EduApp4Syria Competition Dialogue Conference Invitation

Can you assist in developing an engaging smartphone application that can help the Syrian children who are currently out of school learn to read and contribute to their psychosocial wellbeing?
Oct. 26 2015

11:30 - 15:00

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Auditorium 4th floor

Ruseløkkveien 26, 0251 Oslo, Norway

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The government of Norway is leading an innovation competition to develop a smartphone application that can help Syrian children learn to read and improve their psychosocial wellbeing.

Today, three million Syrian children are unable to attend school because of war. Many are coping with trauma and high stress levels which affect their ability to learn.

Dialogue conferences 

The competition has been launched in cooperation with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development, the mobile network operator Orange and the Inter-Agency Network for Emergency Education (INEE).

We are eager to receive feedback from the market. As such, dialogue conferences will be held to provide an introduction of key topics and provide significant time for questions and answers.

Who should attend:

To help guide the competition specifications and model we encourage participation from edtech companies, game developers, humanitarian organizations working with Syrian refugees, experts on Arabic language and literacy, education in emergencies or psychosocial wellbeing, as well as potential users (e.g. Syrian refugees or other Arabic-speaking communities that could use this type of tool as a learning supplement).

About the Oslo conference



  • Registration & tea/coffee

1.30 – 4pm

  • Welcome by Henning Stiro, Acting Director General, Norad

  • Opening introduction by Tone Skogen, State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • About the innovation challenge – short videos & brief presentation by Erwan Le Quentrec, Orange

  • Why a dialogue conference and how it works by Hilde Satertro, National programme for supplier development

  • Key questions for the market by Liv Marte Nordhaug, Norad

  • Next steps by Hajo Schmidt-Horix, Norad

  • Why participate? by Alf Inge Wang, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

  • Q&A-session

  • Networking w. other participants & light refreshments

Practical information 

The conference in Oslo will be live-streamed and a video recording of the whole conference will be made available with both English and Arabic subtitles, at

You do not have to register to access the live-stream, but we encourage you to send your contact information to conference coordinator Liv Marte Nordhaug ( so we can send you information updates afterwards.

To submit questions or topics to be addressed at the events, please email them to conference coordinator Liv Marte Nordhaug with the following subject line «questions for dialogue conference in Oslo» or «questions for dialogue conference in Washington».

To ensure as diverse representation as possible, please limit registration to two persons per organization.