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Injaz Bahrain wrapped up its flagship Tech Valley 2019 program earlier last week on a high note. Organized in collaboration with Tamkeen (labor fund) and the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF), the program was participated by 58 promising students from across the Kingdom. 

The program aimed to provide the participants with high-quality training and mentorship so they can seamlessly navigate the next wave of technologies and evolve into more valuable human assets in the rapidly changing digital era.

Spanning three weeks, Tech Valley 2019 included a hands-on, project-based learning experience tailored specifically for high school students. Among the key parts of the curriculum were an assorted range of topics concerning the ongoing digital transformation in Bahrain and the rest of the region. 

The participants acquired invaluable insights into disrupting technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and Internet of Things. Other key areas the program focused on are FinTech, cybersecurity, Big Data, and cloud computing, to name a few.

The program ended with a team-based hackathon organized in partnership with Brinc Batelco Bahrain. The hackathon saw participants working in teams to apply the knowledge they acquired through the program to come up with innovative and potentially disruptive ideas. 

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.

Hana Sarwani, Executive Director of INJAZ Bahrain, commented on the success of the programme, stating, ‘At INJAZ Bahrain, we are preparing students to enter the labour market, through providing them with the skills and tools that contribute to instill 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, who also served on the panel of judges, noted: “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.’