Mercy Corps logo

Gaza Sky Geeks is a part of Mercy Corps, a registered 501(c)3

$359,862

378% of $95,000 goal

Raised by 670 donors

Donated
Matched

WOW! We raised $359,862 (and counting) to #PowerUpGazaGeeks! Please keep supporting us 🖐️

Support from match donors like these was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Gaza’s tech sector. You helped us make the most of it.

The campaign also led to 3-year commitments from two partners. With those included, we raised a grand total of $417,527!

…But that doesn’t mean your support ends here. We’re continuously trying to grow and nurture Gaza’s tech sector. Your donations will continue to enable us to provide Gaza’s developers, entrepreneurs, and freelancers with the tools they need to compete in the global economy. Please continue donating and spreading the word!

Donate now button

Tech leaders from around the world united to #PowerUpGazaGeeks:

  • Marc Benioff
  • DASH Ventures
  • Paul Graham
  • Fadi Ghandour
  • Gisel Kordestani
  • Christopher Schroeder
  • Wojciech Burkot
  • Obi Felten
  • Zubair Khan
  • Bank of Palestine
  • Arab Palestinian Investment Company
  • Skoll Foundation
  • Brad Feld
  • Badr Jafar
  • Zohre Elahian
  • Freada Kapor Klein
  • Mitch Kapor
  • Dave McClure
  • Eric Ries
  • Samih Toukan
  • Zahi Khouri
  • Blaise Agüera y Arcas
  • Hala Fadel
  • Usama Fayyad
  • Linda Mason
  • Khailee Ng
  • And more

Every dollar you give will be matched (max $147k)

Your support for Gaza’s pioneering geeks HAS BLOWN US AWAY! We’ve raised enough to:

  1. Get a dedicated generator, fuel, and staff to keep our co-working space open evenings and weekends. This will double our geeks’ productivity during Gaza’s worst energy crisis.
  2. Launch Gaza’s first coding academy! This hugely important investment will deepen existing tech talent and grow the pool of new developers, creating jobs in freelancing and positioning our startups to compete at a larger level.
  3. Teach girls tech entrepreneurship. Thanks to you, 30 Gazan girls – predominantly from refugee communities – will learn business and coding skills for 6 months.
  4. Connect Gaza’s geeks to the world. With your support, we can also work to address the biggest challenge Gaza’s geeks face: isolation. Funds we raise towards this goal will bring international tech talent to Gaza (e.g., a developer in residence) and help Gazans learn by traveling abroad (e.g., for internships at tech companies in the USA and Europe).

It’s not too late to give! If you believe in unlocking the talent of driven, creative, and educated entrepreneurs and developers, contribute to #PowerUpGazaGeeks. Donations we receive now will boost goal #4: connecting Gaza’s tech sector to the world.

Note: Startups and their supporting organizations need to be nimble, and Gaza is a quickly-changing environment. Your donation will empower us to build Gaza’s tech sector; we reserve the right to adjust the specific use as needed to ensure that your donation has the biggest impact possible.

Gaza Sky Geeks is a leading frontier market tech hub

We enable Gaza’s most talented youth to earn an income through the power of the internet. We aim to turn Gaza – one of the toughest places in the world – into an internationally competitive tech hub.

THANKS TO YOU, WE CAN LAUNCH GAZA GIRLS CODE!

This program will teach girls aged 10-17 from refugee communities in Gaza to build mobile Android applications and connect them to female computer science role models. With $25K, we’ll be able to launch this program in February 2017!

We will bring 30 girls to our space for six months of after school computer science classes. Transport will be subsidized to reach girls located outside of central Gaza City. It will build on a very successful pilot we ran last year – the one Jumana participated in. You can watch her story below!

What will they learn?

Gaza Girls Code will teach not only coding and business skills to young Gazan girls, but also confidence and life skills.

Using blocks-based programming tools, girls will learn computational thinking by building mobile applications for the Android platform that they will present to parents, classmates, and the local community. All participants will receive Android phones, Raspberry Pi, Arduino kits, or similar tools for them to keep exploring on their own!

We ran a pilot of this program in 2016. Participants said that coding made them more confident. We see them now dreaming even bigger than before.

Why is coding for kids in Gaza important?

We want to expose Gazans to computer science early so that they can capitalize on the opportunities in the tech industry! Most top high school students in Gaza choose to study fields that are respected locally, like medicine. They are not aware of the global tech sector’s needs. Later they cannot find jobs.

Software engineering offers Gazans employment remotely: although they cannot leave Gaza, they can get jobs because of international demand and Gaza’s great internet. Exposing kids to coding early is important to influence what they choose to study in college.

Why girls specifically?

Gaza Sky Geeks is on a mission to create the most inclusive startup and tech community in the world. In order to ensure women are securing investments and jobs at the same rates as men in 5-10 years, we need to build girls’ confidence now – and make sure they feel that they belong.

Girls in Gaza do not face stigma with regards to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. When their parents learn of computer programming job opportunities, they approve for cultural reasons (they can often work on all female teams, the hours tend to be flexible, etc.) They are also very eager to have any family member work: 70% of the population depends on humanitarian aid, but wants to be self-sufficient. This gives us an advantage over many parts of the world – one we want to harness!

Our challenge is that women in Gaza lose confidence during and after college: they do not believe they can run a business. The only role models they have are teaching, working in non-governmental humanitarian organizations (NGOs), or staying home. Most existing tech companies in Gaza are almost exclusively male, so women do not feel they belong. Women end up not pursuing computer science related careers.

We want to change that by providing not just technical training, but by building a community of women in tech & introducing girls to strong female role models in STEM fields.

What will $25K pay for?

  • Computer science classes (6 months, 30 girls)
  • Safe transport to and from GSG (so that girls outside of central Gaza City can attend with ease and parental approval)
  • Material for class
  • Translation of international curricula

Note: Startups and their supporting organizations need to be nimble. In addition, Gaza is a quickly-changing environment. Your donation will empower us to build Gaza’s tech sector; we reserve the right to adjust the specific use as needed to ensure that your donation has the biggest impact possible.

YOU HELPED US LAUNCH A CODING ACADEMY!

Launching a coding bootcamp will deepen existing developer talent, grow a pipeline of new talent, and inspire more Gazans to learn to code.

Gaza’s geeks are isolated. Gaza has a pool of passionate, skilled developers working in outsourcing, freelancing, and startups. But after more than a decade of isolation, we have few full-stack developers in Gaza who are fully up to date the latest engineering trends. Even in the tech sector, knowledge transfers best through in-person communities – not the internet alone.

The whole world is thirsty for more tech talent. With Gaza’s tech sector picking up pace – and the global tech sector hungry for talent – now is the time to grow the number of people studying coding. We’ll connect these new developers to jobs in Gaza with our startups or local tech companies, as well as remote/freelancing/outsourcing jobs.

People in Gaza learning how to code

A coding curriculum would bring the latest trends in software development to Gaza. We would recruit staff trained abroad to teach a full stack, cloud technologies, and DevOps / continuous deployment. We’d also teach the management skills and culture that are critical to shipping software products.

Our academy would inspire more Gazans to learn to code. Establishing a coding bootcamp would evangelize the field of software engineering at a larger level. Even Gazans not attending the academy would be inspired to study engineering in college or teach themselves to code. Gazan parents are unaware of startups and the tech industry. They often discourage their children from studying software engineering in school. The presence of a coding academy would change that.

Our academy would become self-sustainable. $175K could cover startup, program, and operations costs for our first cohort of 25 students. We’ll experiment with a tuition recovery model: graduates will pay back their tuition after they get paid employment.

Thanks so much for helping us raise enough money to launch this academy!

The funds you donated can provide

$1000 = 1 WEEK coding bootcamp for 1 student
$500 = ½ WEEK coding bootcamp for 1 student
$250 = 1 DAY coding bootcamp for 1 student
$50 = ½ DAY coding bootcamp for 1 student

Note: The full $175K cost of launching a coding academy includes overhead. Startups and their supporting organizations need to be nimble and pivot according to opportunities, challenges, and lessons they learn on an ongoing basis. In addition, Gaza is a quickly-changing environment. The costs and goals we’ve described reflect our plans given our experience to-date and our upcoming goals. Your donation will empower us to build Gaza’s tech sector; we reserve the right to adjust the specific use as needed to ensure that your donation has the biggest impact possible.

Youth working at Gaza Sky Geeks

YOU HELPED US GET A GENERATOR & double our co-working space hours!

Gaza is currently going through a major fuel and electricity crisis. On average we now receive four non-consecutive hours of electricity per day, some of our neighborhoods only get one hour. (We used to get eight-hour cycles) In a crunch, we charge our phones and laptops with car batteries, but such methods are unreliable and not scalable and the problem is chronic. So that startup founders and freelancers can compete at an international level, we need to reliably power up our laptops and mobile phones and access internet and light for at least 12 hours each day, every day of the week.

