A few months ago, Techfugees launched its first Global Challenges, a competition aimed at innovators who run a technological project addressing displaced people’s needs in one of our five priority areas of work (access to rights & information, health, education, employment and social inclusion). We received more than a hundred applications from around the world!
By analyzing compliance with our 8 Guiding Principles, their business models, reported impact on displaced people’s lives, our Jury of experts selected and invited 25 finalists to come and pitch their projects at the Techfugees Global Summit 2018 at Station F on October the 26th.
📼 Have a look at the 25 #TFChallenges18’ finalists video pitches here!
One winner was chosen per category by a Jury of high profile experts, resulting in 5 laureates: Integreat, Shifra, Antura and the letters, Taqadam and Refugees Are. Techfugees has since then been working very closely with the 5 winning teams and defining how to support their growth over the coming year.
Meet Francesco & Emmanuel from the Antura and the Letters Team, Winner in the #TFChallenges18 Education category 🏆
Antura & The Letters is a free and open source smartphone game designed to help refugee children learn reading, no matter where they are and with no need for Internet connexion. It has been developed by a consortium including Cologne Game Lab / TH Köln, Video Games Without Borders and Wixel Studios.
For now, the game is available only in Arabic and focuses on Syrian young refugees. But the consortium is committed to scale its offer to other languages (English as a foreign language…) and contexts (for example illiterate adults to help their integration in their host communities…).
Techfugees will support this ambition in 2019 by connecting Antura and the Letters with major NGOs based in Middle-East to maximize outreach for undereducated children. Technically, our common goal is to work on data collection and analytics for an offline game.
Have a look at Antura and the Letters’ pitch at the Techfugees Global Summit:
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