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Washington, D.C. – (The Hosting News) – March 31, 2009 – Search engine, Google, after accepting an invitation by PICTI and PITA and working with the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership (UPP), Case Foundation and USAID, hosted a GPals day in Ramallah, providing cutting edge skills to over 300 software developers and entrepreneurs.

Jean Case, UPP co-chair and Case Foundation CEO remarked, ”Entrepreneurs and NGO leaders in the Palestinian Territories are young, well educated and tenacious. Every day they overcome challenges that seem insurmountable. Working with Google’s team and sharing their expertise gives these leaders an opportunity to engage in new ideas, which will hopefully serve to spur economic development and local innovation.”

The GPals day was spread across two days. The first day focused on pushing the boundaries of web applications using Google developer technologies. The day was also about bringing brilliant developers together to share their own ideas. Day two was focused on a full review of Google product demonstrations for small or medium sized businesses to help spur innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. This included a discussion on how to create Arabic content using online tools and how to use free Google applications (such as Google Docs) to better manage businesses.
Supporting the developer community around the world is vital for the future of the internet: an active developer community means constant innovation and growth of the web. Google is committed long-term to providing tools and platforms that make web development easier and more powerful.
Google has been providing similar trainings with local partners around the world. In addition to its acclaimed search engine, Google provides numerous free online applications that allow organization of online groups, shared spreadsheets, presentations and documents and application development. Google has created specialized portals that organize and promote its tools specifically for small businesses, non-profits and governments. And, it provides Google Ad Words grants to non-profits and training on how to advertise online successfully.
The collaboration with Google is the latest in the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership’s efforts to bring investment and opportunity to the West Bank. Since its founding in December of 2007, the Partnership has secured private sector contributions in the West Bank from leading companies and organizations such as Google, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and National Geographic. Through the support of youth centers, job creation, tourism and business delegations, UPP is working to create the economic conditions for peace and demonstrating that the West Bank is open for business.
Launched by the President of United States, Secretary of State and U.S. business leaders following the Annapolis peace talks in December 2007, the Partnership promotes economic and educational opportunities for the Palestinian people. UPP is a critical component in facilitating progress toward a two-state solution, wherein Israel and Palestine can live side by side, in peace, security and prosperity.
The Case Foundation, created by Steve and Jean Case in 1997, invests in people and ideas that can change the world. The Foundation champions initiatives that connect people, increase giving, and catalyze civic action.

With the largest index of websites available on the World Wide Web and the industry’s most advanced search technology, Google Inc. delivers the fastest and easiest way to find relevant information on the Internet. Google’s technological innovations have earned the company numerous industry awards and citations, including two Webby Awards; two WIRED magazine Readers Raves Awards; Best Internet Innovation and Technical Excellence Award from PC Magazine; Best Search Engine on the Internet from Yahoo! Internet Life; Top Ten Best Cybertech from TIME magazine; and Editor’s Pick from CNET. A growing number of companies worldwide, including Yahoo! and its international properties, Sony Corporation and its global affiliates, AOL/Netscape, and Cisco Systems, rely on Google to power search on their websites. A privately held company based in Mountain View, Calif., Google’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers and Sequoia Capital.

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