MITEF Com­pe­ti­tion to Find Pi­o­neer­ing So­lu­tions for Refugees

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As the world faces the worst refugee cri­sis in re­cent his­tory, the MIT En­ter­prise Fo­rum Pan Arab is seek­ing dis­rup­tive and scal­able longterm so­lu­tions by harnessing the power of tech­nol­ogy. In part­ner­ship with Zain Group, a lead­ing mo­bile tele­com in­no­va­tor across the Mid­dle East and Africa, and MBC Hope, the Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity arm of MBC, and sup­ported by the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner For Refugees (UNHCR) and Ju­soor, MITEF Pan Arab launched the ‘In­no­vate for Refugees’ global com­pe­ti­tion on World Refugee Day last June. The aim of the com­pe­ti­tion is to find the most in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions that ef­fec­tively tackle chal­lenges faced by refugees. It is award­ing four prizes, $20,000 each on Oc­to­ber 4th. In ad­di­tion, the MITEF Pan Arab has part­nered with sev­eral in­sti­tu­tions that are as­sist­ing refugees and rais­ing awareness among them. These part­ners in­clude the Karam Foun­da­tion, an NGO fo­cused on build­ing a bet­ter fu­ture for Syria, and Techfugees, a so­cial en­ter­prise that or­ga­nizes tech shows, con­fer­ences, work­shops, hachakathons, and mee­tups as well as de­velop tech projects for refugees around the 5 themes of in­fra­struc­ture ed­u­ca­tion, iden­tity, health, and in­clu­sion.

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