A catalyst for social innovation

مِنّا و لَنا

"From us and to us"

ourMENA is an innovation platform launched by the Kingdom of the Netherlands that enables young entrepreneurs, technologists, and change makers from across the MENA region to come together, collaborate, and solve critical challenges with homegrown technologies. OurMENA does this by bringing together a unique community of diplomats, government officials, expert networks and technology partners in cities across the MENA region to identify problem areas and guide local creativity and ingenuity into high-impact solutions.

A process built on collective action

In each city, a diverse group of diplomats, local stakeholders, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts contribute their ideas and perspectives into the solution discovery process, allowing ourMENA to source and support the most promising social ventures.


The Netherlands Embassy works with local government ministries, UN agencies and NGOs to create a challenge list.


Diplomats, challenge experts, technology partners and universities come together to create a space for guided ideation and prototyping to take place.


Local engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs leverage the collaborative environment to develop and pitch high-impact technologies.


The best solutions receive cash prizes and further support through local mentor and incubation networks.

Come solve with us

Starting in early 2017, ourMENA will be hosting hackathon events in cities across the Middle East and North Africa. The most innovative prototypes at each hackathon will receive cash prizes and follow-on incubation support.
Choose your city below to learn more and register.

Don’t see your city listed? Don’t worry. We are coming to you soon. Follow us on our Facebook page to see where we will be traveling to next.

Join the movement

ourMENA is an initiative led by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and their respective diplomatic missions across the MENA region. If you would like to discuss partnership opportunities, connect@hackforce.io. We look forward to hearing from you.

Netherlands Embassy