(JORDAN)

The semi-finalists for the Innovate for Refugees platform have been announced.

Organised by the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) for the Pan Arab region, it is targeted at innovators working to tackle the refugee crisis.

The final, between 20 teams from 12 countries – including Jordan, the Lebanon, Sweden and Germany will compete later this month in Amman for more than $100,000 in prize money.

Hala Fadel, MITEF Pan Arab Chair, said “The size of participation in this year’s competition has been remarkable, especially by the refugees themselves, reaching 25%. We are working towards enabling refugees to express their ideas and helping them transform them into innovative solutions to the challenges they face in their camps. In this context, MITEF supported the React hub educational program that aims to attract refugees to enroll in computer training programs, which will be launched, for the first time this year, for two weeks from January 14-28, 2018. We have succeeded in attracting 513 refugees registered in this program and 25 have been selected. MITEF will work to provide job opportunities for participants in this program. We hope that these initiatives and activities will inspire young people to look forward to the future with optimism away from the difficult reality in which they live.”