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GUC Team: Hackers for their Project Mekaneeky won the First Place in "The Financial Inclusion Global Initiative"

In GUC News
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

They did it #AGAIN Salma Medhat Shaaban / Ahmed Hisham / Amr Ahmed / Ahmed Zaki

The second edition of the Financial Inclusion Global Initiative (FIGI) Symposium took place in Cairo, Egypt from 22-24 January 2019. The Symposium is organized ​by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), jointly with​ the World Bank Middle East & North Africa Group and the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures, with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and is kindly hosted by​ the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) of Egypt.​​

Over 350 aspiring innovators, coders and entrepreneurs applied to compete. 8 teams made the cut. 3 finalists were selected – inclusive of our very own GUC MET Team - to share the $11,000 total prize money and a chance to pitch their solutions to an influential audience of potential investors.

The Financial Inclusion Global Initiative (FIGI) is a three-year program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to support and accelerate the implementation of country-led reform actions to meet national financial inclusion targets, and ultimately the global ‘Universal Financial Access 2020’ goal.