PeaceTech Lab believes gear, gadgets, and know-how can sow peace amid conflict
Can technology drive positive change in conflict areas? The founders of PeaceTech Lab, an organization created by the U.S. Institute of Peace and spun off as a separate entity earlier this year, certainly think so. This weekend they're at Maker Faire in NYC celebrating the achievements of an Iraqi man who embodies that ethos.
"We work at the intersection of media, technology, and data collection," says Tim Receveur, director of the PeaceTech Exchanges program, which provides workshops organized by the PeaceTech Lab to empower peacebuilders. "We try to introduce low-cost, easy-to-implement technologies into conflict zones, and we do that by working closely with NGOs, journalists, and now government."