Best Idea!!! *winner*

Best Idea!!! *winner*

We are glad to announce that we have been selected as the best Idea in the Innovate for Refugees Competition!!!

Innovate for Refugees Competition (IFR) is a global competition for the best tech-driven solutions addressing the challenges faced by refugees across the globe. Launched on ‘World Refugee Day’ three years ago, IFR had been at the forefront of the efforts alleviating the plight for many refugees in the world.

This year’s edition of Innovate For Refugees received applications from over 50 countries from around the world, highlighting the competition’s popularity, and the universality of the issue at hand

Over the past 3 days, Innovate For Refugees finalists received an intensive training. This year, judges chose 10 finalists, 5 for each track:

Ideas track:

  • Engineering for Social Good (USA)
  • Drones4Refugees (Greece)
  • Refugize (Palestine)
  • Made in Refugees Camp (Jordan)
  • KwikPak Shelter (Lebanon)

Startups Track:

  • Re:Coded (Turkey)
  • Artificial Blood (USA)
  • BuildInk (Lebanon)
  • TaQadam (USA)
  • Shiffer (Iraq)

The final award ceremony also featured a keynote address by Prof. Sanjay Sarma, VP of Open Learning at MIT, in addition to a panel focused on a sustainable solution to the educational gap created by forceful displacement: “The future of work is changing dramatically. Automation is affecting our jobs. But which ones? Automation will take the jobs that automation can take. We should do the jobs that automation can’t take. The skills will change over time. What we have to do is to constantly move and innovate.”

Moreover, there was a discussion panel featuring speakers from EdraakZain JordanMIT Refugee Action Hub, and Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education مؤسسة عبد الله الغرير للتعليم. The panel highlighted the challenges related to education that displaced communities face on a daily basis. The panelists deliberated over what had already been done to tackle this global issue, and what is still needed to fully resolve issues like illiteracy, access to information, and technological inclusion.

The winners will each receive a cash prize of $40,000 among other in-kind benefits like training, long-term mentorship, and networking. The winner of the Startup Track is team Shiffer (Iraq), and the winner of the ‘Ideas Track are both ‘Engineering For Social Good (USA) and KwikPak Shelter (Lebanon).

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