In our annual summer camp, we carefully select participants who show the potential, readiness, and willingness to learn and lead their communities. Our tailored program of the camp includes sessions and technical workshops about one of the renewable energies and its modern applications, which are conducted by Egyptian and international experts. Also, we organize fieldtrips to sustainable farms and factories that use renewable energy as their source of energy, which is an attempt to decrease the gap between the participants and the working field.
Being in a closed camp for at least three weeks, the lifestyles and attitudes of our participants positively change to become more sustainable and eco-friendly. Our program also includes workshops about entrepreneurship and business modeling, where our professional trainers teach our participants how to innovatively model their ideas and pitch them in front of different investors in the closing ceremony of the camp.
Our Second Youth National Sustainability Summer Camp took place in one of Egypt’s unique cities that tend to be sustainable – El-Gouna. It was executed specifically at the Technical University of Berlin (TUB) Campus El Gouna from July 31 to August 22, 2015. After receiving more than 1,000 applications, we interviewed 200 shortlisted candidates and selected the best and most qualified 41 to participate in our life-changing program.
The main topics of the camp were solar energy, sustainable cities, and water energy food (WEF) nexus where the participants attended theoretical and practical workshops to increase their knowledge and to have an effective hands-on experience. Moreover, we took our participants to different fieldtrips including visits to a solar energy plant, a recycling factory, a water desalination plant, and a waste water treatment plant in order to practically experience what they have learned theoretically in class.
From the main goals of the camp was to create an innovative environment for the participants to come out with creative project ideas that tackle some of the problems that the Egyptian community suffer from like electricity outrages and the bad transportation system. Accordingly, we did not lose sight of addressing topics like entrepreneurship, business modeling, marketing & sales, and entrepreneurial finance. These workshops were essential to help our participants to develop their business plans in order to pitch their ideas in front of a judging committee in the closing ceremony of the camp.
As expected, the closing ceremony was very successful, where it was attended by Dr. Khaled Fahmy -the former Egyptian Minister of Environmental Affairs-, Prof. Mohamed El-Sobki –Director of the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA), a wide range of Egyptian entrepreneurs, and different incubators. By the end of the day, 4 project ideas out of 6 were chosen to be incubated by Enpact and TIEC.
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