BuildPalestine Organizes Solve-a-thon as part of MIT’s New Initiative to Tackle the World’s Most Pressing Challenges


Build Palestine in partnership with MIT SOLVE organizes solve-a-thon which aims to solve one of the world’s most challenging problems through open-innovation and partnership, hosted at Leaders Organization.
Ramallah, Palestine- July 29, 2017
Build Palestine, a social enterprise based in Ramallah, held its first crowd solving event on July 29, 2017 as part of MIT’S SOLVE global competition. Participants tackled the challenge titled “Youth, Skills, and the Workforce of the Future: How can disadvantaged youth learn skills they need to prepare them for the workforce of the future and thrive in the 21st century?”

With youth unemployment in the West Bank and Gaza at 40% reaching 65% amongst young women, the global challenge presented by MIT is very relevant to Palestine.

Members of the private sector innovated alongside entrepreneurs, students, academics, and NGO professionals to develop a solution to this pressing challenge.

The thirty (30) participants engaged in a human-cantered design workshop to develop their solutions and teams submitted their solutions directly to MIT SOLVE, as part of the global competition.

The event promoted a general sense of ideation, creative design, and engagement amongst participants, encouraging thought leaders to design a solution that would be relevant for Palestine and beyond. As per the event’s main objective, solutions were produced by various community thinkers and then submitted to MIT SOLVE.

The Atlassian Foundation is offering up to US $1 million to winning ideas from charities impacting disadvantaged youth worldwide.

In special attendance, Dr. Sabri Saidam Minister of Education and Higher Education of the Palestinian National Authority courteously gave his closing word at the event. Build Palestine’s Chief Engagement Officer.

Miss Besan Abu-Joudeh, added, “We wanted to take this challenge beyond the desks of policymakers and into the hands of entrepreneurs, with the hope of designing an effective solution for Palestine”.

Lastly, Mr. Zaher Bassiouni Leaders Organization’s Operations Manager, said, “We encourage such initiatives that tackle serious problems in Palestine at Leaders Organization and we hope to see the positive changes fostered by such entrepreneurs”.

As for the future, Build Palestine said that their team will aim to continue hosting innovative and community driven events that encourage crowd solving and open innovation, in partnership with local NGOs and the public sector, in addition to supporting local organizations to run crowdfunding campaigns.

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