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.
Contact the chapter lead, Oscar Gillespie, at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Other contacts include Richard Dent, Dona Ardeman, Tony King. Sarah Rogerson, Chris Walker, Anna Lloyd.
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.
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
|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|