Keynote: When technology meets empathy


In a world with more refugees than ever, with new wars flaring up and new walls rising, we need to find better ways to connect and communicate. Tim van Deursen shows how innovative technology can make a difference in humanitarian challenges. His documentary “Meet the Soldier” sends soldiers of rivalling tribes in Karamoja, Uganda, on a virtual reality visit to their enemies. Bridging the gulf of hostility, VR creates understanding, empathy and eventually reconciliation.

Tim demonstrates the effectiveness of VR as a mediation tool, an ‘empathy machine’, where real-life contact is blocked by fear and hate.