How A Young Syrian Woman Built An Award-Winning Learning App

Huffington Post - Tech news and opinion 

Motivated by a desire to rebuild Syria's devastated economy, enterprising young women in the war-torn country are turning to tech to help others of their generation find employment – and better futures. For the past five years, 22-year-old Syrian student Leen Darwish has seen her country ruined by bombings, battles and one of the biggest population displacements in modern history. But determined to help rebuild the nation's economy for her fellow young people, Darwish – a computer science undergraduate at the University of Damascus – has launched an award-winning, Arabic-language app to help young people in Syria, and beyond, learn to code. Just six months since its launch, Darwish's Remmaz app already has over 500 active users learning to code, design websites and develop apps (application programs) on the platform she and her business partner started developing while they were second-year university students. Their aim is to create an accessible, Arabic online learning MOOC (massive open online course) to address the lack of non-English programming resources available to Arab communities, particularly young people looking for employment in conflict-scarred Syria.