3 reasons to register for the Build Peace conference

Happening online, October 18–24, 2021

Build Up
3 min readOct 5, 2021

The 2021 Build Peace Conference is starting soon! This year’s theme is Computer Says No, where we’ll get to reflect on digital adaptations, digital conflict, and the long term impacts of the pandemic on peacebuilding and social justice. This conference is for the entire Build Peace community of practice, including practitioners, activists, academics, policy makers, artists and technologists from around the world that share experiences and advance knowledge on emergent challenges to peace in a digital age, and peacebuilding innovations to address these challenges. You won’t want to miss it. Here are three reasons you should register for the conference!

1. The line-up!

“Siri, who are all the people I should hear from about peace, social justice, and technology?”

“…Here are some results. Hmm, that’s funny, they are all here on this conference program. Shall I give you directions on how to attend? It will take you 30 seconds to arrive to the registration page.

Seriously though, this is an excellent program of featured workshop organizers and speakers.

Keynote speaker: Nanjala Nyabola

Writer, political analyst, and activist based in Nairobi, Kenya. Author of Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Politics in Kenya, and Traveling While Black; Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move

Keynote speakers: Pamela Silwana, Kentse Radebe & Mboneleli Gqirana of the CAN Incubator.

Sharing how Community Action Networks (CANs), a rapid community-led response to the COVID-19 pandemic, are an example of an alternative model for collaborating, advocating, and mobilising resources for a more inclusive, sustainable and just city.

And so many more…

2. The conference is virtual!

Yes, we’d much rather be together in person for the conference, but as we know well, being virtual does have some advantages. The best advantage is being able to gather from so many different places. With a virtual conference, you can attend from anywhere you have a decent Internet connection. You’ll also be able to access all recorded sessions afterwards. If you’re worried about yet another life-draining event of looking at a computer all day long, don’t be! The conference is spread out over 1 week with consistent bite-sized sessions that will fit into your schedule and leave you wanting more, not less!

3. A ticket price for everyone!

Conference tickets are donation-based, which means we ask you to consider your economic possibilities, and decide on a price that fits you. From $1 to $100, there is a ticket price for everyone! It is our intention that, with donation-based tickets and with the conference being virtual, there’s a spot for anyone who wants to attend.


As you can see, here are three good reasons for registering for this year’s conference, but there is one more: community!

We believe that the Build Peace community is defining new pathways to build peace that focus on enhancing citizen participation in peace, using technology and creativity as critical tools, entry points or frameworks. Past conferences have served as catalysts for new projects and partnerships. Our partners and participants regularly express their appreciation for the conference as a venue for both discussion and networking. We view the conference event as a catalyst for the strengthening of the ecosystem of social innovation for peace, and we hope you’ll be a part of that with us this year and for the years to come!

Register today! We’ll see you there.



Build Up

Build Up transforms conflict in the digital age. Our approach combines peacebuilding, participation and technology.