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U.S. State Department TechCamps Roundtable

  • U.S. State Department (SA-5) 2215 Constitution Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20037 United States (map)

Hosted by:  U.S. State Department 

TechCamps are hands-on, participant-driven workshops organized in close partnership with our Embassies in countries throughout the world on key public diplomacy policy topics. They connect private sector technology experts with key populations - civil society advocates, journalists, non-governmental organizations, and more - to explore and apply innovative tech solutions to global issues. Each TechCamp is tailored to achieve specific, measurable objectives that directly address U.S. foreign policy priorities.

TechCamps are results focused, aiming to define challenges in key demographics and topic areas throughout the world, and pair them with tech solutions that can make an impact. A few examples of recent programming include:

  • TechCamp Mexico City: Digital skills and technology tools to support at-risk journalists and communicators to strengthen investigative journalism and the safety of those reporting in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

  • Young African Leader’s Initiative (YALI) TechCamp Zambia: YALI members from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Namibia aimed to promoting civic participation and give youth digital skills and strategies to encourage transparency and hold their leaders accountable.

  • TechCamp Thailand: Participants from Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines worked to use technology skills and tools to help promote counter-narratives of peace and tolerance, focusing on inter-religious dialogue and promoting cross-cultural understanding.

  • TechCamp Ramallah: Increasing digital literacy and communications capacity in Ramallah for Palestinian youth from Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem in order to encourage constructive and non-violent contributions to Palestinian communities and build the next generation of civil society.

Each TechCamp includes funding for ongoing post-workshop engagement and projects to help participants implement their ideas, demonstrate impact, and stay connected with each other, their trainers, and U.S. State Department staff. Alumni have envisioned and implemented technology-based projects that have supported key policy priorities with real-world impact. To date, the State Department’s International Information Programs Bureau has funded over 100 projects spanning 60 countries that were conceived during TechCamps.

TechCamp works regularly with partners from the private sector to execute and design training programs, showcase new and innovative technology solutions abroad, and foster on-going engagement post event via networks, individual projects, and follow on events.