The second Italian edition of Techfugees will take place on the 21 and 22 May in Turin, where developers will plan innovative and useful solutions for refugees.

The best of the European technology community will meet again in Turin this month for the initiative. Techfugees, an international enterprise, was founded in 2015 by Mike Butcher, the editor of TechCrunch. He aims to unite technology experts and non-profit organisations together in order to tackle the current migration problem.

The main challenge in the upcoming hackathon is to come up with an alternative to SMS fundraising in times of national emergencies. The migrant support organisation, InterSOS, will provide some case studies and insights into the issues and how emergencies are currently dealt with.

“The ability to quickly raise funds in emergency situations is crucial for providing aid. We are convinced that digital technology, such as peer-to-peer solutions, are highly beneficial for the non-profit sector.”
– John Mink

Techfugees Italy is led by Benedetta Arese Lucini. Other organisers of the initiative include TOP-IX Consortium (National Institute of Metrology Research), the RENA movement and StartMiUp (co-working spot in Milan). This year’s hackathon will take place in the Murazzi Student Zone, within the University of Turin.


  • Saturday 21 May 2016: 10:00 until 00:00
  • Sunday 22nd May 2016: from 10:00 until 18:00
    • Participants will present their work at 17:00 before a ‘jury’.

The winning team will get the opportunity to develop and realise their project, sponsored by PayPal and Motorola. On top of this, the winners will be granted free access to TOP-IX’s development programme.

Techfugees Torino is an open event! You do not have to be a developer or professional, just willing and able to commit to the duration of the event. Registration is free; sign up here.