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, diplomats from the Netherlands and Sweden regularly collaborate with other actors 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
Most recent editions
Diplohack Ottawa 2015 // #HackingConflict, 27-28 May 2015.
On May 27-28, 2015 in Ottawa, Canada six multi-disciplinary teams undertook a #DiploHack Challenge to consider how social media, big data and/or new technologies can be leveraged to hack through the fog of war and empower non-violent actors seeking to transform their national/regional conflicts. #HackingConflict was co-organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, The SecDev Foundation (Canada), the Canadian International Council and in partnership with Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. The event emphasised the political like-mindedness of Canada and the Netherlands in international affairs, and the vast potential for creative, political cooperation to solve difficult global challenges.
DiploHack-Health On! – Mobile Healthcare Solutions for Rural India, 3-4 June 2015.
Vihara Innovation Network (VIN), Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Startup Tunnel, NASSCOM 10000 Startups announced an important partnership that will for the first time include a collaborative effort between the organisations to conduct an healthcare focused hackathon. Healthcare in remote areas of the country is often impaired due to lack of reach and implementation of services. The mission of this hackathon was primarily to solve that problem, or at least initiate solutioneering. Therefore, this 36-hour Hack was aimed at building mobile healthcare solutions for rural india. The VIN and Embassy led initiative was also been jointly supported by our other key partners Philips, UNFPA, Persistent, DSM, Manipal Hospitals, Maastricht UMC.
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