Techfugees!

Posted on 06, 16, 2017

On the 31st of March and 1st of April, the third edition of TechRefugees Hackathon took place. The idea of this kind of Hackathon was initiated by Mike Butcher – the director of TechCrunch whose main objective was to mobilize the international tech community to respond to the refugee situation.

30 hours of non-stop coding… 

The main aim of the Hackathon was to overcome cultural barriers, improving the flow of information both from migrants and towards them, and fostering integration initiatives. The challenge of the hackathon was finding innovative ways to engage Millennials in migrant issues that are currently extremely important. The event was supported by its partners UNICEF Italia and Facebook.

The developers could code on the suite of Facebook APIs that include integrations with multiple Facebook products such as social plugins or messenger chatbots.

And the winner is… 

After 30 hours of coding, the victory went to the MEETS project, an educational chatbot on Facebook Messenger that allows refugees to learn the language of the country where they are staying in a fun way.

The winners of the hackathon received from Facebook amazing prizes that included:

  • A trip to one of the Facebook offices in Europe
  • Access to the FBStart program that offers a number of advantages for startups including credits for Facebook ads.

The Rome Techfugees hackathon was supported by Codemotion and LUISS ENLABS, one of Europe’s leading startup accelerators based in Rome.