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
Diplohack #Data4Food Challenge, 11-13 September 2015, the Hague, the Netherlands.
The Data4Food Challenge is a hackathon that brings together bright minds that can drive the innovation that could change the way we feed the world in 5 to 10 years’ time. Making use of various types of data streams, such as soil statistics, Twitter messages, satellite imagery, or consumption pattern data from food companies, participants will develop opportunities and solutions for food security. The guiding principle for this data Hackathon will be the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal #2: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture”. #Data4Food is organised by Leiden University and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.
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