Hack for Locals 2.0: UN and Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine to Hold Hackathon to Strengthen Safety in Communities

Hack for Locals 2.0: UN and Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine to Hold Hackathon to Strengthen Safety in Communities

The United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme (UN RPP), in conjunction with the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine invite everyone to take part in the three-day Hack for Locals 2.0: Safer Communities Hackathon which takes place on 30 October – 1 November 2020.

The main idea of the hackathon is to bring together interested participants from all over Ukraine – developers, designers, representatives of communities, managers, activists and civil society enthusiasts, security service providers, entrepreneurs and marketers – for fruitful cooperation in searching for innovative solutions that will help build safer, stronger and more cohesive communities.

The event is hosted by the Happy Monday Career Development Platform and the Center42 Innovation Agency within the framework of the United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, in partnership with the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine and Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast State Administrations, and with the financial support of the European Union and the governments of Denmark, Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden.

How to take part in the hackathon?

  • Register for the event using the link. You can either register as an individual participant and choose a team at the hackathon, or go to the hackathon with an already formed team of change creators;
  • On 30 October join the hackathon in any place convenient for you, either online or at one of the partner locations;
  • Create a project in 48 hours and present it to the jury. To do this, you can gather your own team, work independently, or join existing teams.

Registration for the hackathon will last until 20 October 2020.

To take part in the hackathon, the idea of your project must be in one of the following areas:

  • digital security and digital literacy;
  • safe and inclusive services for everyone with no exception;
  • coordination of activities between different security service providers and communities;
  • effective crisis response and early warning/alert capabilities (how to connect citizens, government officials and security providers at the local level in case of an emergency or threat);
  • strengthening community security using open data.

Grant support for the winners' projects

The best three projects will be able to receive a grant for implementation of their ideas from the United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme (the grant sum can range from $3,000 to $30,000 depending on the idea and geography of the project), support in applying for a grant, mentor help from the organizers, and other valuable prizes from the partners.

Hackathon format

The hackathon will take place online using the Slack and Zoom applications. In addition, seven partner offline locations will be set up in different cities of Ukraine at universities and the premises of IT company SoftServe, namely:

  • Donetsk National Technical University (Pokrovsk);
  • Pryazovskyi State Technical University (Mariupol);
  • Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University (Sievierodonetsk);
  • Polissya National University (Zhytomyr);
  • Oles Honchar Dnipro National University (Dnipro);
  • Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas, Science City "New Energy" (Ivano-Frankivsk);
  • V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University and IT-company SoftServe (Kharkiv).

There will be comfortable conditions for teamwork: with tea, coffee, lunches and a support team provided. Team can therefore either meet in person or choose to work together completely online.

Participation is free of charge, with mandatory registration. For offline participants, the organizers will provide the necessary conditions for comfortable work at the location (subject to possible restrictions), catering and, if necessary, reimburse travel expenses to participants from other cities (up to UAH 750 per person upon presentation of tickets).


The United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme (UN RPP) is being implemented by four United Nations agencies: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Thirteen international partners support the Programme: the European Union (EU), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.