MEET’s programs harness teamwork and cutting-edge technology education to foster innovative problem solving in tomorrow’s leaders. The MEET model comprises two stages: the Student Program, which runs parallel to high school over the course of three years; and the Alumni Program, which fosters ongoing bi-national networking, professional enrichment and venture creation for graduates.
MEET ’s Student Program is a 3-year educational program comprised of two complementary components: three summer intensives held at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and taught by MIT instructors, and two yearlong programs conducted simultaneously at the meet hubs in Jerusalem and Nazareth. The curriculum is 40% computer science, 40% entrepreneurship, and 20% deeper understanding and leadership. The entire program is conducted in English. All students are required to commit to three years totaling 600 academic hours. MEET has a retention rate of 82% from Year1 to Year3.
In their three years at MEET, students learn:
Technology - Python Basics, Django Basics, JS, AJAX, Design, Data Structures
Entrepreneurship - Ideation, Business Plan, Marketing, Presentation Skills, Product Development, Negotiation, Persuasion, Budgeting, Financial Management
Leadership - Critical Thinking, Communication, Teamwork, Goal Setting, Problem Solving, Respect, Equality
Deeper Understanding - Identity, Conflict Resolution, Narrative, Stereotypes, Dialogue
These were some amazing startup ideas! I’m left with the continued hope produced by integrated innovation from across communitiesJennifer Atala, CEO Atala Consulting, Judge at the 2018 Series A event
For me, MEET is about bringing your ideal world into the real worldWissam Jarjoui, MEET alumnus
Through doing, through initiation – this is how we can create a real change. We should not just sit and talk. We should do.Yohanan Hruschev, MEET alumnus
The (2014) summer provided a demonstration of MEET’s power and importance. Despite the trauma of an ongoing war, 175 Palestinian and Israeli students showed up for a modified MEET program guided by MIT instructors. I saw this as a remarkable demonstration of not only the resilience of MEET, but also of the depth of commitment it produces in Israelis and Palestinians to find a constructive way forward.MIT Professor Daniel Jackson
The Alumni Program mobilizes a sustainable network of change makers. In order to keep alumni connected to each other and to MEET, the Alumni Program focuses on three pillars: socially-minded enterprises, professional development and bi-national networking. 72% of MEET graduates are active in the Alumni Program and over 75% are based in the Middle East.
Graduates launch socially-minded ventures in the MEET Venture Lab in partnership with Google Launchpad and with 3DayStartup, scale up volunteer efforts harnessing their technology skills, develop professional networks and skills through the MEET Mentoring Program, connect regularly through conferences and workshops, and give back by teaching at MEET hubs. The Alumni Program is led the MEET team including two MEET alumni.