Arab Tech Emerging: Enabling the Next Generation of Innovators

February 2nd 2012, 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Location: 415 Westlake

Moderator:
Andrea Koppel, Mercy Corps Vice President of Global Engagement and Policy

Panelists:
Gisel Kordestani, Google Director, New Business Development
Adam Stelle, Startup Weekend COO
Andy Dwonch, Mercy Corps Senior Director, Social Innovations

Join us if you are
• interest in gaining insights into Middle Eastern tech business, culture and the aspirations of the next generation of young Arabs
• social impact investors and philanthropists looking to engage in the Middle East
• technology experts interested in volunteering as trainers or mentors to young Arab developers and entrepreneurs

The majority of people in the Palestinian Territories (Gaza and the West Bank) are young, well-educated, and unemployed. To address this state of affairs, in 2011 Mercy Corps launched the Arab Developer Network Initiative in Gaza and the West Bank, with funding from Google.org and The Source of Hope Foundation.

The technology sector has a growing demand for Arabic content, and creating jobs in this sector can have a multiplying effect — for each new job created, an estimated three additional jobs are added elsewhere in the economy. The Arab Developer Network Initiative aims to generate increased economic opportunity for talented young people in the Palestinian Territories, and create a more robust startup culture across the region, generating new opportunities for investment, partnering and mentorship.

Hear our panelists discuss how U.S. companies and technology experts can leverage the extraordinary talents of young people in this region to help revitalize the global economy and create more jobs, both at home and abroad.

$10 includes wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets available here.