Early this month, GE organized a two-day program at Sylabs, a talent accelerator in Algier. Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur Noureddine Tayebi and MIT researcher Dr. Riyadh Beghdadi helped lead a program designed to engage, inform and inspire this eager assembly of 16-19 year olds.
More than 500 applicants were selected for showing a special commitment and passion for learning more about technology, innovation, and digital systems in the country. The Sylabs Youth Academy covered a range of topics, including basic programming, virtual reality, the Arduino open-source software, cybersecurity, design thinking and graphic design. As part of the program, the young participants learned about 3D printing first hand by using the equipment in the GE Garages workshop installed at Sylabs.
GE supports innovation, entrepreneurship and SMEs in Algeria through a range of initiatives. These include Sylabs, where GE has installed a GE Garages workshop provisioned with Advanced Manufacturing tools that are available to Sylabs participants.
Sylabs was launched to nurture Algerian start-ups, not only with workspace and rapid-prototyping opportunities, but also by hosting workshops and conferences to stimulate creativity and promote skills development, as well as simply offering a place where entrepreneurs and artists can meet, collaborate and connect. The space focuses on startups, technology and art.
“It is time for young people to learn to program the games that fascinate them and to create the web and mobile applications they use daily,” said Sylabs founder Abdellah Mallek. “The Sylabs Youth Academy exposed them to the countless apps and software that were unknown to them and often considered beyond their reach,” he added.