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The training camp for the film industry and technology Hackathon kicks off


Sharifa Sherif: The Sustainable Innovation Lab contributes to completing the link between the outputs of the "Be an Ambassador" initiative that prepares young people to understand the sustainable development goals

 

The activities of the intensive training camp for the winning teams in the Film Industry and Technology Hackathon, which will continue until September 30, 2021, were launched in cooperation between the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development - the training arm of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Gymnae Africa, the Business Incubator of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University, the Egyptian Exporters Association and the United Nations Program UNDP Development; This is under the umbrella of the Sustainable Innovation Lab project, whose first event was the Film Industry and Technology Hackathon, which was very popular with young people interested in the film industry. The training camp provides a specialized incubation course for the winning teams of 25 participants from the governorates of Cairo, Alexandria and Aswan, representing 8 projects, to help them develop their ideas and projects.

 

During the opening of the events, Dr. Sharifa Sharif, Executive Director of the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, said that the sustainable innovation lab project contributes to completing the link between the outputs of the "Be an Ambassador" initiative, which prepares young people to absorb and adopt the ideas and goals of sustainable development, and then transform these ideas into innovative projects aimed at achieving These objectives, through the various activities provided under the umbrella of each laboratory, such as incubation activities, business accelerators, consulting services and providing technical and technical support, by providing laboratories to manufacture prototypes for these projects and helping them to test and verify these models using manufacturing technology, in addition to integrating The outputs of the work of these emerging companies graduated from the laboratory in global value chains by raising the export capabilities of these companies. Sherif stressed the importance of spreading awareness of the 17 UN goals for sustainable development, noting that it is the main idea behind the establishment of the laboratory.

 

Sherif added that the Film Industry and Technology Hackathon aims to contribute to raising the efficiency of young entrepreneurs interested in the film and technology industry and support their projects, in order to advance the film industry, which is one of the most important creative industries that characterize the Egyptian state, stressing that the cultural industries, including the film industry, It is an important source of growth and a basis for Egypt's soft power, noting that the hackathon achieves four of the sustainable development goals, namely the fifth, eighth, ninth and tenth, related to economic growth, decent work, reducing inequality, innovation, industry, and gender equality.

 

The Executive Director of the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development reviewed the history of the institute's establishment, the training programs it provides, the areas of research and consultancy in governance and sustainable development, and the most important partnerships it holds with regional and international bodies to provide training content at the highest level. Sherif also reviewed the objectives of the "Be an Ambassador" initiative presented by The Institute, in cooperation with the Ministry of Planning, affirmed that a large number of the projects of this incubator are mainly from the projects of the trainees of the different groups of the "Be an Ambassador" initiative.

 

For his part, Eng. Adly Touma, CEO of Gemini Africa, said that what we are launching today is the first “cinematech” business incubator in the history of Egypt and the Arab region. Through various activities, such as the SI Labs Hackathon and the Aswan Festival, on the basics of "cinematics" and the rules of entrepreneurship and how to promote their projects until they turn into facts on the ground and actual projects that revolve within a comprehensive and general framework.

 

It is noteworthy that the Sustainable Innovation Lab is the first project of its kind in the Middle East and Africa, launched in April 2021 in cooperation between the National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development and the Business Incubator of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University. It consists of four creative laboratories, each representing the main pillars of sustainable development: the Green Economy Laboratory, the Creative and Cultural Industries Laboratory, the Digital Economy Laboratory, and the Governmental Innovation Laboratory. Each laboratory provides many aspects of integrated technical and financial support for startups that aim to achieve the sustainable development goals, starting from the stage of generating ideas and helping to integrate these companies into global value chains.

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