Networks and collaborations are becoming increasingly important; the world is changing, so is diplomacy. The rapid evolution of new technology in the 21st century offers both challenges and great opportunities. To meet these challenges the Embassies of the Netherlands and Sweden collaborate to set up co-creative events that can approach issues of global relevance through ideation and design processes.
#DiploHack combines the specific know-how and skill sets of diplomats, social entrepreneurs, tech developers and designers, along with that of journalists, academics, NGOs and businesses to ‘hack’ traditional diplomatic problems in start-up style groups.
Our goals are:
· To create new, collaborative and creative methods for diplomacy
· To familiarise the civil society and tech industry with diplomats and diplomacy through co-creation.
· To familiarise diplomats not just with social entrepreneurship, social media and open/big data, but with the tech industry and their start-up culture and practices
· To actively look for added value in technology, social media and open/big data for diplomacy/public diplomacy
· To recognise the role of networks and social media and open/big data as central to modern human interaction, including in international relations and especially in public diplomacy
On 6-7 March, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Rabat, Morocco, the non-profit SimSim-Participation Citoyenne and MakeSense join forces for the first DiploHack in the MENA-region. Morocco features a burgeoning tech-sector and the government has created the region’s first open data portal. Moreover, DiploHack Morocco presents an exceptional opportunity to engage in a different and meaningful way with people you may or may not have worked with before. It is also an opportunity to evaluate the existing approaches to solving societal problems, and to be inspired through the sharing of ideas and viewpoints.
Also, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington, DC will organise a Cyber DiploHack where six university teams based in the United States and Europe will participate in an intensive, scenario-based, policy hackathon to develop new approaches to cyber security and cyber capacity building at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) from March 26-27. Hackathon concepts and ideas will serve as inputs for the Global Cyber Resilience Initiative to be launched this April at the Global Conference on Cyberspace in the Hague.
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