This week, Startup Weekend- Gaza took off with the Bank of Palestine as the events' Golden Sponsor. The event, which is taking place in Roots Club in Gaza, is organized by experts from Google, MercyCorps and Sadaf Company for Technology Development.
So far, the event has been visited by more than 200 people, including ICT university students, programmers, web developers, and other interested professionals. According to the Startup Weekend website, "The event focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skill sets - primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people - to build applications and develop a commercial case around them." In Gaza, about 15 teams of 3-5 students are participating, and the Bank of Palestine will offer gifts to the winning team with the most innovative and creative idea according to the judging panel.
This sponsorship comes within the Bank of Palestine's social responsibility and the Bank's support for young talents and innovations in Palestine. The Bank of Palestine has worked with Google in the past to organize a similar ICT event and to follow up with the development of technology in the country.
The Bank of Palestine is the Golden Sponsor of "Startup Weekend-Gaza", PALTEL is the Platinum sponsor and Mashareq is the media sponsor.