United States Institute of Peace (USIP) created PeaceTech Lab in 2014 as a separate entity to further advance USIP's mission: prevent, mitigate, and reduce violent conflict around the world.

The Lab continues USIP's long history of ongoing work with technology and media tools for peacebuilding. As recently as 2008, USIP established two Centers of Innovation on media and technology. In 2012, they merged to become the PeaceTech Initiative, a precursor to today's Lab.

The Lab brings together engineers, technologists, and data scientists from industry and academia, along with experts in peacebuilding from USIP, other government agencies, NGOs and the conflict zones. These experts collaborate to design, develop, and deploy new and existing technology tools for conflict management and peacebuilding.