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Techfugees Summit 2017

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Techfugees Summit 2017: From refugees to Techfugees: how a generation of tech savvy entrepreneurs, engineers, corporates are stepping in to build solutions for and with refugees.

On 25th-26th October, nearly two years since its inception, Techfugees Summit is gathering the global community of technologists, investors, refugee engineers, NGOs, and wider humanitarian technologies in Paris, France. The Techfugees Global Summit is a two-day event hosted at the biggest startups campus in the world, Station F, in Paris.


Wednesday 25 October 2017

The departure & Journey

13:30: Registration

14:30: Introduction to the Summit

14:50: Keynote - The Exodus

The journey of Hassan Akkad, Syrian refugee from Damascus, through the Mediterranean, Calais and finally arrival in the UK, filmed on Go Pro

15.10: Panel - Mobile Phones & Connectivity as a lifeline

Meet the innovators providing mobile internet access to refugees in camps and on the way, demonstrating how mobile phones have become lifelines for refugees

15:40: Panel - Data on the displaced and refugees: Standards, Privacy and Security

What are the best sources of data today on refugees and what are the gaps? What has been the impact of social media to collect data on refugees’ movements and behaviours? How to use and secure sensitive data while protecting the displaced?

16:10: Coffee Break

16:40: Demos + Panel - Information & Translation on the go

A discussion between social entrepreneurs having built on the go tools for refugees to access information and be able to connect with locals in their own language

17:25: Fireside Chat - Refugee Women: the unaddressed issue

We hear about and see refugee men in the media. However, 2/3 of refugees are children and women. How is the aid sector accounting for that? What are the specific challenges that women face?

17:55: Presentation - Rethinking Refugee camp and informal settlement

The average time spent in a camp is said to be 17 years now. How do we move on from that reality to a place that gives people space and agency?

18:15: Networking Drinks @Station F

19:00: End of Day I

Thursday 26 October

The Arrival

08:30: Registration

09:00: Introduction to Day II. What Techfugees does. We coordinate. We translate.

09:25: Presentation - Temporary Housing for refugees

The lesson from a tech giant, Airbnb, on how to tweak the design of their own tech product to put it at the service of the displaced

09:45: Panel - Blockchain for refugees

Is Blockchain just a buzzword or on its way to disrupt the humanitarian sector? A discussion between an NGO, a startup and a world-renowned international organisation delivering Blockchain to refugees right now.

10:30: Coffee Break

11:00: Panel - Humanitarian Accelerators

How do you accelerate innovation in the humanitarian sector? Is technology really able to efficiently scale humanitarian assistance?

12:00: Panel - The Eco-system of refugee Tech

We have seen the emergence of new actors in the humanitarian sector applying the frameworks of the tech sector to deliver assistance to the refugees. Who are they? What is driving them? Is tech for good just a trend or can it be made sustainable?

12:35: Presentation - Virtual Reality: Gabo Arora presenting "Cloud over sidra", its VR movie about a refugee kid in Za'atari Camp

12:55: Lunch

The settlement

14:00: Pitches from some of the best tech startups for refugee organisations

14:40: Panel - Tech Entrepreneurship for Refugees & the displaced in the middle East

Incubators for tech entrepreneurs have started popping up in the region, infusing a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation within the local youth. How are they integrating settled refugees? Are refugees starting businesses with locals? What do those refugee entrepreneurs add to the host communities?

15:20: Panel - Coding schools for refugees and the displaced

The advantage of teaching coding to refugees are numerous: these are skills in demand, jobs that can be done remotely and only requiring a solid internet connection. However, the job prospects when graduating varies from one country to another. How can we explain these differences?

16:00: Coffee Break

16:30: Panel - Impact investment & Funding tech innovation for refugees

What are the working models for investing in the emerging market of tech for refugees? Is there a future for the impact investment place to disrupt the funding models of humanitarian work?

17:10: Panel - Employment for refugees

17:40: Keynote - What is next for the refugees in Greece?

