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About the Competition

About the Competition

As the world faces the worst refugee crisis in recent history, the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab (MITEF Pan Arab) is on a mission to seek disruptive and scalable long-term solutions by harnessing the power of technology. In partnership with Zain Group, a leading mobile telecom innovator across the Middle East and Africa, and MBC Hope, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of MBC, and supported by the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Jusoor and Uber, MITEF Pan Arab launched on World Refugee Day, the ‘Innovate for Refugees’ global competition. The aim of the competition is to find and reward tech-driven cutting-edge solutions that address the most acute challenges faced by refugees.

Known for empowering entrepreneurs to develop future-looking solutions to community challenges, MITEF Pan Arab is opened up the ‘Innovate for Refugees’ competition to participants from around the world and is determined to engage and reach out to entrepreneurs, amongst them refugees.

The MITEF Pan Arab has also partnered with several institutions that are assisting refugees in various ways and will be leveraging its networks to raise awareness about the competition amongst refugees. These partners included the Karam Foundation, an NGO focused on building a better future for Syria, and Techfugees, an institution that works on developing tech projects for refugees.

For the judging and winner selection process, MITEF Pan Arab is tapped into its network of over 60 senior business professionals with an understanding of technology and the refugee crisis to assess the submissions of the applicants and evaluate their projects. A final award ceremony to announce the winners was held on October 4, 2016.