In response to the changed environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year our EaP Civil Society Ideathon and Hackathon will be organised online for the first time, with most activities taking place over the months of June and July.
The 2020 Online Regional Ideathon, taking place from the 12th to the 28th of June, will help prepare the hackathon. The ideathon is meant to ensure that those ideas which are brought to the hackathon are feasible and sufficiently developed. This year through the Call for Applications for Ideas of Digital Solutions we received 78 applications and shortlisted 32 ideas for digital solutions from civil society activists to participate in the Regional Ideathon. If you want to find out more about what our participants will be working on, please have a look at the list of ideas selected for participation in the Ideathon.
During the Ideathon the civil society activists will present their ideas to the Hackathon mentors and organisers, improve their skills in designing a civic tech project, will work individually with the mentors to improve and further develop their ideas, and will prepare their final pitches. On the last days of the Ideathon, they will pitch their improved ideas to the mentors and the organisers, who will select 15 ideas for participation in the 2020 Online EaP Civil Society Hackathon.
The Call for Applications from IT professionals and graphic designers will be re-opened on the 5th of June with a possibility to apply until the 29th of June 2020 (Note: all applications submitted within the Call from January 31 until March 6 remain valid, and the current applicants do not need to reapply).
The 2020 Online EaP Civil Society Hackathon will bring together 45 civil society activists, IT professionals and designers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in July 2020. For three weeks, technical and subject-matter experts will work together on IT solutions that would enable civil society organisations and activists better serve the needs of their communities, and help citizens participate in decision making. Hackathon participants will get support and advice from a multidisciplinary team of guest speakers and mentors, with proven experience in civic tech initiatives, IT start-ups and consulting companies. One or several of these ideas will then be selected for the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Digitalisation Award, allowing for their full-fledged development and launch.