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Youth Innovation Summer Program

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Program Overview

The one-of-a-kind youth innovation program is in partnership with Touch Lebanon and will span ten weekdays from July 17 till 28 and will be hosted in Touch LAB in Downtown Beirut.

Participants 15+ will be exposed to social entrepreneurship in a project-based and hands-on manner where they will be developing a mobile application to solve a real social problem related to one of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The program aspires to transform the youth into social innovators and make them believe that they can create change and make the world a better place by using technology and entrepreneurship.

The program is under the Summer of Innovation initiative of PM Saad Hariri. It is also in collaboration with Edgemakers Inc. as training partner, a US-based leader in innovation and creativity education, Go-fit as well-being partner, Careem as transportation partner, and Bamboo Geeks as coding partner.

The participants of the program will be equipped with innovation and creativity skills, technical skills, entrepreneurship skills, and soft skills (life coaching, storytelling, breathing and meditation, team building, communication skills, presentation skills) to solve a real social problem they face in their communities all through fun and engaging exercises with several guest speakers and a field visit. The teams will present their work at the end of the program to a panel of esteemed jury from the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Lebanon and the winning team will receive valuable prizes from Touch Lebanon.

Program summary

  • Identify a Problem, brainstorm, and ideate using design thinking
  • Learn technical skills (design and coding)
  • Discover the entrepreneurship process
  • Implement the solution by creating a working mobile application

Program Agenda

Description of activities Start and End time
Week One
Day 1 What is Social Entrepreneurship

Ice-breaking and Networking exercises
Difference between entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship
SDG’s game and cards
Innovation and creativity 101

10 am – 3 pm
Day 2 Yoga

Breathing and meditation for entrepreneurs

Introduction to challenge

Guest speaker
Field visit
Ideation session

9:30 am – 4 pm
Day 3 Design Thinking

Group formation
Brainstorming on solutions for challenge
Validation of the chosen problem
Plan of action

10 am – 3 pm
Day 4 Mobile app design

Characteristics of a good app
Wire-framing on paper design
App design on software

10 am – 4 pm
Day 5 Technology for good

Example of renewable energy and guest speakers

Life coaching

How to be a change maker

10 am – 2 pm
Week Two
Day 6 Stages of a startup

Guest speaker
The steps of entrepreneurship Engaging exercises

10 am – 3 pm
Day 7 Yoga

Breathing and meditation for entrepreneurs

Mobile app coding basics

Android app development basics and implementation

9:30 am – 4 pm
Day 8 Inspirations on solutions

Guest speakers
Refine App design and coding

10 am – 3 pm
Day 9 Mentoring and pitching

Mentoring by coaches from the entrepreneurship ecosystem
Guide on pitching process

10 am – 4 pm
Day 10 Storytelling and Pitch rehearsal Presentations in front of judging panel 10 am – 2 pm
Optional Day TBD: Certificates and Ceremony with media presence
Start On July 17, 2017
Duration 2 Weeks
Level Beginner
Institution Riyada For Social Innovation
Type Youth Program
Price $600.00 $450.00

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