Kirkuk’s First Tech Hub Has Launched

Co-working spaces and tech-focused activities are still new in Iraq, with most major cities missing its own version of a Google Campus. Recent developments in Erbil, Baghdad, and Suliymaniya show the beginnings of the co-working space movement. Now, Kirkuk also has its own hub.

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Kirkuk is generally known as an oil-rich, yet a politically contentious city. Despite the presence of ISIS on the city’s outskirts, it did not stop co-founders Anas and Marwan to launch Knowledge Space in 2018.

Knowledge Space is the first co-working and learning centre in Kirkuk where science and technology intersect. The Kirkuk tech hub was founded with the focus of providing technology education to youth in robotics, programming, and design. The primary goal of the hub is to share knowledge among its community.

It’s important for any community to catch up with the technology available today and to build a strong innovation ecosystem.

Marwan, co-founder of Knowledge Space

The Kirkuk Tech Hub provides trainings which support learners in an inspiring environment. The space caters to professionals, graduates, students, and enthusiasts. Since its launch, 15 activities for children and youth have been organised in a variety of topics including self-empowerment, science, and history.

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The team does not plan to stop here. Most recently, the Knowledge Space team was also shortlisted in the Iraqpreneurs pitching competition to compete for $20,000. The future seems bright as they hope to open other branches in different parts of Iraq.

Learn more about similar initiatives here.

Zahra Shah

I've been working in startups and emerging markets for over 7 years, with a focus on growing tech ecosystems in conflict-affected areas. Having spent the last two years leading Re:Coded's operations in Iraq, and working with Gaza Sky Geeks before that, I want to utilise my experience to bring business and investment to the region. I truly believe that Iraq can provide valuable opportunities for businesses looking to launch or expand here, and i'm interested in supporting others who want to venture out to a country that people are traditionally skeptical to pursue. A big part of this is to change the current perceptions of Iraq through quality content by highlighting some of the everyday success stories that are overshadowed by other news.

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