Welcome to PeaceTech Lab NL
At PeaceTech Lab Netherlands, media, data and tech convene to build new instruments for international security, development and collaboration.
Our mission is to help Dutch NGOs realize their digital ambition by linking them to young data professionals that want to help by using data to generate income and realize and prove impact. By providing access to intrinsically motivated and flexible data professionals we help NGOs with limited budgets and capacity.
Our vision and mission
Together we will make the world a better place by forming a bridge between young data professionals & Dutch NGO’s: linking dedicated, intrinsically motivated and scarce data talent to Dutch NGOs to achieve their digital ambition.
PeaceTech Lab NL helps Dutch NGOs realize their digital ambition by linking them to young data professionals that want to help by using data to generate income and realize and prove impact. By providing access to intrinsically motivated and flexible data professionals we help NGOs with limited budgets and capacity.
PeaceTech Lab NL is initiated by Benjamin Dalmulder, digital analyst and Robert Zaal, media executive. During their years at RNW Media they met many talented young people who deserve our support in making their societies more honest, sustainable and prosperous. Dalmulder and Zaal believe Dutch companies and public organizations have a lot to offer in the area of international development. These organisations can, in turn, profit from connecting to these talented people and the skills and networks they have. That’s why they founded PeaceTech Lab NL, in close collaboration with the Washington DC-based PeaceTech Lab, an initiative of the United States Institute of Peace.
Who we are
Alex de Ronde
Emy Dalmulder Alvarez
Johan de Rooy
Tom van Grootel
What we do
PeaceTech Lab NL works at the intersection of technology, media and data to devise new instruments for international security, development and collaboration around the world. We deliver this mandate through three core functions depending on your organisation.
- Better use of data
- Introduction of data capacity and capability
- Contribution to more evidence based programs
- Opportunities for collaboration with new contenders
For data specialists
- Use their talent for a better world (talent for good) through skills-based volunteering
- Offer of new experiences
- Membership of a more diverse data community
To private companies
- Concrete opportunity to give purpose and contribute to a better world through meaningful CSR
- Give more purpose to the company’s existence
- Stay an attractive employer for scarce data talent
About PeaceTech and the PeaceTech Lab
PeaceTech is a new industry that brings together engineers and activists, MBAs and conflict experts, social scientists and data scientists to design, develop and adapt new solutions to strive for peace and support international collaboration and development. Technology can be used as a tool to mobilize people for positive change and to create spaces for discussions. PeaceTech can accelerate the development of solutions, distribute them faster, and engage more people in generating ideas and collaborative problem-solving.
For example, virtual reality (VR) has been used to generate empathy by creating brief but powerful immersive experiences, allowing the user to internalize a message. Analytics have been used in the field to assess cognitive, emotional, and behavioral dimensions related to conflict, providing new information and data visualization for decision makers. And social platforms, such as Skype, have been used to connect people worldwide with tutors to teach new languages, while providing empowering work opportunities to refugees.
The United States Institute of Peace, center for conflict resolution, created PeaceTech Lab to prevent violent conflict and promote secure and peaceful societies through the use of data, technology and media. The Lab was founded in 2014 and works for individuals and communities affected by conflict, using technology, media and data to accelerate local peacebuilding efforts. An independent nonprofit organization, the Lab’s mission is to inspire a new industry of peacetech entrepreneurs by bringing together engineers and activists, MBAs and conflict experts, social scientists and data scientists to design, develop and adapt new solutions to counter age-old drivers of conflict.
Prominent partners of PeaceTech Lab USA are Amazon Web Services, IBM, Drexell University, M.I.T University, Facebook, C5 Capital, Channels TV Nigeria, Hum TV Pakistan and numerous others.
PeaceTech Lab is building a worldwide network of Labs to make sure that local knowledge is used and implementation partners are connected. At present PeaceTech Labs are established in Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos, Nigeria. And The Netherlands.
PeaceTech Lab NL collaborates closely with the PeaceTech Lab through joint programs and activities, branding and staff exchange. The Hague Municipality is a partner for the Lab, facilitating the actual start through co-financing the initial costs, promoting the Lab and sharing its contacts in the international community. A third partner is Rabobank, a valuable addition as a major player in the agricultural sector with a substantive CSR-tradition and portfolio.