Fostering long-term, systemic economic development through affordable and accessible entrepreneurial and makers education

Hasan

A Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree and an impact-driven entrepreneur, Hasan is an experience-designer and technologist who lives to transform meaningful ideas into sustainable projects of social impact.

Hasan is motivated by the lack of equity in Israeli society and its reticence to embrace diversity. He credits his supportive family who has encouraged his social activism spirit since 4th grade, when he and his brother organised a campaign to help families in need in his village.

In 2013, Hasan dropped out of university to work as a software developer in Tel-Aviv. Inspired by the flourishing hi-tech ecosystem there and motivated by the lack of development of such fields in his society, he turned his parents’ basement into the first community-based hackerspace for Arabs in Israel. One year later, Hasan founded Hasoub, a grassroots NGO that fosters tech-entrepreneurship and economic development among Arab society.

“If you can do just one thing in life, educate a child. Empower her or him with curiosity, confidence and opportunity, and they will change the world!”

 

Hasan is taking part in the 2018 Gather Fellowship as part of SE Forum’s partnership with Seeds of Peace.

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Ibtekar

Two years after setting up Hasoub, Hasan founded Ibtekar, which provides affordable maker and entrepreneurial education to school pupils from underprivileged backgrounds. His hope is to help empower them to pursue their passions and become knowledgeable, active citizens who create and innovate to positively impact the world. Hasan is working to combat the challenge that over 53% of Palestinian citizens of Israel live below the poverty line, the largest population group in the country with the highest poverty rate OECD nations.