(Ramallah, Palestine, October 22nd 2018) Shiam in collaboration with Global Communities and in partnership with Bank of Palestine and Techno-Park has successfully completed a two-day Hackathon funded by the Belgium Development Agency – Enabel.
The aim of Enabel’s “Hack the Goals” Initiative is to bring together young Palestinian innovators with different backgrounds during a Development Hackathon to find innovative (digital) solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) challenges related to Enabel’s partner countries’ portfolios. 14 teams from the West-Bank and Gaza (Gaza Hackathon was implemented by the University College of Applied Sciences – UCAS) have worked relentlessly for two days on creating initiatives that support the SGD Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” Goal 10 “Reduced Inequalities”, Goal 5 “Gender Equality” and Goal 3 “Good Health and Well-Being”.
Lana Abu-Hijleh – Country Director of Global Communities and Co-Founder of Shiam Organization, Raya Sbitany – Chief of Business Development & Financial Inclusion Officer of Bank of Palestine and Laith Kassis – Entrepreneurship and Digital Solution Expert have expressed their views and thoughts about the presented initiatives, which supported Eric De Muynck, Head of Cooperation of the Belgian Consulate in selecting the winning initiative and team to represent Palestine in the international award ceremony in Brussels on the 16th of November 2018.
A team composed from Fayez Jabra, Ahmed Bsharat, Suliman Abu-Jaroor, Ahmed Bargouthi, Asma Abed-Alqadeer developed the selected winner initiative “Pocket Doctor” focused on tackling the challenge “How can we help Palestinians living in remote areas when they are in urgent need of health services?” under goal three. Pocket Doctor’s initiative aims to design a digital watch that is connected with a mobile application, remotely linking users with the health services network present in their area of residence, enabling medical services providers to receive health related data in real time, analyzing and responding as appropriate.
The initiatives presented at the end of Hack the Goals event were all worthy for further support and development and the judging panel found it difficult to select one winner. As such, all partner organizations expressed their commitment to employ their resources and networks to advance the initiatives of the young participants and help them turn their ideas into reality. We wish Pocket Doctor the best of luck in representing Palestine in Brussels, Belgium and all team members that participated in the Hackathon the best in their future endeavors.