Some of the SXSW Eco attendees woke up today and found themselves standing in the middle of the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, home to 130,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war. Many of them may have switched from holding their morning coffee cup to discovering an unknown place with Sidra, a 12-year old girl living in the camp. This is not a new Sci-Fi series plot neither was a magic trick. We are talking about a virtual reality experience brought to the #SXGood Hub by the United Nations Foundation and VRSE.

Technology and the Sustainable Development Goals are transversal topics that touch and interconnect every issue that has been discussed at SXSW Eco: Design thinking, women & girls, climate change, workers rights, family planning and reproductive health, food and amongst others.

Someone shared this idea with us: When you talk with climate change (or any other issue) deniers and disbelievers, don’t talk at them, talk with them. Today, with technology we can even walk with them through a village in Liberia with Ebola survivors, which is another virtual reality experience that people at SXSW Eco was able to live today.

As Harrison Shih, President of Frankly, said: “No matter how technology changes. The Global Goals really matter and will continue to matter. Connected global citizens humanize the goals and unlock their stories in a powerful way.”

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