• 25th-26th October, 2017
  • Station F, Paris
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Techfugees Global Summit

Station F, Paris. 25th-26th October
Welcome to

Techfugees Global Summit

Station F, Paris. 25th-26th October
Welcome to

Techfugees Global Summit

Station F, Paris. 25th-26th October

Techfugees Global Summit

Techfugees started as a simple idea and get-together: let’s connect the tech community with refugees and the NGOs helping them. It seemed to resonate: 48H after, 2,000 people were signed up to our Facebook group and 300+ people showed up at our conference and hack 10 days later in London. 2 years later, 25 countries mapped with a local representative , Techfugees has become the fastest growing community movement providing tech talent and firepower to refugees and their NGOs.

For this Techfugees Global Summit 2017, Techfugees is bringing this generation of tech savvy entrepreneurs, engineers, corporates to showcase how they are stepping in to build solutions for and with refugees. It is a unique two-day event hosted at the biggest startups campus in the world, Station F, in Paris.

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Techfugees Global Summit Speakers

George Papandreou

Former Prime Minister of Greece
As Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou was at the forefront of the global financial crisis and, through complex and difficult negotiations Read more...

Axelle Lemaire


Former Innovation Minister in the French Government A French and Canadian citizen, Axelle Lemaire worked in the French Governement as Minister for Read more...

Mike Butcher

Chairman of Techfugees,
Editor at Large, TechCrunch

Mike Butcher (FRSA) is 'Editor At Large' of TechCrunch, the biggest breaking news site about the world’s Read more...

Josephine Goube

CEO, Techfugees
Nominated two times in a row by Forbes as one of the top 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur in 2016 and 2017, Joséphine is an hacktivist for migrants Read more...

Vaughn Hester

Community Partnerships, Facebook
Vaughn Hester works to empower online communities as part of the Community Partnerships team at Facebook. Her Read more...

Guillaume Bregeras

Journalist in charge of startups,
Les Echos

After journalism studies, Guillaume cofunded So What, a print/online media about music. Then he worked as a Read more...

Mayel de Borniol

Independent volunteer
Mayel is the go-to technical volunteer for many grassroots solidarity organisations in Greece. Aside from GetAcross Read more...

Rania Ali

Documentary: ‘Escape from Syria: Rania's Odyssey’
In 2016 I fled Syria to Europe. When I decided to take the trip I also decided to document my Journey, which in the beginning Read more...

Tom Hayton

Global Creative Director, Techfugees
Tom Hayton is a creative director, film maker, photographer and consultant. He's heavily involved in Read more...

Raphaël Sarkar

Software Developer
Raphaël Sarkar is a software developer and volunteer of Techfugees France. He is currently a student at 'Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers' where he is specialising in 'Computation for Design and Optimization'

Tobias Stone

Advisory Board Techfugees
Tobias chairs the Advisory Board of Techfugees. He has worked in economic development, with the Soros Foundation, Read more...

Hassan Akkad

Film Maker, Exodus
Hassan Akkad is a film maker and an activist from Damascus, Syria. Hassan fled Syria after being Read more...

Mathieu Lefevre

Co-founder of More in Common & Director of More In Common France
Mathieu Lefèvre is a co-founder of More in Common and director of More In Common France. More In Common is a new effort to Read more...

Rodney Boot

Co-Founder, Tikktalk
Rodney Boot is the CDO and co-founder of TikkTalk, an online marketplace for interpretation services. He has co-created Read More...

John Ralston Saul

Essayist & Novelist. Co-Chair at Institute for Canadian Citizenship
John Ralston Saul is an award-winning essayist and novelist, considered Canada’s Read More...

Niall Dennehy

Chief Operations Officer, Aid:Tech
Niall is the Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of AID:Tech. AID:Tech’s mission is to bring social and financial Read more...

Céline Schmitt

Senior Public Information Officer, Spokesperson, Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR)
Born in France, Céline has worked with UNHCR since 2007 in Geneva Read more...

Gabo Arora

Founder and Creative Director, LightShed
Gabo Arora is an award-winning filmmaker and Founder & Creative Director of LightShed, a virtual reality and social impact start-up. Read more...

Aziza Osman

Board member, Jusoor
Aziza is a social entrepreneur and startup advisor. She started a social enterprise in health and Read more..

Ahmad Al Hanandeh

CEO, ZAIN Jordan
Mr. Hanandeh is the Chief Executive Officer of Zain Jordan. He joined Zain Group in 2011 as Zain Sudan Chief Financial Officer and having demonstrated Read more...

Ben Siegel

Impact Policy Manager, ConsenSys
Ben Siegel is the Impact Policy Manager at ConsenSys. He is working on bringing blockchain technology into humanitarian work. After spending time Read more...

Vanessa Grellet

Executive Director Strategy, Enterprise & Social Impact, Consensys
Vanessa Grellet is a Global Executive with over 17 years of expertise in the Financial Services and Tech industry. At ConsenSys Read more...

