EU Madad Innovation Lab
Youth and Digital Innovation
Looking for Participants

Are you interested in how digital innovations can help tackle challenges Turkish and Syrian people face in your communities? Do you want to be part of a motivated team of young people and jointly develop solutions for problems that are affecting your daily lives? Are you ready to exchange ideas about digitalisation, design thinking, business canvasses and much more?

If your answer to these questions is a loud YES, we invite you to apply to the EU Madad Innovation Lab on Youth and Digital Innovation, organized by the Qudra Programme*. Over the course of 6 months, together with Turkish and Syrian peers you will learn about technology, digitalization, entrepreneurship, business development and networking. The Lab will start with a capacity development program on design thinking, coding, electronics, 3D printing and various social skills. There will be a co-working space and mentorship support throughout the programme. Together with your team, you will be guided to develop solutions to the challenges you jointly identified in the context of the Syrian crisis.

You will be exposed to a variety of experts in the field and will get to know and share ideas with your peers from Lebanon, Jordan and North Iraq. At the end of the process, the prototype you and your team developed, has a chance of receiving support from the EU Madad Innovation Fund.

Labs name

EU Madad Innovation Lab on Youth and Digital Innovation


1 July - 31 December 2018


Design Thinking: 1 July -15 July

Digitalisation, Entrepreneurship and Soft Skills Development: 15 July - 15 August

Mentorship and Co-working Space: 1 September - 1 December

Prototype Development: 1 December- 31 December


Istanbul, Turkey


Free admission

Application deadline

17 June 2018

Please apply to the EU Madad Innovation Lab on Youth and Digital Innovation if you are:

  • Between 18 and 35 years old
  • Willing and able to attend a series of national and regional meetings
  • A team player and open to a diversity of opinions
  • Motivated to make positive contributions to your community, within the context of the Syrian crises
  • Interested in digitalization
  • Curious about designing innovative solutions
  • Residing in Turkey

We aim for a mix of Turkish and Syrian young people. Everyone is encouraged to apply, particularly women.

The accommodation and transportation of participants from other cities will be covered.

* The Qudra Programme is a regional action financed by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the 'Madad' Fund and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) seeking to strengthen resilience for Syrian refugees, IDPs and host communities in response to the Syrian and Iraqi crises. The programme is jointly implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Expertise France (EF)Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID) and Hungarian Interchurch Aid (Ökumenikus Segélyszervezet, HIA) in programme partner countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and North Iraq.