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Techfugees Cambridge Conference - Saturday 2 July 2016

last modified Jun 14, 2016 08:59 PM

Better technology for the refugee crisis
The conference will bring together developers, designers, refugees and NGOs in a collaborative process to identify and plan technology solutions to some of the problems which threaten the safety of refugees. 

Conference theme: improving refugee camps and refugee data security
For this first conference, we will focus on the theme of refugee camps, with consideration given to how we can improve internet/local network connectivity, data security & privacy and personal empowerment (improving access to training/education/jobs).

Key objectives
1. Offer NGOs and grassroots organisations the chance to pitch their needs to the technology, academic and funder communities.
2. Incubate and facilitate teams to work on issues identified.
3. Reflect on current technology and apps developed by previous Techfugees and humanitarian sector to address issues such as data security, design standards and service standards.

Hassan Akkad - A Syrian refugee who spent two months in the Calais camp, speaking about his journey.
Rachel Mantell - An admin of Calais People 2 People solidarity, speaking about social media and the crisis.
Dr Arjuna Saithaseelan - Lead of the Networking for Development lab at the university, on Internet access.

We will be introducing a number of challenges for delegates, with a workshop to brainstorm and investigate each one. They will include a challenge to improve data management for volunteers and deliveries at the l'Auberge des Migrants warehouse in Calais, and a challenge to deliver mobile internet and education to Northern Europe through a specialised van. More challenges to be announced nearer the date.

For further details, to register or to assist with the conference, see: