Hi Guys, Just wanted to check-in, give you guys a few updates, etc.
I am the cofounder and community manager of icecairo. A Green Tech Innovation hub in the heart of Downtown, Cairo. We have been around for about a year and half and are working hard to solve challenges in Egypt by helping young Egyptians build sustainable businesses. So we are indeed part of the very vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem, but we focus on green tech products. We have a lot of events at the hub around ideation, making & Fab Lab, entrepreneurship, green tech skills building, social innovation, networking, etc. About 100 since we started! We would love for the April event to be held at our space!
It seems like Spot the Future has a whole bunch that aligns with icecairo, most importantly: the need to alleviate poverty and unemployment by creating the atmosphere where young people can hack solutions to challenges in the environment and elsewhere.
Through a concerted team effort, we want to contribute to this platform and highlight a lot of cool initiatives by local change makers in these aforementioned areas. We have a lot stopping by our hub to evolve their ideas with peer to peer feedback and help from expertise floating around our space. They are affected by the global movement of “Doers” but also the necessity to make the changes themselves, because we don’t expect any significant help from segments that other countries may rely on.
They are mostly offline, active on the ground, and really interesting. If they are online, the usual platform of choice in Egypt is Facebook (we just say Face in Egypt), this is obvious choice since Jan25 2011 with a huge boost of users, thus efficient connectivity. I saw Alberto’s post on why not use FB, so this is something we should overcome in our communities here in Egypt.
I’ll be checking out more of the pages/comments…take care for now ya shabab. Salam.