Archive for: April, 2014

NYUAD Hackathon pics!

The NYUAD Hackathon event last night showed much potential for Arab youth, the winning team being Jordanian, competing with computer science students from across the world programming for social good. To learn more about the event and our role, please view the former blog post. More pictures are on their way!

Dubai for Acumen’s Social Entrepreneurship Event

Social Entrepreneurship: The Social Impact, an event organized by the Dubai for Acumen was a real inspiration, and the team at Baraka Ventures were very happy to have participated in the work leading up to the event, in planning and in kind sponsorship, and during the event. Rama Chakaki, CEO of Baraka, moderated the panel of speakers, while Mahmoud…

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Leadership Bridge Programme updates!

The Leadership Bridge Programme, organized by the YAL Bahrain and 3BL Associates brought together over 50 Bahraini youth representing public and private schools to address challenges within their society. Rama Chakaki, CEO of Baraka Ventures, who helped the students brainstorm their own social action projects, was ‘amazed by their creativity and imagination,’ as she shared…

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2011 NYUAD International Hackathon

The universities in the region are surprising us with a growing interest in their youth’s exposure to entrepreneurship practices, innovation and collaboration through a series of highly creative events, a very promising sign. The 2011 NYUAD International Hackathon, an event for social good in the Arab world will bring together computer science students with academics…

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Business Strategy Workshop

In the words of Habib Haddad, wamda ceo, “the idea (behind a venture) is not important but execution holds the key.” And this was the key theme of the workshop CEO of Baraka Ventures Rama Chakaki gave a focused audience on 25 June 2011 at the Pavilion on how to startup a business, as she…

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PCRF Communication Strategy

A number of PCRF volunteers in the UAE got together at the Pavilion on 21 June 2011 to brainstorm a new communication plan for the UAE Chapter within a focused workshop. This communication plan offshoot was comprehensive, listing issues of communication and various way we can improve the branding, better communicate our key messages, and…

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Youth Leadership Bridge Program

The Gulf is booming with new social initiatives and programs. There is much opportunity in the region and it is very exciting to be a part of. Take the 3-day Youth Leadership Bridge Program to be held in Bahrain from 20-22 October, a good example of these types of initiatives. A group of 50 high school students…

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