24-hour Thinkathon: Vancouver/Madrid - Smart and Fast Expanding Cities

Do you want to shape our inclusive digital future by building on technical advancements? We’ll make sure your voice is heard! - This project is funded by the European Union -

This project is realized by the Goethe-InstitutThinkYoung and Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi NDG and funded by the European Union

Your mission

Considering technological advancements your mission is to develop and discuss ideas to shape the smart cities of tomorrow.

What are the potential effects of modern technology and digitality on our society and cities? How can we use advanced technology to build smart cities that impact individuals, communities, and businesses positively and ensure an inclusive society?

Possible topics of discussion are housing & living conditions, advantages & disadvantages of economic development, environmental impact, sustainability & technology, governance & the economy, etc.

You can choose to take part in one of the following three working groups that will focus on different aspects and have different tasks.

Choose 1 of 3 working groups! 

Voicing policies 

Develop recommendations for the political direction of Canadian and European governments!

Share the Buzz 

 Establish a social media strategy to boost awareness of Smart and Fast Expanding Cities and influence the public!

Lights, camera, youth in action!

Create a video to call attention to issues and opportunities surrounding Smart and Fast Expanding Cities!

Thinkathon details

You can take part in the Thinkathon either in Vancouver or Madrid. For 24 hours you'll work with other young people in your working group while constantly digitally interacting with the matching working group in the partner city. An expert will coach your working group in the chosen field, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable insights and develop new skills. At the end of the Thinkathon, you will have the chance to present your project and win a number of prizes!

To take part on-site you need to register and fill in the participation form. Based on your answers about why you want to take part, your background and your intent you'll be selected to be one of the 50 participants in either Vancouver or Madrid. 
The Thinkathon will take place from Friday morning (Vancouver)/afternoon (Madrid) to Saturday morning (Vancouver)/ afternoon (Madrid) for 24 hours. 


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