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Injaz Beyond Borders, the first Injaz Al-Arab virtual innovation camp challenge, was held earlier this month in collaboration with the Citi Foundation. The challenge was geared towards mitigating all those loopholes in the current education, technology, and healthcare sectors that got exposed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The primary objective of the initiative was to pave the way for new ideas and solutions that could potentially accelerate the reach of digital education throughout the MENA region. 

There was also a separate Health Track for bringing forth new technology and ideas to better equip the healthcare community in the fight against COVID-19.

More than 350 teams from 13 MENA countries applied to be a part of the challenge, of which, 20 teams were handpicked. A total of 280 young participants brainstormed and implemented new ideas to make their mark in the virtual event.

Four winners were selected at the end of the challenge, including EDA4 – BeYouthers, and EDB1, for the Education track and HLC3 – Team Homies, and HLD5 – Beyond Differences, for the Health track.

Commenting on the initiative, INJAZ Al-Arab CEO, Akef Aqrabawi said, Our #KeepLearning initiative provides these talented teams with a pedestal for their winning tech-inspired COVID-19 ideas. They’ve provided solutions that rely on technology, governmental actions, gamification, partnerships, and customized programs that can elevate the education and healthcare community in times of crises.”