The Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) held a workshop for Syrian software programmers under the title “Young Programmers” at the SOC’s headquarters in Istanbul. The move came as part of activities that the SOC is carrying out to mark the eleventh anniversary of the Syrian Revolution.
The workshop brought together software programmers and owners of IT companies operating in Turkey, as well as interested young people from home and abroad.
SOC’s Secretary-General Haitham Rahma opened the workshop by welcoming the guests whom he said are the future of Syria and the beacon of its revolution. He stressed the importance of the involvement of the Syrian youth’s in the field of modern technology and programming in view of their considerable impact on the speed and accuracy of work completion, facilitating the users’ experience, and help Syrians solve the major problems they face.
In the first part of the workshop, participant’s reviewed a research study prepared by Indicator Organization on qualifying young people who wish to work in programming and ways to invest in this field. An open discussion took place about virtual work and how to help Syrians through it.
In the second part, participants discussed Syria’s virtual future and several other aspects, most importantly are e-commerce, cybersecurity and content creation, and e-marketing.
At the end of the workshop, everyone stressed the need to move from the stage of emergency work to the stage of strategic work in the areas of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.
They stressed the need to start with foundational steps to communicate with educational institutions in the liberated areas in Syria and focus on developing software. They also stressed the importance of automating the work of institutions in the liberated areas and establishing an e-government portal to implement and facilitate government procedures for all Syrians in and outside Syria.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)