MITEF Competition to Find Pioneering Solutions for Refugees
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.