Can Tech Entrepreneurship Be a Solution to Youth Unemployment in Egypt?

Two attendees of the Maker Faire Africa show the entrepreneurial spirit nascent in Cairo and beyond.

Following the Arab Spring, observers in Egypt have noticed that more and more young people are interested in entrepreneurship and self-employment. Tech entrepreneurship especially is gaining increasing institutional support. Some even see it as a means of mitigating the country’s record-setting unemployment that has largely afflicted Egypt’s youth (80 percent of those unemployed are under 30). “Egyptians have been facing drastic sociopolitical and economic changes,” says Dalia Mohamad Abd-Allah, a young entrepreneur from Cairo. “Since young people have played a role in that change, they are getting a sense of ownership of their own destiny.

Intro to Data-Driven Journalism with NZZ Data

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Data is all around us. We can access it with greater ease; hence, the recent boom in “data-driven journalism.” Data is used to structure the story inside and out, as a tool for verification and presentation, and everything in between. Many news organizations around the world are starting to publish stories and cover beats that can be better told through data. The same goes for our #urbanmobilityCH newsroom, where we will be publishing two stories driven by data. We invited Sylke Gruhnwald, head of the data team at NZZ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), one of Switzerland’s oldest and most widely circulated newspapers, to a Google hangout with us and asked her how her team works with data and how we can use data in our stories.

State of Nature: In “Windfall,” Journalist McKenzie Funk Recasts the Conversation About Climate Change

On an expedition in Bolivia.

Journalist McKenzie Funk is an adventurer, as much in his intellectual pursuits as in his taste for sport. He would rather climb a 26,000-foot mountain than hang with the press corps. So it is with his new book, “Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming,” which recounts myriad efforts to cash in on climate change. An absurd display of Canadian militarism first piqued Funk’s interest in the topic. In 2006, he found himself aboard the Canadian frigate HMCS Montréal as it surged toward the Northwest Passage.

(Im)mobility on Campus

Ideal ist anders – Wie mobil sind Studierende mit einer Behinderung an Schweizer Hochschulen tatsächlich?

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“Die an Bodenschätzen arme Schweiz kann es sich nicht leisten, talentierten Menschen den Hochschulzugang zu verunmöglichen, nur weil sie von einer Behinderung oder chronischen Krankheit betroffen sind,” sagt Eva Aeschimann, Sprecherin der Behinderten-Selbsthilfegruppe Schweiz (AGILE). Rund 22’000 Studierende in der Schweiz haben eine Behinderung. Seit zehn Jahren ist die Gleichstellung von Menschen mit Behinderung in der Schweiz Bundesgesetz. Auch Hochschulen sind verpflichtet, Studierenden mit Behinderung grösstmögliche Mobilität zu bieten. Doch wie mobil sind Studierende mit einer Behinderung an Schweizer Hochschulen tatsächlich?