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Huge congratulations to MIMIX, winner of Global Startup Battle: Week 1! After winning Beirut Startup Weekend, no mean feat considering it was competing against 33 other teams, MIMIX then emerged victorious in the first ever Global Startup Battle.  The MIMIX video had over 1,500 unique views on YouTube and received 47.7% more votes than the runner up.  Job well done MIMIX—you guys are rock stars!

MIMIX is a web and mobile app which builds on speech recognition and 3D modeling technologies to translate speech into sign language in real-time. Still under development, MIMIX is currently focused on English-based communication, but in the future will be capable of transcribing multiple languages.  MIMIX promises to be a powerful and highly useful new tool for the many millions of hearing impaired people around the world.

The MIMIX team consists of five talented individuals, two women and three men, from both Jordan and Lebanon: Pierre Daher, Jessica Abou Haydar, Pascale Baaklini, Akram Barakat, and founder Mahmoud Darawaheh.

Beirut Startup Weekend, branded “YallaStartup Weekend”, was co-organized by YallaStartup, a Beirut-based non-profit dedicated to fostering early-stage entrepreneurship throughout the MENA region. The event, the largest in Startup Weekend history, was a resounding success, bringing together motivated developers, designers, marketers, and businesspeople throughout the Middle East and beyond.

For more information about MIMIX please visit their website: mimix.me.  More information about the Global Startup Battle, including the videos of all the participating teams, rules for voting, a list of prizes, and rules for entering GSB: Week 2, please visit globalstartupbattle.com