Geeks in Gaza without electricity are coding in the dark

At Gaza Sky Geeks, we have a co-working space that hosts startup founders and freelancers under one roof to share ideas, build companies, code, and geek out! Our generator supplies reliable electricity so that our community can access the internet.

But we close evenings and weekends because we cannot afford to fuel the generator or staff the space. We also lack the generator capacity needed to run heaters in the winter and air conditioners in the summer.

Our geeks want to work longer hours to build globally competitive businesses. That means buying the fuel and generator we need to operate a safe and comfortable co-working space that stays open evenings and weekends. Thanks to you, we can now do that!

With $95k we can now procure a generator, fuel, and staff to double our co-working space open hours for the next three years:

$24kGenerator purchase & maintenance ($12k generator + $4k/year maintenance)
$40kFuel to extend our hours to include evenings & weekends ($13k/year)
$45kStaff to extend our hours to include evenings & weekends ($15k/year)

Thank you for your help to #PowerUpGazaGeeks!­­

Note: The amounts above include overhead costs. The costs and goals we’ve described reflect our plans given our experience to-date and our upcoming goals. Your donation will empower us to build Gaza’s tech sector; we reserve the right to adjust the specific use as needed to ensure that your donation has the biggest impact possible.

Gaza’s energy crisis
Reuters: Energy crisis leaves Gaza with barely four hours of power a day

On January 12, Gaza’s energy crisis was covered in global newspapers. This piece from Reuters describes the situation:

Gazans have been making do with less than half their usual electricity supply – barely a few hours a day – with no sign of the shortages alleviating anytime soon. […]
Normally, Gaza’s power alternates on eight-hour cycles, with generators providing electricity to those that can afford it in the down times. But since late last year, there have been only three or four hours of electricity a day in total.
With temperatures dropping to four or five degrees centigrade at night, people are trying to run electric heaters and radiators, driving up power demand.
Bakery owner Haitham Badra said he had suffered huge losses because he had to buy more fuel for generators.
“We used to buy 1,500 litres of diesel week. Now we have to buy 4,000 litres at a cost of 20,000 shekels ($5,250) a week,” said Badra. “If the crisis continues much longer, all bakeries and restaurants in Gaza will collapse.”

We’re harnessing the internet to build a bright future

We live in isolation and instability. Gaza’s borders are closed, unemployment is at a record high, and because of the current electricity crisis, we only get four hours of power per day. Instability is always a possibility due to the region’s politics. There have been three devastating conflicts in the past seven years.

The internet gives us the opportunity to join the global digital economy. The growing tech sector is a bright spot in Gaza. Startup founders, outsourcing companies, and freelancers are building enterprises that service external markets. They are creating high paying in-demand jobs that are less affected by local instability and border restrictions.

In addition to creating jobs, we are growing Gaza’s future leaders. We provide the infrastructure, training, networks, and funding that these pioneering developers need to succeed. On top of that, we nurture a supportive community of innovators and entrepreneurs whose optimism is infectious. It is this vibrant community that inspires new founders and gives existing ones the resilience to carry forward.

Infographic showing the challenges and opportunities in Gaza

Tech connects the world. Startups, outsourcing, and freelancing are inherently global. Our geeks are hungry to engage with their peers and role models around the globe. This is most powerful when it happens offline as well as online – which is why we bring international mentors to Gaza and take our startup founders on trips abroad too.

An inspiring tech hub beating the odds

Gaza Sky Geeks is one of the top startup incubators and tech education hubs in a frontier market. Founded with seed funding from Google.org in 2011, we are a part of Mercy Corps, a trusted steward of funds from a variety of international donors. We are one of only two Google for Entrepreneurs partners in the Middle East. In 2016, we were honored to receive Google for Entrepreneurs’ annual citizenship award, voted by the partner network – over 50 tech hubs and entrepreneurship support organizations around the world – for “pursuing an audacious path, truly excelling in supporting and empowering entrepreneurs to build amazing things.”

Our crowdfunding campaign two years ago saved Gaza Sky Geeks. Since then, we have not only delivered on our commitments – we’ve surpassed them.

Since 2014, we've secured 7 investment offers for our startups, brought 100+ international mentors to Gaza, taken 22 Gazan geeks abroad, and more.

Read more about our achievements from the past two years.

Women in Gaza being mentored

Testimonials
Our Partners
Google for Entrepreneurs Partner Network logo
Vitol Foundation logo
Skoll foundation logo
The Coca Cola Foundation logo
Stripe logo
Techstars foundation logo
NBC logo
Bank of Palestine logo
Paltel Group logo
Bayt logo
Ibtikar Fund logo
Microsoft logo
Angelhack logo
APIC logo
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung logo
500 Startups logo
Geekettes logo
Github logo
Middle East Children's institute logo
Padico logo
Shared Studios logo
Transition Czech Republic logo

Our partners and individual donors are a key part of our success. Since 2014, we’ve aligned partnerships with Google for Entrepreneurs, Microsoft, Techstars Foundation, Vitol Foundation, Skoll Foundation, PalTel Foundation, Bank of Palestine, Bayt.com, Asfari Foundation, and others. Combined, these have provided us with nearly 50% of the budget we need – a strong foundation. They have also served as advisers, continuously helping us strengthen our strategy.

Generous supporters have rallied to match your donations now:


Marc Benioff: Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Salesforce
Skoll Foundation
Brad Feld: Managing Director, Foundry Group
Paul Graham: Co-Founder, Y Combinator
Eric Ries: Entrepreneur, blogger, and author of The Lean Startup
Dave McClure: Founding Partner, 500 Startups
Fadi Ghandour: Co-Founder, Aramex
Badr Jafar: CEO, Crescent Enterprises
Hala Fadel: Partner, Leap Ventures
Jon Bradford: Co-Founder of F6S and Tech.eu
Freada Kapor Klein: Partner, Kapor Capital
Mitch Kapor: Partner, Kapor Capital
Zahi Khouri: Founder, Chairman, and CEO – National Beverage Company – Coca Cola Palestine
Samih Toukan: Chairman of Jabbar, Co-Founder of Maktoob and Souq
Blaise Aguera y Arcas: Principal scientist, Google
Mustafa Sezgin: Head of Engineering in Amsterdam, Uber
Khailee Ng: Managing Partner, 500 Startups
Jenny Lawton: COO, Techstars
David Cohen: Co-Founder, Techstars

And more...


Christopher Schroeder: Investor and author
Gisel Kordestani: COO, Crowdpac
Hussain Al-Shorafa: Co-Founder, Second Act
Zohre Elahian: Co-Founder and Board Member, Global Catalyst Foundation
Zoe Adamovicz + the Neufund Team
Krista Marks: CEO, Woot Math
Anonymous: Venture capitalist

WE NEED YOU

We need to move fast. We just began incubating this year’s cohort of startups. For these teams to secure investments in 2017, they need to be able to access electricity on nights and weekends as soon as possible. Our growing community of freelancers and outsourcers also need to work longer hours to deliver on their client contracts even as Gaza faces the biggest energy crunch in recent history. Please help power up our geeks so they can compete at a global level!

To build a true tech sector in Gaza, we need to build a movement through supporters like you from around the globe. This is a long-term mission that will take all of us to succeed. In addition to funding, our entrepreneurs and developers will need mentorship, board members, investors, job opportunities, and more. When you contribute to this campaign, you unlock the potential of young people in one of the toughest parts of the world.

OUR STARTUPS

Since 2014, we have incubated 35 startups and facilitated investment offers for 11 teams. Our startups are like those anywhere in the world. A few examples:

  • Zumrod logo

    Zumrod: E-commerce platform for premium health and beauty products targeting Saudi women

  • Dietii logo

    Dietii: Health and fitness application providing localized food recommendations for Arab women

  • MockApp logo

    Mockapp: A B2B app for professional designers to create prototypes, share, and manage projects

  • 5QHQH logo

    5QHQH: The 9gag.com for the Arab world helps users create and disseminate funny online content

  • Baskalet logo

    Baskalet: Gaming studio that reached 100k downloads in its first week

View all of our startups on our main website.

OUR TRACTION

We’ve stayed busy since our last campaign – and have the results to show for it.

A Gaza startup achieved ½ million users in 3 weeks

Baskalet, a company that builds games based in Arab culture, became our first startup to generate revenue and is now seeking follow-on investment! Contact with international mentors accelerated their growth: they participated in a trip to Sweden sponsored by Klarna and were recently Gaza’s first accepted startup to Blackbox, a bootcamp that brings global startups to Silicon Valley.

Read more...

Image of Baskalet website

Our startups won international competitions

Mockapp, the InvisionApp for the Middle East, won first place early-stage startup during ‘Global Entrepreneurship Week Palestine’ in 2015. 5QHQH, a crowdsourced humor website for Arabs, won second place at a pitch competition in Jordan sponsored by 500 Startups, Microsoft, and Zain. The founders were traveling outside of Gaza for the first time in their lives!

