TumuhaTEC and TEDxYouth@Doha Join Forces to Inspire Youth

Sunday, October 21, 2012
TumuhaTEC and TEDxYouth@Doha Join Forces to Inspire Youth

ictQATAR’s TumuhaTEC Program is taking its commitment to inspire Qatar’s youth to pursue careers in information and communications technology (ICT) one step further by partnering with TEDxYouth@Doha.

The two organizations will offer a range of interactive ICT workshops to Qatar’s youth over the next ten months.
The workshops aim to encourage youth to improve their basic skills in ICT fields, such as photography, graphic design, and gaming. Over time, TumuhaTEC and TEDxYouth@Doha are hoping that the workshops program will lead more students to explore ICT career paths and improve skills which are critical to joining the workforce today.

As Robin Blake, ICT and Society Executive Director at ictQATAR explains, “The collaboration between TumuhaTEC and TEDxYouth@Doha is a great example of two organizations working together towards the same goal. We both want to give young people a chance to develop and pursue their talents and passions.”
Since 2011, TumuhaTEC’s activities have included facilitating ICT internships and scholarships with key employers throughout Qatar, educational and awareness activities, as well as hosting ICT workshops to provide young people with real hands-on experience of ICT.

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission: Ideas Worth Spreading. The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals an opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED like experiences. 
This year’s TEDxYouth@Doha event is taking place on November 17th at 1pm at the Virginia Commonwealth University-Qatar’s Atrium within Qatar Foundation’s Education City.

Talks by speakers will follow this year’s TEDxYouth@Doha theme, #failbetter, with speakers using examples of how people, things, or ideas fail and how that in itself is an opportunity to create something stronger and better than the original.

Co-curator of TEDxYouth@Doha, Uzair Mohammad, notes that, “TEDxYouth@Doha is aimed at equipping Qatar’s youth with the skills they need to become leaders in whatever their chosen path is. Part of this exercise is geared towards giving youth the confidence to try and the confidence to overcome failure. Our partnership with TumuhaTEC is part of a year-round program designed to give students an insight into the plethora of possibilities a career in ICT could give them while improving their skills at hands-on workshops.” 
To enable young people to be part of this exciting initiative, TumuhaTEC offered a number of ICT based internships for students with TEDxYouth@Doha’s vibrant young team. The roles vary from handling the social media channels, assisting in the development of the TEDxYouth@Doha website and working alongside the team’s photographers and videographers.

To attend TEDxYouth@Doha on November 17th, visit www.TEDxYouthDoha.com.
To find out more about TumuhaTEC, and to register for the upcoming ICT workshops, visit www.ictqatar.qa/tumuhatec.