Refugee First Response Center: Telemedicine-in-a-Box.750 interpreters.50+ button.

re:publica 2016


Refugee First Response Center (RFRC). A standard shipping container transformed into a telemedicine facility. Six weeks from idea to execution to live implementation. Almost 4.000 translations since November 2nd 2015. What has come about through a spontaneous idea to “hack” a container and through our collaboration in the local community with both the department of public health and Universitätsklinik Hamburg-Eppendorf, underlines the primary purpose of “smart health”: to help people. The RFRC unit can be transported anywhere, providing medical professionals with the tools and space they need to conduct proper medical exams at refugee camps. Using video translation services, medical professionals click one button and are connected with more than 750 specialized interpreters in more than 50 languages. This engagement has helped thousands receive medical attention, and already inspired a philanthropic donation of $1 million to build 10 more RFRC units.  


with deep thanks to Guy Shazan, Financial Times:

A shipping container in Hamburg has become a symbol of how German entrepreneurial talent and technical know-how are combining to help alleviate the refugee crisis. Six weeks from idea to execution to live implementation. Watch the timelapse shrinking 6 weeks of work into 2:45min

Everyone involved in the project hopes that it will not just serve as an example but will also ignite ideas elsewhere for ways in which technology can help people. If we manage to offer a little inspiration to others during this lightning talk, then we’ll have accomplished a great deal.

Lightning Talks 1
Mittwoch, 4. Mai 2016 - 17:30 bis 18:00
Lightning Talk



Business Development Manager