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Read more: Elections.eg

Technology Empowered Presidential Elections in the Middle East for the First Time

It has never happened before in the Middle East, and is expected to be a bud for more collaborative governmental online solutions. Elections.eg put the basic blocks for an advanced elections system that would inspire citizens to take an active role and allow the government to reach out for them. 

With such a huge population living inside the country and abroad, Elections.eg provided Egyptian everywhere with an easy to use tool to realize their dream of voting for their country’s president. Not only because it presented a bunch of features and services using non-costly open source software, but also because it enhanced the government’s credibility and transparency, the thing that encouraged citizens’ participation.

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On the 28th of September, eSpace attended an event organized by the High Elections Committee and the Ministry of State for Administrative Development, in collaboration with Google. The event was intended to be a launch seminar about an elections API, that is based on Google Elections API. As a technology partner of Google, eSpace has developed the API, and during the event eSpace's CTO, Hamdy Khalil, introduced the audience to the API and its purpose.

Read more: eSpace at the Government's Elections API Launch Seminar



Over the past few months, Google has been collaborating with the government in producing a website that is intended to ease Egyptians' method of acquiring knowledge about the forthcoming elections. eSpace as a Google development partner on this project, developed an API for the website, which we hope will allow other developers the chance to utilize the information acquired by eSpace so as to create sites of importance to the general public.

Watch as Marginize's Ziad Sultan explains the product and its partnership with eSpace on the program, i-Tech Entrepreneurs.

http://mar.gy/mbf

Even though the show is in Arabic, you can experience Marginize for yourself on the YouTube page.

A couple days ago (June 2 to be exact), eSpace attended the graduation event of the TechStars Boston program for this year, culminating 3 months of intense startup fever (in the news).

During the event, we had the opportunity to get to know how accelerators work, first hand, and meet some key people to TechStar’s success, such as Shawn Broderick (Boston CEO) and Tom Keller (Managing Director). During these meetings, there were many interesting insights and discussions on startups and entrepreneurship possibilities in the MENA region as well, which eSpace will certainly keep an eye on.

Rachid Mohamed Rachid, Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade, sent out invitations to IT startups in Alexandria, and 12 companies, including eSpace, were in the lineup to meet the minister. An Alexandrian at heart himself, the minister wanted to know what kind of activities such aspiring companies engage in, the nature of our different business models, status of the current market, and our needs and problems. Many ideas, problems, and dreams were thrown on the table and discussed at length, and with great candidness. The minister responded to the input provided by sharing his idea of starting a technology park to be built in Alexandria, but geared towards fostering entrepreneurs as ourselves and enriching the startup spirit, an idea which displays his confidence in how startups can indeed build and strengthen the backbone of the Egyptian economy.

eSpace CEO, Samer El Sahn, made a point of driving home the importance of realizing a meaningful and scalable entrepreneurial ecosystem, where technical savviness alone does not suffice and investors, VCs, seedings, incubators, accelerators, and the works, are needed to complete the picture. Similar initiatives in Jordan, such as Meydan, were brought up and gained interest by the minister. We hope that the wholehearted and sincere conviction that the minister displayed couples with our core value of becoming "a technology enabler for people that need to get their ideas realized" and creates something constructive and motivated by a common goal of the welfare of our nation.