App Aims to Employ Refugees to Digitize Arabic Documents

Front cover of a marketing postcard for the Loga app built by NYUAD students.

Loga is an app built by NYU Abu Dhabi students that could enable refugees to earn a meaningful wage by digitizing Arabic language documents using their smartphones.

The Loga app converts Arabic text images into highly accurate transcriptions that can be copied, edited, and searched. Currently, millions of Arabic documents remain locked in PDFs that can't be searched, copied, or analyzed. With Loga, refugees can remotely earn income by scanning Arabic print documents and converting them into digital text.

Through a centralized process, Arab governments, businesses, and libraries simply have to upload their files to Loga and receive results. A pilot is currently being established at the Za’atari refugee camp in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR).

Loga Goals

1. Refugee Employment
Loga's app was designed for refugee camps, paying a meaningful income for mobile work.

2. Machine Learning
Loga's transcription process creates new data sets to accelerate the development of Arabic language technology.

3. Actionable Documents
Loga creates high-accuracy transcriptions of Arabic texts that can be copied, edited, and searched.

Ideally, we would love to bring the service to market for Arabic businesses and governments to increase the digital accessibility of Arab history and culture.

William Held, Loga team, computer science major

Loga Team


William Held, computer science
Utku Unlu, engineering
Alexander Mackay, engineering
Chris Wheeler, political science

Faculty Mentors

Nizar Habash
Matt Karau
Goffredo Puccetti