• 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...

Aurélien Taché

Member of the National Assembly
As a "La République En Marche" MP, Aurélien Taché is currently leading a parliamentary mission on the integration of migrants in France.  

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...

Antoine Jouteau

CEO, leboncoin (Schibsted Media Group)
Antoine Jouteau, currently CEO at Leboncoin, has been with the company for eight years, with special focus on marketing and sales. 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...

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 one of the leadership team members serving on the board of Jusoor, an international NGO supporting Syria’s development and helping its youth realize their potential through programs in the fields of education Read more..

Ahmad Al Hanandeh

CEO, ZAIN Jordan
Chief Executive Officer with a passion for Technology, Entrepreneurship, Customer Experience and Innovation. International experience combined with a strategic mindset and a focus 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 a tech entrepreneur and investor focusing on impact business. He is the founder of Nordic Impact, which incubates and invests in impact tech startups and funds. He has also been 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
Robert Barr founded Jobs4refugees in late 2015. As CEO he is responsible for strategic direction, cooperations, program development and finances. Robert holds Read More...

Jay Corless

Senior Advisor, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Jay scouts and scales start-ups that advance the SDGs. He currently coordinates the annual UN Solutions Summit Read More...

Anna Robson

CEO & Co-Founder, Refugee Talent
Anna Robson is CEO & Co- Founder of Refugee Talent - an online employment platform matching refugees with employment opportunities in Read More...
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Mayel de Borniol

Independent volunteer
Mayel is the go-to technical volunteer for many grassroots solidarity organisations in Greece. Aside from GetAcross, an app he created to help refugees freely communicate across language barriers, Read more...

Angelina Lamy

Accenture Foundation General Delegate
After 5 years as a consultant in digital transformation for insurance companies, I took a year off to work for non profit organizations in South-East Asia. When I came back, Read more...

Myriam Mwizerwa

Resettlement and Integration, The United Nations Migration Agency (IOM)
Myriam Mwizerwa is part of IOM UK Integration and Resettlement team. Her work focuses on labour market integration for beneficiaries Read more...

Kivanc Cubukcu

Principal, Kois Invest
Kivanc is a principal at KOIS Invest, a pioneering impact investing and innovative finance firm headquartered in Brussels. Among other responsibilities, Kivanc leads the firm’s innovative finance work Read more...

Gijs Corstens

Founder, HackYourFuture
Gijs Corstens is the Director and Founder of HackYourFuture, a coding school for refugees in the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and the UK. HackYourFuture is a community Read More...

Marwan Elfitesse

Startup Relations Director Station F
Previously in the videogames industry at Ubisoft, Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft France and Nimbula (startup acquired by Oracle) in the Silicon Valley. Currently in charge of Station F's 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...

Megan Clement

Managing Editor, Women & Girls News Deeply
Megan Clement is managing editor of Women  Girls at News Deeply. She has broad experience covering human rights, gender, development, Read More...

Nina Tammisto

Digital Strategist, MONI

Mike Zuckerman

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Hanieh Hadizadeh

Board member, Action Emploi Refugiés

Agenda

The departure & Journey – Main Stage

13:30 : Registration

14:30 : Introduction to the Summit

Speakers: Mike Butcher, Chairman of Techfugees, Editor at Large, TechCrunch; Antoine Jouteau, CEO, leboncoin (Schibsted Media Group); Marwan Elfitesse, Startup Relations Director, Station F

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

Speaker: Hassan Akkad, Film Maker, Exodus

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

Speakers: Benjamin Hounsell, Director of Strategy & Head of Implementation Research, Samuel Hall East Africa; Jenny Casswell, Disaster Response Programme at GSMA

Moderators: Megan Clement, Managing Editor, Women & Girls, News Deeply

15:40 : Fireside Chat - The power of Social media & Smartphones to keep in touch

Speaker: Vaughn Hester, Community Partnership, Facebook

Moderator: Guillaume Bregeras, Les Echos

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

Speakers: Rodney Boot, co-Founder, Tikktalk; Mayel de Borniol, Independent volunteer

Moderator: Louisa Mesnard, Cofounder Citron & Textfugees

17:10 : 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?

Speakers: Rania Ali and Anders Hammer, Documentary: ‘Escape from Syria: Rania's Odyssey”. Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown, Co-founder Uncommon Union & Partner Moreno Ocampo

Moderator: Samira Sohail, host of Samira Stalks podcast

17:40 : 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?

Speaker: Mike Zuckerman, Founder, Free Space

Moderator: Michael Neuman, Director of studies, Crash / Médecins Sans Frontières

18:00 : Fireside Chat - Open Data for a fact based debate on immigration

Where is the data on immigration online?

