Twitter Handle: @AmirR3zaM
Favorite Twitter Hashtag: #Iran
Work title and company
Currently, I’m working on my own startup. It’s called GeFi’s (dʒi:faɪ) and focuses on empowering people by sharing their WiFi connection. I’m also a PR and Content Manager at Takhfifan, an e-commerce service in Iran.
What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy photography, as well as sharing things with people, especially the meals I cook from scratch. The next items on my hobby list include studying startups and entrepreneurship programs.
If you could have any teacher (dead or alive, real or fictional) who would it be and why?
My first grade school teacher, Mr Hosseini. He was so passionate about teaching all of his students to read and write.
What’s been your involvement in EE to date?
My organizing team and I launched Education Entrepreneurs in the Middle East. We organized an Education Entrepreneurs Workshop in February 2015, as well as a Startup Weekend Education event in March 2015. Education Entrepreneurs is greatly needed in Iran. Many people disagree with the old-fashioned educational system that’s still operating here. We hosted a Workshop and SWEDU, because we wanted to help young people try to start new things in education.
What’s the most challenging and/or rewarding thing about being an Organizer?
My main goal is to make a difference in education. I want to create a space where people learn something new, engage in a new community, and form a new network. I believe that “new” is good, and I love seeing the happiness on participants’ faces.
What’s the biggest piece of advice you’d give to people trying to create edtech products?
Ask yourself these questions: Is there an important reason to build this app? Do people really need this product? Is this product something really important for people? If the answer is yes, then start working on bringing that product to life.
What’s the legacy you’d like to leave in education?
My vision is to build an Education Startup School in Iran that will help people develop their ideas.
Finish the sentence: In my dream world, education would…
…help people develop faster, and be accessible to everyone, no matter if they have money or not.
What are the books, events, videos, etc. that you think anyone interested in innovating in education and/or building community should check out?
I think people should watch the movie Freedom Writers, because it’s a great story about responsibility and commitment, two qualities that are needed if you want to make a great impact in anything.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I want to give special thanks to my organizing team and all the volunteers and mentors that are a part of this community.
More about Education Entrepreneurs
Education Entrepreneurs is the largest initiative in the world focused on helping people use entrepreneurship to improve education. Its suite of offerings include Startup Weekend Education, Startup Digest Education, Workshops, online resources, and a global network of Community Leaders. Spanning six continents, Education Entrepreneurs has created an unprecedented opportunity for anyone, anywhere to shape the future of education.