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about 7 years ago

Wrap Up of Day 1

A Message from Techfugees Australia:

Good Evening Hackers!

How inspiring was Day 1 of #Hack4Refugees? All around Australia, people were following us on social media and getting excited about what you are building!

Today we heard many stories about the challenges facing young refugees as they settle into Australia. I don’t know about you but I was moved by the incredible creativity and resilience shown by young people in connecting to the community, making friends, getting educated and finding fulfilling jobs. We also heard about how intergenerational conflicts happen as parents continue to see the world through the lens of the war zones they’ve come from. That was a particularly poignant story from our friend Sayed.

Now every team should be well on the way to honing their MVP. And we were very impressed to see how much customer validation is happening on social media and even in the streets! Keep it up!

Teams (names may change)

  1. Covered
  2. One Step at a Time
  3. A Fair Go
  4. RefConnect (Group 1)
  5. RefConnect (Group 2)
  6. Call It X
  7. Steps
  8. Welcome Walls


Only a few people and teams have registered. Please register asap it will save you drama on Sunday when you are racing to finish your pitch.  It’s also got everything you need to know about the Judging Criteria for tomorrow’s final pitch.




What Tomorrow Looks Like

9am – kick-off

11am – Claudia Barriga-Larriviere will presenting on pitching (this is optional but you will find it very helpful)

After lunch – Ryan and Frank will run one to one pitch practice sessions with every group

3pm – deadline for submission of your pitch/demo to the Devsite (you can keep practising if you want)

4pm – pitching starts, we’ll announce the order of pitches tomorrow.

We are honoured that Pitch Judge Peter Huynh will be sharing his story about growing up as a refugee and his journey to becoming a successful international Venture Capitalist.

Pitch Deck

Ryan has provided a link to a universal hackathon pitch deck template/guide at  -
You're not obligated to use it but you may find it helpful.

Twitter and Trolls!

#Hack4Refugees was trending on Saturday on Twitter for most of the day. We picked up significant interest and support around the country which is sensational! We also picked up a few sad and pathetic trolls in the Hashtag.  Remember please don’t feed the trolls! Ignore and/or block. And let’s keep getting the word out tomorrow on social media many people are finding the event and everything we’re doing very very inspiring!


If you are not able to come to the venue we’ll be lifestreaming the Pitches from around 4pm. We’ll post the link on Facebook and Twitter. Keep your eyes open.

Can’t wait to see you all tomorrow! 


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