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How would you improve citizens’ participation in the EU? How would you do it digitally? Come to Rome, get the chance to connect with new friends, and learn how to make young people's voices heard!




Design and create a fully working prototype as a solution to the challenge: How can youth encourage their peers and first time voters to an active digital citizenship at EU level? Build your team, set your goals, and get ready to one of the most engaging experience of your life!


3 Thematic Areas: 

  1. Social media: online engagement and participation

  2. Grassroots initiatives: digital and voting platforms

  3. Topdown consultation tools: institutional tools for citizen engagement



Europeans went digital... in Rome!


First event of  #EuropeansGoDigital:  Hacking our future!

#69 participants, #17 European countries. 

Main actors: young university students from all over Europe, passionate about making a change on the topic #OnlineCivicParticipation

Goals: create and test solutions for increasing youth’s digital civic participation through an innovative hackathon!

The Rome Hackathon was my first ever. I was not sure what to expect but I hoped I would be able to come up with interesting solutions for the challenge, learn new things in the process, and get to meet new people. It's been 3 days since I got back and I still can't believe how great it was. It exceeded my hopes in all ways possible.

I’ve honestly appreciated this event, it was really well-managed, people were nice and helpful, teammates were cool. I will definitely apply for another EucA event later on.

When I discovered that I would participate I was so happy! I didn't believe it was true. The day before the hackathon I was really excited about what will happen to me, but I didn't expect that would be so beautiful. I always come with a smile and the thought that I was living one of the best experiences in my life. My goal wasn't to win but to live the experience at all and give the best of myself. Of course, I met a lot of people, that I want to see again and that has a little place in my heart. If somebody asks me if I would recommend this experience I surely will reply by saying: "If you want to live one of the best experiences of your life, you should!".

European Civic Hackathon… What else?

For three days, students went to Rome to work together on a revolutionary and innovative Hackathon, a creative problem-solving exercise to create and test solutions for increasing Youth’s Digital Civic Participation. 


The participants worked in 15 teams, and 3 thematic areas: #SocialMedia, #GrassRootInitiatives, and #Top-DownConsultationTools. 


Each team built a project, proposing creative solutions to their challenges, and prepared the final pitch to be presented on the last day in front of the jury. All the groups were #passionate, #innovative, and #committed to their challenge. They presented #apps and #platforms to make the EU more accessible to everyone, to be more protagonists in the decision-making, and strive for transparency and accurate information.

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Centro Congressi Cavour: Via Cavour, 50/a

Day 1

20 October


15:30 - 16:00 - Registrations

16:00 - 17:00 - Welcome Session

  • Gian Luca Giovannucci - President EucA

  • Dorottya Túros - Board Member MeOut

  • Davide Dal Maso - Founder Social Warning

17:00 - 17:15 - Launch of the "Social Media Challenge"

17:15 - 17:30 - Launch of the "Grassroots Initiatives Challenge"

17:30 - 17:45 - Launch of the "Top-down Consultation Tools Challenge"

17:45 - 18:30 - Introduction to Design Thinking 


18:30 - 19:00 - Conclusive Remarks

  • Dr. Francesco Tufarelli - Advisor of the Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers: Office Coordinator of European Union Policies Department

19:30 - Check-in in the hostel 


Day 2

21 October


08:30- 09:00 - Arrivals & Welcome 


09:00 - 09:15 - Opening Remarks 

  • Hon. Assuntela Messina - Undersecretary of State to the Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers for technological innovation and digital transition

09:15 - 09:45 - Break 

09:45 - 10:00 - Icebreaker and Groups Formation for the Hackathon

10:00 - 10:35 - Hackathon: Definition of the Observed Needs

10:35 - 12:05 - Hackathon: Ideation and Selection of Solutions

12:05 - 13:00 - Hackathon: Ideas Integration and Focus on How it Works

13:00 - 14:30 - Lunch

14:30 - 18:30 - Teamwork on the Project Poster and Presentations

18:30 - 18:45 - Feedback Session

20:00 - Dinner all together 


Day 3

22 October  - (European Digital Citizenship Day) 


08:30 - 09:00 -  Arrivals & Welcome 

09:00 - 10:45 - Projects' Presentations

10:45 - 11:00 - Break

11:00 - 12:30 - Expert Panel:

  • Hon. Paola Binetti - Senator of the Italian Republic

  • Domenico Pontari - Director of Elis Residence

  • Dorottya Túros - Board Member MeOut

  • Gian Luca Giovanucci - President  EucA

  • Davide Dal Maso - Founder Social Warning

12:30 - 13:00 - Winner Announcement and Prize

13:00 - Conclusion of the Event

Image by Mathew Schwartz



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