Aug 24 16
REFUNITE IS LOOKING FOR NEW TALENT!
WE ARE HIRING! REFUNITE is looking for new talent to join its efforts in reaching more displaced people and reconnecting separated families worldwide. We are currently recruiting for the following positions: Chief Technology Officer Data Scientist Full Stack Web Developer Developers Search Wizard If you want to become part of an ambitious, skilled and dynamic team and if you want to contribute to reconnecting refugees with their family and loved ones, click on the above links to apply!
Aug 15 16
African Women in Tech Summit 2016: Rewriting the Code
In July 2016, REFUNITE’s Director of Global Communication and Strategy Ida Jeng was invited to participate as a speaker and member of the jury at the African Women in Tech (AWIT) 2016 summit happening in Nairobi. Here are some of the highlights from the event.
Jul 28 16
REFUNITE Co-Founders Honored at Condé Nast Event in New York
REFUNITE’S co-founders, David and Christopher Mikkelsen, among Conde Nast’s “25 Most Daring” individuals in America. 7th July, 2016 – New York Today, REFUNITE’s co-founders and brothers, David and Christopher Mikkelsen, were honored for their vision and commitment at an exclusive event in New York, United States. The event was hosted by Condé Nast in collaboration with Cadillac, and brings together some of the most visionary and intrepid people of the world. The event took place at Cadillac House in New York to celebrate David and Christopher Mikkelsen’s nomination for Condé Nast’s “25 Most Daring” list. This list, put together by editors of Vanity Fair, GQ Style, Bon Appetit, Architectural Digest, and Wired, honors individuals who are re-shaping and re-imagining our world. The editors of Condé Nast looked across multiple disciplines including design, food, fashion, tech and culture to identify the most stand-out projects, before coming up with a…
Jul 25 16
Free Basics User Journey
This is the third of a three-part blog series by REFUNITE’s Middle East Project Manager, reflecting on her findings from a research trip to Iraq (see part 1 and part 2). This post focuses on testing Free Basics, REFUNITE’s collaboration with Facebook’s zero-rated internet platform.
Jul 20 16
REFUNITE team completes Human-Centered Design Course
Designing how REFUNITE might implement Interactive Voice Recording technologies to improve our service for illiterate Somalis in Kenya. For the last two months, REFUNITE’s user acquisition and growth team has been brushing up on an important skill. We formed a team and joined thousands of people around the world for “Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design”, an online course by +ACUMEN and IDEO. Over 7 weeks, the course led us through three different phases: inspiration, ideation and implementation – to tackle social problems. In the initial inspiration phase, we thought about where in society, specifically within our current audience of displaced people, we could have an impact. Currently, REFUNITE is focusing on engaging users in Somalia. However, 62% of Somalis are illiterate (according to UNESCO figures). Our long-time collaborative partners Ericsson have been looking into the technical aspects of interactive voice response (IVR) technologies for REFUNITE. This were demonstrated…
Jul 15 16
REFUNITE shares expertise at European Social Innovation Academy 2016
The European Commission’s Social Innovation Competition 2016, ‘Integrated Futures’, focuses on innovative solutions for refugees and brings together social entrepreneurs, changemakers and technologists from different European countries. REFUNITE has been selected as a Jury member, alongside organizations, such as The United Nations Refugee Agency and TechFugees.
Jul 15 16
Cannes Lions 2016: #IMmigrant shortlisted
Between 19-21 June 2016, the #IMmigrant campaign, initiated by advertising agency LDC and REFUNITE, received three nominations at Cannes Lions, in the Direct category and the Cyber category. Although we didn’t come home with Lions in our pockets, we are proud of the campaign’s success and the growing visibility it sparked on the migration stories we all share. In December 2015 advertising agency LDC and REFUNITE launched the #IMmigrant campaign to spread the word: We are all migrants. In less than a month, over 70,000 #IMmigrant images were created from more than 200 different countries. Football player Neymar da Silva Santos, actress Pamela Anderson, and celebrity chef Alex Attala are some among the many other personalities that have created and showcased their #IMmigrant image publicly. You can still upload your picture and create your own #IMmigrant image here. #IMmigrant. Are you? 15th July 2016.
Jul 14 16
Closing Dadaab: How might technology help?
Inspired by the different ways technology can be used to help refugees globally, REFUNITE and independent think tank Samuel Hall initiated a forum focusing on innovation in a humanitarian context. Closing Dadaab: How might technology help? The inaugural event on “Technology & Innovation for Supporting Refugees” took place on Thursday, June 23, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya with the purpose of exploring the possible scenarios that may take place if Dadaab refugee camp closes. Established in 1991, Dadaab is currently the world’s largest refugee camp and (unofficially) Kenya’s third largest city. From to beginning of the Somali displacement crisis in the early 1990s to the present, Dadaab has been home to an increasing number of refugees, many of whom were born and grew up in the camps. The Kenyan Government has long been discussing Dadaab closure and, after signing a tripartite agreement with the UNHCR and Somalia…
Jul 14 16
REFUNITE FAMILY GROWS: Welcoming Alex, Gideon, and Giulia!
Halfway through 2016 and REFUNITE has three new faces to introduce to you! Over the last few months Alex, Gideon, and Giulia have joined the REFUNITE Team in Nairobi. Let’s welcome them on board and get to know them. ALEX BRONER – Product Manager As Product Manager, Alex leads the research, conceptualization, prototyping, product and cross-functional team management of REFUNITE’s mobile services. As UX lead, she also manages survey, experiment and prototype development across REFUNITE. As a data analyst, Alex designed company-wide KPIs and is responsible for oversight of data quality assurance, data investigations, research training, and multivariate analysis for family tracing. Before joining REFUNITE, Alex worked as a Monitoring & Evaluation Officer for International Rescue Committee (IRC) Somalia, and spearheaded the first pilot and rollout of IRC global’s digital online and mobile data platform. She also co-developed and managed a year-long pilot of a human-centered design project on…
Jun 20 16
500,000 refugees searching for missing family
500,000 refugees searching for missing family In honor of World Refugee Day, the founders of REFUNITE, brothers and social entrepreneurs David and Christopher Mikkelsen, reflect on the journey of the organization and its partners, which have brought REFUNITE to help more than 500,000 people in their search for missing family. Ten years ago, when refugees became separated from their loved ones, the only way to try and find them, often across vast distances, was through a pen-and-paper tracing system, which failed to create data repositories that could be cross-referenced across countries, camps and organizations. The result was that few people became registered, and even fewer were reconnected. Just a couple of weeks ago, REFUNITE crossed a remarkable milestone in our relatively short history: the 500,000th displaced person looking for missing family was brought onto our platform. How did we achieve this? Through using mobile phone technology and distributing the…
Hundreds of families are reconnected through our work every month, often after years of searching for their missing loved ones.
Your contribution will ensure that refugee families can communicate and reconnect, even if they are based in refugee camps and unable to pay for mobile data.