Orange Jordan celebrated the graduation of the first cohort of the Mobile Innovation Lab in its first destination at Philadelphia University. The lab offers a unique concept to support innovative ideas with the potential to make a positive impact across Jordan, in cooperation with Jordan Start, under the “Innovation Space”, a three-year project co-funded by the European Union’s “Innovation for Enterprise Growth and Jobs” program “Innovate Jordan”, to support entrepreneurship and empower youth digitally across the Kingdom.

The lab’s first cohort of ten students completed six weeks of training, during which they built five innovative projects using digital manufacturing, augmented and virtual reality. They also participated in workshops on design thinking, problem-solving skills, cooperation, and practical learning, which helped them to transform their ideas into viable projects.

Chief Corporate Communication and Sustainability Officer at Orange Jordan, Eng. Rana Al Dababneh, congratulated the graduates of the Mobile Innovation Lab’s first cohort, expressing her pride in their innovations, ambition, and continuous efforts to build projects that benefit their local communities and provide effective solutions. She also thanked Jordan Start, a subsidiary of Luminus Education Group, and Philadelphia University.

Jordan Start Manager, Eng. Ibrahim Faza, said: "We congratulate our hardworking students on their success in this training, and we are confident in their ability to launch projects that support innovation and the national economy."

Faza expressed his appreciation for the fruitful cooperation with Orange in promoting the culture of innovation among ambitious youth in the local community, affirming the importance of continuing this cooperation to achieve the best results in the future.

Vice President of Philadelphia University, Prof. Khaled Sartawi, valued the cooperation with Orange Jordan and Jordan Start, as it supports students in the technological field, adding that he hopes for continuous cooperation to help the students realize their full potential on the ground.

The “Innovation Space” project supports the expansion of Orange’s digital programs to include 9 Community Digital Centers, 5 new coding academies, 5 FabLabs, 8 startup accelerators and incubators, in addition to an “Innovation Hub” at the Orange Digital Village in Amman.

The European Union funded "Innovation Space" is a pioneering initiative in Jordan and a one-stop-shop for digital innovation and entrepreneurial support. It will introduce digital culture to the wider Jordanian public, foster digital skills, especially among women and youth, and promote and nurture entrepreneurship by identifying key opportunities for digital economic growth.

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About Innovate Jordan programme:

The 'Innovation for Enterprise Growth & Jobs' (Innovate Jordan) is a EUR 20 million programme, funded by the European Union in Jordan. The programme’s overall objective is to support private sector-led innovation that could drive inclusive economic development and promote systematic change in the local enterprise and innovation ecosystem in Jordan. The Programme will be implemented until 2024, through three grants. The First Grant action, ‘Scale-Up Roadmap for Growing Enterprises’ (SURGE), is implemented by a consortium led by Endeavor Jordan in partnership with BeyondCapital and Oasis500. The Second Grant action, ‘Jordan Industry 4.0 & Digitalization Innovation Centre’, (InJo4.0) is implemented by a consortium led By SAM Engineering & Trade Co. in partnership with Amman Chamber of Industry, and Transition Technologies - Advanced Solutions. The Third Grant action, “Innovation Space,” is implemented by Orange Jordan.

About Orange Jordan

Orange Jordan is the Kingdom’s responsible digital leader and one of the subsidiaries of Orange Global Group, featuring the best networks and innovative digital solutions, with a broad lineup of fixed, mobile, internet, data, and Smart Life Solutions, and more than 1300 employees dedicated to meeting the needs and aspirations of users across Jordan.

Orange Jordan offers a wide range of communication services not only to its customer base of 3.7 million individuals but also to businesses under the brand Orange Business Services (OBS).

The company takes pride in seven core values: transparency, agility, results-oriented, customer centricity, collaboration, caring, and excellence.

Through its corporate social responsibility strategy, inspired by the global group’s “Lead the Future” strategic plan, Orange Jordan continues to make a sustainable impact across the Kingdom by implementing various free digital and entrepreneurial programs to empower Jordanians and enhance digital inclusion to drive socio-economic development by focusing on 4 main pillars: digital education, digital inclusion, entrepreneurship, and the environment.

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About Orange

Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 43.5 billion euros in 2022 and 136,000 employees worldwide on 31 December 2022, including 75,000 employees in France. The Group has a total customer base of 287 million customers worldwide on 31 December 2022, including 242 million mobile customers and 24 million fixed broadband customers. The Group is present in 26 countries. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies under the brand Orange Business.

In February 2023, the Group presented its strategic plan "Lead the Future", built on a new business model and guided by responsibility and efficiency. "Lead the Future" capitalizes on network excellence to reinforce Orange's leadership in service quality.

Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

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