I’m in Amman, Jordan, participating in a Oasis500 bootcamp. We applied to Oasis500 with LogistIT and got accepted into the program in November. Back then were not able to participate because we were already in Oxygen. I had a Skype talk with Oasis500 people and they asked me to come and pitch the idea in January. So here I am.
I took me a full day to get from Tallinn to Amman. My first flight took off 6:40 AM on Sunday morning and I made it to my hotel in Amman 1:30 AM today. Just 6 hours later I was already in King Hussein Business Park. The programme itself lasts for a week and Friday is the day off. I do get to do some sightseeing, after all.
The house rules in Oasis500 are strict. Each day starts at 8 AM and finishes 6:30 PM. If you are late up to 10 minutes, you have to pay a fine of 5 Jordanian Dinar (6 EUR). 11-20 minutes late, 10 JOD. If you are late for more than 21 minutes, don’t bother to show up. If you are late 5 minutes, but do not have the 5 JOD to pay immediately, don’t bother to show up either. If you don’t show up for one day – thank you, you can apply again for the next programme. I kind of like this system – applied in estonian universities for example, I could not see the quality of the students not increase significantly.
We have some 50-60 companies from 8 countries here. The countries include United States and Iraq (good combination, I know), Egypt and Estonia (only me obviously), United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, Palestine and Jordan. Everybody already got to pitch their idea. All of the ideas are in ICT and we did get some repetitions. Three entrepreneurs pitched the idea of creating an online marketplace where people can make appointments with doctors and find out which doctors accept their insurance etc. Not too exciting idea in Europe but here definitely much more, considered that three startups are doing it. There were lot of other ideas, including those about communities for football, another one for investors and of course a fashion recommendation engine (each modern accelerator program has one).
I will stop this posting for today because I still need to do the homework for tomorrow. But here’s some homework for you too, dear reader: here are the two WC doors – one for men and the other one for women. Which one is which? What do you think, how did I figure that out?