TechCamp is a program under the U.S. State Department’s Civil Society 2.0 initiative that connects civil society organizations (CSOs) across the globe with new and emerging technology resources to solve real world challenges and build digital capacity.

At TechCamp Ramallah 2013, men and women from a range of Palestinian civil society organizations and industries participated, along with a group of international technology specialists and leading Palestinian technologists. The theme was “Empowering Youth through Mobile Technology” and TechCamp Ramallah aimed to equip people with new skills utilizing cutting-edge technologies that address the ambitions, challenges, and opportunities of their missions, while connecting them with global networks interested in helping implement innovative solutions.


The workgroup which Ayman Awartani and I led addressed issues around promoting Palestine’s culture and history to the outside world and how to bring in tourism while representing the true story of Palestine. We focused on how to use mobile storytelling to promote tourism and represent Palestine culturally and historically to locals and foreigners. By the end of Day 2, we had created a prototype: Go-N-Ramallah, a mobile storytelling game that promotes tourism & cultural awareness in Ramallah.


NGO Participants:
Mahmoud Nazzal – Welfare Association
Muntaser Edaidek – Burj Al-luqluq
George Rishmawi – Masar Ibrahim
Sofie Dahl- Danish house (Palestine)
Isra Diab – Sharek Youth Forum
Mohammad Farajeh – TAM
Wesal Kalil – Youth Artist Forum
Riyad Abuznait – Jawwal

Technologists: Ayman Awartani and Josephine Dorado

See below for our slides:

27-29 August 2013