Gaza’s First Hackathon
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.