Hello, my Jordanian IT community readers, tonight we’re going to play a game called, “Have you met Tech Jordan?” I had the pleasure of meeting them at their first ICT Voice meeting, and here I’ll introduce them to you.
In a nutshell, Tech Jordan is playing to be the association for IT professionals in Jordan. I hate drawing comparisons, but to make things clear from the beginning, Tech Jordan is not Int@j, and Tech Jordan is not AmmanTT. AmmanTT is a monthly event that focuses on a different subject within the IT realm that brings IT professionals together to learn something new, share their knowledge, and network. Int@j is the association of IT-related companies that mostly do employ IT professionals.
Tech Jordan on the other hand, is aiming to be an association for same said IT professionals, either employed in the field, or still studying to become one. It’s a registered entity under the Jordanian Ministry of ICT. They want to be different by targeting the problems that face IT professionals on a lower level, while advocating any solutions on higher policy levels. They seem to be focusing nowadays on their mentorship and counciling programs, especially one that’s called KickStart Jo, where students get to show their graduation projects to different CEOs.
Tech Jordan is also planning to provide trainings, to improve IT professionals on a technical level, and better their soft-skills. These will be funded by some paid membership program they’re planning to adopt soon, but they really need to show the value they add if that’s to work.
They also said something about women in technology, but they weren’t clear about it. I would love to eventually hear more details on that. I know there’s at least one woman on their executive team, and two more were present in the meeting, so that’s good, I guess. I would honestly like to know if there are any women-specific problems to getting into and working in IT, if anyone is willing to share them with a comment.
In the meeting itself, several important issues were discussed. Graduates in Jordan apparently lack English language skills, technical skills, orientation, critical thinking skills, and general guidance. The subject of raising awareness among students, both at school and university level, and as well as employees was also brought up. It’s a shame how much people here don’t know about their rights, and this leads to many people being exploited. Many people also complained about how weak Jordanian companies are in the HR department, and some attributed that to the fact that many companies are started by “geeks” rather than “business” students. Lots of solutions were also thrown around, and many great initiatives should they start, it remains to see if they would come into fruition.
Overall, I’m glad I met Tech Jordan. I can’t tell into the future, I can’t tell whether Tech Jordan will make it or not, but I am betting on them to succeed. I just think there’s lots of space there to do good, but it has to be a community effort, so the question is, are you betting on them too?