Readers may remember us reporting that Samsung’s Colombian website had inadvertently revealed the date of an upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event. Now, it seems those rumors have been proven correct.
The Korean tech behemoth has just announced the first Galaxy Unpacked event of 2023, which will take place at The Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, on February 1st at 1PM Eastern time. Unlike last year’s conference, which happened under COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s event will be held in person.
Samsung remains tight-lipped about what to expect, but fans tuning in to the event’s live stream can expect to see the launch of the Galaxy S23, featuring a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. The S23 Ultra version of the handset could also pack a massive 200-megapixel front camera, with an improved selfie shooter, emergency satellite messaging, and quite possibly a flat display.
We can’t wait to watch the live stream and eventually get our hands on the new hardware when it hits the market!
Abu Dhabi’s Hub71 To Help Climate Technology Startups
The initiative was announced at the COP28 summit and will help selected startups with a $200,000 cash injection and further incentives.
Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global technology system, has launched a new initiative to support climate technology startups backed by several of the UAE’s largest public and private sector organizations.
A total of 342 startups have submitted applications so far, with the top companies being added to a shortlist that will be revealed shortly. Selected startups will receive Dh250,000 ($68,000) in incentives and an upfront cash support package of Dh250,000. In addition, the top performers of Hub71’s new initiative will also receive a top-up of up to Dh250,000 in exchange for additional equity.
Ahmad Alwan, deputy chief executive of Hub71, said: “This initiative aims to bring in different entities that have a shared mission towards climate tech […] Throughout the journey, we will support these companies, not only from being startups to becoming mature companies but also to facilitate their engagement with entities that would support them with access to capital, market, and talent”.
The Hub71+ ClimateTech ecosystem is backed by the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company and the National Central Cooling Company, who have each pledged Dh500,000 to the initiative as anchor partners.
They are joined by corporate partners, including Abu Dhabi holding company ADQ, Aldar Properties, sovereign wealth fund Mubadala, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Masdar City, and Dubai’s Emirates NBD. In addition, Siemens Energy is also onboard as an anchor partner.
So far, Hub71 has helped 260 member startups and created over 1,000 jobs, according to the organization’s website. In addition, it has collectively raised around Dh5 billion since its foundation in 2019.