Solve real-life issues that refugees and migrants are facing in the Middle East, Ukraine, and Colombia.


ReDI is a non-profit refugee tech school aimed at accelerating refugee integration into the job market by teaching market relevant IT skills. We use tech to connect human potential and opportunity with dignity & humility.
More than 400 refugees and asylum seekers have already participated in at least one 3-month course at ReDI. More than 200 volunteers from the IT- and startup sector have supported our students to improve their IT-skills and find a job in Germany.
We would like to bring together the ReDI community with our external partners and shareholders to build solutions that will improve the lives of refugees and internationally displaced people.


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) will provide a number of real-life challenges that they are working on.
We will face the challenge of our Design Thinking Workshop again on how to connect refugees with companies
Participants can also bring their own ideas to work on (please send a short description to Manuel ( until Wednesday, April 18, 19:00)


Friday, 18:00 - 23:00

  • Registration
  • Icebreaker
  • Challenge presentations
  • Dinner at 20:00
  • Form teams (2 to 5 people)

Saturday, 9:00 - 0:00

  • 9:00 - 12:30 - Design thinking on your solution (Breakfast provided from 9:00)
  • 12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch
  • 13:30 - 14:30 - Submit your project to Devpost (general description)
  • 14:30 - 23:30 - Hack your prototype (Dinner provided at 19:00)
  • 23:30 - 23:55 - Upload your prototype
  • 23:55 deadline for uploading prototypes
  • Cleaning...

Sunday, 9:00 - 17:00

  • 9:00 - 10:00 - Common breakfast
  • 10:00 - 10:30 - Pitch training
  • 10:30 - 12:30 - Pitch preparation
  • 12:30 - 13:00 - Snacks & break
  • 13:00 - 15:00 - Pitch presentations
  • 15:00 - 15:30 - Consultation of jury
  • 15:30 - 16:00 - Jury announces winners
  • 16:00 - Celebration
  • Clean-up

 - Drinks and meals are sponsored by NRC -


What kind of Challenges are we going to work on?

The challenges are related to real-life issues that refugees and migrants are facing in the German and European societies and in selected regions and countries like the Gaza Strip, Colombia, and Myanmar.

Can I bring my own challenge?

Yes, you can. If you would like to bring it, please send Manuel an e-mail with a short description until Wednesday, April 18, 19:00. You would also need to present it to the participants on Friday evening.

What kind of prizes are there?

The best solutions will receive mentoring through Techfugees Berlin. HERE Technologies is going to sponsor the best solution using a HERE API. More prizes will be announced at the Hackathon.

I cannot attend the whole event, can I still attend only one or two days?

Please consider that we are looking especially for participants who can attend the whole event (from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon) because we want to combine the synergies of all participants and make the most out of it. In our view, alternating participants would make things more difficult in terms of coordination and group-related work.

Can I attend if I am not a ReDI Student or Alumni or if I don't have experience in one of the listed professions?

We want to make sure we have a good mix of students, mentors, and professionals. If you have mixed professional experience, just select the role which is closest to you.

If you have doubts whether you should attend and in which role please contact Manuel (

Who else will be there?

We are currently planning with participants coming from multiple sectors and organizations. About 50 percent of the participants are going to be ReDI Students or Alumni. The other 50 percent are volunteers, teachers or mentors who help the group building the first prototype of their solution.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

You should be at least 16 years old.

Can I stay overnight with my team if we want to keep on working on the solution?

We want every team to be ready and focussed for the presentation on Sunday. Therefore, the deadline for uploading the prototypes is Saturday, 23:55.

Remember: The presentation is one the most important parts of the Hackathon as you have the chance to present what you actually have done to the jury.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

If you come via public transport, S-Bahn Station Nordbahnhof (2 stations away from Friedrichstrasse) or U-Bahn Station Naturkundemuseum (U6) are the closest. The tram (M8, M10) are also passing Nordbahnhof.

What can I bring to the event?

Please bring your laptop including charger and lots of energy!

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You don't have to, we can check your name on the list.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

In order to identify you, it would be the easiest if the name matches the person.
We also want to make sure we have a good mix of students, mentors, and professionals. So please contact us if you cannot attend but have received a ticket.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have questions about anything relating the Hackathon, please contact Manuel ( from ReDI School.

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  • Developers
  • UI/UX or Product Designers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • NGO workers
  • Refugees of any background
  • Anyone else with an interest in using technology to empower displaced people


An initial prototype of your application would be wonderful! However, you can also sketch a (clickable) mock-up. Please upload any files connected to your project!


Tabea Neumann

Tabea Neumann
Head of Controlling, kloeckner.i GmbH

Malte Haase

Malte Haase
Head of Online Marketing, kloeckner.i GmbH

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NRC representative(s)

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Tech Expert (TBA)

Jay F. Grossen

Jay F. Grossen
VP of Design, HERE Technologies

Tom Hayton

Tom Hayton

Judging Criteria

  • Relevance
    To what extent does the solution meet the needs of the beneficiaries?
  • Practicability
    How fast and easy can the solution be implemented in the region? Is it easy to use? How many people are able to use it?
  • Safety
    How safe is it for people to use the technology? Is the use anonymous if possible? Is there a risk of using it? How secure is the solution in terms of cyber attacks and hacks?
  • Costs
    How expensive is it to create this solution? Can it be done by anyone with a computer and developing skills? Are special resources required to build this project?