I grew up in Israel, about 20 minutes outside of Tel Aviv. I held right-wing views until I was around 15 years old. But my political viewpoint changed dramatically when a friend took me to see a checkpoint. My father is Yemeni and I look like I could be Palestinian, so the soldiers confronted me with their guns. I came away understanding that so close to my home, people just like me can get killed simply because of a wrong step that they make. It was a real turning point for me. Since then, in a variety of different ways, I have tried to use my knowledge and skills to create social change in Israel.
Until the age of 26 I was part of a socialist Zionist youth movement, centered on educational projects working with kids during after-school hours. I also started a youth center in northern Israel working with Palestinian kids aged two to 20. I was doing mostly educational work, but my interest in programming and technology was always there; I would use programming to create educational tools, combining those two fields.