A Virtual and In-Person Collaborative Exchange
[vrei] A Romanian phrase meaning “Do you want to?”
The USC Viterbi School of Engineering has launched a design and innovation
initiative that will bring together university students from our Los Angeles campus
and refugee students who have had their educations interrupted due to armed conflict, persecution, famine or environmental disasters. They will come together as teams of innovators through a virtual collaborative exchange to design, build and implement solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing the world’s 68.5 million refugees and internally displaced people.
“The camp feels like a prison, or worse: like hell . . .”
— Syrian refugee, on Camp Moria in Lesvos, Greece
“You cannot look into the eyes of a child who is dying from a disease caused by drinking dirty water — something that rarely, if ever, happens in the United States — and not feel changed. You cannot stand before her parents without thinking, “I’m an engineer. There must be something I can do.”
— Bernard Amadei, founder, Engineers Without Borders
Collaborate with refugees to create
solutions for the global refugee
Create a pathway for refugees to continue their
refugees through collaboration to launch their own businesses for a better world.