Immigration Hackathon in Paris by Simplon.co, MakeSense and Singa

Internet and mobile applications are revolutionary tools with great potential to empower migrants and refugees to integrate their new home. This is the theme of this weekend “Hackathon for Refugees”, hosted at L’Archipel by Simplon.co in Paris and co-organised with MakeSense and Singa.

Syrian migrants arrived safe on a smuggler boat on the coast of Italy. Refugees. come first looking for somewhere to feel safe.
Syrian migrants arrived safe on a smuggler boat on the coast of Italy. Refugees. come first looking for somewhere to feel safe.

There are 16, 7 million refugees in the world, 80% residing in developing or underdeveloped countries. 169 000 of them are residing in France, most commonly in Paris (45%).

Refugees are individuals threatened of persecution either because of their race, religion, nationality, belonging to a certain group or connection to political ideas. Refugees are thus people looking for shelter and protection in other countries, as the country they live in cannot guarantee it.

On April 19th 2011, 760 migrants have arrived from Libya after travelling for three days on an old fishing boat. Among the passengers, MSF counted seven children, 63 women; one of them pregnant. The majority of the migrants are originally from sub-Saharan Africa. This is the biggest boat landing ever occuring in Lampedusa. An MSF team consisting of a medical doctor, a nurse, two cultural mediators, a logistician and a field coordinator performs medical triage in the harbour and distributes non food items and water to the newly arrived migrants. Photo credits Mattia Insolera
On April 19th 2011, An MSF team consisting distributes non food items and water to the newly arrived migrants. Photo credits Mattia Insolera

Seeking Asylum in European countries is a long and difficult process. During the process asylum seekers are not allowed to work and so often not able to then rent or pay for accommodation, nor to live a normal routine.

Refugees are thus found in precarious situations and emotional un-stability for as long as the legal process can be, adding up to traumas of the past threats experienced in the country of origin.

The legal process can take months or years during which refugees will live aside Society without being able to take part.

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To fight that, Simplon.co, Singa et MakeSense are calling on all technology enthusiasts to join them this weekend in Paris to create new digital technologies that will support a better integration of refugees.

Very similar to the mission of Migreat.com, the event will bring developers, designers and social entrepreneurs to create online technology that enable migrants’ access to local information and communities at their fingertips.

The three best prototypes on the day will receive financial grants  from the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Fondation Free and the UN (UNHCR Innovation), and support from Ashoka,  Forum Actions Modernité and incubator “Migrations & Numérique” of FMSH and the Télécom ParisTech School.

If you are interested in technological solutions to answer to today’s refugee challenge in Europe, sign up to the event before January 30th here:

Tickets for Developers
Tickets for Designers 
Tickets for Social Entrepreneurs

Interested in technologies that support migrants integration? Say hello to @Migreat or read more about Migreat.com values and mission.

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