Techfugees Jordan Hackathon: May 4th-6th

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Date: Thursday, 04/05/2017 – Saturday, 06/05/2017

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Amman Time.

Location: Zain Innovation Campus (ZINC), King Hussein Business Park, Building 23, King Abdullah II Street,, Amman, Jordan

To register for the event online go to Eventbrite

The challenges

Techfugees Jordan is coming back with a hackathon in Amman to find tech & innovative solutions to challenges faced by refugees.

Schedule & Tools

Techfugees’ Coder | Maker hackathon is both a competition and a community gathering to pitch ideas to solve challenges facing refugees in Jordan, It’s implemented in partnership with our Jordanian Strategic Partner, Zain.

Over three days, participants will form teams to work on finding solutions for these challenges, meeting professional mentors to help them tackle problems and also importantly to network and discuss the current refugees’ issues.

Three main challenges will be presented on Thursday, to be solved by the end of the weekend choosing one of the two innovation track to solve these challenges: (1) the Coder Track tends to solve problems by coding apps and websites, and (2) the Maker Track tends to solve problems by creating new products and/or techniques.

Find out about the challenges on the event page.

Each track will have two winning teams; each team will be eligible for a cash prize and internship/training provided by Zain, Oasis500 and Mixed Dimensions.



A jury made of leading figures  from the local tech community will decide on the winners of incubation & sponsor prizes for the main three challenges on Sunday night while a “coup de coeur” prize will be provided to any pitch out of the three that will positively surprise the jury.

Refugees and asylum seekers settled in Jordan will participate in the event to help teams understand challenges faced by new settlers and co-design solutions.

Humanitarian and tech experts from Zain, MixedDimensions, Oasis500 Unicef and the Queen Rania Foundation will mentor teams through the weekend.

Looking for inspiration on what works in other countries? Check out the Techfugees Hackpad for projects that were created at past hacks.


More information & questions?

Ask us on the Facebook event page.

Techfugees live streaming Requiem for Aleppo from 14 locations across the world

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Techfugees is proud to announce it has partnered with Requiem for Aleppo, a brand new contemporary dance work created and conceived by composer David Cazalet with choreography by Jason Mabana and featuring Juliana Yazbeck, to live stream the world premiere of the show in 14 different locations throughout Europe, the Middle East and the US.


Grab your ticket to watch the live stream of Requiem for Aleppo

The local live screening events are organised by Techfugees’ local Ambassadors, the Syrian Diaspora and refugees from Aleppo themselves.

By screening at set locations Techfugees aim to gather Syrians, refugees, locals, and individuals supporting refugees & displaced people across the world all together. These events also provide an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for a project we will be running in partnership with Syria Relief, providing displaced Syrians in Syria access to education via online MOOCs.

We are delighted to bring the Techfugees community and partners together for a unique night and show solidarity to the people of Aleppo and the ones that have now been displaced. Requiem for Aleppo is an appeal to our common humanity, an expression of grief articulated in movement, song and design. It is a refusal to play silent witness to a humanitarian crisis” says Josephine Goube, CEO of Techfugees.

Techfugees has confirmed the following cities:

  • Belgrade
  • Beirut
  • Bonn
  • Budapest
  • Dublin
  • Frameries
  • Istanbul
  • London
  • New York
  • Paris
  • Stockholm

Grab your ticket to come to a screening or live stream it from your home


All enquiries to stream the show in your city and become a local partner should be addressed to Tom Hayton, Creative Director of Techfugees, at

Thanks to our hosts & partners – Cafe and Bookstore, a Syrian-owned establishment in Istanbul; Mikser / Refugee Aid Miksaliste, a space where refugees and innovators meet in Belgrade, MakeSense, the space for social entrepreneurs in Paris, Arte Corpo, a wonderful dance school in Belgium, the world renown London School of Economics in the UK,  House of Gather in Stockholm, Migration Hub Network Berlin, BonnLAB, in Bonn; Impact Hub in Budapest, VippaOslo, Falafelandkebab Restaurant in Dublin, Neuehouse in NYC for hosting those screenings.

More information about location & timings on the Facebook Pages of the events & on the Techfugees Eventbrite.

Techfugees Unconference on coding courses for refugees on March 22nd

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On March 22nd, Techfugees and RediSchool are organising an unconference in the Paris office of Makesense. The event is for the representatives of coding schools in North America, Europe and the Middle East who provide courses specifically to refugees and internally displaced people.

