Solutions vs Tools in the “Refugee Crisis”

Humanitarian aid workers are always telling us technologists off for thinking that we can solve “the refugee crisis” with an app. I’ve always found this quite strange, because as far as I know, no-one has ever claimed that an app could solve any intractable international emergency. When I delved a little deeper into it, it…

Who’s Afraid of the Washing Machine?

Technology can be unsettling. It changes at a rapid pace, and is often hard to understand, and can leave us exposed to threats we didn’t know we had to be worried about. It makes sense to be wary of technology. However, being wary of technology and being afraid of technology are very different. If we…

We are in SBS!

Check out this article in SBS:  http://www.sbs.com.au/topics/life/culture/article/2016/03/14/migrants-arent-taking-our-jobs-theyre-creating-them Simon*, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee, co-developed an app called SettleIn, which allows newly arrived refugees to communicate with case workers, share paperwork and documentation, and help plan and set goals to make the “settling in” process less stressful. He and his team of seven – including Alice Brennan,…

Clear as Mud: Things We Should Have Learned from Steve Harvey

Over the Christmas break Imad, our resident techie, built a fabulous prototype for SettleIn. The app allows users to choose a module that helps them work towards a goal. For our protoype we trialled how to help a user can quickly identify the steps towards transferring a driving licence from overseas, registering for Medicare and…

Goodbye Goalify Oz, Hello SettleIn

Before Christmas we asked you for your input on a new name for our app. We decided to go with something that explained what we do a little better. So, after much deliberation and consultation, we have been renamed to SettleIn. Thank you so much to everyone who voted, and special thanks to Andy who…

Hack4Refugees

By Alice Brennan from Goalify Oz This weekend I went to my first ever Hackathon – #Hack4Refugees in Liverpool, Sydney – an event inspired by the success of the same event in the UK. It was way more exhausting and exciting and emotional than I expected. I left on Sunday with new friends, new ideas,…

Goalify Oz

Hi everyone, We were overwhelmed at the weekend after the Techfugees #Hack4Refugees hackathon. Our immense thanks go to the former refugees, service providers, mentors and organisers who made the event possible. Goalify Oz was awarded first prize! We are now gathering ourselves so we can start to make it really happen. Even though it’s exciting and scary, we…