Dr. Karen E. Fisher of the University of Washington Information School provides an overview of our work.

We are a team of interdisciplinary researchers seeking to understand people’s information worlds and how technology may be used to improve lives and create futures. Our project stems from several years of investigation with immigrant and refugee teens from all over the world exploring how they hack technology in their daily lives. In this research we explore how technology can help young Syrian refugees reimagine their lives and build their futures.  


Our work at the UNHCR Za’atari Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan confirms that young people are alike everywhere: their instincts to be creative, to dream and to be connected are the same. But doors must be opened.
— Dr. Karen E. Fisher, University of Washington

Our Mission

We aim to amplify young voices, spark imaginations and uncover perspectives that would otherwise remain hidden. We believe in connected learning, an educational approach for the digital age, where people learn from peers and mentors, and where learning is connected to everyday life.

The University of Washington Information School is interested in the relationship between information, technology, and people. The UW iSchool's approach to instruction and scholarship builds on the traditional roles filled by information professionals and a strong emphasis on the technologies through which information is increasingly delivered. By tackling key social and technical problems in the information field, the iSchool has become an important link between users of information and designers of information systems, connecting society with the information it needs.