INDEPENDENT NEWS

Techfugees launches New Zealand Chapter

Published: Wed 16 Jan 2019 09:12 AM
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 change.
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.
ends

Next in New Zealand politics

PM's Post-Cab 25/3/19: Royal Commission on Mosque Attacks
By: The Scoop Team
Gordon Campbell on the school climate strike
By: Gordon Campbell
Latest OIA statistics released
By: State Services Commission
New legal action taken against 'Hit and Run' inquiry
By: RNZ
Mokihinui River catchment land to be added to Kahurangi
By: New Zealand Government
PM Announces Royal Commission into Christchurch Attacks
By: RNZ
PM Ardern to visit China for one-day meeting with Xi, Li
By: BusinessDesk
Prime Minister to visit China to meet with leaders
By: New Zealand Government
Foreign Minister to visit Malaysia
By: New Zealand Government
An Open Letter from the Youth of Aotearoa
By: SchoolStrike
We're striking and we're doing it right!
By: School strike 4 climate
Wairarapa college students will join international protest
By: Carys Gibbs
Christchurch students to join global Climate Strike
By: SchoolStrike
Climate change protest on school day divides MPs
By: RNZ
Principals seek guidance over students climate strike
By: RNZ
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media