Moved by the plight of refugees in Europe, a number of technology industry people, led by Mike Butcher, Editor at Large of TechCrunch, formed a voluntary team to create the series of non-profit “Techfugees” conferences, hackathons, and work with a global network of collaborators.
In it’s first 48 hours our Facebook Group and Twitter account exploded. Today there are now over 15,000 members of Techfugees, demonstrating a huge desire amongst the tech community to get involved with this issue.
Our events are entirely non-profit, designed to bring together tech engineers, designers, entrepreneurs and startups together with NGOs and other agencies in order to address the challenge of refugee migration in ways where the technology world can bring its considerable firepower.
Techfugees’ Mission & Actions
Techfugees is a non-profit coordinating the international tech community’s response to the needs of Refugees. It exists to empower the displaced with technology.
Techfugees organises conferences, workshops, hackathons and meetups in around the world in an effort to generate tech solutions for and with refugees. It also curates and promotes the best projects it finds for partnerships & implementation in the field.
- We are politically independent
- We are here to coordinate and be supportive – we put members in touch people with partners, sponsors, experts via our community events and online social networks
- While we are not involved in creating or marketing apps directly to refugees, Techfugees will promote and push tech solutions as a way of keep technology in the global conversation about refugee issues.