Techfugees: Tech solves issues for asylum seekers

techfugees asylum seekers

If you have a problem, who is the best person to help you fix it? The person it most directly affects is a good start. This is the hackathon solution provided by Techfugees, a humanitarian group that gathers together tech whizzes with new and settled refugees to come up with solutions to issues faced by asylum seekers the world over. They hold hackathon comps in Australia as part of the worldwide Techfugees movement. So what’s it all about?

‘Hackers, hipsters, hustlers and humanitarians’ alike gather at these events to join teams and create tech products that address any refugee issue, then compete for a stake in $15,000 worth of prizes. This year’s submissions include entries such as DISCOVER, a list of apps to help asylum seekers settle in their own time, or Yoga + Friends, a website that uses yoga to help refugees recover from PTSD and stress disorders. Entries from previous hackathons have now developed into their own real-world tech startups and social initiatives.

Want to join the hackathon? There are locations around Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. You’ll meet new friends and use your tech skills for giving back to the community. Your idea will be judged on; product and market fit, potential impact, creativity and innovation, feasibility and sustainability, accomplishment and learning, and a team pitch. Think you’ve got what it takes to win? Find out more by visiting their Facebook page or website and get hacking.

If you’re not the hacking type, you can still get involved! Techfugees is a global movement offering global summits around the world. Join their community to receive updates on upcoming events and all things Techfugees.


Want to learn more about the ways in which technology is aiding social good? Read about the charity chatbot streamlining the way we donate to charity, or the STEAMpunk girls using STEAM techniques to solve real world issues.

Eliza Brockwell

Author: Eliza Brockwell

Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.


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