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#Innovate4Refugees: Data and Tech Solutions Forum



Join The Hive at USA for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to learn about and engage with the latest innovations in technology and data science to address the needs of refugees. During this event, technologists, corporate sector partners, UNHCR staff, philanthropists, and academics will exchange ideas about humanitarian technology innovations and data science solutions being researched and deployed to help protect, respond, and empower refugees, stateless and internally displaced persons around the world.

This year’s theme at #Innovate4Refugees will focus on data and tech innovations for the legal and digital protection of refugees. Hear from people and organizations working with refugees about the challenges and opportunities for deploying technology and data innovations.

At #Innovate4Refugees, The Hive is also partnering with UNHCR Innovation Service to announce the projects selected for this year’s annual Innovation Fund. Participants will learn about how to get involved in supporting innovative projects by refugee-led organizations and UNHCR field teams around the world.

Thank you to our event supporters at Accenture.

Sponsorship opportunities for #Innovate4Refugees are available. Please contact for more information.

Schedule (All times Eastern Timezone USA) 

9:00 a.m. Registration/Breakfast

10:00 a.m. Plenary (Livestream)

Welcome and Introduction of The Hive at USA for UNHCR

Seema D. Iyer, PhD, Senior Director, The Hive

Announcement of 2023 UNHCR Innovation Fund Selected Projects

Hovig Etyemezian, Head of UNHCR Innovation Service

Reflecting on Today’s Needs for Protection of Refugees

Malika Saada Saar, Global Head of Human Rights, YouTube

Moderator, Muhammed Y. Idris, PhD, Hive Advisory Board Chair & Center for Digital Health, Morehouse School of Medicine

11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion on Case Law Automation for the Protection of Refugees (Livestream)

Moderator: Alice Farmer, Senior Protection Officer, UNHCR


Iris Van Der Heijden, Protection Research and Information Officer at UNHCR

Jenny Sy, Senior Manager, Data Science Solutions, The Hive

Stephen Poellot, Legal Director, International Refugee Assistance Project

12:00 p.m. Lunch/Networking (No livestream)

12:30 p.m. Keynote--How Can Gen AI be Safely Used in a Displaced Person’s Journey (Livestream)

Almin Surani, Global Nonprofit Digital Transformation Lead at Avanade

1:00PM p.m. Workshops (Concurrent, no livestream)

Session 1: Interactive User-session on Translating protection business into tech speak

Session 2: Meet Selected Teams from UNHCR Innovation Funds

2:00PM p.m. End of Event

(Speakers and details will be updated as confirmed) 


You can view portions of the event via Livestream.