Tech for Better – Founders Cohort 3

London Founders Dylan Almano and Kate O’Brien

Our third Cohort of Founders have now finished their three projects with their six Palestinian counterparts.

We would especially like to thank Richard Evans and the Artemis Charitable Trust for their support of our third cohort.

Our London Founders are:

Dylan Almano
Dylan is born and raised in South Africa and sees the world from two perspectives.  He sets his ambitions high and his goals even higher, and is committed to making a positive change in all he does through the use of emerging technologies working on socially focused projects.

Kate O’Brien
Kate is a dyslexic queer woman who was a doctor prior to her education in coding, and with a particular focus on gaining cyber security skills in order to make cyber security more accessible generally.  Kate hails from the wilderness of rural Ireland so is “tough as old boots”.

Dylan and Kate worked with six Palestinian Founders on three projects:  The Nova Foundation’s app for families dealing with pregnancy and baby loss; The Esmée Foundation’s Quiz App, and  and Move, Dance Feel.

Nova Foundation:  The first project is for the Nova Foundation, an organisation that seeks to ensure that families at all stages of pregnancy and baby loss, of a child up to 12 months old receive immediate, adaptive, long-term and practical therapeutic trauma and bereavement support.  Our Founders sought to work with the Foundation to develop an App that would help with this.

Team:  Kate O’Brien Dylan Almano Israa Sulaiman Shorouq Saad

Esmée Foundation:  development of a Quiz App to assist individuals applying for funding from the Foundation.

Team:  Kate O’Brien, Dylan Almano, Sallam Tanna, Abdallah Ammar

Move Dance Feel: the development of a website to help the organisation appear more ‘professional’ in order to attract more funding and support, as well as facilitate more effective and efficient information management.

See https://www.emily-jenkins.com/movedancefeel

Team:  Kate O’Brien, Dylan Almano, Nareman Hilles, Ahmed Abdellatif

Our Gaza Sky Geeks Founders are:

Israa Sulaiman

Israa has a BA in English Literature.  After graduation she worked as a translation and content writing freelancer for a few months, started learning graphic design, then marketing and during my work as SEO specialist in a company in Gaza, she used several tools for analysis and tracking, such as google analytics, facebook insights, and google keyword planner, facebook ads which introduced her to programming.  Her curiosity about technology inspired her to learn web development and she applied for GSG’s Code Academy from which she graduated.

Shorouq Saad

Sharouq has a B.Eng. degree in Computer System Engineering, from Al-Azhar University, Gaza. She has a lot of knowledge about computer science, system analysis, programming languages ​​and after graduation in 2018, she joined One million Arab Coders on a Python.

After that she joined the Code Academy cohort 6 in the Gaza Sky Geeks to become a Full Stack developer in order to develop her soft skills such as communication skills, English language, working in teams and using agile methodology.

Abdallah Ammar

Abdallah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and shifted to web development after a friend got him excited about games and the products that could be built.  He learned the basics of web development himself in order to be eligible for GSG’s Code Academy program and has now graduated from GSG.

Sallam Tanna

Sallam graduated from IUG from Computer Engineering department and after graduation undertook a course in UI design. After finishing that she joined the Code Academy of GSG and is now a full-stack developer.

Ahmed Abdellatif

Ahmed is studying Software Engineering at Al-Azhar University, Gaza and joined the Code Academy in order to improve his skills and knowledge.  He loves programming.

Nareman Hilles

Nareman is a graduate of Communications Engineering at Al-Azhar University, Gaza and undertook Java programming.  She attended Gaza Sky Geeks Code Academy to further develop her skills which she found a struggle as she was not as proficient as others, but she caught up.  She is now a Full-Stack Developer seeking employment and keen to use this opportunity to work with international clients.

The Founders 3 Project reports can be found at:

  • https://github.com/fac-graduate-programme/Nova-Foundation
  • https://github.com/fac-graduate-programme/Esmee-Fairbairn-Foundation
  • https://github.com/fac-graduate-programme/Move-Dance-Feel