The unconference aims to gather this new generation of leaders to share their learnings and failures in an intimate setting and discuss how we can support or collaborate better together to the cause of refugee access to tech education.

Students of that course are welcome to join us at the end of the day.

The day after, most participants will present their findings at UNESCO’s Bootcamp Conference on coding courses for refugees.


We have confirmed the participation of the following Schools: RediSchool, RE-Coded, RBK Jordan, Simplon, Integrify.

Follow the event notes live here.

Tickets for the event are now sold out – but you can add yourself to the Techfugees Mailing list – and follow the blog to learn about future similar events.

Techfugees France: Refuhelp wins Startup Weekend Refugees

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Techfugees France partnered with Startup Weekend Paris, Paypal France, Liberté Living Lab and IWD together to organise an event bringing students, entrepreneurs, asylum seekers, refugees and NGO’s to create solutions for refugees.

The event brought more than 100 people, one out of two being an asylum seeker or refugee; and more than half of them having coding skills themselves. 10 teams formed over the weekend and pitched 10 projects that can facilitate refugees access to employment, education and dignity – from IoT Teddy Bears to provide information to camp managers on the health of children, to chatbots facilitating the access to information on administrative steps to access services.

The winning team, RefuHelp, a team of seven refugee coders, was awarded with a three month desks space at Liberte Living Lab, the new civic tech incubator located in the center of Paris Silicon Sentier, and providing with a three month mentoring support from PayPal, the Platinium sponsor of the event that will go continue to support the development of their product.

Read more on the event from Forbes / Les Echos / Happy Project / France 24.

Here a quick recap of the winning teams of event

“Coding languages are now the new latin” , Dadou Moano, refugee coder at Simplon and leader of the Refuhelp team. [Video Twitter ici]

The winning team Refuhelp, made of 7 refugee coders from three different countries of Africa, met at Simplon, a coding class, a few months ago. They pitched a new way of providing information to refugees – an intuitive and interactive platform that follows users according to the information they read, personalizes the experience for him/her and uses minimal text. The members of the team having been in the situation before – trying to find info on where to sleep, where to find food, how to protect oneself from the cold and where to find employment – decided that it was essential to rethink the way most information is displayed at the moment – and are looking into partnering with organisations that currently provide that information.


“Techfugees is made of hacks with innovative tech and some simple low tech hacks supporting existing refugee tech projects or activities done by NGOs on the ground. We are not solutionists!”  Joséphine Goube, CEO Techfugees.

The second prize went out to a mobile app called “Bazaar”. It solves the very concrete challenge of food distribution and hygiene products in a refugee camp. The team worked over the weekend with Joel, a representative of Elpida, an NGO having built and managing a refugee camp in Greece. The team is going to fly to Thessaloniki next to deploy the mobile interface in Elpída Home. The camp, made of 150 people is soon to expand to receive 500 more – and as such the app comes at the right time to be tested to prepare the scaling of distribution operations.

“Learning French is not only learning a language, it’s also opening yourself to another life, another culture, and new friends”, Nour Allazkani, team leader of Comprendre Pour Apprendre (Understand To Learn)

The Jury’s special prize went for CPA (Comprendre Pour Apprendre), a project led by a Franco-Syrian team formed on the weekend. It was led by 23 year old Syrian refugee Nour, who did not speak a word of French a year ago when he arrived in France. The project is addressing a very concrete need to access culture and a way to educate and train oneself via learning french.

CPA puts refugees, volunteers and NGOs in touch via an app, that uses geo-localisation, timings and level of french.

Find out more about the other projects that were built over the weekend on Techfugees France Devpost

Thanks to our partners

Paypal France, platinium sponsor who financially supported the event, mentored teams throughout the whole weekend, took part in the Jury and offered a three month mentorship to the winning team; to IDW, Gold sponsor, who financially supported the weekend and donated its developers to support teams over the weekend, and to the many grassroot NGOs : Simplon; Happy Project; YBorder; THOT, Singa; Konexio.

Fundraise for Displaced Syrians: Screen Requiem for Aleppo in your city

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Want to raise some money to help displaced people in Syria? Now you can!

Techfugees and Syria Relief are working together with Requiem for Aleppo- an original dance performance that will be shown at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, on 23rd April.

