16 January 2019
Wellington— 16 January 2019 — Technology is used as a universal catalyst for inclusion of displaced and refugee
communities around the world, and engagement of host societies. It breaks down language barriers and increases the
impact of initiatives.
In New Zealand, our refugee background communities still have limited access to the tech industry and it’s time for
Techfugees NZ Co-Leads, Rochelle Stewart-Allen and Jude Opira Bidong, are delighted to be launching the New Zealand
Chapter of international non-profit, Techfugees.
“Bringing such an exciting and impactful organisation to New Zealand really opens up opportunities to use technology to
create new solutions and build community linkages,” says Rochelle Stewart-Allen.
Founded in 2015, Techfugees is an international non-profit coordinating the commitment of the tech community to
contribute to building software solutions for and with displaced people and former refugees to meet their needs.
Techfugees is located in 25 countries and has grown into a community of nearly 18,000 innovators supporting social media
and taking part in hundreds of dedicated events around the world, including more than 30 hackathons.
Three out of four displaced people who participated in Techfugees events found an internship or job.
Techfugees NZ planning is already underway. They have a hackathon planned in Wellington on 6-7 April 2019 and will be
introducing a Women in Fellowship Programme later in the year to connect women in the tech industry.