The organisations Balkans Beyond Borders and Youthmakers Hub with the support of the Young European Federalists (JEF) organised the online Hackathon entitled “Y-FED: HACK4YOUTH” on August 29 & 30, 2020. The Hackathon aimed to encourage young students, entrepreneurs or/and youth workers to “become the solution” to contemporary issues of the European society based on three thematics: “Protection of Youth Employability”, “Sustainable Business Recovery” and “Accessibility in an Inclusive Society”, which were inspired by the European Youth Goals.
Twenty-five young people between 18-30, with different educational backgrounds, participated in Hack4Youth. The first online meeting with the organising team was on 26/08 in a two-hours online webinar, where there were presented: the aims and goals of the project, information about the planning and scheduling of the hackathon, and the institutional system of the EU in order to get familiar with the decision-making process of the European Union.
The online hackathon process:
On the 29th of August, the participants were separated into six groups and worked in their teams in order to create the solutions in the given challenges. The three challenges of the hackathon were:
- Create a structure or a solution ensuring transparency in the workplace and ensuring the employment rights of young workers.
- Create a system, a structure or a solution that ensures the participation of marginalized / vulnerable young people in all decision-making processes. Then specialize by focusing on people with disabilities.
- Create a digital transformation model of a business or a structure or a solution that will contribute to the digital transformation of European companies.
The teams had to create a written action plan, a poster, and a PowerPoint presentation to support and present their solution. Moreover, several training sessions occurred in order to ameliorate their effort and to be familiarized with the concepts of their challenges. In the training schedule were included:
- Project Management, Marilena Maragkou – Project Coordinator YMH
- Business Model Canvas: Explanation, Use & Tips, Andriana Pateraki-Online Community Manager Houston
- Formatting & Presenting, Stefanos Stagakis – Marketing Coordinator YMH
- Pitching, Konstandinos Maragkos – Communication Specialist YMH
Additionally, each challenge was curated by an expert mentor who provided guidance and consultancy to the teams. The first day concluded with great success.
The second and last day, the 30th of August, lasted seven and a half hours, from 10.00 am to 17.30pm. During this day the participating teams finalized their project and presented it to the evaluators which were experts from different fields; Veroniki Krikoni, Konstantinos Stergiou, George Megas, Adriana – Christina Pateraki and Dimitris Maragos. Before the results announcement, the team members had an additional training session about the Europass CV and its opportunities by Dimitris Maragkos. Last but not least the winning team was announced. The three team members were awarded an educational session on how to write proposals, an individual educational session on how to create their Europass CV, they were granted the chance to meet other Hackathon winning teams and present their idea to the partners of the Consortium of the Y- FED project.
“Y-FED: HACK4YOUTH” Solutions and Winner
The winning team
Under the name “Mark Zuckenberg”, they worked on the challenge “Protection of youth employability” and consisted of Iason Soultis Avagiannis, Koniari Athanasia, Stagaki- Barlou- Mirsini- Anastasia. Their solution was titled “SUCCESSIBILITY 2020”.
The Idea: Our effort is to inform young workers from every different region of the European Union about their labor rights, providing continuous and thorough information in order to motivate more and more young people to work within the EU. In the several Member States, strengthening the European acquis on safe occupational rehabilitation. Furthermore, our goal is to create a “European work passport” which will be possible through a single operation of the already existing employment platforms in the long run.
The other teams
The second team “Stephen Hawking” consisted of: Giannitsi Ekaterini, Karamatzani Efi, Hatzis Mattheos, worked on the theme “Accessibility in an inclusive Society” and created the project “Afetiria”, a CSO with the main objectives of ensuring equal opportunities for people with disabilities in the process of finding work, facilitating these people to practice their work as well as adapting the content of work itself so that people with different disabilities are able to operate equally.
The third team “Jemma Redden” worked on the theme “Protection of youth employability” and consisted of Christos Zervas, Evdoxia Arvanitaki, Odysseus Vlachonikolos and created the “Youthform”, an online platform that will work with the Ministry of Labor of each country of the European Union in order to ensure transparency in the workplace but will also check whether companies meet the necessary conditions (e.g. working hours, salaries, working conditions, etc.).