Gazan winner at regional competition

We created Gaza’s only vibrant co-working space – which contributes to our financial self-sustainability

After you helped us maintain a very modest space (a crumbling apartment where we ran workshops in a hallway) we secured funding to move into a space twice its size. Now we run hackathons here and thus save money on renting outside venues. We also host events and rent portions of our space to existing tech companies or freelancers, generating revenue that will soon cover 100% of our rent.

Picture of the GSG co-working space

We cultivated the next generation of women founders – and taught girls how to code

We achieved a women’s participation rate of 50% at our events in 2015, our highest yet! We ran a hackathon with AngelHack which achieved a women’s participation rate of 83%, higher than any other AngelHack hackathon in the globe. We also invested our ‘Entrepreneurs in Residence fellowship in an all-women’s team, launched Gaza Geekettes (the first branch of Geekettes outside Europe and the USA), and began Gaza’s first coding program for girls. And one of our geekettes won the Change Agent award at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing!

Women at GSG

We organized Gaza’s first ever hackathons – on top of the Startup Weekend we promised

We ran our fifth Startup Weekend to inspire hundreds of Gazans to become startup founders. Soon after, we put on our first hackathon with AngelHack to deepen the skills of Gaza’s top developers and engage them with our startups. Nineteen teams produced working demos within 30 hours! Just this month, we organized another hackathon focused on getting more women involved in technology and entrepreneurship. We had 50 female developers and entrepreneurs demo 15 different products after three days of hard work building applications meant to help new mothers, boost women’s self-confidence, and increase access to health resources online.

GSG presentation

We brought 100+ international mentors to Gaza

We brought more experts to Gaza in 2015 and 2016 than any previous years! Mentors support our founders and developers with one-on-one mentorship, workshops, and judging competitions. Some of our visitors include Dave McClure, Kevin Ryan, Kevin Abosch, and Sarah Drinkwater. Most mentors paid their own way to come – thank you for helping Gaza’s geeks!

Mentoring at GSG

We evolved our model, adding an incubation program & freelancing

We are accelerating the development of the tech sector in such a tough part of the world – it’s a road not previously travelled. Like our founders, we have to be entrepreneurial. Our successes have stemmed from continuously running experiments and validating what works. We have added an incubation program that gives founders the knowledge, networks, and funding needed to build prototypes viable for seed investment. We’ve also built a platform (online + offline) to train freelancers so that more Gazans can generate incomes and build their skills through online jobs.

OUR SELF-SUFFICIENCY

We expect to generate $25,000 revenue/year through our space after this campaign. One of our revenue-generation strategies is to rent out seats or rooms from our space to individuals and companies; we also rent out our workshop halls for events. Extended hours, air conditioning, and heating will make it more attractive and increase demand. As a result, the revenue we generate will cover our rent. (We will still depend on you and our other donors to cover the cost of staff and electricity.)

Read more...

We also build sustainability into every other part of our model:

  • Events: Charge tickets & secure sponsorships
  • Incubation: Hold modest equity & deferred rent from startups receiving services
  • Acceleration: Tuition fee paid by angel investors
  • Freelancing: Tuition fee paid back by participants once they are earning an income

Our goal will always be to achieve sustainability and invest back into our operations. We need you to stick with us until we achieve that point. It will take years to build a large volume of companies and employed coders to see a return on the investment we are making into Gaza’s tech sector. Cultivating Gaza’s tech ecosystem is a long-term mission that requires your patient capital combined with local creativity and stamina.

23 April 2017

We’ve launched the Coding Academy! 😸

This four month, full-time immersive course is peer-led and project-based. We have 16 students working in teams of four. Students receive training from experts, run code reviews, and manage projects in groups. Once completed, the graduates will be competent front-end developers, able to build simple prototypes to test their ideas, manage the lifecycle of a product, and find high-quality jobs in Gaza.

GSG Coding Bootcamp

Three teams have recently presented their projects in front of representatives from local software development companies in Gaza like Unit One and Work Without Borders. They’re interested in recruiting our students and engaging them in future projects, and we are working with NGO partners to source projects for the trainees to work on.

After graduating from coding training, some students will be able to enter our soon-to-launch freelancing training program, where they will learn how to professionally market their new skills online using marketplaces like Upwork and Freelancer.com.

We are now open on Saturdays 👐🏼

For the past few weeks, we’ve been opening our space on Saturdays and our geeks couldn’t be happier!

With this extra time, our startup teams have been able to spend more time on their business. We’ve also been able to launch “Coding for Everyone” sessions in which trainees from our ongoing coding academy mentor aspiring coders as they work through introductory coding exercises. These sessions are suitable for beginners who want to learn HTML, CSS, Github, basic web development, and wish to join the next coding bootcamp.

GSG training session😊😊😊😊😊😊Thank you for making this happen!😊😊😊😊😊😊

Your stickers are coming soon…

As a small thank you for supporting us, we’re sending you limited edition #PowerUpGazaGeeks stickers! ⚡
Stick it on your laptop, fridge, or diary and tell your friends about the great cause you supported!

Spread the word about Humans of Gaza Sky Geeks!

We’re excited to share some new updates with you about our community that we are calling Humans of Gaza Sky Geeks: personal stories of our staff, entrepreneurs, and the rest of the Gaza tech ecosystem. Learn more about the struggles of a Gazan entrepreneur, how some of our staff found GSG, and how female founders find new beginnings.

We’re sharing these stories on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and newsletter. Follow us to make sure you don’t miss out and please share the stories on your social media!

With thanks,

Zahra Shah

31 January 2017

WOAH! We raised $347,497 to #PowerUpGazaGeeks!

THANK YOU for turning this campaign into a phenomenal milestone for Gaza’s geeks! This is how we feel today thanks to you!

GSG team photo jumping on Gaza beach

(We took this picture on Gaza’s famous beach :))

Thanks to your generosity, Gaza’s tech community can now receive 3 important investments:

✓ Buy a generator and fuel to keep Gaza’s co-working space open evenings and weekends 💡
✓ Launch Gaza’s first coding academy 🎓
✓ Teach coding and entrepreneurship to 30 girls for 6 months* 👧

The campaign also led to 3-year commitments from two partners. With those included, we raised a grand total of $417,497!

You brought Gaza’s geeks into the global tech sector

Your engagement in this campaign has helped us build visibility, credibility, and important networks for our entrepreneurs and developers:

30 Prominent leaders in tech supported Gaza’s geeks, including Marc Benioff, Gisel Kordestani, Badr Jafar, and DASH Ventures
32 Publications wrote about our entrepreneurs and developers, including the BBC, VentureBeat, Al Jazeera and TechCrunch
1 million+ Individuals saw the campaign on social media

Thank you!

Wonder who’s behind GSG?

Our core team in Gaza and remote team members supporting our regular operations:

GSG team collage

From top left: Ryan, Dalia, Anam, Fanny, Zahra, Moamin.
Bottom left: Heba, Said, Hani, Rana, Abdullah and Ismail

We also had an almost entirely volunteer crowdfunding team that worked tirelessly to put this campaign together (while holding down full-time jobs!). Thank you guys for everything!

Our remote team of volunteer supporters based in the US and Europe:

Crowdfunding team collage

From top left: Iliana, Alexandra, Martina, Emma
Bottom left: Tessa, Ibrahim, Ali, and David

Stay in touch with Gaza Sky Geeks

This campaign is done! We’ll occasionally send out updates from Gaza (which you can also read here). You’ll also receive our monthly newsletter (you can unsubscribe upon receiving the first one if you’d like) and you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you for growing Gaza’s tech sector,

Ryan + the whole Gaza Sky Geeks team

26 January 2017

Donate button

 

 

Dear Friends,

Over the past weeks, we here at Gaza Sky Geeks have been humbled and grateful beyond words to see the overwhelming support for our crowdfunding campaign. Generous contributions have come from all over the world, many of them accompanied by words of encouragement and strength. This has served as yet another reminder that as we build the tech ecosystem in Gaza, we are not doing it alone. Thank you for once again reminding our pioneering entrepreneurs that even when they feel isolated, a much larger support network has their backs.

What I can promise you in return is that my team will continue to work diligently to ensure this support stretches as far as possible to achieve the ambitious goals we have set. With the money you raised for a generator and fuel, we will make sure our space can stay open past 5pm so that our entrepreneurs can hit deadlines. We will prepare to launch Gaza’s first ever coding academy, equipping Gazans with the most cutting-edge skills to be competitive in the fast-changing tech world. We will be able to expand our pilot girls program that teaches young girls about coding and business to girls from refugee communities in Gaza, demonstrating to them early on the unique career possibilities tech allows, even in a place like Gaza.

My role as Director of GSG has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my career. More than anything, it has reminded me that with the right support, people can thrive, even under the most difficult circumstances. When I see the kinds of people who frequent our vibrant hub in downtown Gaza City – from an ambitious 12-year-old who taught himself basic coding at the age of 7, to parents with young children who are keen to learn what coding is – I am reminded that driven entrepreneurs really are the same everywhere.

 

We have 24 hours left to further enhance and develop Gaza’s tech ecosystem. Please donate and share for the final time so that we can take full advantage of the match we’ve been offered – and raise enough funds to teach 30 teenage girls coding & business leadership skills in 2017. We only have $6k more to go.

