Bina App is the AUIS Innovation Awards 2022 Diamond Award winner. It is a digital platform in the construction field created by Ranoo Hiwa. Bina App serves in connecting service providers and clients. As a skilled engineer, Ranoo realized that it was hard to find skilled workers to support her projects due to a lack of platforms that connect all professional people that are working in the construction field.
In the growing economy of Iraq, there are continuous demands for jobs to be created and to be hired for these jobs. According to Bina App’s research and surveys, there are a great number of work opportunities in the construction ﬁeld. However, most of the time, the right people are not chosen because there are no available reviews of professionals online. Bina App sends notiﬁcations to the target audience when job vacancies in the construction ﬁeld are available. You can get requests directly from other users or you can see the available tenders and work opportunities based on your ﬁeld of work.
Bina App’s strategy is to have the professionals ﬁrst listed in the application and then reach potential clients. With over 5,500+ professionals listed in the app, once you log into the application you can ﬁnd most if not all professional workers that someone will need to build a house from A to Z.
Ahjaz Tabibak is an AUIS Innovation Awards 2022 Gold Award winner. It is a direct electronic reservation application, the first of its kind in the city of Mosul, that includes medical clinics located in the area. It receives direct reservations through the application to facilitate and serve the people in Mosul, using modern technology by allocating an account for doctors and the patients to communicate easily.
Mosul Space is an AUIS Innovation Awards 2022 Gold Award winner. It is an innovation and tech hub based in Mosul, Iraq. It targeted young people from 18-30 years old to support them in developing their capacity and improving their skills in business and tech. Mosul Space was established to fit the gap between the educational system and the labor market and also to promote a new mind-set that influences people to start their business or improve their skills to work in the private sector instead of waiting for unavailable government jobs. Mosul Space achieved its goal through a business incubation program, tech and business training, makerspace and coworking space.
Among its successes, the organization has implemented two business incubator programs with over 200 participants, who developed over 40 startups; more than 20 of those startups are currently operating in the market; over 1,500 people (aged 15-35) including 37% female, have completed training in technology or business; over 4,000 people have attended technology and business-related events; some 60 young people have been employed in the local market; and over 15 start-ups have been launched from Mosul Space programs and activities.
Mosul Spaces’ coworking space is a place designed for small business owners, entrepreneurs and freelancers who can reserve a seat to work on their projects in a suitable environment, build a strong network of relationships with other business owners, have access to high-speed internet, have access to kitchen, stationary, and other services. Mosul Space provides mentorship and consultancy service in all of the training it provides and various other project-related consultancy. Mosul Space provides various cross-cutting training in different leading business and technology related topics.
Rebare Adam is an AUIS Innovation Awards 2022 Silver Award winner. It is a tourism business and guide to public spaces that covers close to 7,000 listed locations and sites in Duhok, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, and Halabja provinces in the Kurdistan region. The application displays information in both Kurdish and Arabic languages.
The beta version of the application was published in July 2017, but was forced to pause at the end of 2018 because of economic issues facing the region and problems with the technical maintenance on the app itself.
Then at the beginning of 2020, an updated version of Rebare Adam was released with a new design and plan. More businesses and public places were added to the app by March 2020. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown stopped movement between cities and governorates. This created new challenges for the app’s creators.
Rebare Adam is now legally registered and available for Android and iOS devices.
IoT Kids is an AUIS Innovation Awards 2022 Silver Award winner. It is a leading Iraqi project to teach kids coding, robotics, AI, and electronics. Their mission is to provide students with the knowledge and skills that they will need as they move into college and careers in the 21st century. It was ﬁrst established in 2016 with three team members who were all engineers who graduated from the University of Technology, Baghdad. The company began as a teaching institute that works with private schools in Baghdad to teach kids the right way of using technology.
In the beginning, IoT Kids was implemented in two private schools in Baghdad. As the company started getting known by parents and school owners, more private schools wanted to partner with IoT Kids. By the end of the ﬁrst year, IoT Kids was working with ten schools in Baghdad.
In 2018, and after the great success that the project received in Baghdad, a decision was made to expand to other Iraqi provinces. Over two years, IoT Kids grew to have branches in nine Iraqi provinces including Najaf, Basra, and others. The growth included the Kurdistan region as well by having a branch in Erbil. In 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic and closing of schools, the company pivoted to online classes during the school year and an online summer camp during the summer break. An online educational platform was also created which included all the courses in a recorded form.
In mid-2021, the IoT Kids maker space was opened in Baghdad Al-Sna’a Street, where children can take in-person classes and participate in workshops to learn how to use different machines and tools, keeping in mind the social distancing procedures and all the children’s safety.
Director of AEIC, an educator, and an entrepreneur.
He is an Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Information Technology at American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS). He holds a PhD in Interactive Systems and Robotics from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and has worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Innovation and Technology Exploitation (CITE) in the United Kingdom (UK). His research interests include Creative Coding & Computing, Interaction & Experience Design, Physical Computing & Robotics.
AEIC's Project Coordinator.
Basta Seerwan Salih is AEIC's Project Coordinator and an AUIS alumni (Business Administration '19). She has a distinguished certificate in leadership and mentorship from World Learning. She devoted her time during the global pandemic to teaching and mentoring students of different ages. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, leadership, science, math, arts and music. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, and studying to become a professional designer. She enjoys staying active with friends and family and finds swimming, basketball, and horseback riding refreshing.
AEIC's Project Coordinator.
Firmesk Othman Rahim is a Project Coordinator at AUIS Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center (AEIC). She holds a Masters degree in English Literature from University of Sulaimani, and worked as assistant researcher at University of Garmian. Besides academic life, she worked in many NGOs as media analyst and translator. She holds certificates of two leadership programs; the Iraqi Leadership Fellow (ILF) at AUIS, and the Perennial Fellowship in Seattle/Washington. She is also interested in politics and international relations.
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