We are live streaming the event, and we want to leverage the power of the internet to raise thousands!

So how can you help?

You can help by organising viewings of the live stream- in your offices, at a local bar, at a university, at home, or even on a beach somewhere!

All you need to do is:

1. Decide where you’d like to do it, getting permission if necessary
2. Email us to let us know where you’re doing it, and how many tickets you want to create
3. We will then create a ‘’ticket’’, purchasable via donation, on eventbrite for the people who attend.
4. Tell as many people as possible, via email, social media, and face to face

On the day, we will send you the private live stream link, so you can watch the performance.

We want people to share pics, video clips, tweets and Facebook posts of their shows, so we can create a real buzz around the event, with the hashtag #requiem4aleppo.

You will need:

-A computer
-A decent internet connection
-(Ideally) a projector (but a big screen would be OK, too)

If you’d like to participate, send an email to:

Please note you do NOT need a fancy location. We want as many people to participate as possible.

After the event, all the money donated via eventbrite and the ticket sales at Sadler’s Wells will be added up, and we will let you know how your money has been spent to improve the lives of displaced people in Syria!

However, some of you may want to get bigger locations, and even get corporate sponsorship. If so, email to set this up. We have a separate, official document to help set this up.

Tom Hayton, Creative Director, Techfugees

Opening the doors of startups to refugees in Paris

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Techfugees France Hackathon: 10-12 March in Paris

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Date: Friday, 10/03/2017 – Sunday, 12/03/2017

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Paris time

Location: Liberty Living Lab, Paris, France

To register for the event online go to Eventbrite


The challenges

Techfugees France is coming back with a hackathon in Paris to find tech & innovative solutions to challenges faced by refugees.

Three main challenges will be presented on Friday, to be solved by the end of the weekend, with the possibility for more participants to come up with their own challenges to pitch. Find out about the challenges on the event page.


Schedule & Tools

A jury of leading figures from the local tech community will decide on the winners of incubation & sponsor prizes for the main three challenges on Sunday night while a “coup de coeur” prize will be provided to any pitch out of the three that will positively surprise the jury.

Former refugees and asylum seekers who have already settled in France will participate in the event to help teams understand challenges faced by new settlers and co-design solutions.

Talents from the tech community will mentor teams through the weekend.


More information & questions?

Ask us on the Facebook event page.

The event will be hosted at Liberty Living Lab in Paris and sleeping options have been worked out for you to stay over night: but bring your sleeping bag!

Looking for inspiration on what to work on over the weekend? Check out the Techfugees Hackpad for projects that need help!

PS: We want our event to be accessible to all and have reserved free tickets for the ones of you for whom the ticket price range is too high. Email us + with the title: HELP SW SPECIAL TICKET and we will work out a special ticket for you.

Epic Foundation seeks non-profit and social enterprises: Apply now!

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The Epic Foundation has launched its selection process for 2017. If you’re a leading non-profits and social enterprise, get your application in before the 6 February deadline!


The Epic Foundation finances projects relating to tech and refugees, and it has just launched its 2017 selection process. As in past years, their goal is to identify high-impact organisations (NGOs or social enterprises) from around the world that support children and youth.

The successful applicants will be included in Epic’s portfolio of organisations and receive significant financial support.
Who should apply?

Epic’s global selection process identifies leading non-profit organisations and social enterprises. The focus of the selection process is on organisations and their impact, not on specific projects.

They are looking for organisations who are:

  • Working to enhance education, empowerment, health and/or protection
    for children and youth.
  • Based in East Africa, Southeast & East Asia, Europe, India and the United States.

They are also encouraging organisations from other countries to apply so they can add you to their database and identify applicants in advance of the 2018 global selection process.
How can you apply?

Read the application information
Fill in the application form


Techfugees at TechCrunch Disrupt Hackahon: donate to win your ticket!

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Saturday, December 3 at 12:30PM – Sunday, December 4 at 2:00PM

Copper Box Arena

London UK

Techfugees is partnering with TechCrunch Disrupt at one of the most anticipated hackathons of the year – TechCrunch Disrupt London Hackathon 2016! Together with other amazing partners – Twilio, IBM Watson, Amazon Alexa, etc. – we will present our key challenges and support teams during this 24-hour contest. The contest will be announced on the Hackathon website and on-site during the opening remarks. Techfugees will also provide and present the prize during the award ceremony on Sunday, December 4. 

