About the project

Several EU policy initiatives underline that social inclusion of young people depends on their access to ICT and on them acquiring the necessary digital and transversal competences to participate in modern society. To address these challenges, the #hackAD “Social Hackademy” project aims at fostering digital skills and competences of young people from disadvantaged background through the implementation of collaborative educational activities based on the Social Hackademy co-creation methodology.

#hackAD is based on the Social Hackathon Umbria (#SHU) methodology, a good practice being implemented in Italy. In 4 European countries (Italy, Greece, Croatia and France), project partners will establish Social Hackademy Labs and, through an in-depth blended training course of 100 hours, train a total of 120 young people aged 16-29 from disadvantaged background on three topics: Native Mobile App Development, Web Design and Visual and Graphic Design. As part of the learning path, a Social Hackathon will be organised in each country, during which the young participants will have the opportunity to put in practice the acquired competences together with representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs) that need to develop digital solutions to societal challenges linked to one or more of the 17 UN Goals for Sustainable Development.

Key outputs of the project include:
– Social Hackademy Methodology and course outlines in project languages.
– Handbook for Trainers in project languages.
– Social Hackademy Online Platform in project languages.
– Policy Recommendations

The project will activate multi-disciplinary teams that work collaboratively across different sectors to maximise the chances that underprivileged young people become interested in socially responsible scientific and technological careers (actors from formal and non-formal education sector, NGOs, CSOs, libraries, social enterprises will be involved both in the training and in the Hackathon).

#hackAD is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union under the Action KA3 Social Inclusion through Education, training and youth. It started on the 15th of December 2020 and will last for 2 years.