Donate button

Share on FB button

None of this would have been possible without the tireless efforts of the team behind this campaign, who have mostly
volunteered their time to ensure its success. I speak for all of GSG when I say thank you to them, and to all of you.

With gratitude,

Ryan

20 January 2017

THANK YOU! We can now launch Gaza’s first coding academy

That’s right – thanks to you, we’ve just raised enough money to launch Gaza’s first coding academy! This intensive coding program will teach adults (both men and women) how to become globally competitive software developers.*
My team and I are so excited about reaching this goal. High-quality engineers have the best jobs in Gaza. Our startups are also always seeking strong technical talent. Thank you for supporting us. It means the world.

Meet my friend Jumana: First Gazan girl coder in the USA!

Gaza Geekettes video

We’re proud that nearly half of Gaza Sky Geeks participants are female. Jumana was selected to travel to a tech bootcamp to the USA… but her father forbade her from going. Find out what happened by watching the video!

Help us teach tech entrepreneurship to Gazan girls

Because we still have a week left before the end of the campaign, we have enough time to squeeze in one more goal! Our top priority is raising $11k more (+$10k match already secured) to teach intro coding & business skills to girls aged 10-17 from refugee communities in Gaza.*

We can do it! Gazan girls

We ran a first iteration of this program last year and it was great! We want to build on this. Many women don’t pursue computer science-related careers because they lack confidence, role models, and community. We want to change that. Learn more on our campaign page.

Who runs the world? GIRLS who code!

I wish I had learned coding when I was young. My life would have changed completely. I have a BSc in physics. I’ve loved physics since I was a little kid. Here’s a picture of me holding a physics book when I was 2 years old:

2-year-old Dalia Shurrab

I used to be a teacher. I even won the “Best Teacher” award at my school several times! But I felt I lacked a creative outlet. I wanted to do more and impact society on a larger level. I even pursued a degree in administration, but never felt that I was working in the right place until I met Gaza Sky Geeks!

Before I heard of GSG, I was depressed. I was engaged to a fiance in the West Bank but could not get a permit to go marry him. You may have seen my story in the New York Times.

GSG’s community is what brought me back to life. I commute 1 hour each way each day to come to GSG (it’s only ~20 miles but the roads are awful and there’s no public transit). It is not just a place of work to me. It is my heaven, the place where I find confidence, support, and the most important thing: purpose.

Dalia Shurrab and friends

I still love physics, but after working with startups, I realized coding skills are more practical in Gaza. With these, I can sit right here and make solutions that will reach a larger scale. Plus, I could earn a great salary!

That’s why I’ve made a personal donation to this campaign. Other Gaza geeks have too. Please spread the word: ask your friends to help us teach girls to code!

Spread the word + join our Thunderclap!

Please spread the word: RT this on Twitter, share this on Facebook, and call or email people! Most importantly, join our Thunderclap. This tool will automatically post a message from your Twitter + Facebook accounts on the last campaign day (Fri, Jan 27). Sign up here to post on social media automatically on January 27. Let’s make this campaign go viral!

With love from Gaza,

Dalia Shurrab + the whole Gaza Sky Geeks team

17 January 2017

I grew up in Gaza, but I left to work in Egypt. I was one of the first marketing managers at Souq.com, the Amazon for the Arab world and one of the region’s top startups. I returned to Gaza because my family needed help: my mother was ill. I thought I’d never be able to work on startups again… Gaza had almost no tech sector when I left.

Said at GSG mentoring women entrepreneurs

I was surprised to find that Gaza Sky Geeks (GSG) was launching a startup accelerator. GSG connected me to an investor. Soon, I became one of the first Gazans to receive a startup investment!

Read more about my story below, but first… some exciting campaign updates.

You smashed the second match challenge!

 

The challenge set by Marc Benioff, Eric Ries, Badr Jafar, and the Skoll Foundation has been officially met: we raised $119K towards a $114K match challenge by Jan 13. Great work, team – and thank you!

Only $12K to go by Jan 27 + new match pool

 

Our donors have allowed us to extend the campaign by two weeks to bridge the $24K gap to launch Gaza’s first coding academy.* Since we already have match, we only need to raise $12K more! This is the only extension possible – please tell your friends to give asap at www.powerupgazageeks.com.

Infographic of what is left

We’ve received 513 donations from 31 countries as far flung as Thailand and Brazil. Your enthusiastic support has led to new match donors asking to join our campaign and others increasing their commitments!
Our match donors represent Middle East, USA, Europe and Asia. Thank you for bringing your financial and knowledge capital to Gaza!

I stay in Gaza to invest in the next generation

 

Said Hassan, CEO of Zumrod with his daughter at GSG

My mom passed away two days before the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict. My house and entire neighborhood were destroyed a week later. I had every reason to leave.

My best friend from high school used to be one of Palestine’s top students. After decades of working at a corner grocery store, he’s forgotten everything he learned. He wouldn’t be able to get a good job now even if they were readily available here.

I’ve stayed in Gaza because of GSG. I’m a father now – that’s my daughter Julia visiting me at GSG in the picture above! I simply can’t imagine losing another generation of talent.

At GSG, we cultivate youth in a competitive and optimistic environment; here, they stretch for more knowledge and impact. We connect them to global mentors and market know-how so they can compete regionally.

Please help us launch a coding academy!

 

Geeks working at GSG

We have smart and eager technical talent here. Nevertheless, my biggest challenge for my startup is finding engineers at par with the global tech sector. Our staff at GSG (Ryan, myself, and others) are business experts. We need a coding academy to teach cutting edge software engineering skills and practices!

Thanks so much,
Said Hassan + the whole Gaza Sky Geeks team

13 January 2017

Today is the LAST DAY to #PowerUpGazaGeeks!

 

Today is the last day of this 4-week campaign. We’re just $7K away from meeting the new match challenge and $54K to launching our coding academy!* Our match donors are waiting: a successful campaign will also build our credibility with them.

If you’re willing to share one more time with your network, we’ll all be incredibly grateful. You can RT this on Twitter and share this on Facebook.

Also remember to call and text your friends: 43% of donations to this campaign have come from direct personal requests. Approx 23% have come from Facebook and 14% from Twitter. Here’s a breakdown of the stats:

Chart depicting donation clicks by source

Electricity crisis in Gaza is front page news

The crisis which sparked this campaign is now front-page news (click on image to read article):

Reuters: Energy crisis leaves Gaza with barely four hours of power a day

Sending you more smiles!

Working in Gaza isn’t easy. I became Gaza Sky Geeks’ leader because I was inspired by the founders and developers here. Even in these tremendously difficult circumstances, Gaza’s geeks are joking, optimistic, and working hard.

Gaza geeks in HQ

Your funding not only provides us with the opportunity to make a hugely important investment in Gaza’s tech sector, it also gives us a morale boost. THANK YOU!

Ryan + the whole Gaza Sky Geeks team

10 January 2017

We have new match donors… and 4 days left till the end of the campaign!

More famous technologists just threw their support behind Gaza’s geeks as match donors:

  • Marc Benioff, founder and CEO of one of the biggest tech companies in the world (Salesforce)
  • Skoll Foundation
  • Eric Ries, author of one of the most important books in our industry (The Lean Startup) have just joined our match pool!

We’ve only been able to garner their interest because of your strong support. Thanks for creating this movement

We’re in TechCrunch; please share the article!

Marc Benioff tweet about GSG

Let’s launch this coding academy + change lives!

 

Mustafa holding up a 'you're awesome' sign

Mustafa Dahdouh says that learning how to code changed his life. Let’s change the future for Gaza’s youth by giving more people in this generation this opportunity. THANK YOU FOR BEING AWESOME!

With conviction,
Iliana + the Gaza Sky Geeks team

1 January 2017

Thanks to YOU, we reached our $60K match goal by Dec 31!

We’re absolutely amazed and uplifted by your commitment to Gaza’s geeks. You made astoundingly generous donations to help us hit the $60K match challenge set by tech leaders from around the globe. What a way to start 2017! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Thank you Power Up Gaza Geeks

7 DAYS LEFT to launch Gaza’s first coding academy!

We’re halfway towards our goal of doubling our co-working space hours AND launching Gaza’s first coding academy.* With one week left, your help spreading the word now is more important than ever before.

Pleeeeease do these 4 things ASAP > Gaza’s geeks really need your help!

 

Crowdfunding only works because of the crowd effect. That means you. If you stick with us now, we truly have a chance to change the future of Gaza’s tech sector. Even if you’ve done this previously, please help again to keep the campaign strong in this home stretch:

  1. Post on Facebook: open this and then click “share”
  2. Post on Twitter: RT this and this
  3. Post on LinkedIn: share this
  4. Send an email to 10 friends: direct requests are the best & your friends may need a nudge! email this

Already your support has led to donations from 26 countries with the US, UK, and UAE in the lead. Approximately 50% of donations have come from direct asks, 23% from Facebook, and 15% from Twitter. Keep it going!

