The idea behind the program is to provide graduate students with the necessary sponsorship and financial support to develop their projects during a gestation period of six months, with project staff on hand to help them network with companies abroad and market their products online.
Describing this promising program, Professor
The Technology Incubator qualifies five companies in each assessment session and some of its start-up projects have already developed their own programs and applications that are being sold in the global market of mobile phone software.
The program has been very well received in the Palestinian community and at international level, with some Arab investors offering successful participants the opportunity to travel and work in
“We have two dimensions to corporate incubation,” Professor Azzibda told IPS. “The first is that the company sells its products via the Internet to overcome the blockade of
Two of the graduates from the OCAS program are
Motawiron recently won a ticket to represent Palestine inthe “Imagine Cup”, the global student technology competition organised by
Nevertheless, the blockade on
“Our company has developed the ‘HOPE’ application for mobile phones which helps the deaf communicate with people and integrate into society. We got the first position for Palestine and now compete in the world but we could not travel. We have shared this application in competitions in order to expand horizons and start relationships with international companies,” Yassir told IPS.
Graduates make up a significant segment of Palestinian society where over 40,000 students graduate each year, creating an urgent need to find creative ways to accommodate young graduates and their talents in the labour market. But the market in
Some international donor organisations, including
They manage large development projects through which they provide significant support to UCAS graduates to deliver their products to the outside world via the internet despite the challenges they face in
“Information technology is among the emerging and promising sectors in
“A company producing animated advertising has so far won six contracts outside
Meanwhile, young female journalist
“It would be the first in the Arab world and Palestine.This channel intends to provide reports and human stories from besieged
A support network of activists from Western countries is taking shape across social networking sites to help this Palestinian journalist with her project. Having launched an online page for fundraising, Nour has also released a short video on
“The siege and travel ban have always been an obstacle to Palestinians, so I thought of using the Internet and social media to reach out to the world that cannot reach us. The Internet has now become a means to break this siege,” said Nour.
Day after day, Gazans like Nour, Yassir and Khalil continue the struggle to find new ways to break the siege imposed on them and create access to the outside world through commercial relations and media outlets. The global Internet and social media have opened new doors and are now being used as an essential space to challenge closure and isolation.
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