18:00: End of Day II


Hassan Akkad, Film Maker, Exodus

Ahmad Al Hanandeh, CEO, ZAIN Jordan

Rania Mustafa Ali, Documentary: ‘Escape from Syria: Rania's Odyssey’

Gabo Arora, Founder and Creative Director, LightShed

Ahmad Sufian Bayram, MEA Regional Manager at Techstars & Co-Managing Director at Jusoor

Rodney Boot, co-Founder, Tikktalk

Mike Butcher, Chairman of Techfugees, Editor at Large, TechCrunch

Stuart Campo, Researcher, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Alexandra Clare, Co-Founder and CEO, Re:Coded

Jay Corless, Senior Advisor, UN Foundation

Mayel de Borniol, Independent volunteer

Niall Dennehy, Co-founder, Aid:Tech

Josephine Goube, CEO, Techfugees

Vanessa Grellet, Consensys

Tom Hayton, Global Creative Director, Techfugees

Vaughn Hester, Community Partnerships, Facebook

Ben Mason, BetterLab

Louisa Mesnard, Co-founder, Textfugees

Marko Oroz, Managing Director, Refugee Open Ware

George Papandreou, Former PM of Greece

Antti Pennanen, Founder, Moni

Raphaël SARKAR, Software Developer, Founder at DigiMiner

Ben Siegel, Consensys

Cameron Sinclair, Community Engagement of Airbnb's design Lab "samara", Airbnb

Tobias Stone, Advisory Board Techfugees

Ferdi Van Heerden, Redi School

Mike Zuckerman, Free Space


General Enquiries: Roberta Lifonso roberta@techfugees.com

Media Enquiries ONLY: Joanna Kirk joanna@techfugees.com

Sponsorship Enquiries ONLY: Petra Johansson petra@techfugees.com

For stands Enquiries ONLY: Anne Sophie do anneso@techfugees.com

For group bookings or for a 1-day pass: Petra Johansson petra@techfugees.com


Tickes will grant you

- Access to all content on the Master Stage

- Access to our networking app to organise meetings collect all info about the attendees before and after the event

- ability to sign up early to informal workshops with refugees, innovators and engineers working on tech solutions.

- Access to the pitches of tech for refugees startups and organisation across the world

- Refreshments, drinks and food will be provided on site

- Networking opportunities in the main area with the main actors of the eco system: social entrepreneurs, gov officials, representatives of the biggest NGOs, refugee entrepreneurs & engineers, humanitarian experts, tech experts on blockchain, big data, VR, chatbots, platforms.


The tickets are on early bird preferential tarrifs until the 25th of September and we have provided community and media partners with discounts. You can find our partners on the event website.


Paid tickets enables us to sponsor refugees' access to the event for free.

While we are doing our best to be inclusive and think that access to the event comes for free for refugees, we are mindful that our prices might still come at a certain costs for some other attendees. If you have any queries regarding purchasing a ticket, please contact petra@techfugees.com

About Techfugees

Started as a gathering of tech leaders led by Mike Butcher (Editor-at-large of TechCrunch) in September 2015 in London, Techfugees has transformed into a global platform where innovators on the ground, tech companies executives and policy makers connect and coordinate new innovative projects.

Through more than 35+ hackathons, meetups and conferences in 25 countries across the globe, Techfugees community is composed of 15,000+ individuals, thinkers, doers, business executives, artists, politicians, and civil society leaders who together are disrupting the refugee aid space.

Previous speakers at Techfugees conferences and meet ups worldwide:

Techfugees events have welcomed the speaking participation and performances from individuals like the former Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou, former US UN Ambassador Samantha Powell, Founder of MLove and co-founder of the Cisco Refugee bus, Harald Nedhardt, Founder of refugee code school Redi School in Berlin Anne Kjaer Riechert, African blogger and founder of Africa Gathering, Mariemme Jamme, and Jaz O’Hara, blogger and writer reporting on refugees in camps.

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