UNESCO CodeTheCurve Global Virtual Hackathon 2020 for Young Developers and Innovators: Apply by April 15: Expired

About the Hackathon

Applications are invited for UNESCO CodeTheCurve Global Virtual Hackathon 2020. Organised in partnership with IBM and SAP, the CodeTheCurve Hackathon calls young developers and innovators to use their digital skills, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit to join forces to inspire and develop digital solutions to current and future pandemia-challenges.

The UNESCO CodeTheCurve global virtual hackathon is designed to enable students, educators, teachers, and the research community to build tech skills, entrepreneurial spirit, and professional competencies with a lens on digital creativity and cooperation to mobilize the world.

CodeTheCurve aims to inspire youth with new skills in a virtual, immersive environment in collaboration with other students, experts, and mentors, while creating deployable solutions and digital prototypes prepared by citizen developers, data scientists, and innovators with youth at the center. The CodeTheCurve learning and hackathon journey will be practical, hands-on, and a ton of virtual fun.

  • Anyone is invited to gather a crew of developers, data scientists, and friends from other fields (educators, teachers, and researchers), pull together a gender-inclusive group with no more than six participants, and make sure there’s at least one person under the age of 25 in your team (min. age 16). All teams must have at least one female and one male.
  • The collaborators from CodeTheCurve will select 40 teams to participate in the immersive learning and hackathon journey.
  • If a team does not get selected in the top 40, for many there will still be the opportunity to showcase their skills and perhaps get engaged in one of the 40 selected teams. More information on that will be shared later on.
  • To participate in a hackathon there are different profiles needed: the four Hs of a hackathon: It takes hackers (developers and data scientists), hustlers (program and project managers), hipsters (creative designers and marketers), and humanitarians (industry experts).
Skills Required

Participating teams should have at least one developer and/or one person with basic data science skills. Programming skills can include Python, Java, HTML, and/or the ability to use App Inventor or Power Apps — along with the other technical skills that you individually bring to the team. And at least one member of the team must have basic Linux and Jupyter Notebook experience.

Challenge themes

CodeTheCurve includes three themes:

  • Access to learning
  • Information and data management
  • Present and future social and health issues in the post-pandemic
How to Apply?

Interested applicants can participate in the hackathon through this link.

Application Deadline

April 15, 2020


Davide Storti (d.storti[at]unesco.org)

For further details, click here.

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