Next week, Gautam and Rodney are going to Paris to participate in the global Techfugees summit at Station F, the largest startup campus in the world. The event will bring together technology leaders from across the globe to discuss urgent issues for refugees leaving their home countries and settling in new and sometimes unfamiliar places.
Rodney is speaking about how TikkTalk is helping refugees communicate with government services when they arrive in a new country. Other speakers include Greece’s former prime minister George Papandreou, documentary film maker Rania Mustafa Ali, and Jay Corless of the UN Foundation. Together, we hope to find solutions that can make the everyday life of refugees a little more manageable.
The event is led by Techfugees CEO, Josephine Goube and chairman, Mike Butcher. Butcher founded Techfugees in September 2015 as a simple Facebook group. The idea of uniting the tech community to help refugees spread quickly and Techfugees has now grown into a large, global movement, with local chapters from Dublin to Dubai and beyond.
TikkTalk has been close to Techfugees ever since we were part of a Techfugees “hackathon” in Oslo last year, where we were picked as one of the top three ideas by the jury. Earlier this year, Techfugees and TikkTalk also joined forces at Oslo Freedom Forum to spread the word about technology helping refugees. We have really appreciated the close cooperation with Techfugees and look forward to keeping it going in the future.
If you are going to the summit in Paris on 25th and 26th October, we would love to talk to you. Look for Rodney Boot in the event agenda on the Techfugees website, or get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you in Paris!