Born in Europe in the summer of 2015, Techfugees has been spearheading the movement of tech startups aiming to respond to the refugee crisis, including refugee and migrant entrepreneurs in their programs and their annual summit. Now, as the refugee tech community grows, the organization gears up for its second big hit, themed “Let’s Tech the Borders Down.”
From their office in Paris, and with hubs across the world, the organization has coordinated the tech community’s commitment and contribution to develop tech-based solutions for the past three years, launching the first-ever Techfugees Global Summit in 2017.
The summit, held at Station F in Paris, brought together more than 600 participants – of which one in five was a refugee – under the theme “the refugee journey” to discuss and debate the various uses of technology for displaced people. This year, the second edition of Techfugees Global Summit will focus on the challenges newcomers face as they settle into their new host societies, and what role technology can take in breaking down barriers and building bridges to enable integration.
Speakers for this year’s edition include R Ventures’ Executive Director Archish Mittal, Techstars MEA Regional Manager & Jusoor Program Director Ahmad Sufian Bayram, and Rana Novack, who is responsible for IBM’s Refugee and Migration predictive analytics.
This year, adding to the 5 challenges identifies for the pitching competition, the summit will dedicate part of its program to climate-driven refugees. According to a study by the World Bank, the impact of climate change will cause the migration of 143 million people by 2050, bringing a looming humanitarian crisis.
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Photography: Courtesy of Techfugeees.