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Techfugees Ireland, First Meetup, Monday, October 21, 2019

Techfugees Ireland, First Meetup, Monday, October 21, 2019

When and where is it on? Monday 21st Oct from 6 to 8 at Dogpatch Labs. How many years has it been going? Techfugees Ireland was founded by Lye Ogunsanya in 2016, but Techfugees idea was created in September 2015 by Mike Butcher, Editor-at-large of TechCrunch in Europe. [See our interview with Mike about this

When and where is it on?

Monday 21st Oct from 6 to 8 at Dogpatch Labs.

How many years has it been going?

Techfugees Ireland was founded by Lye Ogunsanya in 2016, but Techfugees idea was created in September 2015 by Mike Butcher, Editor-at-large of TechCrunch in Europe.

[See our interview with Mike about this here]

Using tech to do the right thing, TechCrunch’s Mike Butcher explains TechFugees initiative

Techfugees Ireland, First Meetup

What was the inspiration to start it?

Techfugees started as a response to the picture of Aylan’s lifeless body on a Turkish beach. A few days later, 300 people were brought together in London for a first conference, followed by a hackathon. Many cities and countries across the world (Oslo, Sydney, Paris, Torino…) picked up the torch over the following week. In Ireland, Lye founded the Irish chapter and organized a Hackathon at DCU to develop groundbreaking solutions promoting refugee inclusion, integration, and self-reliance.

Today, Suad Aldarra is resuming the chapter’s vision after she won Techfugees Global Challenges Awards in 2018 with her project RefugeesAre.info that analyzes hate speech in the news around refugees.

What exciting things can people look forward to?

Techfugees is a space to collaborate between locals and innovators refugees to solve one of the biggest humanitarian challenges. We organize meetups to talk about issues and struggles, while also highlighting successful technical solutions on the ground. We also aim to run hackathons that turn those collaborations into actual solutions based on the needs of the community.

6 – 6:30 pm: Registration and networking

6:30 – 7 pm: “Big Data For Refugees” by Suad Aldarra
(Introducing Techfugees, examples of technical solutions and ongoing researches around refugees, highlighting RefugeesAre.info: News analysis platform tackling the issue of Xenophobia against refugees around the world. )

7 – 7.30 pm: “Humanitarian Innovation- The New Frontier” by Lye Ogunsanya

7:30 – 8 pm: wrapping up, what’s next and networking

What opportunities are on offer for those attending?

Hearing about how technology is changing the lives of displaced people, and getting involved in finding solutions for the issues facing displaced people in Ireland. There is a strong peer to peer learning culture at Techfugees.

Who will be speaking?

Suad Aldarra, a Data Scientist and founder of RefugeesAre.info, the winning project of Techfugees Global Challenges Awards 2018. She previously worked for UNICEF in applying data science methodologies to incubate and develop data-driven prototypes that support emergency response. She also worked for Fujitsu Ireland and several companies in the Middle East. Suad holds an MSc in Data Analytics from NUIG and a BEng. in Software Engineering from Damascus University.

Lye Ogunsanya, the Portfolio Manager of the ONE Foundation and the founder of Techfugees Ireland in 2016. He is involved in several innovation projects in the Middle East and the Mediterranean, such as the Humanitarian Change Maker Labs, centred around the Za’atari Camp in Jordan, one of the biggest refugee settlements in the world. Part of his work is focused on how the latest technologies can create a better life for those living there.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

There is no pre-requirement to get involved as part of the Techfugees family. Only a strong interest in tech and a huge desire to contribute to building solutions to one of the biggest challenges of our Century. Everyone is welcome with their unique set of skills to contribute to the conversation with questions, ideas, testimonials, or advice. The only thing is that we are apolitical and solution-focused. It’s not a “place” to debate but to act together.

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

It is a free event. People only need to RSVP at our meetup page. https://www.meetup.com/Techfugees-Ireland/events/265310905/

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

If anyone is interested in volunteering please fill this form (It can also be found on Techfugees.com> Get Involved > Volunteer your skills)

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