FORBES: Law & the Start-Up: A Brooklyn Legal Incubator helping the NY Tech Scene

February 9th, 2012

Solid article about how we have relied on the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic (BLIP) for legal services as we grow our startup and this project.

 

Watching thousands pour into Cairo’s Tahrir Square last year, demanding Hosni Mubarak’s resignation, sparked an idea for video journalist and digital entrepreneur Jigar Mehta. He wanted to curate all the photos, videos, blogs and Tweets generated by Egyptian protesters into a documentary. But rather than seeking out fellow filmmakers and activists, Mehta called a lawyer. “I wanted to talk to someone about copyright and the legality of using Tweets.”

 

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KNIGHT GARAGE: The evolution of 18 Days in Egypt a conversation with Jigar Mehta

February 9th, 2012

18 Days in Egypt co-creator Jigar Mehta speaks with Knight Garage about the natural evolution of the project from film to platform and how his time at Stanford helped shape the journey.

 

What did you learn during this process?

That it was about partnership. That I shouldn’t do everything on my own. Rather, find people who are good at what they do and convince them to join the team.

 

Read full conversation here.

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CUNY: Carmel Delshad (’11) Gathers Stories for a Web Documentary Project in Egypt

February 9th, 2012

 

Class of ’11 alum Carmel Delshad is in Cairo working on 18 Days in Egypt, a crowd-sourced web documentary chronicling the Egyptian revolution that began in 2011.

 

Created by Jigar Mehta and Yasmin Elayat, the project aims to to discover the stories that have yet to be told through traditional media. There are thousands of Egyptians walking around with cell phone pictures, videos, and memories from the revolution and beyond — and the 18 Days of Egypt team seeks to find those stories.

 

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MASHABLE: Collaborative Documentary Weaves Stories of Egyptian Revolution

January 26th, 2012

Mashable covers our launch.

 

About 400 people gathered in Tahrir Square Thursday to launch a new kind of documentary about the Egyptian revolution.

 

Instead of putting together a traditional, continuous film, creators of 18DaysInEgypt are asking individuals to submit media they created while living it. Tags those contributors add about the date, their feelings and their location will eventually help connect individual stories.

 

Full article here.

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THE DAILY NEWS EGYPT: ’18 Days in Egypt’: A media battlefield

January 26th, 2012

Nice write up on our launch party and website.

 

“We wanted to aggregate this content into a central location and create a collaborative, interactive documentary. The idea was to accumulate media that everyone else didn’t think was important, and utilize it in an effort to make sense of social media fragments and create a story out of it.”

 

In order to develop the website, Elayat and Mehta teamed up with Emerge Technology to create a new web-technological platform called GroupStream — the storytelling springboard empowers citizen journalists, photographers, filmmakers and the culturally active with the ability to upload tweets, pictures and videos into a storyline.

 

Full article here.

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Collab Docs: An Interview with Jigar Mehta

January 26th, 2012

 

 

Photo by Mostafa Sheshtawy

 

“For the first time in history, citizens are recording an actual revolution in real time. Throughout the 18 days of the 2011 uprising—in the year since—and now—Egyptians are filming pivotal events on their cell phones, taking pictures, texting, tweeting and facebooking their extraordinary bid for freedom. Now, “18 Days in Egypt”, the collaborative documentary project, aims to capture the events of the revolution right here… in an interactive documentary website that everyone can access now and into the future.”

 
Co-creator of 18 Days in Egypt Jigar Mehta, recently did a interview with Collob Docs. Full article here.

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We are The Recipients of Our First-Ever TFI New Media Fund!

October 4th, 2011

 

Drumroll please…..

 

We are pleased to announce that our project will be part of the first class of Tribeca Film Institute New Media grantees!

 

We’re thrilled to announce the six projects selected for the inaugural year of the TFI New Media Fund, a diverse collection of nonfiction transmedia works exploring everything from the Egyptian Revolution to global health to the “friendly fire” death in Afghanistan of American serviceman Pat Tillman. These grantees will receive $50,000 and $100,000 apiece, with funding effective immediately.


Full press release here.

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WEB MADE MOVIES: Mozilla + ITVS: The Living Docs Project

October 4th, 2011

We are pleased to be participating in the Living Docs Hackathon!


The web is a transformative force. It’s changed the way people connect, work, play, and learn.

 

But when it comes to moving images, the web’s ability to connect people and events, tailor experience to individual viewers, visualize data in real-time, interact within immersive environments, and link together other media is only starting to become apparent.

 

The potential for this emerging “connected cinema” is enormous. And Mozilla is teaming up with ITVS to seize it.

 

That’s why we’ve created the Living Docs Program. The program will bring together filmmakers and web developers in a two-day Hack Jam to share ideas, build prototypes, and launch new projects. (We beta-tested this formula last March with Buttercamp). The best projects which will receive up to $75,000 in production funding from ITVS. Mozilla and ITVS will also work with the three chosen projects to drive outreach and engagement to festivals and audiences around the world.


Here is the full release from Mozilla.

 

 

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STARTUP BOOTCAMP: Meet the Startupbootcamp teams from EGYPT: SuperMama and GroupStream

July 19th, 2011

We are going to Copenhagen for 3 months to accelerate our group storytelling platform!

 

 

GroupStream is a brilliant 4-person team with yes, another female co-founder, woot! Co-founders Yasmin Elayat and Jigar Mehta have teamed up with partners Mohamed El Shinnawy and Ahmed Ellaithy to build a platform aiming to revolutionize the world of story telling and journalism. Perhaps very appropriate following this year’s political events in their country, the team’s product crowd-sources real-time stories from around the world so that readers can experience an event the way that it happened – in real time.

 

Article: http://www.startupbootcamp.org/2011/07/meet-the-startupbootcamp-teams-from-egypt-supermama-and-crowdit/

 

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THE NEXT WEB: 18DaysInEgypt: Crowd sourcing a revolution

July 15th, 2011

 

It seems that the Middle East can’t get enough of crowd sourcing, and rightfully so. The Egyptian website,18DaysInEgypt is aiming to put together a collaborative and interactive documentary about the 18 day uprising in Egypt. 18DaysInEgypt is an attempt to “showcase the power of crowd sourced documentary filmmaking.”

The people behind the project

 

The team behind the project consists of software developer Yasmin Elayat, documentary filmmakers, Jigar Mehta and Alaa Dajani, Technology Transfer Office Director at the American University in Cairo, Ahmed Ellaithy and producer, Hugo Soskin, along with the team at Emerge Technology.

 

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