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Refugees, Technology, and Innovation: Bottom-Up Approaches, part of LSE SU STAR Refugee Week 2019

Thursday 07 March 2019

6:30pm - 8:30pm

PAR.2.03

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Refugees, Technology, and Innovation: Bottom-Up Approaches, part of LSE SU STAR Refugee Week 2019

Today, 1 in 122 people in the world find themselves displaced due to persecution, conflict, or natural disaster. While discussions of displaced persons often center on governments and international organizations, start-ups and grassroots organizations have a unique ability to understand and solve some aspects of this issue.

LSESU STAR, UN Society, and Entrepreneurship Society invite you discuss the role of technology and innovation in shaping bottom-up solutions to the refugee crisis. Our panel discussion will feature Tey El-Rjula, founder and Co-CEO of TYKN, a startup leveraging BlockChain to create immutable, digital proof of identity for refugees who may never have had a passport or lost it while fleeing their country. Without proof of identity, applying for everything from refugee status itself to opening a bank account is a prolonged, if not impossible, process. Tey, a former refugee himself, fled his country during the Gulf War and has first-hand experience of the pain of losing vital records to conflict. While in a refugee camp in the Netherlands, Tey became interested in Blockchain and soon discovered its potential for playing a part in social justice. He will share his story, the mission of TYKN, and the challenges that TYKN faces as it strives to give every person sovereignty over their identity.

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This event is part of LSESU STAR's Refugee Week 2019, themed "Uncertain Futures." For more information on Refugee Week 2019, visit bit.ly/RefugeeWeek2019

We would like to thank the LSE Students’ Union Fund for their support in funding this event.