Help us raise a new match pool

We’re raising a new match pool to stimulate the campaign during its home stretch! If you want to contribute or can provide an intro, email Iliana at imontauk@gazaskygeeks.com. We’re aiming to announce the new match on Monday.

You boost us in many ways

In addition to giving generously & sharing with friends, you have sent encouraging notes. Working in Gaza is tough – really, no joke. 🙂 Your commitment to our bold vision gives us an ongoing boost. (Thanks Ethan!)

Quote from EthanLet’s make this happen!!!

Zahra Shah + the Gaza Sky Geeks team

29 December 2016

With giggles from Gaza (+ 4 days + $8k match left to #PowerUpGazaGeeks!)

Thank you again for your incredible support to the #PowerUpGazaGeeks campaign. It’s off to a very strong start with $52K donated + $52K match = $104K raised!

$8K to go by December 31

Our generous match donors have pooled together $60K if we can raise that amount by December 31. We’re just $8K short to reach that target – and have 4 days left! Could you help by sharing the campaign with your friends?

Share in our Gaza giggles

You’ve heard about our hard work and challenges. I thought you’d enjoy seeing the fun side of Gaza’s geeks too. Here’s a bloopers video that came out of filming the main campaign video – join us for some laughs, and feel free to share this video with your friends too!

Let’s nurture successful companies and smiling people. Happy holidays!

Ryan + the whole Gaza Sky Geeks team

24 December 2016

We hit $95K before Xmas! With 8 days of match left, launch Gaza’s 1st coding school!

Happy holidays! Thanks to you, we hit our $95k goal!

 

Thanks to your donation and your effort to share the #PowerUpGazaGeeks campaign, we hit our $95K goal in just 10 days. We can now get a generator, fuel, and staff to keep our co-working hub open evenings and weekends – doubling our productivity. We’re celebrating!

Mohammad thanking you for powering up Gaza's geeksHuge thanks from Mohammed Al-Madhoun and everyone else here at Gaza Sky Geeks. You’re giving us the tools we need to fuel our own futures.

We have match funding left! Help us launch a coding academy

 

Do you think we could raise $175K more? With nearly $12K still left in our match pool that expires on December 31, we’ve got a reason to start quickly. A match from people like Brad Feld, Paul Graham, and Dave McClure is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Gaza’s tech sector. Let’s make the most of it!

Raising $175K would enable us to launch Gaza’s first advanced coding curriculum. This 3-month intense bootcamp will deepen existing developer talent and inspire more youth to learn to code. It’s a hugely important investment for the future of Gaza’s tech sector. See more info and donate at PowerUpGazaGeeks.com.*

And because we’re bold entrepreneurs, we’ve set an uber stretch goal of raising a grand total of $400K to invest in key initiatives – the foundation our founders and developers need to compete regionally:

Goals infographicPost the campaign video on Facebook

Folks are telling us they love seeing this video. It’s usually their first glimpse of Gaza’s geeks. With 21 days left for this campaign, one of the best ways to help is to share the video. Please:

Remember to include a personal message like:

I just donated to support these inspiring startup founders & developers. I’m moved by their resilience and optimism. Please join me to #PowerUpGazaGeeks: WWW.POWERUPGAZAGEEKS.COM

Again, thank you for all your support! We’re blown away and motivated by the response we’ve received. With your help, we can lay the foundation for Gaza’s tech sector’s success.

Wishing you a happy holiday season!

Zahra + everyone at Gaza Sky Geeks

FAQ

We accept credit cards and PayPal online, checks by mail, and wire transfers. If you are having trouble making your donation, contact us at crowdfunding@gazaskygeeks.com and we will work with you to facilitate your payment.

We update donations daily by 9AM Pacific Time (for donations made until 11:59PM Pacific Time the day before).

Yes. Your donation will go to Mercy Corps, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Contributions to Mercy Corps are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. All donors in the United States will receive a tax receipt by mail in the weeks following their contribution.

Gaza Sky Geeks is a program of Mercy Corps. In 2011, Mercy Corps established Gaza Sky Geeks with seed financing from Google.org. Gaza Sky Geeks is a critical part of Mercy Corps’ work to improve people’s lives in the West Bank and Gaza, and in particular, to provide meaningful economic opportunities and futures for young Gazans.

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action—helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

Gaza Sky Geeks is a program of Mercy Corps, an international non-governmental organization with decades of experience working in West Bank and Gaza. People can feel very confident that when they donate to Mercy Corps, we use their donation wisely. Mercy Corps is a trusted steward of funds from a variety of international donors, including the U.S. government, European governments, multinational corporations, charitable foundations, and individuals. Transparency is vital to our operations.

Donors entrust Mercy Corps to use their funds for exclusively non-political humanitarian and development purposes, based on our excellent track record. Charity Navigator rates us 97/100 on accountability and transparency, our audited financial statements are freely available to the public, and external audits of our Gaza programs report no findings. For more information about the internationally-recognized standards of accountability and performance Mercy Corps meets, please visit our website here: www.mercycorps.org/about-us/endorsements.

Mercy Corps’ vetting process is in line with industry best practices. All staff and vendors we work with, as well as startups we incubate or accelerate, pass compliance and eligibility checks to ensure we comply with U.S. anti-terrorism legislation. In addition, when our startup founders and geeks travel outside of Gaza, they undergo clearance through the Israeli government.

We care deeply about the environment and wish we could use solar panels! We hope solar energy is in Gaza Sky Geeks’ future. In the short term, a generator and fuel are the best option for us because:

  • Import restrictions make solar an unreliable option: Items brought in and out of Gaza are subject to restrictions. As a result, panels and maintenance parts may not always be available. Also, solar panels only recently became available in Gaza, which means that maintenance/expertise in solar technology is still nascent.
  • The building we rent cannot accommodate solar: We rent our space and do not have rights to the roof of our building. Even if we did, our building’s roof is covered in water heaters and does not have enough space for the number of solar panels we would need to power a space of our size. Power consistency and ability to meet peak demand is critical when we are running a professional space and charging other companies rent. Due to import restrictions and lack of roof space, we cannot yet guarantee uptime with solar the way we can with a generator.
  • Solar would cost much more: Through an agreement we have with the United Nations, we receive fuel at a 65% discount to market prices, making it significantly cheaper than solar. In addition, solar is a high up-front investment ($20-30k at a minimum).

Mercy Corps has operated safely in the West Bank and Gaza for decades, including both local and international staff. Our security team coordinates closely with authorities to be aware of up-to-date developments.

We have facilitated travel for over 100 mentors to work with our startups in Gaza. If you are selected as a mentor, you will have a chance to speak to our staff and previous mentors so you can ask them about their experiences.

Gaza Sky Geeks is run by Mercy Corps, an international NGO that has decades of experience working in the Palestinian Territories. Mercy Corps coordinates with authorities to obtain permits for entry and exit from Gaza through Israel.

Questions about a donation: crowdfunding@gazaskygeeks.com
Other questions about this campaign: community@gazaskygeeks.com
Press inquiries: press@gazaskygeeks.com
Other questions: info@gazaskygeeks.com

DONORS

DONATIONS BY DATE AMOUNT

  • $25.75
    Anonymous
  • $25.75
    Alison Oliphant
  • $500
    Michael Thomas
  • $51.50
    Nedal Saleh
  • $27.81
    Ridah Sabouni
  • $10,000
    Arab Palestinian Investment Company (APIC)
  • $100
    Liisa Malkki
  • $100
    Janice Omelon
  • $8
    Rachel Korkodilos
  • $103
    Alexis Salomone
  • $500
    Johnston-Hanson Foundation / Robin Raphel
  • $100
    Daniel P Stringer
  • $30
    Ted McCarthy
  • $25
    Einat Lev
  • $100
    Nour Chamoun
  • $21
    Nicole Sorochan
  • $26
    Emily Moustafa
  • $103
    Karen Montauk
  • $52
    Katie Wightman

    Keep up the good work x

  • $26
    Bulbul Gupta

    Proud of you, and to have helped launch this at CGI!

  • $515
    Zak Bilbeisi
  • $52
    Qian Chen
  • $21
    Joshua Davis
  • $10,300
    Jack Dorsey
  • $52
    Kelly Lipnicky
  • $103
    Alexis Salomone
  • $1,000
    GitHub
  • $100
    Mohammed Khatib
  • $10
    Manish Sinha
  • $100
    Michael Macharg
  • $100
    Terri Khonsari
  • $100
    Craig and Sally Falkenhagen

    Great event tonight in Refwood City. Thanks!

  • $108
    Tim Neunzig
  • $100
    Anand Kulkarni
  • $550
    Steve Schramm
  • $100
    Bonnie Lai
  • $20
    Sydney Krueger
  • $150
    Mohammad Musa
  • $100
    Rasha Khatib
  • $25
    Nausheen Ali
  • $100
    Nedal Saleh
  • $100
    Ahmad Sadeddin

    Good luck team!!!

