Gaza’s First Hackathon

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Gaza Sky Geeks launched their first hackathon in May in Gaza where 65 hack­ers par­tic­i­pated for 36 hours straight. The grand prize went to Homee, an on­line or­der­ing plat­form and in­te­grated de­liv­ery ser­vice app for peo­ple who want to buy home­made goods. Homee is set to join the An­gel­hack ‘Hack­cel­er­a­tor’ pro­gram in Au­gust, to re­ceive in­ten­sive men­tor­ship on prod­uct de­vel­op­ment, user ac­qui­si­tion, and, if they meet their milestones, res­i­dency with An­gel­hack in Sil­i­con Val­ley. Gaza Sky Geeks re­ceived a grant from Tech­stars Foun­da­tion, which is an or­ga­ni­za­tion that aims to im­prove the land­scape of diver­sity in tech en­trepreneur­ship. The women’s in­clu­sion is go­ing strong for Gaza Sky Geeks with the men­tor­ship and women’s in­clu­siv­ity pro­gram. Tech­stars, along with fi­nan­cial sup­port, will lever­age its global net­work of men­tors, alumni, and in­vestors to help Gaza Sky Geeks start a women’s cod­ing club. The first course, from Har­vard Univer­sity, is the CS.50 In­tro­duc­tion to Com­puter Sci­ence. This is their first pi­lot pro­gram dur­ing which on­line and in-per­son lessons are held.

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