Help Launch Gaza’s First Coding Academy

Several months ago I agreed to be part of a funding campaign for Gaza Sky Geeks. This is an organization that we had previously supported through the Techstars Foundation, which is how I was introduced to them.

The goal was simple – provide enough funding for a generator for the organization. I can’t remember what the first goal was, but I think it was around $60,000 total.

The support for this effort has been awesome and the campaign has expanded as it blew through the original $60,000 goal. The handful of initial supporters has expanded to a now impressive list, that includes recent support from Marc Benioff.

The campaign is now shooting to raise enough money to Launch Gaza’s First Coding Academy. There are two days left in the campaign and are currently at $210,000 of a $270,000 goal.

If you are game to donate, please give us a hand. And spread the word.

If you are curious about the matching funds, they are coming from the following list of people.

Marc Benioff: Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Salesforce
Skoll Foundation
Brad Feld: Managing Director, Foundry Group
Paul Graham: Co-Founder, Y Combinator
Eric Ries: Entrepreneur, blogger, and author of The Lean Startup
Dave McClure: Founding Partner, 500 Startups
Fadi Ghandour: Co-Founder, Aramex
Badr Jafar: CEO, Crescent Enterprises
Hala Fadel: Partner, Leap Ventures
Jon Bradford: Co-Founder of F6S and Tech.eu
Freada Kapor Klein: Partner, Kapor Capital
Mitch Kapor: Partner, Kapor Capital
Zahi Khouri: Founder, Chairman, and CEO – National Beverage Company – Coca Cola Palestine
Samih Toukan: Chairman of Jabbar, Co-Founder of Maktoob and Souq
Blaise Aguera y Arcas: Principal scientist, Google
Mustafa Sezgin: Head of Engineering in Amsterdam, Uber
Khailee Ng: Managing Partner, 500 Startups
Jenny Lawton: COO, Techstars
David Cohen: Co-Founder, Techstars
Christopher Schroeder: Investor and author
Gisel Kordestani: COO, Crowdpac
Hussain Al-Shorafa: Co-Founder, Second Act
Zohre Elahian: Co-Founder and Board Member, Global Catalyst Foundation
Zoe Adamovicz + the Neufund Team
Krista Marks: CEO, Woot Math


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  • I spent a week in Palestine in 2015, and was able to attend the farewell dinner for the outgoing US Consular General. (He was on his way to serve in Syria!) The dinner was in Ramallah at a hotel that featured similar rubber chicken fare to those held here. He was truly disappointed that he hadn’t accomplished more and that the core problems still exist unchanged. What he DID do, however, is sponsor face-to-face networking and business development meetings in the US for Ramallah technology companies. In those meetings, humans are humans. Would be great if there was video conferencing with real time translation to further connect people. Maybe Duolingo can help. Good for you.

  • Gustavo Woltmann

    It would be my pleasure to help the Launch Gaza’s First Coding Academy. I hope they will collect enough money to achieve their plans. Good luck Gaza Sky Geeks!