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Techfugees started as a spontaneous initiative of Techcrunch-journalist Mike Butcher. What can the tech scene do to help refugees, was his question. Now it is a worldwide community of around 18.000 innovators that work on projects, startups, events and more. At the recent Global Summit 500 participants, social entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, humanitarians, policymakers, researchers and more came together to discuss topics like Access to Rights and Information, Data Ethics, Social Inclusion and Climate Migration. Part of the summit was a challenge. Here are the 5 winners! 


Integreat: a mobile guide for newcomers

Integreat, founded in Germany in 2015, is a mobile guide for newcomers and the winner in the category 'Access to rights and information'. It provides the people arriving in a city with all relevant information in their native language. It facilitates information-sharing between local officials and refugees trying to navigate local services and resources. 
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Theme | HEALTH

Shifra: health information in multiple languages

Shifra, the winner in the category 'Health', based in Australia and founded in 2015, offers an app with local health information in multiple languages. “Shifra is not only a life-saving mHealth intervention, it is also a research project which aims to explore the social, cultural and geographic barriers to quality healthcare access many refugees experience, as cited by the refugees themselves." 
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Antura and the Letters: play and learn

Winner of the 'Education' category Antura and the Letters is a mobile game that helps Syrian children learn how to read in Arabic. It is a game that runs on relatively old devices and doesn't need internet. It's free and open source and ready to expand to other languages. The team of developers behind the app come from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt.
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TaQadam: on demand remote work

TaQadam says it creates work of the future: "accessible, flexible, allowing fluidity, community building and fun.” The AI company that won the category 'Employment' does so by letting people annotate visual images to help machines learn. The on-demand annotation services for clients can be performed by refugees, regardless of location.
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Refugees Are: measuring public sentiment

Refugees Are, winner of the category 'Social Inclusion' is a project that is measuring public sentiment around refugees by analyzing news stories and other web content by location and tone. It also engages the public in classifying their news as “negative” or “positive” to raise more awareness in the language used by journalists and politicians when describing refugees and migrants. "The goal is to tackle the problem of Xenophobia against refugees caused by the media which is affecting negatively their hope in integrating and starting a new beginning.”
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