With an academic background in mathematics, statistics, and political science, Abdulla Daoud leads DevBloc in its various roles to help strengthen the migrant population in Canada. Abdulla Daoud believes this can be done by aiding migrants to work hand in hand with community members to build their own business and technologies.
A Software Engineer with various experiences in technological development, Tina Ali is the perfect candidate to lead our economic and development program. DevBloc. In a world that is changing towards tech based economy, Tina Ali certifies that DevBloc is ahead of game, in terms of adapting and creating technologies to aid and integrate migrants into the Canadian population.
With a Mechanical Engineering background, Kinan has a long passion and history in helping the migrant communities in Montreal. With a strong background in engineering Kinan Swaid will help maintain DevBloc's strong workshop and job training programs to help prepare the migrant community in Canada for the current workplace.
Combining a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Concordia University and an Event Planning certification at LaSalle College. Chirine Mansour acquired the skills and tools she needed to bring together a passion for finding solutions to social problems by creating innovative new events and ideas. This makes Chirine the best fit to be our creative coordinator.
After finishing her Bachelor’s of Anthropology at Concordia University, Anissa wanted to build on her cultural academic experience by focusing on the health needs of the community. In addition to studying Nursing, she orients herself towards service initiatives to help ensure the healthy community environment. This paired with her corporate experience in the IT world makes Anissa a perfect fit for the atmosphere that DevBloc is attempting to cultivate.
Sila is a recent graduate from McGill University in International Development, and is now perusing her Masters degree in International Development at Laval University. Her unique experience both academically and in the field makes her a great addition to the DevBloc communications team. Sila believes she can leverage her skills to help the current Montreal community in building stronger social enterprises.
Me Pierre-Luc Bouchard, helps DevBloc participants make their ideas come true, from the legal level to the conception of the project itself. He completed his Law degree at Laval University and he is a member of the Quebec Bar Association. Me Pierre-Luc Bouchard practices immigration Law, labor Law and business Law. Through his experience with refugees, he wants to sustain the effort of integrating immigrants in Canada.
LUNA is a artificial intelligence application that will use its conversational abilities through an interactive platform with incoming claimants. The claimants will talk to LUNA, and LUNA will control the conversation in order to extract all information needed from the claimant and automatically fill out all the applications and documentation needed to successfully claim refuge in Canada also ensuring the they are not making the journey under false pretenses or misinformation about the Canadian Immigration System. In turn, saving the government days in processing times, and a vast amount of resources in management.
Hijrah Crítica is a new online venue that will provide space for critical commentary, research, art, and testimonials on the experience of migration in the Canadian context.
As a multimedia curator, Hijrah Crítica will accept submissions employing diverse forms of communication – from written text, podcast episodes, films, and photographs. Most importantly, it will cast a wide net for contributors, driven by inclusion and actively encouraging submissions by newcomers, practitioners, and scholars. Hijrah Crítica is hosted byThe Refugee Centre, a Montreal-based refugee, and immigrant community organization.
Custom heats is a startup comprised of two refugees and a Concordia University student. The business revolves around individuals going to an online site then picking their own ingredients to create a custom hot sauce. This novel idea involves a variety of required skills in the development process, refugees are involved in the web development process from the front-end to the back-end, giving users a unique shopping experience. As well as being involved in the special engineering process needed to create the product. The entrepreneurs involved have developed a proprietary food production methodology specific to the hot sauces created.
Refugee Network is a web application built by community members and maintained in-house. The web application is a live map and 411 on all the available services for newcomers to Canada. Everything from social to legal help is provided in the platform. It also aids different Non-profit organizations in communicating with its users through the web application. Providing reviews given by users on those services in order to ensure newcomers they are guided in the right direction.
Mediafugees is an international nonprofit news platform committed to changing the narrative around refugees and those living in exile. All the content is created by people displaced from their country of origin and refugees. This platform is a method for individuals who do not have access to such technology and will be able to use it to voice their stories as well as concerns. Giving refugees and immigrants alike valuable experience in the field of journalism, and media production. Developing their own online content in both audio and visual format.
Lingua.ai is an application that will leverage a machine learning artificial intelligence to teach migrants all over the world a specific language. This is currently being undertaken by two refugees, and two community members. This project is seen as a mix between Siri and Duolingo, and it will use vocal conversation technology to teach languages. Setting it apart from applications such Duolingo and Rosetta Stone, this application will mold existing text to speech and speech to text technology to give classroom lessons purely in vocal format, as well as take questions and adapt lessons in real-time to the concerns of different students.