  • $100
    David Politi
  • $100
    Ted McCarthy
  • $25
    Rachel Katz

    Match for startups in toughest places!!!

  • $100
    Lisa Diaz Nash

    Great mission and hope!

  • $500
    Angie Chang
  • $100
    Eileen Brewer

    In honor of the TechWomen who couldn’t get out.

  • $100
    Eddie Kessler
  • $300
    Peter Loer
  • $500
    Wiktor Schmidt
  • $100
    Liat Aaronson
  • $150
    Ohad Elhelw
  • $100
    Jeffrey Wishnie
  • $200
    Thomas Keffer
  • $100
    Ryan Butler
  • $100
    Alison Glenesk
  • $100
    Michael Geer
  • $100
    Gregory Khalil
  • $125
    Richard Burg
  • $30
    Roula Khatib
  • $100
    Nedal Mourad
  • $200
    Harry Van Der Veen
  • $100
    Asim Janjua
  • $50
    Stuart Willcuts

    For Gaza Sky Geeks

  • $200
    Lisa Groos
  • $100
    Fares Ghandour
  • $20
    Vikram Rajagopalan
  • $250
    Mark Horowitz
  • $500
    Jennifer Baldock
  • $100
    Seth Levine
  • $100
    Don McCready
  • $100
    Mohammad Swaleh
  • $11
    Rafe Husain
  • $100
    Noam Naveh
  • $30
    Lucia Hermo
  • $26
    David Musgrave
  • $15
    Renato Kimura Da Silva
  • $10
    Anonymous
  • $100
    Erin Keeley
  • $100
    Eva Vander Giessen
  • $50
    Mahmoud Arram
  • $200
    Donald Loeb
  • $100
    Marcel Arnold
  • $100
    Reshma Hyder
  • $100
    Khaled Mousa
  • $100
    Nathan Hedberg
  • $100
    Ahmad Hallak
  • $100
    Shalini Nataraj

    Continue the inspiring work!

  • $100
    Jeanette Cool
  • $5
    Fatima Ahmed
  • $100
    Michel Batchoun
  • $10
    Steve Marshall
  • $1,000
    Bassam Aburdene
  • $250
    Jamil Wyne
  • $500
    Christopher Shaffer
  • $100
    Richard Burg

    For GSG Match

  • $100
    Iyas Alqasem

    Love, love, love this. It’s what we need.

  • $5
    Fatima Ahmed
  • $200
    Taylor Valore
  • $100
    Liz McCarthy
  • $500
    Mohammad Al Adham
  • $50
    Helen Leung

    Iliana – I love that that you’re taking your amazing skill of empowerment in this initiative!!

  • $65
    Mallie Abdulhadi
  • $100
    Thomas Lobe
  • $100
    Sarah Bird
  • $2,500
    Heather Morgan

    Business donation; for Salesfolk

  • $100
    Robert Marsh
  • $25
    Roy Gordon
  • $100
    Chuck McGuire
  • $150
    Jamil Wyne

    for videographer

  • $200
    Mike Maerz
  • $250
    Gene Libow
  • $100
    Matthew Kleinhans
  • $150
    Ahmed Mansour
  • $250
    Jehad Verjee
  • $100
    Marwan Simaan
  • $10
    Isam Tahhan
  • $50
    Hannes Nützmann
  • $100
    Dima Shahin
  • $100
    Roula Khatib

    Keep up the great work!

  • $50
    nathan fain
  • $25
    Anake Goodall
  • $100
    Dalia Shurrab
  • $100
    Jonas Hiltrop
  • $100
    Hadeel Hmaidi
  • $1,000
    Laura and Scott Malkin

    Go, Geeks!

  • $250
    Diana Biggs

    Visiting and working with the GSG team and the entrepreneurs left me completely impressed & inspired – wishing you all every success!

  • $100
    Andy Dwonch
  • $30
    Polly Parkinson
  • $15
    Susan Fisher
  • $100
    Sayfee Yousef
  • $100
    Yael Borofsky
  • $1,000
    Tamara Harel-Cohen
  • $50
    Fereshteh Forough
  • $100
    Victoria Zoellner
  • $200
    Julia and Andy Houlihan and Jeninga
  • $50
    John Harding
  • $50
    John Harding
  • $100
    Andrew Farrand
  • $100
    Samuel Gershman
  • $100
    Averell Schmidt
  • $100
    Allen Grossman
  • $25
    Margaret Farrand
  • $25
    Andrea Titus
  • $100
    Mark & Abby Horowitz
  • $25
    Jayne Kelley
  • $50
    Kalman Resnick
  • $100
    Elaine Soble
  • $500
    Lee Greenhouse

    Hope that our small contribution, in concert with others’ generosity, make a difference in the great work that you are doing.

  • $25
    Karen Rao
  • $100
    Shmucy Meadow
  • $50
    Hassen Al-Shawaf
  • $50
    Kasia Houlihan

    It’s an honor to help fuel Power Up Gaza’s Geeks’ success!

  • $100
    Jackie & John Coombe
  • $30
    Catie English
  • $100
    Matthew Hearn
  • $20
    Jesse Yang
  • $100
    Zachary Liscow
  • $100
    Chris Alexander
  • $100
    Ian Menzies
  • $25
    Bradley Heinz
  • $50
    Elaine Binger
  • $100
    Basia Montauk
  • $20
    Mustafa Jaber
  • $50
    Xi Wang

    Go team! Keep up the amazing work! So exciting to see all the great things happening over there!

  • $500
    Ali Glenesk
  • $400
    Ryan Butler
  • $150
    Richard Burg

    GAZA SKY GEEKS rock

  • $100
    Ashraf Alhashim
  • $100
    Nicholas Jerrat
  • $30
    Neu nerd
  • $2,000
    Bryant Edwards
  • $100
    Anonymous
  • $100
    Mohammad AlBanna

    Best place ever! Thanks always for your support!

  • $100
    Wiktor Schmidt
  • $250
    Tuba Terekli
  • $100
    Ahmad Hallak
  • $1,000
    LUma SAqqaf
  • $100
    Nicola Dalmazzo
  • $250
    Tena Pick
  • $100
    Salma El Shahed
  • $100
    Samia Kallidis
  • $100
    Christopher Pruijsen
  • $50
    Alison Oliphant
  • $50
    Bash DIn
  • $25
    Jane Norris
  • $50
    Andy Agnew

    A great cause – good luck

  • $50
    Alan Thompson
  • $100
    Emily Palmer
  • $25
    Anna Ziajka Stanton
  • $50
    Joan Wang
  • $100
    Margaret Marrer
  • $100
    Jane Lebens
  • $100
    Jeffrey Wishnie
  • $100
    kathleen Shelton
  • $250
    Hanna Kassis
  • $50
    Julie Haar
  • $50
    Tina Hyde
  • $250
    Judy Barbera
  • $100
    Robert Kris
  • $50
    Jamie Dobie
  • $100
    Liat Aaronson
  • $100
    Sofia Altuna
  • $50
    Alaa Odeh
  • $100
    David Garfunkel
  • $25
    Audrey Watne
  • $100
    Marisara Martin
  • $100
    Angela Young
  • $25
    Carl Cortright
  • $100
    Karin Brummell
  • $100
    Adrian Malin
  • $100
    Munira Allibhoy
  • $20
    Eileen Brewer

    These entreprenuers are so inspiring!

  • $100
    Mark Glenesk
  • $25
    Nicole Efron
  • $50
    Manish Sinha
  • $50
    Tim McDonald
  • $30
    Molly Andruszkiewicz
  • $250
    Heather Russell
  • $100
    David Alvarez
  • $10,000
    Azmi Abuasad
  • $150
    Andre Serna

    Inspiring

  • $100
    Jenn Watson
  • $1,000
    Fawaz Halazon
  • $250
    Robert Taylor

    Good Luck Going Forward !!

  • $50
    Anonymous
  • $100
    Mary Upham

    Blessings to all

  • $250
    Alia Raheem
  • $250
    Shahbaz Raheem
  • $40
    Lynn Garfunkel
  • $100
    Rabia Cattie
  • $100
    Jane Cooperman

    best of luck

  • $100
    Janet Bass
  • $100
    Steven Koltai
  • $75
    Nogah Kornberg
  • $10
    Anonymous
  • $50
    Robert Koschig
  • $250
    Minerva Strategies LLC
  • $100
    Stu Willcuts
  • $100
    Amy Davis
  • $25
    Jonathan Doster

    Thanks to Jayne for passing along the info. Really cool.

  • $100
    Karen Abuzayd
  • $100
    caroline Cracraft
  • $250
    Jake Cusack
  • $100
    Scott Reich
  • $500
    Carson Eltoukhy
  • $50
    Hani Anani
  • $250
    Harry Greenhouse
  • $20
    Semih Salihoglu
  • $200
    Carmen Tracey
  • $100
    Vrinda Singh
  • $50
    Elizabeth Reynolds
  • $20
    Les McCarthy
  • $50
    Pendry Watson
  • $100
    Peter Farah
  • $100
    Ali Qari
  • $100
    Nicholas Berger
  • $25
    Jessica Albasha
  • $25
    Shilpa Rupani
  • $50
    Rebecca Donaldson

    Go GSG go!

