INJAZ Bahrain’s ‘Tech Valley’ concludes with team-based Hackathon
The 2019 version of INJAZ Bahrain’s ‘Tech Valley’ program has concluded with 58 participating top students. The program was arranged in partnership with the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) and Tamkeen, and targeted young Bahraini talent to help them navigate the next wave of technology.
The program was three-weeks long and focused on engaging high school students in hands-on project based learning to become successful in tech-based careers. Students who attended this program left with well-rounded tech-knowledge. The basic idea was providing the students with a direct path to ensure a steady pipeline of educated professionals.
The 2019 Tech Valley focused on recent topics like AI, Internet of Things, Blockchain, FinTech, Big Data, Cloud Computing, and Cybersecurity. The event concluded with a team-based hackathon that took place in collaboration with Brinc Batelco, to apply the acquired modules in the Bahraini ecosystem.
According to the Startup MGZN, the judging panel was comprised of: Eman Janahi, Manager of Partnership and Customer Engagement at Tamkeen, Pakiza Abdulrahman, Manager of Business Development at EDB, Abdulla Abdulmajeed, Educational Specialist at Ministry of Education, Marwa Aleskafi, Programs Manager at Brinc Batelco Bahrain, Reza Memari, Technical Support Superintendent at GPIC, Dr. Adel Abdulla Salem, Division Head – Retail Banking at BBK, Yusuf Sater, Director of Network Operations at Batelco.
“INJAZ Tech” won the best team in the “Telecommunication Sector”, “2 2 2” won the best team in the “Industrial Sector”, and “Alpha” won the best team in the “Banking and Finance Sector”.
Hana Sarwani, Executive Director of INJAZ Bahrain, said “we are preparing students to enter the labour market, through providing them with the skills and tools that contribute to instilling their entrepreneurial spirit. INJAZ will always be committed to guide students and allow them to unlock their potential by providing knowledgeable programs and creative workshops. I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to Tamkeen and the BIBF for providing such an experience to our students and for their continued support of our programs and belief in INAZ Bahrain’s vision. “
Tamkeen’s Chief Executive Dr. Ebrahim Mohammed Janahi explained, ‘We believe that the youth form the backbone of an innovative and a diverse economy in any country and allow for sustainable human development. For that reason, Tamkeen spared no efforts in launching and fostering initiatives that fulfill this strategic aim.’
And lastly, the BIBF’s Director Dr. Ahmed Al Shaikh, stated, ‘We are proud to be the Knowledge Partner for this unique initiative, as the BIBF focuses on providing top-notch digital learning and training initiatives to prepare students for the dynamic workplace. ‘Today’s students are digital natives and are more receptive to adapting to new technologies, and our aim is to support the students on their learning journey and to constantly update their skill-sets and knowledge in all aspects of career development. Dr. Al Shaikh also added, ‘In today’s job market, soft skills are necessary but no longer sufficient, thus this program bridges the digital skills gap, preparing students for the workplace of the future.’
The competition was held in partnership with a diverse range of organizations, including GPIC, BATELCO, BBK, exclusive strategic partners: BIBF, Tamkeen, and support partners: Brinc, MOE, and EDB.