Technology Beyond BordersPanel
Inspired by the WIRED documentary ‘Holy Land: Startup Nations’, this panel explores technology as a potential tool for growth and development beyond geographical and bureaucratic confinement.
In countries and environments where there are limitations on the availability of work in certain fields, or where traditional industries are largely controlled by the government or big businesses, technology offers a kind of emancipation due to its separation from geographic constraints.
For example, in Armenia young people are empowered with a wide range of digital and technological tools and knowledge. This allows them to take on different forms of work, for example by working remotely. In Palestine (as documented in the film) there is a burgeoning startup industry, which allows tech businesses to function in spite of the physical restrictions that are created through checkpoints, occupation, and border controls.
Of course, there are still many limitations, but there is a potentiality there that is worth talking about. Before the panel, Avinash Changa, founder and ceo of the virtual reality-business WeMakeVR and one of our panelists, will give a keynote speech.
– Nishan Hagop Paparian (TUMO, Yerevan)
– Hani Alami (Palestinian entrepreneur, JEST Hub)
– Avinash Changa (WeMakeVR)