Join the Gaza Sky Geeks Mentorship Network

Are looking for a new challenge?

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.

About the GSG Mentorship Network

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.

What makes our mentors unique is their love of the tech sector, curiosity of emerging markets and passion for creating new opportunities. Palestine being one of the least accessible tech ecosystems in the world provides a unique challenge for budding and experienced mentors to do meaningful work and develop professional contacts and friendships with like-minded peers in Palestine and internationally.

With an ever-present demand for mentors, our network is a bespoke initiative, continuously reviewing applications and matching skilled mentors with promising mentees. If you are interested in joining the Gaza Sky Geeks network of international mentors submit your application now!

What are people saying about  Gaza Sky Geeks?

“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

Our Mentors

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:

Daniel Dart

Founder and CEO of DEC projects

Dina Benayad-Cherif

iOS Developer at Apple

Tom Hayton

Creative Director & Consultant

Josephine Kant

Global Program Manager at Google

Salmaa Sanhoury

Senior Director of Operations at Handy Technology

Yahya Hazem

Project Manager at Mawdoo3

Diana Biggs

Global Head of Innovation, Private Banking at HSBC

Alex Chiou

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.

Workshop

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.

Bootcamp

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 sessions

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.

Dedicated mentor

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.

Startups

Coding

Leadership

Deep Tech

Startups

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:

Pitching

Bootstrapping

Marketing & Sales

eCommerce

Product Management

UI/UX Design

Coding

We are looking for passionate teachers and experienced engineers who are eager to share their technical knowledge and experience with people at the beginning of their coding journey as well as GSG program graduates looking to gain knowledge of more specialized topics. Program graduates have undergone a six-month Javascript-based, web development bootcamp in addition to learning node.js, SQL, and React and React Native. To support this, mentors may help by remotely reviewing code or visiting Palestine in-person teaching subjects like:

Project Management

“Clean Code” Best Practices

Interview Prep for Remote Tech Jobs

HTML/CSS Basics

React Native

DevOps

Leadership

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:

Spoken&Written Communication

Negotiations

Self-Learning & Research

First Time Leadership

Teamwork

Relationship Management

Deep Tech

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:

Project Management

Artificial Intelligence

Machine Learning

Augmented Reality

Computer Vision

Data Science