Techfugees Australia

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  • Techfugees-Melb
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Project Category: Event and Maker and Hacker Spaces

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  • Techfugees Australia is the tech community’s response to the current refugee crisis involving a network of concerned individuals who want to help refugees settle happily and more quickly into the Australian community.

    We’re part of a global movement that started in late 2015 with dozens of events now held around the world. In Australia, we’ve already held three events, in Sydney and Melbourne (past events below). Many of the solutions developed are now operating as tech start-ups in their own right.

    Techfugees Australia started in Sydney in 2015 and expanded to Melbourne in 2016 and to Brisbane and Adelaide in 2017.

    Following the success of the Techfugees hackathon in Sydney in November 2015, in April the Techfugees Melbourne Hackathon brought together developers, designers and entrepreneurs to develop creative tech solutions to help refugee families settle into the Australian community 

    Behind Melbourne Techfugees are Shelli TrungLynda Ford, Lama Tayeh, Jieh-Yung Lo, Wesa Chau and Frank Arrigo, who mentored the teams over the weekend of 15 to 17 April before they pitched to a judging panel made up of tech and community leaders.

    Crucial to the success of the event was the involvement of former refugees who have already settled in Australia, facilitated by the non-government partners, Red Cross and AMES. They helped the teams to deeply understand challenges faced by new settlers, a co-design approach that ensured they were finding solutions to genuine problems.

    Connect with Anne-Marie EliasAnnie ParkerNicole Will and Lynda Ford on Twitter.

  • Other Areas of Society Impacted: refugees
    Technology focus:
    • Open Data
    • Open Knowledge
    Technology Method:
    • Open Data
    • Crowdsourcing
    • Mobile Apps
    • Social Networks
    • P2P – Distributed. Exchange Networks
    • Online Peer Support
    • Online Market Place
    • Hackathons
    • Online Directory
    • Data Analytics
    Areas of DSI:
    • Awareness Networks
    • Collaborative Economy
    Activity Roles:
    • Delivery Lead
    • Delivery Partner
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