Our Portal in Amman is hosted by Mercy Corps Jordan, in a site associated with their three-year pilot project funded by Middle East Children’s Institute (MECI) to establish an after school and youth program for children in Al-Salt (a community 1/2 hour outside of Amman). Mercy Corps is committed to long-term programming and community development in Jordan.
Our Erbil_Portal is located at the Harsham IDP & Refugee Camp. Harsham Camp is on the outskirts of the city of Erbil in northern Iraq. The camp hosts 1,500 internally displaced Iraqi families who fled the so-called Islamic State take-over of Mosul and surrounding villages in mid-2014. Erbil is the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan Region, which hosts around 1.5 million internally displaced Iraqis and almost 230,000 Syrian refugees. Our Portal in the camp is based in a converted water pumping station. Through it, a young entrepreneur spoke with President Barack Obama and another with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The Portal is made possible by UNICEF Iraq and Terre de Hommes.
Mercy Corps and Gaza Sky Geeks host the Gaza_Portal. Gaza Sky Geeks was founded in 2011 to build Gaza’s startup movement. They run a vibrant co-working space. In 2013, the Gaza Sky Geeks accelerator began connecting top teams to global resources to transform Gaza’s most talented youth into the Middle East’s business leaders. Investors from around the world invested in the startups and partnered with Gaza Sky Geeks to provide them with expertise, mentorship, and networks.
Central & South America
The Portal is located on the regional campus of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) in San Pedro Sula, the industrial capital of Honduras. UNAH is the leading institution of higher education in the country and maintains a strong commitment with honduran academy, research, science, culture and development.
The Portal is run by the Organization for Youth Empowerment (OYE), a youth development NGO located in the nearby city of El Progreso. OYE is dedicated to educate, empower and engage disadvantaged youth to break the cycle of poverty and become agents of change in their homes, schools and communities.
Our Portal in Mexico City has moved around town, garnered major national press, and hosted celebrities including Telenovela stars. We are now in Platoon Mexico, a global creative collective based in Berlin, Mexico City and Seoul with more than 7,500 members. The Mexico Portal is run in partnership with Time Out Mexico, the largest arts, culture and entertainment guide in Mexico. Since 2015, the Portal has moved to numerous sites including Plaza Villa Madrid, one of the most iconic neighborhoods in Mexico City, and Arte Alameda, a space dedicated to the exhibition, documentation, production, and research of artistic practices that relate to technology.
Our Portal will launch for one year beginning May 2018 at Oakland International High School in Oakland, CA. The school targets a population of students, newly arrived immigrants, who have historically been under-served nationally, in California, and in Oakland. The mission of OIHS is to provide newly arrived immigrants a quality alternative education focused on English language acquisition in preparation for college.
The Andover_Portal is hosted by Andover Public Schools, the Andover Coalition for Education, and the Andover Youth Services, along with community and corporate partners to celebrate Andover and the Merrimack Valley as a dynamic and diverse region north of Boston with a rich history of global influences.
The Andover Public Schools is committed to providing our students and neighbors with authentic and personalized learning opportunities that foster both local and global connections, which we like to call “Global Conversations.”
Imagination Celebration is hosting a Colorado Springs_Portal on the grounds of the The Citadel mall at the north entrance by the Food Court. Colorado Springs is home to an iconic mountain, Pikes Peak; the Olympic Training Center: US Olympic Committee and many international nonprofit organizations.
Imagination Celebration is a nonprofit connecting people of all ages to the brain-stimulating, life-enhancing, community-building power of creativity by inspiring artistic and intellectual curiosity; instigating community collaborations; and promoting life-long experiential learning to help us thrive in a changing world. This pop-up public arts installation connects people of all walks of life around the globe - taking us to places that we may never travel to, other than through this Portal.
One Imagination Celebration program, the What IF…Festival, celebrates lifelong learning and engages the community with the innovation, creativity, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Pikes Peak region. The What IF… Festival, is a silo-busting, bridge-building, event fostering intellectual vitality by welcoming participants to creatively engage with businesses, nonprofits, artists, scientists, engineers, performers, athletes, educators, ranchers/farmers, architects, tinkerers, visionaries and students of all ages.
The CU Boulder portal installation is hosted by the College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) and BoulderTalks, a CMCI center that fosters community and knowledge through democratic engagement.
Located on the brick plaza between the Gold Biosciences building and Folsom Stadium on Colorado Avenue, the portal will connect to sites in Herat, Afghanistan; El Progreso, Honduras; Erbil, Iraq; Mexico City, Mexico and other locations.
Our Portal is located at Instituto del Progreso Latino. Throughout Instituto's 40-year history, the organization has championed bold approaches for creating outstanding education programming to meet the unique needs of its community, providing comprehensive education programs and services to 8,000 families annually. Instituto’s mission is to contribute to the fullest development of Latino Immigrants and their families through education, training, and employment that fosters full participation in the changing U.S. society while preserving cultural identity and dignity. Thanks to its innovative ideas, rigorous research and evaluation, and above all, commitment to students’ success, Instituto is a nationally recognized and trusted, career-focused education institution establishing preeminent models in adult education, youth education, and workforce development.
Our Portal in Brooklyn is located in the Navy Yard at the New Lab. The New Lab is an interdisciplinary space designed to support entrepreneurs working in emerging technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and connected devices.
Our Milwaukee_Portal is located at 3022 w. Wisconsin our Savior Lutheran church
South & East Asia
The American Center Student Council (ACSC) is an organization that helps students gain access to global educational materials. By partnering with them, along with Turning Tables, a youth empowerment group, and a group called Fringe Diplomacy, based at the Aspen Institute in Washington DC, we are able to draw upon a wide base of support in Yangon.
Kabul University is located in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. It was founded in 1931 during the government of Mohammed Nadir Shah and then Prime Minister Mohammad Hashim Khan. Kabul University is attended by approximately 25,000 students, of which around 40% are women. The main building was renovated about 500 metres from the old one, which has almost the same design.The mission of Kabul University is to mature and prosper as an internationally recognised institution of learning and research, a community of stakeholders committed to shared governance, and a centre of innovative thought and practice.
The Portal to Herat is located at Code to Inspire (CTI). CTI uses technology education and outreach to provide Afghan women with leverage in their fight for social, political, and economic equality.
The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) was founded in 1984 as a graduate school of theology, formerly known as the Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa (CHIEA). Today, the university is open to a wide range of studies from Science to Law, all contributing to it's stated mission: "To promote excellence in research, teaching and community service by preparing morally upright leaders based on the intellectual tradition of the Catholic Church."
Our Portal in Rwanda is located at Impact Hub in downtown Kigali and run by Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga (“To Create, To See, To Learn”), a public arts social enterprise using street-arts and art-actions to involve civil society in positive social change.
In particular, the organization creates large-scale public artworks, many of which seek to reduce the stigma against HIV-positive individuals. Impact Hub Kigali, which also hosts the Portal, is a co-working space nurturing grassroots ventures aiming to have a sustainable impact on their communities.
The Migration Hub Network creates spaces, where social entrepreneurs and organizations meet to design solutions around mass migration. Our network generates physical impact within communities and connects organizations across Europe. This fosters collaboration between actors in the public and private sector in order to transform the challenges surrounding mass migration into opportunities.