Experience the Portal at the PeaceTech Summit

No Ordinary Industry. No Ordinary Summit.

Travel to the other side of the world without ever leaving Washington, DC! The Portal, brought to you by Shared Studios, will transport Summit attendees to Berlin, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Mexico City via its immersive audio and video technology. The Portal allows peacebuilders and conflict-affected groups to more effectively communicate with and learn from one another, leading to better focused development, security, and peace-oriented programs and policies.

All portal sessions take place on Tuesday, May 8th.


Herat, Afghanistan 8am - 9am

The Portal to Herat is located at Code to Inspire (CTI). CTI uses technology education and outreach to provide Afghan women with leverage in their fight for social, political, and economic equality.

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Berlin, Germany     10am - 11am

The Migration Hub Network creates spaces, where social entrepreneurs and organizations meet to design solutions around mass migration. The Berlin Portal generates physical impact within communities and connects organizations across Europe, which fosters collaboration between the public and private sectors to transform challenges into opportunities.


Erbil, Iraq       12:30PM - 1:30pm

The Erbil Portal is located at the Harsham IDP and Refugee Camp. Harsham Camp is on the outskirts of the city of Erbil in northern Iraq. The camp hosts 1,500 internally displaced Iraqi families who fled the ISIS take-over of Mosul in 2014. Erbil is the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan Region, which hosts around 1.5 million internally displaced Iraqis and almost 230,000 Syrian refugees.

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Mexico City, Mexico        4:30PM - 6:30pm

The Portal in Mexico City is based out of Platoon Mexico and run in partnership with Time Out Mexico, the country's largest arts, culture, and entertainment guide. Since 2015, the Portal has moved to numerous sites including Plaza Villa Madrid, one of the most iconic neighborhoods in Mexico City, and Arte Alameda, a space dedicated to the exhibition, documentation, production, and research of artistic practices that relate to technology.