Behind the Scenes: Putting Aid on the Map with Help from Urban Refuge

Play Behind the Scenes: Putting Aid on the Map with Help from Urban Refuge


Urban refugees make up 80 percent of the 650,000 registered Syrian refugees living in Jordan, and two-thirds of refugees worldwide. Yet their access to aid is far below the level of camp-based refugees.

GitHub_LearnMoreA group of university students in Boston, Massachusetts decided to band together and leverage innovative technologies to develop a mobile, cross-platform app that will be used by non-camp, urban Syrian refugees living in Amman, Jordan, to locate non-governmental organizations and service providers.

Join Jerry Nixon as he welcomes the team from Urban Refuge as they describe how they worked with a team of Microsoft Technical Evangelists to help create this cross-platform app using Xamarin.

  • [6:48] Tell us about Urban Refuge. What do you do?
  • [10:20] How has smart phones impacted refuges?
  • [12:25] Let's talk about what's powering this app. How did you go about building an app that could run on any device?
  • [17:42] How can you service this type of world-wide app?
  • [22:30] What part of this app do you think will make the biggest difference?
  • [28:26] What's the future for Urban Refuge?

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