Cambridge

The Cambridge chapter of Techfugees brings the lively tech community of the area (the Silicon Fen) into dialogue with the local and the global refugee aid organisations to provide new and robust solutions which meet real and urgent needs. We focus on education, refugee camps, connectivity and security.

Local Contacts 

Contact the chapter lead, Oscar Gillespie, at oscar.e.gillespie@gmail.com!
Other contacts include Richard Dent, Dona Ardeman, Tony King. Sarah Rogerson, Chris Walker, Anna Lloyd.

To find out the latest Techfugees Cambridge news and to hear about their upcoming events you can join the Techfugees mailing list, or connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

22nd & 23rd June 2018 – ESOLTHON

Taking place at Makespace Cambridge, this hack will work to create resources for ESOL teachers working with refugees.

The challenge at the heart of this event is the difficulty that teachers face when they begin teaching English to a group of students who may not even have strong proficiency in their first language, and may not even know the English alphabet.

Get your ticket here!

RECENT EVENTS

29th October 2016 Access to English for refugees and asylum seekers

Techfugees Cambridge, ran this conference in collaboration with Cambridge English Language Assessment, exploring how technology can be used to support refugees with English language learning.

Access to English training and accreditation can open doors for refugees, making it easier for them to seek asylum, safety and information, to communicate with people they meet, and to integrate into communities.

“The only way to rebuild Syria is through education. Education is a weapon of mass construction” – Ahmad al-Rashid.

A recording of the event is available on the Techfugees YouTube channel.

 

2nd July 2016 – Improving refugee camps and refugee data security

Our launch event was a conference bringing together volunteers from refugee camps together with technology specialists and academics to find ways that we could help provide more stability or efficiency.

We had a keynote talk from Hassan Akkad who described his experience of trying to make a journey to safety and using technology along the way, shortly before featuring in Exodus: Our Journey on BBC2.

A report of the event is available on Sookio’s blog here

Name End user Origin
Donation processing L’auberge des migrants, Calais Refugee camps conference, July 2016
Volunteer registration L’auberge des migrants, Calais Refugee camps conference, July 2016
Wifi for camps Refugee Wifi Bus, Calais Refugee camps conference, July 2016
Social media Internet users Refugee camps conference, July 2016
Data security Developers within Techfugees Refugee camps conference, July 2016
Access to HE Students seeking university places Access to English conference, October 2016
Diagnostic assessment and curated content All refugees, particularly children Access to English conference, October 2016
Teacher training TEFL teachers wanting to help refugees Access to English conference, October 2016
Speaking and writing Refugees who want to improve English skills Access to English conference, October 2016
Offline content Refugees in camps without Internet access Access to English conference, October 2016
English learning game Refugees who to practice English skills Started separate from conference, November 2016

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