For a chance to be part of it, make a minimum donation of £25 to our crowdfunding campaign with a TC Disrupt reference by December 1, 2016 – the deadline has been extended!

And if you donate £100 and above with a TC Disrupt Conference reference – you could win one of the 12 tickets to the Disrupt Conference worth £1200 each!!! Please find more information below

Donate by December 1, 2016 and win:

  • Donate £25… enter a draw to win 1 of 10 TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon tickets happening in London this December 2016.
  • Donate £100… enter a draw to win 1 of 12 TechCrunch Disrupt Conference tickets (Face Value £1200) happening in London this December 2016.
  • Donate £500… enter a draw to win 1 of 2 TechCrunch Disrupt VIP Dinner Tickets on Monday 5 December — £2,000/each value, AND be on our thank you wall of donors publicly available on our website and receive exclusive free tickets to all Techfugees events.


About TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon 

Preceding the Disrupt Conference is Hackathon weekend on December 3-4, where  developers and engineers descend from all over the world to take part in a 24-hour hacking endurance test. Teams join forces to build a new product, present it on the Disrupt stage to a panel of expert judges and an audience of tens of thousands and compete for a variety of prizes, including the chance to win free tickets to the Disrupt Conference. Products created at the Disrupt Hackathon have seen great success beyond the event, like GroupMe which was created overnight and ultimately acquired by Skype for $80M.

About TechCrunch Disrupt

TechCrunch Disrupt is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies, and discussing what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators. Disrupt gathers the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and tech fans for on-stage interviews, the Startup Battlefield competition, a 24-hour Hackathon, Startup Alley, Hardware Alley, and After Parties.

Techfugees partnered with Startup Weekend Amman and UNICEF Jordan on refugee challenges

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Software developers, designers and entrepreneurs of all ages competed in a 52-hours Startup Weekend event in Amman, Jordan, to develop innovative business solutions. Techfugees worked with UNICEF Jordan & Oasis500 to create a refugee track to the event – for participants to pitch innovative ideas to help refugees

Techfugees Amman Hack Winners Profugees

Techfugees in partnership with the team of Startup Weekend Amman, launched a refugees track to the event which took place on 17th-19th November at ZINC, Zain’s incubator space. Supported by UNICEF Jordan and Oasis500, three teams came to pitch for the track. The winner of the refugee track, ProFugees, a crowd-funding platform for refugees’ stories, won three months of weekly coaching and mentoring from Oasis500’s Chief Coach.

The weekend event brought together young software developers, designers and entrepreneurs, aged between 12 to 30, all from the region – migrants and refugees included.

Eva Kaplan Techfugees Refugee Event

In line with Techfugees’ events, the track aimed at developing local innovative & tech solutions for refugees.The challenge was to provide refugee kids with a voice, as explained by UNICEF Jordan’s Innovation specialist, Eva Kaplan:

“Anywhere in the world, when you pick up a newspaper, you will see a story about refugees.  Most of those stories will be negative. In addition, all over the world, government officials are making decisions that impact the lives of refugees.  The voices of refugees are rarely heard in these conversations.  They do not have the opportunity to tell their own stories, and they do not have the ability to provide their perspective on the issues that impact their lives. How can we use technology to amplify and elevate the voices of refugee children?  How can we make sure that those stories and perspectives are heard?”


The winning team, Profugees, led by Hassan Al-Nouri, presented a prototype of a crowd-funding platform for young refugees. Here is how it works: a young refugee can pitch their story to a content creator (video producer, writer, journalists) and these content producers will create a whole crowd-funding campaign online around the story – this will generate revenue for the refugee and for the content producer. This enables for stories of young refugees and dreams to be more visible and potentially financially supported.

Two other teams pitched projects beyond the initial topic of young refugees’ voices, and found creative ways to provide innovative shelter solutions and education opportunities to refugees.

Techfugees Amman REfugees smart tent

Refugee Smart Tent (R.S.T.) wants to make camp tents that are self-sustained with solar powered energy, insulated against flood and equipped with a smart beacon, that can alert the administrator of the camp about emergency issues.

Study First, is an app that provides online homework content, controlled by local teachers, in arabic – and at the same time shuts down all social media applications on the device – so the student cannot be distracted while studying.

Want to know more about Techfugees’ next event and how to get involved? Check our calendar of events – or simply your city’s Techfugees local chapter.