UNESCO CodeTheCurve Global Virtual Hackathon 2020 for Young Developers and Innovators

UNESCO CodeTheCurve Global Virtual Hackathon 2020 for Young Developers and Innovators

Deadline: April 15, 2020

Applications are invited for the UNESCO CodeTheCurve Global Virtual Hackathon 2020. Organised in partnership with IBM and SAP, the CodeTheCurve Hackathon calls young developers and innovators to use their digital skills, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit to join forces to inspire and develop digital solutions to current and future pandemia-challenges.

The UNESCO CodeTheCurve global virtual hackathon is designed to enable students, educators, teachers, and the research community to build tech skills, entrepreneurial spirit, and professional competencies with a lens on digital creativity and cooperation to mobilize the world.

CodeTheCurve aims to inspire youth with new skills in a virtual, immersive environment in collaboration with other students, experts, and mentors, while creating deployable solutions and digital prototypes prepared by citizen developers, data scientists, and innovators with youth at the center. The CodeTheCurve learning and hackathon journey will be practical, hands-on, and a ton of virtual fun.


  • All teams that complete the final submission process will receive certificates of participation from the collaborators.
  • First place winners from each theme will have 1 year of free access to LinuxONE Community Cloud and quarterly virtual meetups with thought leaders from IBM and/or its collaborators for a one-year period to advance projects further.
  • First place winners in each theme will also receive unrestricted access to learning resources on the OpenSAP platform, SAP DKOM or SAPPHIRE attendance to pitch their solutions, and 3-months of business mentoring/coaching by SAP experts and execs.
  • For data scientists participating in the information and data management using Machine Learning on IBM Z track, the top team will also receive an extra jolt of enterprise-grade machine learning toolset access powered by IBM Z for six months to continue their amazing project, and be empowered to take it to the next level with monthly virtual mentorship meetups with global entrepreneurship and tech thought leaders.


  • Anyone is invited to gather a crew of developers, data scientists, and friends from other fields (educators, teachers, and researchers), pull together a gender-inclusive group with no more than six participants, and make sure there’s at least one person under the age of 25 in your team (min. age 16).
  • All teams must have at least one female and one male.
  • Participating teams should have at least one developer and/or one person with basic data science skills. Programming skills can include Python, Java, HTML, and/or the ability to use App Inventor or Power Apps — along with the other technical skills that you individually bring to the team. And at least one member of the team must have basic Linux and Jupyter Notebook experience.
  • To participate in a hackathon there are different profiles needed: the four Hs of a hackathon: It takes hackers (developers and data scientists), hustlers (program and project managers), hipsters (creative designers and marketers), and humanitarians (industry experts).

Submission and Judging Criteria

Submissions must be in the form of a 2-minute video, and will be rated based on standardized criteria by an expert panel of judges with a focus on the following:

  • Alignment with one of the three CodeTheCurve Themes
  • Problem statement
  • Solution description
  • Feasibility
  • Ability to make an impact
  • Audience demand

The 40 teams that are selected for the hackathon itself will be rated based on standardized criteria by an expert panel of judges, with a focus on the following:

  • Problem statement
  • Mission
  • Vision
  • Target market/audience
  • Description of the solution
  • Alignment to the three challenges
  • Technical viability based on source code/technical documentation submitted
  • Pitch deck
  • Deployment strategy and feasibility
  • Business model


CodeTheCurve is organized around three main themes:

  • Ensure continued learning
  • Data management and information
  • The present and the future: societal and health issues

Team up and participate in the first phase, from April 6 to 15, 2020.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit UNESCO.