Policies and Practices
Basem organized a TEDx event in Egypt so that young people could share their ideas about technology after the revolution.
During the uprising in Egypt, Basem Helmy joined millions of people in calling for
change and he used his computer skills to share pictures and information with other
people near and far. “I was able to help document the revolution for the world,”
said Basem. “My technology experience helped me and my community.”
“The first day of Microsoft Student Partners, I walked to the front of the building
and remembered the first time I ever saw that logo, and dreamed of working there.
It was proof for me that I can reach my goals with hard work.”
It wouldn't be an easy decision to implement. He grew up in Tanta, about 55 miles
north of Cairo in Egypt, with his mother and siblings. His father died when Basem
was just 10. His father was a doctor and had his own practice so the family expected
Basem would follow in his father’s footsteps and enter the medical field. When he
announced that he wanted to be a computer engineer, his family was opposed. Against
their wishes, he enrolled at Tanta University, majoring in computer engineering.
Basem Helmy, 24, is passionate about computer security and using technology for
Basem found out about the Microsoft Student Partners (MSP) program at Tanta University.
MSP provides training to university students around the world in the latest advances
in technology from Microsoft and helps them share their newly gained knowledge with
other students. Basem applied, and he was accepted to represent his school in the
program during his third year at the university.
“It was an indescribable moment when I was accepted,” Basem said. “The first day
of Microsoft Student Partners, I walked to the front of the building and remembered
the first time I ever saw that logo, and dreamed of working there. It was proof
for me that I can reach my goals with hard work.”
Young people share personal stories of their experiences during the Arab uprisings
at the YouthSpark Live conference in Cairo. A goal of the event was to discuss
the role technology played in the protests.
Partway through university, Basem faced a health issue and required serious medical
attention. Still, Khalifa said, he maintained a strong focus on his work as well
as on his studies. He continues to pursue national projects on Internet safety and
creating Arabic educational materials for youth and children.
“It is not common that you meet a person with so much determination to overcome
his challenges in such a cheerful manner,” Khalifa said. Basem’s dogged pursuit
of knowledge in the technology field and multiple various experiences with Microsoft
have borne fruit: he now works in Egypt as an information security engineer.
Participants gather at the YouthSpark Live event in Egypt to share stories and
learn about social entrepreneurism.
“We shared ideas about the next step in developing our country,” Basem said. The
event encompassed what he wanted to achieve as a boy: securing safety for the world
through technology. “It was a start for a new beginning.”
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