DUBLIN — The technology world prides itself on its capacity to solve problems and it has taken an active interest in a pretty big one recently: Europe’s migration crisis.
But the entrepreneurial community has also struggled to connect the dots with others working to ease the plight of the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict and persecution from Eritrea to Syria, Mike Butcher, TechCrunch’s London-based editor-at-large, said at the Dublin Web Summit.
In five years, the technology conference that is taking place in Ireland this week has grown to be the region’s largest of its kind.
“There just didn’t appear to be any coherent response from the technology world,” Butcher, who urged attendees here — investors, start-ups, business leaders — to get involved any way they could by donating computers to refugees, hiring them as freelancers, putting them in touch with fundraisers.
In September, he started “Techfugees,” a group reachable on Facebook and Twitter.
Its aim, he said, is to help get the technology industry engaged with the problems faced by refugees, such as money, sustenance, shelter, health, immigration bureaucracy, and to build links between them, Silicon Valley and charities, NGOs and volunteers.