21 April 2018

Waiting for SHU2021

Promoted on the occasion of the final event of the Generation0101 project, the first edition of the Social Hackathon Umbria – #SHU2016, immediately proved to have a positive and sustainable impact on all actors involved in the process of co-creating digital solutions to societal challenges.

The initiative has been carried out over the last four years involving an increasing number of participants (from 80 in 2016 to more than 160 in 2019) who have benefited from various training, capacity building and networking activities carried out over a 3-4 month period.

The promoter of the initiative is the European Grants International Academy Srl (EGInA Srl), a training agency and consultancy company in the field of European funding based in Foligno.

So far, the Social Hackathon Umbria has involved:

  • 180 among NEETs, unemployed young people and refugees who have attended one or more training courses, with an average duration of 30 hours each, in web design, online collaboration tools, e-journalism, coding, mobile application development, digital video, game development, digital storytelling, augmented reality content production and graphic design
  • 80 among non-profit organisations, social enterprises, associations, public bodies and individual social innovators from across Europe that have applied with a proposal to develop a digital solution to a social problem
  • 250 high school students participated in the event at different levels: as members of the co-development teams, supporting the media coverage team, participating in parallel events and workshops.
  • 24 concrete digital solutions (6 each year) were developed and shared under a Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC 3.0 IT


“A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is a design sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and others, often including subject-matter-experts, collaborate intensively on software projects.”
da Wikipedia


On 25 September 2015, the 193 member countries of the UN approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are divided into 169 targets to be achieved by 2030.

The 2030 Agenda is a milestone on the path to sustainable development. Since 2016, it has served as a global framework for tackling the world’s major challenges at the national and international level, such as extreme poverty, climate change, environmental degradation and health crises. It applies to all countries, North and South, and sets a series of targets to be achieved by 2030.

After a one-year break due to the pandemic, the Social Hackathon Umbria intends to celebrate its fifth anniversary with a major digital co-creation event focused on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and shared with Fertitecnica Colfiorito and FAO, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

#SHU2021 foresees a four-day Hackathon, Workshops, Exhibitions and Laboratories, next 1-4 July 2020 in the beautiful setting of the Colfiorito Park, a protected natural area and example of many sustainable development practices of the Umbria Region.

At the same time as the training courses, we will launch a call for ideas on four thematic areas: #zerohunger, #zerowaste, #zeroimpact and #zeroignorance. For each area, we will select the two most relevant ideas that can be developed by teams of up to 8 members led by an experienced team manager. During the 48 hours of the hackathon, teams will be able to create a pitch, prototype or product to present in front of an international jury for the award of a digital prize with a commercial value of €100.


As every year, the Social Hackathon Umbria will not be an event for digital experts only! Already from Thursday 1 July, in fact, numerous workshops and seminars will be organised for different types of participants.

The final programme of #SHU2021 will be published from 01 June 2021. All events will be organised in full compliance with the regulations in force regarding the containment and management of the epidemiological emergency from COVID-19 in the Umbria Region.

To register, simply visit the #SHU2021 website at www.socialhackathonumbria.info, select the event you wish to attend and fill in the form at the bottom of the page. To keep up to date with all the news of #SHU2021, we also recommend that you follow our Facebook page and Instagram profile!