Make an impact by becoming a GSG mentor. Through a wide range of skills, knowledge, and expertise our international network of mentors strives to nurture rising talents within the Palestinian tech and startup ecosystem.
في غزة سكاي جيكس
حول شبكة الخبراء والمرشدين في غزة سكاي جيكس
The emerging Palestinian tech and startup ecosystem presents a fascinating alternative to the traditional ecosystems found across the world. With a large pool of bright and motivated talent, the biggest obstacle is isolation. Circulation of knowledge is limited and international best practices in technology and leadership are hard to access, leaving little room for career advancement, job opportunities – or even internships.
This is where you can make a difference. Through virtual and in-person mentorship, Gaza Sky Geeks aim to expose aspiring tech professionals to global best practices in software development and entrepreneurship. We are continuously on the lookout for developers, startup founders, designers, professional skills coaches, angel investors and other experts to join the GSG Mentorship Network.
برنامج الخبراء والمرشدين هو البرنامج الذي نسعى من خلاله لاستقطاب خبراء في العديد من المجالات التقنية والإدارية من كافة أنحاء العالم ليقوموا بتقديم التدريبات وورشات العمل والجلسات الاستشارية 1:1 لمنتسبي برامجنا وخريجيها ومجتمع غزة سكاي جيكس بشكل عام.
نقوم بالتركيز على الخبراء والمرشدين في مجالات البرمجة، ريادة الأعمال، الاستثمار، العمل الحر، المهارات الحياتية والعملية، بالاضافة الى العديد من المجالات الأخرى.
يهدف برنامج الخبراء والمرشدين لاستقطاب أصحاب المهارات في الشركات الكبيرة على مدار العام وجعلهم متوفرين للبرامج المختلفة في غزة سكاي جيكس ع حسب حاجات المجتمع التقني ومجتمع ريادة الأعمال.
”“Entrepreneurs are by nature challengers of the status quo, with the current very difficult situation in Gaza, we need as many entrepreneurs and innovators as possible to find creative solutions to better the lives of people, Gaza Sky Geeks is the place where nurturing and enabling entrepreneurs happens. They deserve all the support”
Fadi GhandourManaging Partner at Wamda Capital
”“Four years ago, we made an investment in Gaza Sky Geeks to support the growth of Palestine's tech sector. Since launching the country's first code academy in 2017, they have trained hundreds of world-class software developers and provided them infrastructure to reliably work with employers around the world ranging from Google to high-growth scale ups.”
Brad FeldCo-founder of Techstars
For several years Gaza Sky Geeks has been working with a wide range of international mentors – each providing unique insights from the tech and startup industry. Areas of expertise spans functions such as CEO, founders, engineers, creative doctors and consultants. Common for them all is a shared passion for entrepreneurship and technology and a strong desire to help aspiring professionals in the MENA region grow. In the list below you will find a small selection of our wider network:
Founder and CEO of DEC projects
iOS Developer at Apple
Creative Director & Consultant
Global Program Manager at Google
Senior Director of Operations at Handy Technology
Project Manager at Mawdoo3
Global Head of Innovation, Private Banking at HSBC
Android Engineer at Facebook Inc.
How can you get involved?
We are constantly looking for enthusiastic and passionate individuals who are interested in joining our network of mentors and coaches. We accommodate both remote and online mentoring as well as in-person trainings. Our arrangements are flexible and mentors and coaches have the freedom to organize trainings in any format they find suitable. We typically recommend variations of the following four formats, but encourage potential candidates to consider the nature of these. Like for example being comfortable speaking to groups of people and having strong presentations skills if considering workshops, or being comfortable interacting with people and giving critical feedback if considering bootcamps.
Group sessions typically executed in the format of a lecture followed by a Q/A session. The aim is to increase knowledge and grow skills in a specific area through a combination of theory and practice.
A series of group sessions promoting a learning-by-doing approach, combining practice with theoretical knowledge to grow or learn new skills. This format is typically used for teaching coding or hard skills, but can also be used for other topics.
Individual feedback and discussion sessions with startups within the GSG network – typically executed in a 1:1 format. The sessions tend to be one-off, but the same mentor may advise several mentees.
Series of individual sessions with any member of the GSG community. This may be considered a more “classic” form of mentoring, with regular meetings taking place over an extended period of time.
What skills are we looking for?
Working with the four key areas of knowledge below, we are continuously looking for mentors with a background in tech and startups, who will be able to comfortably advise mentees on a wide spectrum of topics.
We are looking for ardent founders and skilled professionals who are eager to share their knowledge and experience with startups within the GSG community. Spanning multiple sectors the startups are typically product-based and scalable, targeting larger mass marketing opportunities across the globe – and the MENA region in particular. Supporting all phases of founding a startup ranging from ideation to pre-seed acceleration to gaining traction and investor interest, mentors may help grow concrete skills in:
Marketing & Sales
“Clean Code” Best Practices
Interview Prep for Remote Tech Jobs
We are looking for enthusiastic mentors and accomplished coaches who are eager to help the GSG community members strengthen “soft skills” like communication, empathy, management, and teamwork. Usually these skills are honed through experience and doing rather than through teaching, but in Palestine however, opportunities to practice are hard to come by. Internships are rare, management techniques are outdated and group work in schools is unheard of. In response to this mentors may help strengthen the confidence of community members in areas like:
Self-Learning & Research
First Time Leadership
We are looking for experts in deep tech who are eager to help GSG in our mission to build and grow a solid, technical community in Palestine. With a sturdy portfolio of traditional and popular technologies, the ecosystem is constantly looking for new opportunities and ways to stay relevant. This includes stepping into the future of tech by expanding the existing techstack with relevant deep tech advancements and applications. Mentors can help make this a reality by supporting and educating the GSG community with knowledge of deep tech topics like:
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