PeaceTech Lab works for individuals and communities affected by conflict, using technology, media, and data to accelerate local peacebuilding efforts. An independent non-profit organization, the Lab’s mission is to save lives through earlier warnings and smarter responses to violence.
“For the first time in human history, people have the ability to send images, video, information, and money around the globe with a push of a button.” - Sheldon Himelfarb, President and CEO PeaceTech Lab
We start by challenging the perception of conflict zones as voids, recognizing that today’s reality is more than just violence: it’s innovation hubs and hackerspaces. It’s cell phones charging and airtime selling. It’s social media revealing vast amounts of human sentiment-- the DNA of conflict-- and it’s right at our fingertips.
That’s why PeaceTech Lab brings together engineers and activists, MBAs and conflict experts, citizen journalists and data scientists to design, develop, and adapt new solutions to counter age-old drivers of conflict. The success of this approach is visible from Afghanistan to South Sudan, where the Lab’s programs emphasize cross-sector collaboration, data informed decision-making, and the use of low-cost, accessible media and technology to promote stability, good governance, and well-being.
With the right tools in the right hands, we can inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs and scale the impact of peacetech.