Because Social Impact Demands Spaces that Foster Innovation.
Current efforts geared towards solving community, humanitarian and service delivery issues lack innovation and design thinking; and suffer from weak utilisation of interactive technology. This results in programs and interventions adopting traditional approaches that yield poor impact. Innovation in development cannot be fully attained without a new set of skills; critical thinking and problem solving top the long list.
A multi-stakeholder program that brings cause-driven groups and nonprofits together with social innovators, technologists, and visual/experience designers to design and launch low cost, replicable, and sustainable tech-enabled social innovations that can help advance their efforts in socio-economic development.
While the Holoul 2030 Lab provides a physical space for ideas to grow and the Community of Practice to meet, the six-month social impact incubator and accelerator offers each participating group a chance to win a grant up to $10,000 while enjoying mentorship and capacity development by experts in innovation, entrepreneurship and ICT4D.
EXPERTS & PROFESSIONALS
Co-Founder/ Spring Technologies
A technologist, product strategist and tech entrepreneur with a passion for digital product strategy development from inception to life & growth. Specialties include user experience strategy, product strategy & management and leadership of design and engineering teams amongst others. For the past few years, Razan has been focused on advising several tech startups to help architect better digital product offerings through a full examination of the problem, opportunity, value proposition and competitive advantage in order to plan a product roadmap and overall business plan that better-guides their efforts and initial investment. She has been advising growing startups on their user experience strategy, product strategy and helping them create and manage product roadmaps.
Founder & Director/ Raneen Foundation
Rawan Barakat is a visually-impaired social activist and edupreneur. She is the founder of Raneen, a non-profit foundation that leads a movement aimed at creating developing listening and communication skills among children and youth through Arabic audio-stories. Raneen, which means echo in Arabic, seeks to engage youth in constructive audio-based experiences that foster their imagination and enhances their overall critical thinking and dialogue skills. The foundation has established the Arab World’s first and biggest children-focused audio library, featuring stories by some of the leading authors in the MENA and narrations by famous Arab actors. Barakat helped established 250+ audio libraries in schools and community centers across the MENA region, reaching over 35,000 children, as well as 2000+ teachers and mothers who have been trained utilizing the award-winning curriculum within classrooms and households.
Ayman is a project manager with five years of project management experience, 14 years of professional experience, he holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, and many intensive project management training. His enthusiasm in project management leads him to divers the projects which he works on, public and private sectors, local and international organizations. In addition to his newly experience in technology projects, he oversaw a number of projects aimed at empower youth, refugee camps, family planning and debates in various regions of the Kingdom.
Yosra al Sarraj
Monitoring & Evaluation Project Manager
Professional Monitoring and Evaluation Project Manager with 7 years of experience with international organizations who is dedicated to provide technical assistance and strategic oversight in the field collecting and managing data. Four years of prior experience being part of the technical teams under both business and workforce development components allowed Yosra to play an important role in project management which helped in reducing the gap between the technical and M&E teams and enhance the importance of the M&E in telling the story of the project/ organization achievements. Yosra holds a bachelor degree in Business Economy from the University of Jordan. Yosra is volunteering with various local and international associations and networks such as the Jordan Evaluation Association in Jordan, EvalYouth, EvalForwrad, and EvalSDGS, where Yosra is playing an important role in raising awareness and promoting young and emerging youth to become future leaders in the file of Monitoring and Evaluation.
M&E and Gender Specialist
Hayat Askar is a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and gender manager with over 10 years of experience in international development. Hayat has worked in the field of project management, M&E and gender with a wide spectrum of stakeholders from the public and private sectors and international donors (USAID, EU). Hayat's M&E role focuses on the full M&E cycle; from design, implementation, to evaluating and assessing the impact all the way through the projects’ closing. Hayat is a board member at Jordan Development Evaluation Association (EvalJordan). She has a master degree in International Trade and is very passionate about data visualisation using excel dashboards, infographics and graphic design.
Co-Founder and Chairman/ Mind Rockets Inc.
Co-Founder and Chairman at Mind Rockets Inc., focused on assistive technologies for the inclusion of the Deaf community through interpreting text and speech to sign language. A Civil Engineer, 18 years of experience in a number of multinational organizations, with a focus on operations and business development aspects of organizations mainly in the IT and Construction industry, took part in a number of multi-million dollar projects. Over the course of his career Mohammad developed his experience in building win/win partnerships with customers and suppliers, coaching and mentorship for employees, strategic business development, formulating business models, growing early stage startups, investment pitching, working with multinational board of directors, supply chain management, procurement, lean methodology, investment modeling and budgeting.
Co-Founder/ The Valve Studio
A visual communication designer and 3d artist who loves exploring unusual ideas, solutions, media and technologies. She believes in the power of design and storytelling in creating a real impact in the lives of others. She is a cofounder of the Jordanian design studio, Valve, which focuses on utilizing design to support the cultural narrative in the Arab community.
Desired Superpower: Psychic
Abd Alhameed Hiasat
Desired Superpower: Magic
Desired Superpower: Reality Warping
Ala'a Al Masri
Desired Superpower: Agility
Yasmeen Al Rayahneh
Desired Superpower: Night Vision
Desired Superpower: Healing Factor
Desired Superpower: Omniscience
Desired Superpower: Levitation