Online Thinkathon Challenge #2

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

Your mission

Connect online with young driven people from Europe and Canada and develop ideas for our future! Through your suggestions, show how technological advancements can change our understanding of society and how we can use digitality to build an inclusive community!

Choose 1 of 5 topics for your project!

You can take part multiple times in different topics. 

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Racism


 
Education

 

 
Gender Equality

 

 

 
Climate Change

 

 
Health

 

A 3-Step Process

Meet your Mentors
 
 
Anjum Sultana, National Director of Public Policy & Strategic Communications at YWCA Canada

YWCA Canada is Canada's largest and oldest gender equity organization. The YWCA federation has 32 member associations and works in 300 communities across Canada. Together, they reach over 330, 000 people every year. Anjum is the Primary Author and Operations Lead for ‘A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan: Making the Economy Work for Everyone’, the first nationally-focused recovery plan of its kind. Anjum holds a Masters in Public Health from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She is a frequently cited expert and her commentary has been featured on platforms such as Apolitical, CBC, CityTv, CTV, First Policy Response, Healthy Debate, National Observer, New Canadian Media, Public Policy Forum, The Walrus, Toronto Sun and TVO. Previously, Anjum has worked nationally and internationally in health equity as a researcher, project manager and organizer.

 
Antoine Rayroux, PhD, Consultant - Canada-Europe relations | International affair

"Our Digital Future - C'est ICI", c'est l'occasion pour moi de mettre mon énergie et mon sens de l'écoute au service d'une jeunesse qui a tant à nous dire sur notre avenir. J'ai hâte de les aider à faire entendre leur voix et faire valoir leur opinion.

Let's listen to what futurist Alvin Toffler once said, as he was writing on technological changes and their impacts on society: "The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they - at some distant point in the future - will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely... because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties."

This was written... 45 years ago. Time to take this commitment seriously!

 
Bjelle Roberts, President of the European Health Parliament and Manager Vaccine Policy Europe at MSD

Bjelle Roberts works in Vaccines Policy at both European and Global level for Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD) and is President of the European Health Parliament (EHP). Bjelle specializes in prevention and health and aims to involve young voices on critical issues that will shape the future. Bjelle holds a BSc in Health Sciences and a MSc in Governance and Leadership in European Public Health.

 
Borislava Ananieva,

Youth Strategy & Capacity Building Assistant, European Patients Forum


Borislava is a two-time kidney transplant patient originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, currently based in Brussels, Belgium.

She is the Youth Strategy & Capacity Building Assistant at the European Patients’ Forum. She is a founding member as well as the current Coordinator of the EPF Youth Group. Being also the Country Representative for Bulgaria at the Young Coalition for Prevention and Vaccination, she brings the young patient perspective in various initiatives.

 
Charles Howard, Research Manager at ThinkYoung

Charles is the Research Manager at ThinkYoung, where he manages social and political research projects on children’s rights and youth engagement. This includes a focus on employment, skills, and education, online civil liberties, international development and the SDGs, social inclusion, and political and civic engagement. He also has experience in multiple European based NGOs on EU policy and rights based issues including at the Open Rights Group and the Project for Democratic Union. Charles holds a degree in Law and Politics from QMUL, and an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

 
Christina Caouette, Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Canada
Christina is a Policy Analyst at Natural Resources Canada, where she contributes to Canada’s clean energy future as part of the Renewable and Electrical Energy Division. She previously contributed to Canada’s international relations as a Policy Analyst for Global Affairs Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. Prior to joining the Canadian public service, Christina gained on-the-ground experience in diplomacy as a public affairs trainee with the Delegation of the European Union to Canada and the Embassy of Ireland in Ottawa. Since 2017, Christina has volunteered for the Young Diplomats of Canada, most recently stepping into the position of Recruitment Lead
 
 
Guillermo Tosca, Research Manager, ThinkYoung

Born in Barcelona, Guillermo has worked at ThinkYoung for over 2 years leveraging his expertise in European studies and data analysis to conduct research on youth affairs. He  holds a Master's in European Public Policy Analysis from the College of Europe and a Bachelor's in Political Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He worked as a trainee at the Council of the European Union, at the United Nations, and at Spain's Permanent Representation to the EU. He spent a year at the University of California, Berkeley as an exchange student, where he enhanced his skills in quantitative analysis and social science methodology.

