Sabancı University Big Data Analysis and Visualization Lab (BAVLAB) and MIT Human Dynamics group won second prize in the "Social Integration" category of the "Data for Refugees Competition" organized by Türk Telekom.
Started by Türk Telekom early last year on the current situation and integration of Syrian refugees, the competition aims to generate solutions to issues faced by Syrian refugees in Turkey. The competition is organized by Türk Telekom in association with Boğaziçi University and TÜBİTAK, and endorsed by international institutions including UNICEF, UNHCR and International Organization for Migration.
The categories of the competition were security, health, education, employment, and social integration. 100 submissions were made to the competition. Winners received their prizes at an award ceremony on January 21, 2019.
The Sabancı University team led by BAVLAB Directors Burçin Bozkaya and Selim Balcısoy, together with the MIT Human Dynamics group, developed a data analytics approach that yielded important findings regarding the social and economic integration of Syrian refugees. This will contribute to policy development and support programs. The study will be published as a book chapter in 2019.