Wars and climate change are already forcing millions of people to leave their homes everyday (2/3 of current forced displacement), and by 2050, the World Bank estimates that 143 million people will be displaced by climate change only.
Facing this new reality (this is not a temporary « crisis »), Techfugees believes we must now work at enhancing resilience and preparedness within communities, and improve our ability to welcome people that are forcibly displaced. We no longer have the time to be FOR or AGAINST migration.
It is time to adapt and prepare. Only by building scalable, ethical & sustainable tools will we be able to tackle one of the biggest challenges of our Century.
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!