How Technology Can Save the Yazidi Community

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In this workshop you will help envision and plan a digital platform/archive to document the genocide being committed against the Yazidi people, a minority group in Iraq. In 2014, the Yazidis were brutally targeted for extermination by ISIS. More than 6,700 women and girls were abducted, and many were enslaved. Hundreds of children were kidnapped and raped, and men were slaughtered. The ongoing atrocities and crimes against the Yazidis have not been recorded or documented, and the testimonies of the victims are at risk of being lost if no action is taken.

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about building solutions for good. During this workshop, we will begin the process of designing the first ever digital platform to raise awareness about the plight of the Yazidis. Our ultimate goal is to create a digital library and educational resource that will serve as a reliable source of information to document the crimes being committed when the perpetrators are brought to justice.

The Human Rights Foundation, in collaboration with Elefint Designs, will run this workshop as a design sprint guided by a Yazidi representative from Iraq. The goal of the workshop is to map out a concept for the online platform, with the aim of launching a fundraising campaign shortly after SXSW to fund the project.

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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Interactive Badge
Format: Workshop
Event Type: Session
Track: Design
Level: Advanced