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Within the framework of the project "Promotion of the Digital Arabic Content Industry through Incubation" which was initiated in 2007, UN-ESCWA, in collaboration with selected technology incubators in the region, organized several national competitions to incubate the best digital Arabic content (DAC) projects during the second half of 2008. The competition was open to young entrepreneurs as well as university and college graduates who have a project idea or a concept that would contribute to the development of the DAC industry.

The main aims of the DAC competition are:

  • encouraging university graduates to work in the DAC domain in view of its importance and the available market opportunities;

  • instigating entrepreneurs and guiding them towards new investment opportunities;

  • raising awareness on the importance of DAC and promoting this industry in the region.


Final Results

The DAC Competition in Lebanon was launched by UN-ESCWA in cooperation with Berytech Technology and Heath Incubator between 26 June and 31 July 2008. Ten applications were received as participants to the competition.

Following a two-phased evaluation process undertaken by UN-ESCWA, Berytech as well as experts from the business and ICT domains, Alf Mile was selected as winner of the competition.

Alf Mile was presented by Hassan Ayoub and his team as an interactive electronic game on the culture of the Arab world. It enables learning about the culture, history, and customs of each Arab country. It will provide an interactive medium that could be personalized to the userís preferences.

The project started its incubation period of 9 months on 1 January 2009 at Berytech premises.


The Information and Communication Technology Division at UN-ESCWA in cooperation with Berytech Technology & Health, launched the Digital Arabic Content Competition in Lebanon on 26 June 2008. The event took place at Berytech premises in Beirut and included presentations on the importance and opportunities of the digital Arabic content industry, the Digital Arabic Content Competition and modalities of participation; and the services offered by Berytech for winning projects.

Over 30 participants attended the event representing different universities, enterprises as well as graduates and entrepreneurs.

The deadline for all eligible and interested parties was set on 31 July 2008.

Announcement      [Arabic]  [English]
Application Form   [Arabic]  [English]

Launching Event Documents

Agenda   [Arabic]  [English]
Presentation on the Value of the Incubation Process through Berytech [English]
The Importance and Opportunities of the Digital Arabic Content [Arabic]
Presentation on the Digital Arabic Content Competition in Lebanon [Arabic]

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