🇫🇷 Techfugees France 🇫🇷
The Techfugees' chapter in France started in 2016. It brings together a group of active and engaged members from the French associative, tech and entrepreneurial communities all looking for solutions to improve the lives of refugees in France.
We connect a diverse pool of organisations and individuals united towards a similar goal: using technology to solve challenges faced by refugees. Through networking events, meetups and hackathons, we connect like minded individuals.
We support refugees & organisations looking to access the resources they need from the tech & entrepreneurial communities ; between 2018 and 2021 we’ve supported the Techfugees Global Team in implementing the TF4Women Fellowship programme in France now scaled in other European countries by Sistech Global.
We share our insights with a wider community (conferences & think-tanks) to inform on most pressing issues and needs on the ground. This paves the way for a better understanding & more relevant tech solutions.
Louis Zoccoli, volunteer #Connectivity, Montpellier
Louis Zoccoli is a young entrepreneur with a passion for sustainable development and innovation. He is the founder of "Solar Experience", a company that offers learning workshops where you assemble your own solar panels. He has a great pedagogical capacity following his experience in the animation and management of numerous summer camps. Based in Montpellier in the South of France where there is plenty of sunshine for his activity. He joined Techfugees at the end of 2021 as part of an electrical autonomy project for displaced people in Calais to have them assemble their own portable batteries.
10+ years working in innovation for Cisco Systems France, on IT development and supporting those in need, Jeremie works at strengthening Techfugees France partnership with Cisco France through the #TF4Women Fellowship & Gaming Hackathon. Follow Jeremie on Linkedin and Twitter
10+ years in the digital industry, currently managing Events & Communications at Octo technology, Charlotte organises tech conferences in Paris, when she's not climbing or spending time with her friends & family - or hands on the delivery of the fellowship in Paris. Follow Charlotte on Linkedin and Twitter
Marie is working as a communication officer at Eutelsat, Konnect - the satellite broadband program deployed for Africa, Europe and Russia to provide internet in areas not covered by terrestrial networks. She joined Techfugees in March 2019 to support communication about the volunteers activities in France (TF4Women programs, Connectivity project, events...). Follow Marie on Linkedin and Twitter
Constance is a graduate from ESCP Business School in Paris, a city she moved to in 2018 after living in Germany, Mexico, Ecuador and Canada where she attended McGill University from 2012 to 2016. She has worked in various fields, notably at the UN’s Agency for Refugees (UNHCR), Bain & Company and Doctolib. Inspired to work at the local level to improve the social and professional integration of refugees and migrants in France, Constance joined the Techfugees team in September 2020.
After a few years in tech at Ubisoft, Mathias is now working as a public sector consultant in Paris. Eager to do more, he joined Techfugees in late 2021 to help out, and ended up writing an article on how to quickly deploy mobile connectivity hotspots for refugees.
We'd like to also thank all the previous volunteers who got involved in Techfugees France and without whom we wouldn't be there : Sharanya Thakur, Marie Aline Sanchez, Paul Emmanuel Levy, Lucie Pousson and all the supporters !