In 2018, GSG launched Geek Labs, an initiative to share the experience, lessons learned, and success of our training programs and community in Gaza City with the rest of Palestine. Geek Labs is a community-based program for tech and online entrepreneurship initiatives in the south of Gaza and the West Bank. We aim to cultivate an innovative, community-led network where members gain practical experience in the field of tech entrepreneurship and contribute to making Palestine an internationally competitive tech ecosystem.
Where does Geek Labs work?
So far, Geek Labs has connected with communities in Khan Younis, Ramallah, and Khaleel through its network of local partners and ambassadors. We have also established Geek Labs chapters in universities around Gaza.
- In universities in Gaza, we support business and IT students with workshops or crash courses on technical topics. We have a network of Geek Labs ambassadors who coordinate with GSG staff to organize these events.
- In Khan Younis, we operate a co-working and training space in Al Quds Open University where we provide workshops on online freelancing and coding and run community meetups.
- In Khaleel and Ramallah, we provide workshops on various technical and business topics led by international mentors from the GSG network. These mentors are professional software developers and entrepreneurs mostly from Europe and the United States. We provide these workshops in partnership with local organizations such as Leaders, Aeliasoft, Palestine Polytechnic University, and the Youth Development Resource Center.
- In October 2018, we will launch the first cohort of the Code Academy in the West Bank. Learn more here!
This is just the beginning. We plan to expand our presence to many other cities in Palestine by continuously building partnerships with universities, organizations, and businesses to learn how Geek Labs can best support and complement the work they are doing to develop Palestinian tech leaders.