Hack The Goals is a worldwide movement of hackathons organised by Enabel, the Belgian development agency. The hackathons enable citizens to discuss, reflect on and identify innovative solutions for real life problems that help advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
At the end of each hackathon, the Hack the Goals teams will present their design concept that accelerates the achievement of the SDGs. The solutions presented should build on digital technologies, and commit to leaving no one behind.
In 2018, the first edition of Hack the Goals will be organised in Belgium and five partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation: Morocco, Niger, Palestinian Territory, Senegal and Uganda. In each country a jury of professional experts will select the winning design concept of the national competition.
The winning teams will participate in the international award ceremony that takes place in Brussels during an exceptional closing event in the presence of the Belgian minister of development cooperation and digital agenda, Alexander De Croo. The team with the best design concept in the international competition will be awarded a € 5 000 prize to further develop their design concept into a functioning prototype.
Hack the Goals organises 7 hackathons throughout the world. The hackathons are 48-hour events where participants come together as teams to co-create innovative solutions for sustainable development challenges.
The word “hackathon” is a combination of the words “hack” and “marathon”, demonstrating the origin of hackathons as lengthy meetings of developers to jointly do exploratory programming.
Today, the hackathon methodology is no longer limited to software development but can be applied to co-create innovations for a wide range of sectors and problems.
The “Hack the Goals” hackathons bring together users, sector experts, entrepreneurs and digital experts to jointly identify and conceptualise solutions that will help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Learn more about the first 'Hack the Goals' hackathon here.
Enabel contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This universal global agenda was approved in September 2015 in New York by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Civil society, the private sector as well as authorities are playing an important role in this agenda.
The Sustainable Development Goals aim to mobilise efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030, while ensuring that no one is left behind. The new Goals are a call for action by all countries, poor, rich or middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.
Learn more about the SDGs here.