The MITEF Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Innovate for Refugees Competition (IFR Competition) is designed to attract the best tech-driven solutions addressing the refugee crisis. Launched on World Refugee Day in 2016, the Innovate for Refugees program is an initiative by the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab to find and reward innovative and tech-driven solutions for life threatening challenges faced by refugees world wide. When launched, the initiative gathered around over 30 community partner organizations who have helped in spreading the world and running local events to raise awareness on the challenges faced by refugees and encourage individuals to team up and innovate possible solutions.
At least two members per team
At least one Arab national on the team
Needs to be tech-driven
Solves a refugee problem
Creativity and improvement of existing technology-based solutions
The solution should be implementable on a regional and global level; preferably the model could easily be replicated regionally or globally
The team members should demonstrate experience, added value, and relevance of each other
How the solution will maintain its financial sustainability in the long term
The extent to which the product positively benefits the refugees
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