UNESCO supports the launch of the Global Media and Information Literacy Youth Hackathon




UNESCO supports the call for the best and brightest answers to social opportunities and challenges through media and information literacy in connection with the launch of the first Global MIL Youth hackathon by our partners DesignEDly and Global Student Square. Winners of the three-day hackathon will be eligible for seed funding from an investment pool sponsored by UNESCO.


Media and Information Literacy (MIL) cultivates critical minds in the current information and communication landscape that presents opportunities for sustainable development and dialogue but also challenges. Actions need to be taken to protect children and youth from online scams and harmful content, separate divisive disinformation from verified fact, and help refugees and migrants get the information they need no matter where they are. MIL is one sustainable way to empower people to self-protect and be agent of change. The Global MIL Youth Hackathon aims to tackle these topics and seek the best solutions.


The Global MIL Youth Hackathon will take place from Wednesday, 24 October 2018 to Friday, 26 October 2018. Students will form teams, register online and then complete a series of tasks over the course of three days, from brainstorming and validating ideas to prototyping and pitching.


Shortlisted candidates of the hackathon will be announced during the Closing Session of the Global MIL Week 2018 Youth Agenda Forum in Riga, Latvia, and livestreamed on Facebook at 17:00 CET on Friday, 26 October. The announcement will be followed by validation of team proposals, including age of the team members, and determination of the amount of seed funding.


Youth around the world are encouraged to apply. The deadline for registration is 23:59 CET on Sunday, 21 October 2018. Applications will be reviewed and confirmed immediately. Verification of age and eligibility will be determined following conclusion of the hackathon.


Participants will receive tasks at 09:00 CET on each day of the three-day hackathon and will be encouraged to set up group chats; a Facebook account is not required but highly recommended. Participants should plan on working for approximately eight hours per day in order to complete the required tasks on schedule.


Additional details are available on the MIL Youth Hackathon website and on Facebook. Participants and observers are encouraged to use the hashtag #GlobalMILHack.


About UNESCO’s MIL programme:

Through capacity building and resources, such as curricula development, policy guidelines and articulation, and assessment framework, UNESCO supports the development of MIL competencies among people. Free and open online courses are available for self-paced learning about MIL. Through media and information technologies, the Organization facilitates networking and research through the Global Alliance for Partnerships on MIL (GAPMIL) and MILID University Network. The recently-launched MIL CLICKS social media initiative is also part of UNESCO’s strategy to enable media and information literate societies.


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