generator issues and intruder detection? So the maintenance efforts can be focused on those sites.”

To be held at the Brinc Batelco IoT Hub, the first edition of Batelco Hackathon is scheduled to kick off at 08:30 on Sep 5. The events on day-1 will include a mentorship session for tech and innovation-driven employees that have their eyes set at becoming entrepreneurs and operating startups, as well as “The Perfect Pitch” workshop by Brinc.

“By the end of Day 1, teams should have come up with a business idea (product or service), have identified their target internal department/end user and researched competitors in this space. They should be able to describe what the product/service does, and its main features, to demonstrate how it solves the problem,” reads Batelco’s notification briefing participants what to expect on day-1.

Among the principal attractions on day-2 will be the pitching competition where the participating teams will share their innovations and business ideas in front of experts and the audience. The winner will get a chance to walk away with 2,000 BD, in addition to the opportunity of enrolling in the Brinc Accelerator Program on a full-time or part-time basis.