Build Peace 2019

– borderlands: dividing and bridging communities with technology, storytelling and arts

San Diego & Tijuana, November 14 – 16, 2019


Build Peace conferences explore emergent challenges to peace in a digital era, and peacebuilding innovations to address these challenges.

We hold an inter-disciplinary space and address different topics every year.


Build Peace 2018 took place in Belfast (Northern Ireland), at Ulster University. The conference hosted over 200 peacebuilders from more than 30 different countries who came together to discuss how technological innovation and creativity re-shape the economic opportunities, economic organisation, and economic power that impact how we live together in peace – in the Global North and the Global South alike.

Build Peace 2017 – Making paper count: new forms of citizen participation in peace agreements. The fourth Build Peace conference took place on December 4, 5 & 6, 2017 at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.

Build Peace 2016 took place in Zürich (Switzerland), at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). The conference hosted 200 peacebuilders from 40 different countries who came together to answer how we can use technology, arts and research, toward transformation.

Build Peace 2015 – Peace through Technology: By Whom, For Whom? The second Build Peace conference took place on April 25 and 26, 2015 in the world’s last divided capital city: Nicosia, Cyprus.

The first Build Peace conference was held in April 2014 at the MIT Media Lab, and explored how information and communications technologies, games, networking platforms and other tools can enhance the impact of a broad range of peacebuilding, social cohesion and peace advocacy initiatives.