 
Julia Crumiere, Communication Officer, ThinkYoung

Julia is the Communications Officer of ThinkYoung. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, a Master Degree in Crisis Communications and an Executive Master in European Public Affairs. Julia is interested in social affairs, particularly in women's rights, the role of media in politics and European integration.

 
Moussa Sene, Environmental and Social Project Manager, Hatch

Moussa Sène is a social impact specialist for the engineering firm Hatch. He has been socially involved in his community for several years, including as a board member of Canadian Roots Exchange (an organization that works towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth) and as President of the Intercultural Council of Montreal. Through his experience in navigating plural identities, he observes that racism, sexism, and other "isms" live on unexamined traditions, and he believes policy making creates the opportunity for institutions and society to do their necessary self-examination work. 

 
Dr. Sevan Beukian, Professor at the Political Sience Department, University of Alberta
 

Sevan Beukian is an immigrant woman of colour in Canada, born and raised in Lebanon in an Armenian family. She acknowledges that she is a visitor on Amiskwacîwâskahikan on Treaty 6 territory. She is a mother raising two children with her partner. Sevan completed a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alberta and a Master of Arts in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut. Her experience has spanned over a decade in teaching, research, and policy work in Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI), feminism, intersectionality/GBA+, antiracism focusing on theory, public policy, and community relationships. She has several publications and her works appear in Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Armenian Review, Routledge, and Demeter Press and Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming), among others.

  Sherihane Bensemmane, Research Scientist, Sciensano

Sherihane has a background in biomedical sciences, she worked in laboratories as a scientist. She completed her master's degree in neuroscience with degrees in public health and political sciences.  She worked as a scientific advisor in the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and as a collaborator at the European Social Observatory (OSE). Currently, she works as a research scientist at a public health institute and is a member of several non-profit organizations. 

   Sydney Piggott, Director of Programs & Projects, YWCA Canada

 

Sydney Piggott (she/her) is a civil society leader, researcher, and advocate for gender equity and inclusion on a global scale. She is the Director of Programs & Projects at YWCA Canada where she leads impact-driven initiatives with a vision to see women and girls empowered in a safe and equitable society. She’s also a contributor at Btchcoin News, a British Council Future Leaders Connect fellow, and vice-chair of the board at Springtide Resources. Sydney has presented her work on gender equity in several international forums including the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), Women Deliver Conference, Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference for Young Parliamentarians, and RightsCon.

Passionate about the power of young people, Sydney also works with several youth organizations locally, nationally, and globally including the Ontario Council for International Cooperation’s (OCIC) Youth Policy-Maker’s Hub, Apathy is Boring’s RISE program, and Cohort X – Community Knowledge Exchange’s (CKX) gender and climate justice initiative. She brings an intersectional feminist lens to all of her work informed by her proud Afro-Caribbean heritage.

She holds a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto where she co-founded the Intersectional Feminist Collective, was a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee scholar, and a researcher with the Reach Alliance. Sydney also holds a bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from McGill University

Evaluation Criteria

 Creativity

Does the project use creativity and ingenuity to solve a problem? Does the project offer an original, innovative approach to addressing the selected problem?

 Impact

Does the project address a clear need, problem, or opportunity? Does the project fit the problem it addresses? How big is the impact of the proposed solution?

 Relevance

Does the project address digital inclusion in society? Do the presented recommendations fit the selected topic?

Diversity

How is diversity reflected by your project? Are underrepresented communities addressed?