  • $100
    Robin Raphel
  • $100
    Robin Raphel
  • $100
    Anonymous
  • $250
    Ted McCarthy
  • $10
    Nawal Abusultan
  • $250
    Eamonn Carey
  • $30
    Helen Snodgrass
  • $250
    Matthew Stern
  • $50
    Mohamed Khalil
  • $25
    Blair Glencorse
  • $100
    Pavel Reppo
  • $18
    Ashraf Alhashim

    Donation on behalf of Allan Weinberger, self-proclaimed “funniest man in Gaza.”

  • $100
    Natalie Orr
  • $10
    Matteo Figus
  • $36
    Dan Richman
  • $100
    Mary Nayak
  • $20
    Kendra Black
  • $100
    Gun Denhart
  • $100
    Rahilla Zafar
  • $30
    Kyra Sturgill
  • $25
    Vikram Rajagopalan
  • $100
    Jayne Hendry
  • $25
    Anna Stansbury
  • $25
    Crystal Williams
  • $20
    Eileen Brewer
  • $20
    Marcin Kowalski
  • $100
    Sarah Bell
  • $15
    sara Ait Ali
  • $50
    Sari Taha
  • $50
    Jose Iglesias
  • $250
    Medea Nocentini

    Great initiative! Well done!

  • $1,000
    Richard Greer
  • $10
    Anonymous
  • $19
    Anonymous
  • $500
    Diane and Steve
  • $150
    Firouz Naderi
  • $50
    Anonymous
  • $75
    Mohammad Bashagha
  • $100
    Paul Cochard-Marchewka
  • $10
    Yoga Prakasa
  • $50
    Ziv Meltzer
  • $500
    Anonymous
  • $50
    Mohammad Abushaaban
  • $20
    Shahzad Bhatti
  • $1,250
    John Feminella
  • $100
    Quinetha Frasier
  • $100
    Zeeshan Mughal
  • $20
    Caleb Custer
  • $10
    Ashraf Ali
  • $20
    Jeremy Penrod
  • $20
    Anonymous
  • $10
    Joshua Ols
  • $100
    Faisal Abidi
  • $500
    Ned Dwyer
  • $100
    Qazi JASIM
  • $100
    Joseph Damato
  • $100
    Steve Bosworth
  • $35
    May El-Abdallah
  • $20
    Björn Wilmsmann
  • $100
    Anonymous
  • $500
    Omaymah Alwahaibi
  • $50
    Maciej Miarecki
  • $100
    Jakub Filipowski
  • $50
    Rachel Whitney
  • $50
    Gillian Morris
  • $50
    Carol Hyman
  • $100
    Christine Sterkel
  • $100
    Matthew Rosenberg
  • $100
    Stephen Sturgill
  • $20
    Isaac Wilcox

    keep up the good works!

  • $40
    Marios Demetriades
  • $300
    Adam Benayoun
  • $200
    Ahmad Hallak
  • $1,000
    Ayman Khaleq
  • $400
    Michael Page
  • $100
    Eric Novik
  • $25
    Adam Rouhana
  • $100
    Kornel Lesinski
  • $50
    Anonymous
  • $50
    Douglas Sparling
  • $100
    Freda Zifteh
  • $300
    Anonymous
  • $100
    Michael Layne
  • $50
    Zach Levin
  • $100
    Justin Ledbetter
  • $200
    Jaseem Hasib
  • $50
    Tova Scherr

    Great to see GSG growing over the years!

  • $50
    Majdi Jarrar
  • $5
    Dylan Festa
  • $10
    Joshua Ols
  • $100
    Darshan Patel
  • $15
    Hannah Lantos
  • $100
    Josh Ling

    Keep going Geeks!

  • $50
    Anonymous
  • $100
    Bassem Dghaidi
  • $100
    Noor Shawwa
  • $25
    Andy Agnew
  • $15
    Mario Adame
  • $50
    Saad Yousef
  • $100
    Caroline Suni
  • $25
    Michael Holcomb
  • $200
    Mae Ngai
  • $25
    Jim Yamin
  • $25
    Margery Patten
  • $100
    Danna Gutman
  • $40
    Jorge Ballesteros
  • $50
    Candice Haddad
  • $25
    Gina Assaf
  • $100
    Gregory Khalil
  • $100
    Fadi Bishara
  • $100
    Katy Dickinson
  • $100
    Nirmal Iyengar
  • $100
    Dounia Berrada
  • $20
    Foaad Khosmood
  • $50.0
    Eric Rehm`
  • $100
    Yazane Alaily
  • $250.0
    Jawad Mian
  • $25.0
    Arfah Farooq
  • $500
    Grace Said
  • $250.0
    Eric VanderSchaaf

    Go get ’em!

  • $100.0
    Juan Bermudez
  • $100.0
    Garrett Koehn
  • $100.0
    Justin Hong
  • $100
    Jessica Dickinson Goodman

    So proud to help out in a small way!

  • $15.0
    Maram Nabeel
  • $50.0
    Eman Kutubkhana
  • $26.0
    Lamies Alzahrani
  • $51.5
    Kenan Colpan
  • $500.0
    Jonathan Skeet
  • $30.0
    Murtaza Abidi

    Good luck guys, love what you’re doing

  • $100.0
    Azzam Alhaznawi
  • $10.0
    n h
  • $200.0
    Elizabeth Shassere
  • $100.0
    Jennifer Schmidt
  • $5,000.0
    Anonymous
  • $500.0
    Nina Curley
  • $200.0
    Stephen Garrow
  • $61.8
    James Basili
  • $100.0
    Giles Bowkett
  • $1,000.0
    Anonymous
  • $200.0
    Zachary Cohn
  • $25.0
    Rebecca Ward

    First of many donations. Thank you for inspiring others and investing in the future Alex and Aunt Jeanne!

  • $50.0
    Nausheen Ali
  • $250.0
    ozan sonmez
  • $51.5
    Beatrice Viramontes
  • $100.0
    Shireen Yates
  • $100.0
    Marilyn Hylton
  • $25.0
    Lauren Peate
  • $103
    Alaa Kahel

    Love from Syria

  • $50.0
    Andrea Long
  • $31
    David Spero
  • $1,000.0
    Anand Kulkarni
  • $30.9
    David Spero
  • $103
    Miqdad Hassan
  • $1,000
    Hani Alami

    Keep the Good Work

  • $26
    Alanna Hughes
  • $1,030
    Noam Bardin
  • $103
    Mary Keegin
  • $100
    Mary Vargas
  • $21
    Muhammad Ismail
  • $103
    Ahmed AlJabreen
  • $26
    Madison Marks
  • $5
    Oguz Furkan Kaytanci

    Maşallah

  • $52
    Haseeb Rahman
  • $500
    Ali Alballaa
  • $103
    Basit Tanveer
  • $26
    Simon Brooke
  • $53
    Carolyn Baker
  • $50
    Anonymous
  • $52
    Ali Berman
  • $1,000
    Hala Hijazi
  • $52
    Rabia Turan
  • $103
    Doug Carter
  • $1,000
    Penny Herscher
  • $100
    Martin van Wunnik
  • $52
    Mohamed Musbah
  • $26
    Amr Shafik
  • $50
    Diana Biggs
  • $50
    Stella Frank
  • $11
    Nidhal Farhan
  • $103
    Abdalla Haggag

    Allah May Protect You & Help You in Your Mission

  • $103
    Min Teo
  • $103
    Stuart Gardner
  • $103
    Fareed Baig
  • $1,030
    Josh McFarland
  • $1,000
    Shahid Ahmed
  • $21
    Anonymous
  • $103
    Khaled Naim
  • $52
    Andrea and Scott Barnett
  • $103
    Kurman Karabukaev
  • $52
    Ron Guida
  • $52
    Anon E. Mouse
  • $100
    Philippe Ameline
  • $100
    Gianluca Dettori
  • $26
    Adam James Cavallari
  • $25,000
    Bank of Palestine
  • $10
    Anis Bouraba
  • $500
    Ossama Hassanein
  • $52
    Ertan Dogrultan
  • $103
    Faris Alami

    Wish you the best!

  • $103
    Nathan Black
  • $1,030
    Evan Goldberg
  • $103
    Ivan Santana

    Very proud to make this donation. Thank you for this excellent work.

