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Integration Foundation and Ministry of Culture seek fresh solutions to integration problems

The Integration Foundation, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, is organising an integration hackathon in Estonia for the first time to come up with innovative and exciting solutions to integration problems. The two-day event will take place on 24 & 25 November, but an information day will be held this coming Thursday, 19 October, from 16:00-18:00 at the Kopli restaurant (Kopli 25, Tallinn).

Experts and enthusiasts from different backgrounds are invited to take part in the hackathon, who will be divided up into teams for the 30-hour event. Their task will be to come up with an idea or draft project for a technological solution to one integration-related problem.

Irene Käosaar, the director of the Integration Foundation, is convinced that these different people from different backgrounds will be able to work together to come up with new ideas.

“Perhaps it’ll be at the hackathon that we hit upon new solutions to encourage people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds to interact more with one another or to ensure that residents of the country who speak a language other than Estonian as their mother tongue don’t feel like they’re in a more precarious position on the labour market,” she said.

The best teams will be able to get funding for their ideas from the Integration Foundation, and special prizes will also be awarded by the event’s sponsors.

During the information day being held from 16:00-18:00 on 19 October at the Kopli restaurant (Kopli 25, Tallinn), the organisers will be talking about key challenges and developments in the field of integration and the questions that have arisen as a result.

Integration hackathon.

The hackathon is a 30-hour event taking place on 24 & 25 November at the Club of Different Rooms (Erinevate Tubade Klubi) in Tallinn. The hackathon will begin at 10:00 on Friday 24 November with ideas being introduced, after which teams of four to five people will be put together to start work immediately. The teams will be able to ask mentors for advice during the Friday session, at the end of which they will be required to report on the progress of their projects. The event will come to an end at 14:00 on the Saturday, when the teams will have to make presentations about their projects and the jury will then present prizes.

The result of the hackathon for each team should be either:

- a draft project to solve one particular problem; or

- material showcasing a technological solution (app, website, etc.) as a PowerPoint presentation or web-based onepager.

Program of the hackathon:

Friday, 24th of November

9.30 – 10.00        Registration, morning coffee

10.00 - 10.50       Welcome speeches, presentation of mentors and jury

10.50 – 11.20      Motivation speech by Vladimir Svet

11.20 – 12.35      Presentation of ideas (3 min max)

12.35 – 12.45      Team formation

12.45 – 13.45      Lunch

13.45 – 14.15      How to create strong one-pager and attractively present your idea

14.15 – 18.30      Work in teams, meetings with mentors

18.30 – 19 .00     Conclusion of the day

19.00 – 20.00      Dinner

20.00 – 24.00      Party

Saturday, 25th of November

9.00                     Doors are open

10.00 – 12.00      Work in teams, preparing of the presentations

12.00 – 13.00      Final pitching of the ideas 

13.00 – 14.00      Lunch, jury works

14.00 – 14.30      Award ceremony

For further information please contact:

Olga Sõtnik

Senior specialist, Ministry of Culture

Mobile: +372 51 20 962