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 -

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This project is realized by the Goethe-InstitutThinkYoung and Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi NDG and funded by the European Union.
This challenge is open to young adults between 18-30 in Canada and Europe



Shape the cities of tomorrow!

Technological advancements and tools linked to smart cities including big data, the Internet of
things (IoT), connected sensors, information & communication technologies (ICT) and
cognitive computing all have the potential to create significant benefits in the way cities function.
We have the opportunity to better plan, interact, manage resources and tackle complex
challenges, from governance and the environment to quality of life and education. By
using modern technology we can create innovations that affect individuals, communities and businesses alike.
Connect with driven young people from Europe and Canada and develop ideas for our future on the topic of "Fast & Expanding Cities"! Discuss how technological advancements are changing our understanding of cities and living together! How can we use digitality to build an inclusive society?
Your opinion matters! All outcomes will be shared with European and Canadian policymakers to make sure your voice is heard.

Take part in an exceptional experience! 


Spend 24 hours in an exciting and challenging 
international work atmosphere!


Build a network with like-minded people from Vancouver and Madrid!


Learn best practices for influencing policymakers!


See how your work will influence politics!

Take part in the Thinkathon! 

Take part in the Thinkathon in Vancouver or Madrid on March 13 -14, 2020!
The 24-hour Thinkathon will simultaneously take place in Vancouver and Madrid. For 24 hours you'll work closely with like-minded people from Vancouver and Madrid as well as with motivated online participants; constantly exchanging your ideas, progress and results with participants from both your city and the partner city.
Our objective is to make your opinion count while building bridges between governments to ensure a future with an inclusive digital society!
Sign up now and become part of a project that really matters!

 Your prizes

  • 1st
  • 2nd


Win a trip to Frankfurt!
One participant from each Thinkathon will be chosen to present the project at the final event in Frankfurt. We'll take care of the flight and accommodation.



Gain professional experience in a local company/organization or in a public institution!
You’ll have the opportunity to meet interesting, driven people, expand your network and develop your professional skills.


Receive a certificate of participation!
Every on-site participant will receive a certificate of participation in recognition of their motivation and enthusiasm for the project.


Look forward to a wide range of giveaways! 


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Funded by the European Union

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of Goethe-Institut and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.