Refugee Open Ware (ROW) is a network of social entrepreneurs operating through a decentralized governance structure, united by a common theory of change. ROW was founded in 2014 by Dave Levin and Dr. Evan Malone, Founder of NextFab and NextFab Foundation. RoW generally stands for “rest of the world,” and ROW set out to reappropriate this label by channeling the opportunities engendered by advanced technologies to those who actually need help the most. These technologies can enable displaced communities, trapped in liminality, to once again feel connected to the future, empowered to rebuild the shattered world around them.

Some of RoW’s key accomplishments include:

AVF | Ascend venture fund

  • Strategic advisory led by Marko Oroz and Dave Levin in 2017-18 for the Ascend Collaborative
  • The Ascend Collaborative is a philanthropic vehicle bringing together leading organizations (e.g., IKEA Foundation, Coca-Cola Foundation, Libra Group, Radcliffe Foundation) to pool resources and expertise in support of effective local organizations working on refugee issues in Greece — over 5 million euros were donated within a year of its founding
  • AVF is a proposed 10 million euro impact investment fund, along with a sidecar technical assistance vehicle of 2.5 million euros
  • AVF would provide concessionary growth capital to small- and medium-sized enterprises, as well as social enterprises, in order to create jobs for refugees, migrants, and vulnerable Greeks


  • Founded in 2015 by John Jaeger, Dave Levin, and Dr. Franz Busse
  • Develops advanced solutions for civilian and asset protection, accountability, and the prevention of violence before, during, and after conflict
  • As a response to the indiscriminate airstrikes and bombings against civilians in Syria, Hala launched an early warning system called Sentry Syria in partnership with the White Helmets (nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize) –– the system provides 7-10 minutes of warning on average
  • Hala estimates that Sentry Syria reaches 2 million civilians, has saved hundreds of lives, and has prevented thousands of injuries
    Sentry utilizes a multi-sensor network and artificial intelligence to securely aggregate aircraft observations from civilian observatories, algorithmically predict threatened areas in real-time, and distribute accurate, relevant warnings to as many civilians as possible — all in a matter of seconds


  • FabLab Irbid, Jordan
  • AstroLab Athens, Greece
  • National Syrian project for prosthetic limbs, Syria & Turkey
  • Robotics education, Innovast technology, Syria & Turkey
  • Rescue technology lab pilot, Syria & Turkey
  • Healing center, Amman
  • 3D prosthetics R&D, Amman