Tech2Peace is a joint Israeli-Palestinian NGO that hosts two-week long intensive seminars for young Palestinians and Israelis, blending technology/entrepreneurship training, conflict dialogue, and social activities, along with continued community-building events post-seminar.
Founded in 2017, Tech2Peace has almost doubled its reach each year, serving hundreds of beneficiaries from diverse backgrounds and ideologies that continue to engage in an alumni community.
To build a community of Israelis and Palestinians who are devoted to coexistence and the peacebuilding process, and are capable of gaining employment in the high-tech sector.
We aim to build a strong community of Israelis and Palestinians who are not “traditional peaceniks.” Members of the community should, at the least, hold greater empathy towards the other side in the conflict, and at best, work both as a group and individually from their positions in society towards greater peace and co-existence.
Our hope is that participants will influence others in their communities and workplaces to see the conflict in different perspectives, and will work from influential positions in society towards a more peaceful future, possibly including from within the high-tech sector / through Arab-Jewish startups.
Tech2Peace aims to help create the foundations for peace by building and training a cooperative community of diverse young Palestinian and Israeli leaders who influence their societies and establish lasting social and professional collaborations involving technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Improve Tech2Peace governance and infrastructure.
Grow the community by maintaining and improving Tech2Peace seminars in 2021 and increasing the number of seminars in 2022 and 2023.
Add value to Tech2Peace alumni by providing professional development opportunities, relevant content and training, and by leveraging Tech2Peace unique network.
Grow and sustain an active alumni community.
By the end of 2022, organize society-facing initiatives and community-driven collaborations, that will position T2P as an influential known player in the region.
The seminars are just the beginning.
Tech2Peace boasts a highly active alumni community with monthly activities, organized by both staff and alumni, focusing on professional development, dialogue, high-tech, and staying connected. Some of our alumni go on to create start-ups and other initiatives together, and many work to spread the word in their local communities and networks.
3D & GRAPHIC DESIGN
During our seminars, 15 Israelis and 15 Palestinians live together, undergoing daily training sessions and workshops. Each participant chooses a tech subject to focus on either programming, 3D design & printing, Web Development, AI for Programmers, mobile app development, etc — and completes a final project within the two-week seminar. Participants also engage in conflict dialogue - led by one Palestinian and one Israeli facilitator with over 12 years of experience - where they gain a deeper understanding of one another’s narratives and share personal stories.
Our seminars also incorporate fun and social activities such as sports, hiking, and cultural activities, which provide a space for friendship, growth, and mutual respect. Participants additionally have the opportunity to hear various guest lecturers throughout the program including tech experts, social innovators and academics, and media personalities.
"My experience of Tech2Peace was amazing, especially because during the two-week seminar I met people I couldn't have met otherwise. Their stories expanded the way I perceive the conflict and changed the way I perceive myself within it."
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