ROW is a global humanitarian innovation consortium, whose mission is to employ advanced technology to improve human rights fulfillment of both refugees and host communities in conflict-affected areas - technology such as 3D printing, robotics, the internet of things, brain-computer interface and virtual/augmented reality. We seek to save lives, reduce trauma and improve basic needs provision while driving long-term economic development, productivity growth, venture creation and employment generation. Moreover, we 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, we 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
Ours is a journey of moonshot humanitarian innovation, with and for the most violent and unstable areas of the planet.
Research & Development
Advocacy & Policy Development
Conduct R&D in support of moonshot humanitarian innovation
Provide training to refugees and host communities on advanced manufacturing and design
Build physical platforms for innovation -- open innovation centers stocked with digital manufacturing machines and conventional fabrication tools
Contribute to innovative advocacy, policy formation and national growth strategies to promote stability and shared prosperity
United by our commitment to improve lives through technology and co-creation, ROW builds partnerships with organizations of all shapes and sizes.
We pool our resources, knowledge and networks in order to catalyze projects that benefit forcibly displaced populations worldwide
Dr. Evan Malone
Founder & President, NextFab
Managing Partner, Silicon Badia Impact Fund
Loay Malahmeh of Refugee Open Ware recently completed a 6-week long program between GE management and [...]
ROW recently presented at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Geneva within the innovation marketplace.
November 17, 2015
Nov. 17, 2015
Atlas of the future
In the fall of 2015, ROW's team member Asem underwent the difficult migration journey through central Europe. Read more about his story below.
Atlas of the Future, a new publication on solving the future challenges, recently profiled ROW's work [...]
Foundations & Donors
Provide grants, loans, and guarantees
Conduct joint research, test new technologies in the field and co-create innovative solutions
Join our Advisory Board
Become a financial sponsor and donate in-kind, by contributing equipment, software, and expertise
Contribute expertise and become implementation partners
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