  • $52
    Niles Lichtenstein
  • $103
    Alan Leite
  • $258
    Wissam Otaky
  • $103
    Anonymous
  • $21
    Jon Gaulding

    anonymous

  • $103
    Jennifer Anderson Merchant
  • $52
    Laura Geesaman
  • $26
    Craig T Wood
  • $50
    Matt Oppenheimer
  • $515
    Zafer Younis
  • $515
    Sam Jadallah
  • $103
    Raif Harik
  • $258
    George Kreitem
  • $20
    Francois Scharffe
  • $103
    Mateja Milosavljevic
  • $52
    Marie Ang
  • $103
    Maruf Yusupov
  • $5
    David Lipgens

    Every minute counts

  • $5
    dwi purnomo
  • $25
    Anonymous
  • $62
    Anonymous
  • $155
    Eman Ayyoub

    God bless

  • $10
    hassan jirjawi
  • $258
    Ramzi Halaby
  • $10
    Sohail Shaikh
  • $265
    Neveen Abou-Gharbia
  • $11
    rafe husain
  • $258
    Neveen Abou-Gharbia
  • $258
    Ali Abukumail
  • $52
    Jonathan Reyles
  • $21
    Mia Levitt
  • $100
    Edmund Hunt
  • $103
    Arjun Arora
  • $26
    Paulina Szyrmer
  • $103
    David Politi

    <3

  • $10
    Jerry Cao
  • $103
    Wei-I Liao
  • $52
    Talal Jabari
  • $10
    Frances Rubenstein
  • $103
    Caroline Cracraft
  • $103
    Anonymous

    anonymous

  • $19
    Caroline Morganti

    From an MIT computer science student and a friend of Lorenzo’s, all the best!

  • $103
    Anonymous

    anonymous

  • $103
    Rohit Sharma
  • $500
    Erbil Karaman
  • $103
    Rahilla Zafar
  • $26
    Steve Feld
  • $50
    Anonymous
  • $309
    Amira Dkeidek

    Gift on behalf of my parents

  • $30
    Jason Strachan
  • $52
    Sami Salti
  • $50
    Vahe Akbarian
  • $150
    Karim Bakir
  • $10
    Leonhard Melzer
  • $515
    Ibrahim Husseini
  • $1,030
    Raed Abdallah
  • $103
    Amr Basha
  • $500
    Anonymous
  • $1,030
    Rula Atalla
  • $50
    James Stewart
  • $52
    Shams Ahmed
  • $773
    Ali Abuhassan
  • $103
    Adil Mezghouti
  • $41
    David Spero
  • $103
    Mashhood Alam
  • $103
    Jay Aronson
  • $19
    Kathryn David
  • $10
    Joshua Ols
  • $103
    Issa Dkeidek
  • $5,000
    Anonymous
  • $50
    Alan McConchie
  • $206
    Ahmad Hallak
  • $515
    Anonymous
  • $52
    Cristina Manno
  • $52
    Jamal Khayyat
  • $103
    Saad Ouchkir
  • $100
    Tareq Ismail
  • $103
    Scott Ollivier
  • $50
    Adam Scheuring
  • $103
    Bo Schack

    Good luck from UNRWA.

  • $52
    Mohd Abzakh
  • $50
    Tom O’Keefe
  • $250
    Leslie Pearl
  • $103
    mathew johnson
  • $103
    Janet Bass
  • $50
    Anonymous
  • $103
    Nezar Gharbia
  • $52
    Jessica Stillman
  • $1,030
    Abdel Kander
  • $10
    Eamonn McMahon
  • $100
    Hamza Ouazzani Chahdi
  • $100
    Aboud Jardaneh
  • $26
    jeeshan chowdhury
  • $75
    Nicole Florence
  • $258
    Kobi Bensimon
  • $5
    Marco De Stefano
  • $103
    Tamara Abdel-Jaber
  • $258
    Fida Taher
  • $31
    Sondos Samara
  • $103
    Hazem Khaled
  • $52
    Helen Al Uzaizi
  • $103
    Tara Farouqi
  • $100
    Salman Khan
  • $52
    Ali Sheikh
  • $10
    Ahmed Selmi
  • $258
    Anonymous
  • $52
    Karen Platt
  • $103
    Cindy Shamban
  • $52
    Anna Rogers
  • $52
    Magnus Petersen-Paaske
  • $15
    carola bertone
  • $103
    Anouche Sherman
  • $500
    Mark Payne
  • $100
    Jihad Rabah
  • $103
    Kim Scott
  • $100
    Polly Parkinson
  • $103
    Zaheer Mohiuddin
  • $10
    Teresa Chahine
  • $103
    Leslie Hitchcock
  • $5
    Mohammed Abuewaida
  • $21
    Errol Tan

    Totally worthy cause and I’ve got nothing but respect for people who participate in and support this initiative

  • $21
    Justin Amey
  • $100
    Robert Holbach
  • $20
    Firas Abuzaid
  • $26
    Foued Kefif
  • $50
    Saurabh Sanghvi
  • $103
    Furqan Rydhan
  • $50
    Lias Kezouit
  • $21
    Adam Krebs
  • $21
    peter sturken
  • $25
    Anthony Buchanan
  • $52
    Malachi Leopold
  • $206
    Zishaan Farooqui
  • $1,000
    Mamoon Hamid
  • $21
    Anonymous
  • $52
    Jerise Fogel
  • $50
    Shane Cullinane
  • $10
    Nawal Abusultan
  • $31
    Tom Cannon
  • $26
    Idan Cohen
  • $500
    Linda Mason
  • $103
    Caroline Cracraft
  • $100
    Donna Baranski-Walker
  • $50
    Ted Davis
  • $150
    Dana Spiegel
  • $103
    Mary Nayak
  • $52
    Franziska Frey
  • $26
    Sherouk Omara
  • $10
    Esther Leonelli
  • $41
    LeAnna Nash
  • $103
    Aziz Gilani
  • $21
    Ambar Amleh
  • $258
    Di Rachinger
  • $20
    Anonymous
  • $515
    Anonymous
  • $10
    Anonymous
  • $10
    Enriqueta Gonzalez
  • $10
    youssef abuamuna

    thanks for let us know

  • $21
    Aaron Hoffman
  • $200
    Justin Curzi
  • $103
    shais khan

    coding is part of deen.

  • $52
    Pamela Day
  • $103
    Mara Kronenfeld
  • $50
    Amir Mane
  • $206
    Moline Dastrup
  • $35
    Alexandra Vornle

    So excited for this campaign!

  • $100
    Neda Amidi
  • $52
    Alessandra Pena

    Go Girls!

  • $52
    Peter Welter
  • $1,030
    Tom & Polly Bredt
  • $100
    Mohammad Abdeljalil
  • $26
    Jenny Molinelli
  • $100
    Dimah Zaidalkilani
  • $103
    Tom Compton
  • $52
    David Evans
  • $20
    Katie Simon
  • $1,000
    Scott Brown
  • $52
    Felix Bolivar
  • $62
    Sergio Guida

    Interested to possible mentorship

  • $1,648
    Middle East Children’s Institute
  • $19
    Laurie Aaronson

    For technovation teams.

  • $52
    Christine Hung
  • $103
    Sana Odeh

    GSG rocks- you are doing an amazing job and very inspiring work. Good luck.

  • $26
    Joshua Williams

    Via GEMSI!

  • $21
    Aaron Easlick
  • $40
    Lucy Hoag
  • $50
    Susan Montauk
  • $60
    Ryan Butler
  • $100
    Vringa Singh
  • $100
    Josh Rutstein
  • $100
    Amy Davis
  • $100
    Nicholas Berger
  • $100
    Abeles Foundation
  • $100
    Anonymous
  • $220
    Ali Glenesk
  • $300
    Mohammed Madhav
  • $400
    Nate Dixon
  • $400
    Ryan Butler
  • $500
    Alison Glenesk
  • $500
    Anonymous
  • $600
    Josh Holmes
  • $1,000
    Bret Srescher
  • $1,000
    PADICO
  • $1,000
    Anonymous
  • $1,000
    Anonymous
  • $2,000
    Mohammed Jisrawi
  • $4,000
    Adrenalin Corps
  • $12,000
    Bashar Masri
  • $25,000
    Peery Foundation
  • $52
    Peter Crowley
  • $1,000
    Anonymous
  • $10,000
    Anonymous
  • $500
    Johnston-Hanson Foundation / Robin Raphel
  • $100
    Daniel P Stringer
  • $25
    Einat Lev
  • $100
    Nour Chamoun
  • $21
    Nicole Sorochan
  • $26
    Emily Moustafa
  • $103
    Karen Montauk
  • $52
    Katie Wightman

    Keep up the good work x

  • $26
    Bulbul Gupta

    Proud of you, and to have helped launch this at CGI!

  • $515
    Zak Bilbeisi
  • $52
    Qian Chen
  • $21
    Joshua Davis
  • $10,300
    Jack Dorsey
  • $52
    Kelly Lipnicky
  • $103
    Alexis Salomone
PARTNERS
Google for Entrepreneurs Partner Network logo
Vitol Foundation logo
Skoll foundation logo
The Coca Cola Foundation logo
Stripe logo
Techstars foundation logo
NBC logo
Bank of Palestine logo
Paltel Group logo
Bayt logo
Ibtikar Fund logo
Microsoft logo
Angelhack logo
APIC logo
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung logo
500 Startups logo
Geekettes logo
Github logo
Middle East Children's institute logo
Padico logo
Shared Studios logo
Transition Czech Republic logo
IN THE NEWS
MEDIA PARTNERS