Project Description

Foster longer-term, systemic economic development through affordable and accessible entrepreneurial and makers education.


Hasan, Israel
Hasan, Israel

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.

Foster longer-term, systemic economic development through affordable and accessible entrepreneurial and makers education

“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!”

About 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.

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. Two years later, he 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 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
organized a campaign to help families in need in his village.

SE Forum is partnering with Seeds of Peace on the 2018 GATHER Fellowship. GATHER is the social innovation arm of Seeds of Peace, investing in alumni and other changemakers who have the greatest potential to effect social, political, and economic change.

Seeds of Peace inspires and cultivates new generations of leaders in communities divided by conflict. Its network now includes nearly 6,700 alumni throughout the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and the US who are uniquely positioned to lead change. The nonprofit was founded in 1993 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Learn more about the Seeds of Peace journey and its impact here.

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