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Firms join hands for extensive Bahrain youth digital bootcamp

MANAMA, August 3, 2021

Brinc MENA, a venture capital and startup accelerator, has joined forces with Bahrain’s chief telecom services provider Batelco and the US-based Digital Media Academy to launch an extensive one-year ‘Batelco Digital Bootcamp’ for the country’s youth.

The phased programme, which kick started on July 25, will give 20 students aged 17 and 18 hands-on training in five most in-demand skills by top experts in the fields.
It aims to create confident decision-makers with a creative mindset who can adapt and overcome obstacles individually and as a unit.
Students will be given certificates from DMA, internship opportunities, and free mentorship guidance twice a year to prepare a smooth roadmap for them for each stage of their education and career.
According to Shaikh Bader bin Rashid AlKhalifa, General Manager Corporate Communications and CSR at Batelco: “We are happy to be collaborating with Brinc on this ambitious programme which is extremely relevant in today’s digital ecosystem.
He said: “Fast-paced technological advancements are shifting business and market needs for specialty skills and knowhow. Batelco always strives to support educational initiatives in line with its social responsibility commitments that enable today’s youth with the necessary capabilities to succeed in a digitally-powered economy.”
On her part, Latifa Al-Khalifa, Managing Director, DMA, said: “Digital Media Academy - Bahrain is excited to lend its world-renowned banner of creative tech excellence to Brinc’s digital literacy programmes. This partnership will bolster Brinc’s core offerings and define its footprint in tech education in Bahrain.” 
The Batelco Digital Bootcamp is in line with Bahrain’s 2030 Vision for talent diversification, while also meeting Brinc Mena’s core pillar of youth empowerment to make Bahrain the hub of talent and innovation in a fast-paced digital world.
“Each partnership brings us one step closer to redefining youth empowerment through talent diversification; this year we bring Silicon Valley career opportunities to Bahrain. Our partnership with Batelco and Digital Media Academy is a powerhouse that enables youth to gain an intrapreneurship perspective with 21st-century skills, which will accelerate the digital transformation of the kingdom from within organisations,” said Yasin Aboudaoud, CDO & MP of Brinc Mena.
Phase 1 of the three phase programme will allow students to learn technical skills for four weeks. The students will learn Java, Python and AI programming to develop apps and games in addition to animation drawing. They will also be introduced to the latest digital skills trends, such as big data, cloud computing and IoT through professional workshops.
Phase 2 will focus on developing a problem-solving mindset helping students to utilise research methods to solve global dilemmas.
Meanwhile Phase 3 will boost their professional attitude towards establishing their own brand identity and business plan.
Before the finish line, students will sharpen their presentation and team skills through a competitive hackathon to pitch their ideas to win the best tech business idea in the bootcamp. –Tradearabia News Service


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