Giulia Balestra
Posted by Giulia Balestra
Sep 17 16
KAKUMA CAMP: Product Testing and User Surveys
Q&A with Kelvin Mungai, Back End Developer at REFUNITE, about his experience working in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.
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Giulia Balestra
Posted by Giulia Balestra
Sep 5 16
SEARCHING FOR FAMILY AND CONNECTIVITY
REFUNITE Senior Outreach Officer Rody Bashizi has been intensively working in the field in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for the past couple weeks, conducting a survey designed to better understand phone penetration and usage in the region.
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Giulia Balestra
Posted by Giulia Balestra
Sep 5 16
Coffee break with Eddy Mwenda – REFUNITE’s Infrastructure Systems Intern
For an entire month, Eddy Mwenda got an opportunity work with REFUNITE as an intern. On his last day at REFUNITE, we had time to catch up over coffee and talk about his experience here.
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Giulia Balestra
Posted by Giulia Balestra
Aug 29 16
REFUNITE’s Tech Talks: All Things Tech
Tech Talks is a series of events hosted by REFUNITE at Nairobi Garage in Westlands. Tech Talks provide an open space where developers and tech enthusiasts can come together and discuss all things tech. The events also give attendees the opportunity to network, collaborate, share resources and discover new talents.  Follow us for updates: #refunitechtalks
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Giulia Balestra
Posted by Giulia Balestra
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!  
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Giulia Balestra
Posted by Giulia Balestra
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.
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Giulia Balestra
Posted by Giulia Balestra
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…
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Sacha Robehmed
Posted by Sacha Robehmed
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.
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Sacha Robehmed
Posted by Sacha Robehmed
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…
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Giulia Balestra
Posted by Giulia Balestra
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.
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