#Techfugees in Warsaw


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The incre­ased influx of refu­ge­es into Euro­pe is pro­ving to be a major chal­len­ge to the continent’s nations.

Mem­bers of Euro­pe­’s tech and star­tup com­mu­ni­ty see a chan­ce to solve some aspects of this chal­len­ge by doing what we do best – looking for solu­tions in une­xpec­ted pla­ces and apply­ing our sub­stan­tial col­lec­ti­ve tech­no­lo­gi­cal know­led­ge to buil­ding pro­ducts and servi­ces which may be of help – either to the refu­ge­es them­se­lves or to the people and orga­ni­sa­tions who are hel­ping them.

Begun in Lon­don, #Tech­fu­ge­es is now a pan-Euro­pe­an ini­tia­ti­ve. In War­saw we are brin­ging toge­ther tech­no­lo­gi­sts, scien­ti­sts and desi­gners in a two-week hac­king sprint based at Uni­ver­si­ty of Warsaw’s Digi­tal Eco­no­my Lab.

The model is lar­ge­ly one fami­liar to eve­ry geek – a hac­ka­thon by ad-hoc teams – but with a few cru­cial dif­fe­ren­ces. We will be wor­king over a two-week period, and col­la­bo­ra­ting with other #Tech­fu­ge­es pro­jects aro­und Euro­pe to co-ordi­na­te efforts, maxi­mi­se impact and mini­mi­se dupli­ca­tion.


Fri­day 13 Novem­ber, (6:30 p.m., DELab UW, ul Dobra 56/66) : brie­fing, con­text pre­sen­ta­tions, gene­ra­tion of ide­as and for­ma­tion of teams

Week till fol­lo­wing Fri­day: teams rese­arch, plan and design the­ir solu­tions

Fri­day 20 Novem­ber, (6:30 p.m., DELab UW, ul Dobra 56/66) : review, men­to­ring and com­pa­ring of notes

Week till fol­lo­wing Fri­day : hacks away!

Fri­day 27 Novem­ber, (6:30 p.m., DELab UW, ul Dobra 56/66) : demo day

Being based at the Uni­ver­si­ty, we are par­ti­cu­lar­ly inte­re­sted in buil­ding con­nec­tions betwe­en dif­fe­rent appro­pria­te disci­pli­nes, with par­ti­cu­lar empha­sis on looking ways to find value in this influx of people, inste­ad of mere­ly pro­blems to be solved.

If you are a deve­lo­per, desi­gner, eco­no­mist, social scien­tist, in fact any­one inte­re­sted in con­tri­bu­ting your know­led­ge and skills, sign up!

#Tech­fu­ge­es is a com­mu­ni­ty ini­tia­ti­ve. The Uni­ver­si­ty of War­saw con­tri­bu­tes faci­li­ties. The aim is to give of our time and bra­in­po­wer. Nobo­dy is get­ting paid and whi­le we are wor­king on get­ting spon­sor­ship, any funds we rece­ive will go direc­tly towards making the event more impact­ful and more enjoy­able for par­ti­ci­pants.

Con­tri­bu­ting is its own reward.

Ple­ase join our FB gro­up: „Tech­fu­ge­es War­saw”
FB event: #Tech­fu­ge­es War­saw hac­ka­thon

Con­tact: tech­fu­ge­es (at) delab.uw.edu.pl

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