Techfugees Global Festival


October 10


01:30 pm - 06:30 pm


FORA Spitafields

35-41 Folgate St

London, E1 6BX

UK premier launch of a series of international and regional ‘mini-festivals’ in bringing together the tech community, refugee/displaced talent, their stories for an enriched knowledge sharing forum to advocate human rights and initiatives taken to advance three themes: digital divide/accessibility, displacement/refugees inclusion with responsible tech and digital rights & safeguarding.



13:30 to 14:00 Registration: networking, refreshments

14:00 to 14:15 Welcome: forced displacements & tech

14:15 to 14:45 Humanitarian Crisis Management

Panel discussion on ‘Information Aid’ sharing learnings from the Ukraine crisis on how the tech community responded and how access to trusted information made a difference?

Moderator: Richard Hodkinson, Techfugees Emergency Response Network with opening remarks from displaced person


  • Katz Kiely, Founder

  • Nalani Saxena, Exec Director, PORTAL

  • Julia Sachenko, Country Head Ukraine, A21

15:00 – 15:30 Digital Rights/ Identity and Safety

Panel discussion on how responsible tech and access to trusted information in enabling digital identities aids to protect displaced persons, particularly to mitigate human trafficking.

Moderator: Raj Burman, CEO Techfugees with opening remarks from displaced person.


15:45 – 16:15 Keynote: Digital Inclusion: Chili Piper Inc

Fostering business growth through Inclusion of underrepresented talents

16.30 – 17:00 Keynote: Connecting the Unconnected: Buffalo Grid

How inclusive tech is enabling access to content resources, streaming and power empowers marginalised communities

17:15 – 18:00 “The Other Side of Paradise” Documentary Short

A part-animated short of an intimate portrait and heroes journey of a Kurdish asylum seeker in the UK of his challenges, loss and isolation as it is about hope, resilience and determination.

18:00 – 18:30 Call to Action and Closing address

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