Our team were beyond words when it was announced that we had been selected (out of 50000+ applications) to compete in the Regional Finals in London in March, 2017. In fact, the University of Sydney made international history this year, being only one of four universities to have teams selected to present at all 5 Regional Finals locations (San Francisco, Boston, London, Dubai and Shanghai) globally.
Our social enterprise, Hiraeth, is a licence-based platform that operates as a series of profit-driven conventions, sharing ‘The Refugee Story’ in new and immersive ways. Infusing traditional performing art mediums such as dance and theatre with innovative technologies such as augmented reality, Hiraeth allows refugees to meaningfully connect with their new home.
In turn, each convention reinvests revenues to support impact-driven initiatives that enhance the lives of millions of refugees from where these stories originated; to empower those who have not been so fortunate in their reaching their destination.
Hiraeth is a Welsh word that means “a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return; the nostalgia, the yearning, and the grief for the lost places of one's past.”
From our team at Hiraeth, we'd like to thank the University of Sydney Business School for their endless support and guidance throughout our journey and for making it possible for us to compete in such a rewarding and internationally-recognised student competition.
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