As we draw close to the final few weeks of one of the most eventful summers for Re:Coded in Iraq, our growth and operations manager, Zain Haider Awan reflects on why our team set themselves such an ambitious project of three months of jam-packed events and workshops at Re:Coded House.
Re:Coded wouldn’t be what it is today without an amazing team behind it. To celebrate the diverse faces in our team, we wanted to kick start an interview series so that you can get to know Re:Coded’s new faces a little better. We couldn’t think of a better person to start this series with than Mujtaba Al-Tameemi who has been a supporter of Re:Coded from our early days. Mujtaba recently joined the team as an instructor for our bootcamp in Gaziantep!
At the end of June, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon committed to digitally transform their countries, discussing their roadmaps to support the Mashreq region’s integration into the rapidly evolving global digital economy. Re:Coded was honoured to be invited alongside key decision makers and players from across the world.
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.
Azhar and Zahi Al Madani, alongside their co-founders Rasheed and Bilal, began Shiffer, a peer-to-peer online logistics platform for express shipping by making a connection between a reliable passenger and the sender.
The ongoing war in Yemen has displaced more than 3 million people and killed hundreds of thousands through violence, hunger and disease. We decided to launch a world-class coding bootcamp there. You might be wondering why?
In October, we wrapped up the last two coding bootcamps of 2018, graduating 34 young men and women in Erbil, Iraq. It has been an incredible year for our team in Iraq, who spearheaded our country growth with 5 new programs, including a tech startup pre-accelerator and a freelancing academy.
Last week marked another momentous occasion for us, the graduation of our Urfa cohort.
After six months of hardwork and dedication, a group of 30 students, a mix of Syrian refugees and Turkish youth, graduated the Re:Coded Android Bootcamp, with the ability to call themselves developers. And this, just like our Erbil graduation, wouldn’t have been possible without the continuous support from people like you.
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.