Grow Palestine's Tech Sector
Palestine's startups, coding schools, and freelancers are isolated. You can bridge that isolation and help them grow, in whatever way suits your life and circumstances best.
Entrepreneurs, VCs, and employees from Google, Facebook, Uber and many others have mentored in Palestine. Read their testimonials.
Interested in keeping informed on how you can best support Silicon Valley Palestine? Express general interest in volunteering here.
Teach at a coding camp
The PalTel Group Foundation sponsors a 4-week Coding + Design Bootcamp for college students in Ramallah and Gaza during the summer, built around Udacity Nanodegrees and a Design Thinking intensive. Teachers must be experienced tech professionals - accepted volunteers will receive an all expenses paid trip. Time commitment: 1-4 weeks.
Gaza Sky Geeks runs a coding academy and occasional other bootcamps (e.g., investment-readiness bootcamps). Time commitment: varies, please inquire further.
Code for Palestine is a coding program for high school students sponsored by the PalTel Group Foundation run through Code.X, a Silicon Valley based non-profit. Teachers must be volunteers from Stanford and able to teach CS or Design Thinking. The programs operates in both the West Bank and Gaza. Time commitment: 3 weeks. To apply, please visit this page.
Stay informed & promote on social media
It only takes a few seconds each day to help Palestine's startups and techies reach audiences that matter to them. Many mentors (maybe even most) who come to Palestine find out about the opportunity from your social media feeds. Follow these organizations & individuals, and share their content.
Ibtikar Fund: Twitter
Startups Twitter feeds: Life @ Yamsafer
Mentor or lecture in person
Arrange in-person mentorship or lectures through Palestine's startup incubators. If you are planning last-minute, you can drop by Leaders/FastForward/eZone and see if any startups need your help. If you are planning 6+ weeks in advance, you may be able to go to Gaza (opportunities are more limited) as well as the West Bank. The organizations on the ground will have the most current info.
Time commitment: 0.5 days or several days (arrange with the startup incubator)
Cost: Typically you will need to cover your own travel costs
Mentor or lecture remotely
Arrange remote mentorship pairings or lectures through Palestine's startup incubators. Even if they don't have a perfect fit immediately, they'll keep you in their database and reach out when they do.
Make introductions for startups
When a startup needs a specific resource, it helps to have a wide network that can make the right intro quickly: to a mentor with deep expertise on marketplaces, a potential co-founder in London, or an investor with similar interests:
Donate or invest
Support the programs growing tech talent in Palestine, or make investments in the most promising startups (details forthcoming).
If you are interested in sponsoring students or young professionals to teach at Coding Camps and other programs, please contact the PalTel Group Foundation to inquire further.
Hire in Palestine
Software developers, QA, product managers, DevOps, data entry, call centers are available - you can hire these and more in Palestine. Please see the following to inquire further:
- Work with Gaza Sky Geeks to outsource and/or hire talent
- Hire graduates of the Coding + Design Bootcamp: Please contact the PalTel Group Foundation directly for CVs of program graduates
- Graduates are holders of Udacity Nanodegrees in Android Development or Front-End Web Development
- Work with a software development outsourcing company in Palestine:
(Disclaimer: the publishers of this site do not represent these companies or their practices; requisite due dilligence is required)