Refugee Open Ware

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Advanced Technology for Human Rights in Conflict Zones.

Refugee Open Ware (ROW) is a global humanitarian innovation consortium, whose mission is to employ​ ​advance​​d​ ​technology to improve human rights fulfillment of both refugees and host communities in conflic​t-affected areas​ – technology such as 3D printing, robotics, the internet of things, brain-computer interface and virtual/augmented reality. ROW seek to save lives, reduce trauma and improve basic needs provision while driving long-term economic development, productivity growth, venture creation and employment generation. They​ ​aim​ ​to reduce the costs of humanitarian relief by providing affected communities with access to advanced manufacturing tools, training, raw materials and access to international experts, especially global open-source hardware​ ​and​ ​software communities.

In brief, ROW are building a network of makerspaces / innovation centers in conflict-affected areas that provide training to displaced persons and host communities, while building solutions to the hardest problems facing victims of conflict. This is done through research and development, training, establishing innovation centres and advocacy and policy development.

ROW is a journey of moonshot humanitarian innovation, with and for the most violent and unstable areas of the planet.

To find out more visit: www.row3d.org

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