About

OUR MISSION

Techfugees is an impact-driven global organisation nurturing a sustainable ecosystem of tech solutions supporting the inclusion of displaced humans. 

We exist to empower displaced humans and support tech innovation that’s designed by, with and for them.

1
million displaced people in 2018
1 %
of refugees live in areas of 2/3G connections
1 %
of refugees are under 18 old

OUR FOCUS

We focus our work on five major human needs that displaced humans have expressed wanting to get access support on and for which technology can truly make a difference

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WE DO NOT CREATE TECH SOLUTIONS DIRECTLY

Instead, we coordinate and support tech innovators by creating physical & online bridges as well as temporary spaces for them to create those solutions

WE DO NOT WORK FROM ONE OFFICE

Instead, we work as an open global platform thanks to a worldwide community of volunteers throughout the five continents and active online through Basefugees

WE ARE NOT A PHYSICAL
INCUBATOR

Instead we have developed a virtual open innovation methodology & deliver programmes that can support tech projects related to refugees issues at different stages.

OUR STORY

Techfugees was created in September 2015 following a call on Facebook from Mike Butcher, Editor-at-large of TechCrunch in Europe, in response to the picture of Aylan’s lifeless body on a Turkish beach. A few days later, 300 people were brought together in London for a first conference, followed by a hackathon. Many cities and countries across the world (Oslo, Sydney, Paris, Turin) picked up the torch over the following weeks!

TECHFUGEES IS A PRAGMATIC ANSWER TO THE NEW REALITY OF MIGRATION

We no longer have the time nor can we afford to be FOR or AGAINST forced migrations. Wars and climate change are already forcing millions of people to leave their homes. Everyday. And by 2050, the World Bank estimates that 143 million people will be displaced by climate change. Facing this new reality, we believe we must do all that is possible now to enhance the preparedness of our societies and businesses with the tools that enable us to welcome displaced people. We believe that building ethical tech tools that scale will allow us to be better prepared to tackle one of the biggest challenges of our Century.

Make a donation

Your donation will go into supporting innovative projects and collaboration in our five focus areas which represent the most pressing issues for refugees.