The Techfugees Global Challenges 192 views

Type of Funding

Partially funded




Innovators who have developed tech projects aimed at displaced people are invited to submit entries for the Techfugees Global Summit Challenges 2018. The submitted projects must offer innovative digital solutions addressing 1 or more issues that displaced people are confronted with. Entries must be submitted under 1 of the following 5 themes:

  • Access to rights and information
  • Health
  • Education
  • Employment and
  • Social inclusion

Twenty-five finalists will be chosen to participate and present at he Competition Finals, which will take place in Paris, France, on 25 and 26 October 2018 at the 2018 Techfugees Global Summit.


The 25 selected projects for the grand finale in Paris will be given a pitching opportunity on stage at the 2018 Techfugees Global Summit. Two airline tickets and 2 entry tickets for the Summit will be given to each finalist project team. All other expenses, including the cost of travel to the Techfugees Global Summit, accommodation costs, and catering costs are the responsibility of the contestant.

Finalists will get to meet the best and most experienced #tech4refugees innovators as well as inspiring speakers, Techfugees partners and the visibility of the Techfugees Global Summit.

Five winners, 1 from each category, will be chosen. The 5 winners will benefit from 1-year personalized support from Techfugees and its community. Techfugees has a network in 25 countries comprising more than 18,000 techies.


Projects eligible for submission must fit into 1 of the 5 abovementioned themes. Technology has to be an essential means by which the proposed product or service can be delivered and the main beneficiaries of the entered product or service must be displaced people. The entered project has to be at the MVP (minimum viable product) stage of development, i.e. demonstrating a structured long-term vision and a functional prototype to embody the vision. The project has to take into account the Techfugees 8 Guiding Principles of: 1) 1. Start with displaced people 2) From refugees to Techfugees 3) Don’t collect data for data’s sake! 4) Sharing is caring 5) Because we are all in this together 6) Good intentions are great to start with but sustainability is the key to real impact 7) Integration isn’t just a refugee issue, but a political problem too and 8) Tech is just a tool.

Submissions will be evaluated based on the:

  • context and ecosystem in which the proposed #tech4refugees project is developed;
  • definition of the problem that it proposes to help solve;
  • relevance of the proposed solution;
  • impact and key performance indicators to evaluate it;
  • possibility of scaling;
  • business model and economic viability; and
  • vision of the project in the future and the road map to achieve it.


Applications are to be done online by 2 September 2018.

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