Speaker: Axelle Lemaire, Former Innovation Minister in the French Government

Moderator: Mike Butcher, Chairman of Techfugees, Editor at Large, TechCrunch;

18:20 : Networking Drinks @Station F

19:00 : End of Day I

The Arrival – Main Stage

08:30 : Registration

09:15 : Introduction to Day II. What Techfugees does. We coordinate. We translate.

Speakers: Josephine Goube, CEO, Techfugees; Tom Hayton, Global Creative Director, Techfugees

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.

Speakers: Niall Dennehy, Co-founder, Aid:Tech; 
Hila Cohen, World Food Programme; Nina Tammisto, Digital Strategist, MONI

Moderator: Josephine Goube, CEO, Techfugees

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?

Speakers: Alexandra Amouyel, Executive Director, Solve; Hila Cohen, World Food Programme

Moderator: Bertier Luyt, Managing Director, Techstar

11:45 : 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?

Speakers: Ben Mason, betterplace lab; Ionna Theodorou, Founder, Campfire Innovation;
Joséphine Goube, CEO, Techfugees;
Celine Schmit, Senior Public Information Officer, Spokesperson, Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR)

Moderator: Jay Corless, Senior Advisor, UN Foundation

12:35 : Presentation - Virtual Reality

Gabo Arora presenting "Cloud over sidra", its VR movie about a refugee kid in Za'atari Camp

Speaker: Gabo Arora, Founder and Creative Director, LightShed

12:55 : Lunch

The settlement – Main Stage

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

  • Taqanu
  • Kiron
  • IpsoContext
  • Security First
  • Quickbed
  • TruckSHOP
  • All Industries
  • HITL

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

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?

Speakers: Aziza Osman, Jusoor Board member, Jusoor; Ahmad Al Hanandeh, CEO, ZAIN Jordan; Catherina Ballout, Chief Operating Officer, MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab

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

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?

Speakers: Zahra Shah, Program Manager at Iraq Re:Coded; Fatema Hammami, Refugee student at RBK and coder in residence; Gijs Corstens, Founder, HackYourFuture

Moderator: Raphaël Sarkar, Software Developer & Student at 'Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers'

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?

Speakers: Marko Oroz, Managing Director, Refugee Open Ware; 
Ida Faldbakken, Partner, Nordic Impact; Tharald Nustad, Founder, Nordic Impact; Kivanc Cubukcu, Principal, Kois Invest

Moderator: Josephine Goube, CEO, Techfugees

17:10 : Panel - What is next for refugees in Greece, in Europe and in the World?

Speakers: George Papandreou, Former Prime Minister of Greece John Ralston Saul, Essayist & Novelist. Co-Chair at Institute for Canadian Citizenship; Aurélien Taché, député du Val d’Oise, chargé de mission sur la refonte de la politique d’intégration par le Président de la République

Moderator: Mathieu Lefevre, Co-founder of More in Common & Director of More In Common France

17:30 End of Day II

16:40 - 18:10 : Workshop N.1

Human Centered Design by MIT

Alexandra Amouyel, Executive Director, Solve

09:25-10:30 : Workshop N.2

Access to employment for refugees. How to make it work?

Participants: Hanieh Hadizadeh, Action Emploi Réfugiés; Angelina Lamy, Accenture Foundation General Delegate; Robert Barr, Founder & CEO, Jobs4refugees; Myriam Mwizerwa, Resettlement and Integration, The United Nations Migration Agency (IOM); Anna Robson, Refugee Talent

14:40-16:10 : Workshop N.3:

BlockChain for refugees

How do you leverage the blockchain for refugees and humanitarian projects? Learn from the people that are doing it and are building it right now

Participants: Ben Siegel, Impact Policy Manager, Consensys; Vanessa Grellet, Executive Director Strategy, Enterprise & Social Impact, Consensys; Niall Dennehy, Co-founder, Aid:Tech; Hila Cohen, World Food Programme

15:10 - 16.10 : Pitches

  • RedCross Ireland Register of Pledges
  • Needs List
  • Indigo
  • Sharity
  • Apical
  • Solidarity App
  • WeTipp
  • Local Welcome Ben Pollard
  • Chatterbox

16:40 - 17.40 : Pitches

  • RefuComm
  • BuffaloGrid
  • ONIRIQ / Ingenious Particles
  • SMS Up
  • TikkTalk
  • SPEAK
  • Refugees’ Say

11:00 – 11.50 : Pitches

  • Restart Network
  • Konexio
  • UNED
  • Paper Airplanes
  • Habibi.Works
  • Crisis Classroom
  • MeGrow
  • The Unmentionables
  • Drop in the ocean

12:00 – 12.45 : Pitches

  • NaTakallam
  • Social Innovators
  • VipiCash
  • Place
  • CodersTrust
  • Diwala
  • CertChain
  • Taqadam

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Side Events

On the night of the 26th, to finish off the summit, we are inviting you to prolong the discussions at parallel events organised by Techfugees community partners: CartONG and MakeSense. Click below for more information about time and location.

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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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