TechCamp Istanbul

Innovation, Integration, Inspiration

Participants from

Greece; Italy; Jordan; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey


TechCamp Istanbul: Innovation, Integration, Inspiration was an interactive workshop bringing together civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with technology experts and trainers to address the increase of Syrian refugees in the region. Participants learned technology tools and skills to provide Syrian refugees with opportunities and resources.


October 12, 2016 | Pre-TechCamp

  • 4:00pm - Venue Walkthrough for Organizers (Trainers need not attend)
    IIP, IMC, Post
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm - Trainer Meeting (Meet at the Holiday Inn Sisli Lobby)
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm - Dinner with trainers, IIP, IMC, Post

October 13, 2016 | TechCamp Day 1

  • 8:00am - 9:00am - Networking Over Coffee & Tea
  • 9:00am - 09:15am - Welcome Remarks: Serdar Dinler, Operations Director, International Medical Corps
  • 9:15am - 9:20am - TechCamp Overview & Logistics
  • 9:20am - 9:50am - Icebreaker: Spectrogram
  • 9:50am - 10:55am - Speed-Geeking Sessions
  • TechCamp Istanbul 2016 - Speed Geeking Sessions

    Team NumberTopicTrainer
    1Data Mapping and Visualization Orsolya Jenei, Search for Common Ground;
    Evin Millet, MireKoc
    2Mobile and App tools for refugees Munzer Khatab, Bureaucrazy
    3Building Online Communities Nicole Fulk, Facebook
    4Connecting Communities with SMS
    Hanaa Ali, Souktel
    5Crowdfund your projects Ali Cebi, Fongogo
    6Online Education Resources Neil D'Sousa, Zaya Learning Labs
    7Entrepreneurship SkillsEric Tyler, Co-founder, Globality & Adjunct Research Fellow, New America
    8Building your Digital Footprint Oussama Benhmida, Global Shapers Rabat;
    Kenan Dursun, Habitat Dernegi
    9Digital Storytelling with Video Esra Dogramaci, BBC
    10Innovative Education for Refugees Rawan Yaghi, USPEaK;
    Nada Toufaily, USPEaK
    11Innovation for Everyone: Maker MovementOngun Tan, & Makers Turkiye
    12Storytelling for Entrepreneurs Elmira Bayrasli, New York University
  • 10:55am - 11:10am - Coffee & Tea Break
  • 11:10am - 11:20am - Explanation of Interactive Training Sessions
  • 11:20am - 12:55pm - 1st Interactive Training Session
  • Hybrid Global TechCamp Nepal - Interactive Training Topics

    Team NumberTopicTrainer
    1Sustainability through (social) entrepreneurship.Dr. Om Prakash Gnawali
    2Interactive Data Collection using KoboYouth Mappers - Saurav Gautam, Anil Basnet, Mohammad Azharul Islam, and Gaurav Parajuli
    3Informational integrity and the future of democracyDr. Nirmal Rijal
    4Mobile Video StorytellingRajneesh Bhandari
    5Tech Tools for Non-Tech People (how to create anything without coding)Harish Kotra
    6"From Chaos to Clarity: Unlocking the Potential of Data Visualization for Communication"Ezinne Onwuekwe
    7Fact Checking and Verification Sahina Shrestha
  • 12:55pm - 2:10pm - Lunch
  • 2:10pm - 3:40pm - 2nd Interactive Training Session
  • 3:40pm - 3:55pm - Coffee & Tea Break
  • 3:55pm - 4:10pm - Explanation - How to Define a Challenge Statement
  • 4:10pm - 5:10pm - Trainers and Participants Determine Challenge Statements
  • 5:10pm - 5:15pm - Closing Keynote & Remarks: U.S. Ambassador Bass
  • 5:15pm - 5:30pm - Trainer Meet Up in Main Room

October 14, 2016 | TechCamp Day 2

  • 8:00am - 9:00am - Networking Over Tea & Coffee: Participants decide which challenge they would like to work on
  • 9:00am - 9:15am - Morning Announcements
  • 9:15am - 9:45am - Participants talk about the importance of the Challenge Statement they picked from Day 1
  • 9:45am - 12:00pm - Small Group Work on Identifying Project Solutions
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Developing Project Solutions and Preparing Presentations
  • 3:00pm - 3:15pm - Tea & Coffee Break
  • 3:15pm - 4:15pm - Final Presentations
  • 4:15pm - 4:30pm - TechCamp Survey
  • 4:30pm - 4:45pm - TechCamp Closing Remarks: Jonathan Henick, International Information Programs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State
  • 4:45pm - 5:00pm - Group Photo
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