HAKTON – Strengthen rural and urban relations while achieving SDGs

Survey respondents (and general hackathon participants) were first and postgraduate students representing the largest group, young professionals and young entrepreneurs. With the exception of one participant, respondents indicated that this was their first experience participating in a hackathon. However, respondents noted that prior to the event, they were familiar with the concept of integrating innovation into sustainable development processes. Survey respondents also indicated that they had some prior knowledge of sustainable development, food systems, food security, or climate change adaptation from their academic or professional experience. Figure 1 below shows the participants / professionals and / or areas of interest, the alignment between the participants’ interests and the hackathon theme.

Seven of the eight respondents confirmed the transfer of knowledge and skills from Haxaton to their personal, academic or professional life. Application for the Professional Sheet was cited by only two participants, and the most common application form (six out of eight participants) used knowledge and skills in their life. Examples of the application of knowledge are the inclusion of collaborative thinking and cultural knowledge in working groups, the inclusion of ideas in mindfulness training sessions into their careers, the use of knowledge for academic projects, the transfer of knowledge, and the development of individual awareness. The nature of the application of knowledge and skills varies greatly, with an average of 64 percent. The majority of respondents indicated that more than 50 percent indicated that they were 48 and 20 percent, both young professionals.

Ideas from hackathon challenges inspired survey respondents to change their thinking and adopt more sustainable behaviors and acquire new knowledge and skills that would improve their academic or professional career. However, and as will be seen in the next section, they did not continue to work on proposals to develop more concrete projects or solutions to the challenges.

According to the respondents, the workshops, “Mind-to-Positive Plan” and “How to Organize Your Thoughts” during the abduction workshop were very important for their academic or professional success. In contrast, the policy workshop (with UN experts) was supported by only two respondents (eight).

Results from interviews conducted for this impact show that one of the reasons participants participate in the hackathon is to expand their networks. Survey results show that most respondents maintained contact with their team members in the hackathon.

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