You’ll have to cut Iraq some slack for being late to the tech startup party. Since at least the early 2000s, the country was the embodiment of civil war, violence, and protracted armed conflicts. But it all changed this April, when Iraq hosted its first ever nationwide hackathon.
Becoming a successful entrepreneur is no easy feat. From securing investments to having access to resources, the path to entrepreneurship is often difficult. For refugees, it is even more challenging. Find out more about the journey of some incredible refugee entrepreneurs (and some Re:Coded alumni) who are launching businesses despite the challenges.
We’re thrilled to announce that Re:Coded is one of 30 organizations in 18 countries receiving a 2016 Google RISE Award! The Google RISE Awards is a program for informal education organizations around the world that promote computer science (CS) for youth that are traditionally underrepresented in CS!
There are over 230,000 Syrian refugees living in Iraq alongside 3.5 million internally displaced Iraqis. They are, on average, expected to spend the next 17 years uprooted and in need of assistance. To put that into perspective, it would be like if everyone in Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island and Boston were unable to return home until 2034.