2017 has been a tumultuous year in Gaza and around the world, bringing challenges and uncertainty, but also tremendous pride in what we have been able to achieve as a community. We are 1,809 community members, 25 new software developers, 63 new freelancing jobs, over $120,000 in revenue, and over 4,000 hours of mentorship stronger, as is our commitment to supporting the budding tech ecosystem here. Now more than ever do we see the value of improved livelihoods, a global exchange of ideas, and hope for the future made possible by the internet.
So what lies ahead in 2018? We have two major goals that we need your help achieving in the year ahead:
Double our existing space in Gaza City: It’s been 18 months since we moved across town to our new coworking hub, but we are already at capacity with 117 daily users on average! In 2018, we hope to expand to a second floor and open a 600 square meter, fee-based co-working area for Gaza’s digital workers that will be open until11:00 PM. While operational costs will eventually be covered through desk rental fees, opening the space will require an upfront investment (we typically have to pay six months of rent up front).
Train 96 software developers in our existing space: We have already started to see what is possible when talented Gazans are provided with the training and tools they need to be competitive in the global software development market. We want to harness this potential and triple the number of developers ready for work with regional and international clients.