A brief call to action now in response to the desperate refugee situation which is unfolding in North Africa, the Mediterranean states, and much of Central / Eastern Europe.
We’re sure you are all aware of the struggle being faced by hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing towards Europe to escape the perils of civil unrest, terrorism, and guerrilla warfare within their home lands. It is a state of affairs which simply cannot be ignored. Each and every element of our privileged society must stand in solidarity with our troubled neighbours, do as much as we can to help further their cause, bring closer the time when they may live their lives in peace and safety, and tend to their most basic and immediate needs.
As entrepreneurs, technologists, creatives, and self-starters, we too have a duty to uphold.
Mike Butcher, enigmatic editor of Techcrunch, has been the first to attempt to consolidate the efforts of the tech community, and focus its collective power upon tackling the major issues faced by those at the heart of this unprecedented crisis.
The resultant collective, which he has named ‘Techfugees’, is a Facebook group which encourages members of the tech community to share their responses to the mass displacement of peoples which is being seen across a vast area.
You are asked to share details and information on things like hackathons, events, projects and products which have the potential to make a positive impact for those affected by this upheaval.
Talking Events and Hackathons - you of course might want to attend the Techfugees Conference & Hackathonhappening on the 1st and 2nd October respectively where all of the above will be discussed and hopefully actioned.
But we won’t prattle on: take yourself over to the Facebook group now to find out what contribution you can make, and don't forget to follow them on Twitter, and share the news within your own networks.