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What is IranCubator 2.0?

IranCubator 2.0 is a global project making cell phone apps, web resources, and other tools that promote social good in Iran.

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The first IranCubator project led to the creation of multiple mobile applications aimed at developing Iranian civil society. These included project like Hamdam, a one-stop shop for information related to the reproductive and legal rights of women, Haami, which helps Iranians struggling with addiction to dial back temptation and buffer themselves from relapses, and Michka, which helps teach children how to identify and report sexual abuse. Together, the apps generated in round one were downloaded over 700,000 times, and were used for over 250,000 hours. The apps were featured in renowned media outlets including Forbes, WIRED, Fast Company, and Voice of America.

IranCubator 2.0 will connect skilled app developers and Iranian civil society leaders to create an all-new suite of apps designed to empower Iranians and enhance civic engagement. Selected teams will receive financial and institutional support to create their apps.

All IranCubator 2.0 apps will be developed and released by the end of 2021.

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Who we are

United for Iran is an independent nonprofit working to improve civil liberties in Iran. Since 2009, United for Iran has carried its mission by advocating for human rights, supporting civil society, and engaging citizens through technology.


The positive change IranCubator seeks to achieve is possible only through a wide network of supporting partners. Below are our partners–organizations we work with to campaign, research, and build technology.

ASL19 is a technology lab working on access to information solutions, ASL19 will develop multiple apps, and ensure their sustainability by providing hosting and maintenance beyond the project’s end.

Horizontal is a technology nonprofit serving frontline defenders, activists and journalists through digital security and tool development. We leverage technology to empower grassroots communities to work safely and effectively from surveillance, censorship and repression.

Psiphon Inc. is a company based in Toronto, producing open-source multi-platform software that helps over 3 million people every week connect to content on the Internet.

Toosheh are the creators of satellite File-Casting technology which allows digital content to be delivered to locations otherwise disconnected due to remote geography, censorship, frequent Internet shutdowns, or high Internet cost.