Kuwaiti IT ex­pert to men­tor Euro­pean Youth Award

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - Ma­nar Al-Hashash

KUWAIT: Euro­pean Youth Award (EYA) chose Kuwaiti IT ex­pert Ma­nar Al-Hashash as mem­ber of its men­tor­ing team for the Wings of Suc­cess Ini­tia­tive for the sec­ond time in a row. EYA chose top Euro­pean ex­perts to men­tor the ini­tia­tive, Hashash told KUNA yes­ter­day, adding that the pro­gram, cur­rently held in the Aus­trian city of Graz, in­cludes guidance sem­i­nars, pre­sen­ta­tions of qual­i­fy­ing projects and work­shops on IT and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The EYA men­tor­ship pro­gram of­fers ev­ery win­ning project a year­long busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence un­der a men­tor’s wing, Hashash also noted.

Mean­while, head of the award said that Hashash was cho­sen due to her ex­pe­ri­ence in the field and her ef­forts in sup­port­ing cre­ative youth. She said that the Kuwaiti ex­pert was also cho­sen to hold a sem­i­nar on the fu­ture of the elec­tronic field in front of top Euro­pean ex­perts, aim­ing to in­flu­ence Euro­pean youth en­gaged in IT.

Hashash is the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of Kuwait E-Award; a mem­ber in the Word Sum­mit Award WSA board of direc­tors and in High­Level Panel of Ad­vis­ers of Gaid - United Na­tions. Since 1999, she has been in­volved in me­dia and pub­lic work in many ways to achieve that goal. She pre­pares and presents the weekly IT pro­gram ‘Compunet World’ on Kuwait TV as well as preparing and pre­sent­ing an­other weekly IT pro­gram on KTV2 in English called “Zero Ones”.

In 2004, Al-Hashash launched and Man­aged a Lo­cal e-Con­tent An­nual Con­test un­der the name of “Ghi­ras elec­tro Con­test” which aims at youths in Kuwait (14-22yrs) com­pet­ing for Best web­site de­sign, Best Pre­sen­ta­tion, Best Graphic de­sign and Best mo­bile e-greet­ing card, all fo­cus on lo­cal con­tent.

She also has rich ex­pe­ri­ence in the press me­dia pub­lish­ing for IT, as she wrote a weekly IT page for the an of­fi­cial daily news­pa­per in Kuwait from 2000 till 2005, where she con­cluded that ex­pe­ri­ence by launch­ing the IT mag­a­zine “Dot” of which she was owner and Chief Ed­i­tor. As a stu­dent Ma­nar was awarded an IEEE for her out­stand­ing In­ter­net and eCom­merce projects in 2000. The Euro­pean Youth Award (EYA) is a pan-Euro­pean con­test to mo­ti­vate young peo­ple to pro­duce so­cially-valu­able dig­i­tal projects that ad­dress the goals de­fined by the Coun­cil of Europe and Europe 2020.

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