Marko Oroz

Managing Director, Refugee Open Ware
Marko Oroz is the Managing Director at Refugee Open Ware (ROW), a social enterprise that harnesses advanced technology to reduce suffering and accelerate Read more...

Zahra Shah

Program Manager at Iraq Re-Coded
Zahra is Re:Coded's Program Manager in Erbil, Iraq where she runs the day-to-day operations. She previously worked as a Community Engagement Manager Read More...

Ahmad Sufian Bayram

MEA Regional Manager at Techstars & Co-Managing Director at Jusoor
Ahmad Sufian Bayram is a Syrian social entrepreneurship. He works as the Middle East and Africa Read more...

Ben Mason

betterplace lab
Ben Mason works at betterplace lab, a non-profit think-tank in Berlin. He leads the lab's research on digital technology for Read More...

Alexandra Amouyel

Executive Director, Solve
Alex Amouyel is the Executive Director of Solve, an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Read More...

Benjamin Hounsell

Director of Strategy & Head of Implementation Research, Samuel Hall East Africa
Dr Benjamin Hounsell is Director of Strategy and Head of Implementation Research at Samuel Hall, Read More...

Fatema Hammami

Technical mentor, RBK (rebootkamp)
I am a software engineer who graduated from a coding boot camp (RBK) in Jordan, with a background in computer science that didn't really help me to even build a web application Read more...

Jenny Casswell

Disaster Response Programme, GSMA
Jenny works in GSMA’s Disaster Response programme which works with the mobile industry and humanitarian partners to improve Read More...

Michael Neuman

Director of studies, Crash / Médecins sans Frontières
Director of studies at Crash / Médecins sans Frontières, Michaël Neuman graduated in Contemporary History and International Relations (University Paris-I). Read More...

Ida Faldbakken

Partner, Nordic Impact
Ida Faldbakken, partner at the impact investment company Nordic Impact. Ida has co-founded of Katapult Future Fest, "Jenter Koder" - (Girls Code), Read More...

Elizabeth, Schaeffer Brown

Co-founder, Uncommon Union & Partner, Moreno Ocampo
Elizabeth is a resource mobilization and communications professional focused on projects designed to counter violent extremism. Read more...

Louisa Mesnard

Cofounder Citron & Textfugees
Franco-Irish, Louisa Mesnard is the Co-Founder of Citron, a virtual friend that recommends places to go to. Looking for a place is personalized Read More...

Hila Cohen

International Business Development Lead, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
International Business Development Lead at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Read More...

Ionna Theodorou

Founder, Campfire Innovation
Ioanna Theodorou uses the startup mentality to reimagine how social impact can be achieved. In 2015, she became involved in the refugee crisis in Greece as a volunteer aid coordinator. She then Read More...

Anders Hammer

Director and Producer of the documentary: ”Escape from Syria, Rania’s Odyssey”
Norwegian filmmaker and journalist. Director of "Escape from Syria: Rania's Odyssey" and "Our Allies”. This year Read more...

Catherina Ballout

Chief Operating Officer, MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab
Catherina Ballout is the Chief Operating Officer at MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab overseeing the strategic direction and the expansion of its programs.  Read More...

Bertier Luyt

Managing Director, Techstar
Bertier Luyt is a professional maker-entrepreneur, creative technologist, self educated, father of two kids. Bertier is a serial entrepreneur and an advocate of empowerment,  Read More...

Tharald Nustad

Founder, Nordic Impact
Tharald Nustad is founder at Nordic Impact. He is a tech entrepreneur and investor focusing on impact technology. He works closely with Ashoka helping social Read More...

Samira Sohail


Host of Samira Stalks podcast Samira Sohail works at the intersection of technology and media. Samira is a consultant to startups and has been a VC investor. Read more...

Robert Barr

Founder & CEO, Jobs4refugees

Mike Zuckerman

Free Space

Jay Corless

Senior Advisor, UN Foundation

Antti Pennanen

Founder, Moni

Hanieh Hadizadeh

Board member, Action Emploi Refugiés

Agenda

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 : Data on displaced and refugees: Standards, Privacy and Security

What are the best source of data today on refugees and what are the gaps? What has been the impact of social media to collect data on refugees’ movement 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 in the media refugee men. However, 2/3 of refugees are made of 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 : Closing remarks, Day 1

18:30 : Networking Drinks @Station F

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 : 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-renown 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"

It's VR movie about a refugee kid in Za'atari Camp

12:55 : Lunch

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

14:40 : Panel - Tech Entrepreneurship for Refugees & 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 local refugees and displaced? What's the opportunity and challenges of such entrepreneurship type?

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

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

End of Day II

Official Sponsors & Partners of the Event


We are so thrilled to be able to host a TechFugees event at Station F - what they are doing is so incredibly important, we really need to give more attention to the topic within the ecosystem. I'm hoping that this partnership will help spread more light on the incredible job they are doing.

Roxanne Varza
Director of STATION F

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