Weekly Wrap-Up: January 26-30

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Join the MIT Media Lab workshop in Dubai this Feb 24-27; Apply by Feb 1st

Wamda hosts MIT Media LabThis month, we’re thrilled to be hosting, with MIT Media Lab, a workshop digging into best practices in innovation relating to food technology, health technology, sensors and networks, as well as crowdsourcing and crowdmapping data. Here’s why this multi-day event may make a big difference for you, and how to submit your application before tomorrow!

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