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Techfugees Cambridge

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Better technology for the refugee crisis The conference will bring together developers, designers, refugees and NGOs in a collaborative process to identify and plan technology solutions to some of the problems which threaten the safety of refugees.

Conference theme: improving refugee camps and refugee data security For this first conference, we will focus on the theme of refugee camps, with consideration given to how we can improve internet/local network connectivity, data security & privacy and personal empowerment (improving access to training/education/jobs).

Challenges We will be introducing a number of challenges for delegates, with a workshop to brainstorm and investigate each one. They will include a challenge to improve data management for volunteers and deliveries at the l’Auberge des Migrants warehouse in Calais, and a challenge to deliver mobile internet and education to Northern Europe through a specialised van. More challenges to be announced nearer the date.

Speakers Hassan Akkad – A Syrian refugee who spent two months in the Calais camp, speaking about his journey. Evert Bopp – CEO of Disaster Tech Labs. Rachel Mantell – An admin of Calais People 2 People solidarity, speaking about social media and the crisis. Dr Arjuna Saithaseelan – Lead of the Networking for Development lab at the university, on Internet access.

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