Friday, February 19, 2010

The Journey

The journey started on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at the U.S.-Iraq Business and Investment Conference when Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton annouced the Iraq IT Interns program. The program selects 6 Iraqis from the IT industry, and I am lucky enough to be one of them.
I can see the excitement and the enthusiasm in the eyes of all the 6 interns. Even in hotel in Jordan, all the interns discuss the future of Iraq, the infrastructure of the internet, their ideas about how to make it better, and frankly listen to a real solution to what seems to be the biggest problem in Iraq. These skillful young people know so much, and they always come up with the easiest, and the best solution. I am so proud to be with such a group of excellent people.

We are 6 interns, but they think like an army of intelligent scientists. I can't imagine how much they could do if they got the chance. In fact, I believe that these skillful people, despite of how young they are, will make their own future and create their own opportunity.

We arrived to DC on 24 Jan 2010. We met a lot of important people to discuss the future of Iraq and got to know so many things in so little time; the information was overwhelming, and I keep getting new ideas after every meeting. And what astonishes me, is that even if we have two meetings a day, and basically we discuss the same issues, the interns always come up with a new idea, and it is like meeting new people every time.

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