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UNESCO-UNEVOC and CONIF organize hackathon training for Latin American UNEVOC Centres

17-19 October 2019

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

UNESCO-UNEVOC and the National Council of Institutions of the Federal Network of Professional, Scientific and Technological Education (CONIF) organized a three-day capacity development programme in Rio de Janeiro. Participants from UNEVOC Centres in six countries gained knowledge of how to develop entrepreneurial mindsets and promote digital skills in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) via innovative activities such as Hackathons.

Twenty-seven participants from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Paraguay were provided practical and logistical training by the organizers of Hacking Rio on how to organize a hackathon at the institutional and regional level; strategies to attract private sector partnerships and sponsorships to hackathons; and ways to use post-hackathon momentum to encourage student start-ups. This was followed by the opportunity to attend sessions at Hacking Rio, the largest Hackathon in Latin America, to see how the event was implemented.

In the opening session, Rector of the Federal Institute of Rio de Janeiro (IFRJ), Rafael Almada, highlighted the importance of the meeting, “These kinds of activities that are focused on promoting entrepreneurship and supporting technological innovation are essential within the Federal Network of Brazil and across the region.”

Over the course of the training programme, participants benefitted from interactive sessions on Intellectual Property in Entrepreneurial Environments, Entrepreneurial Development in TVET, and the Impact of Entrepreneurial Training on the Local, Regional, and Global Economy which were led by speakers from the World Intellectual Property Organization Brazil Office (WIPO), the Research Foundation of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ) and a Congressman from the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies respectively. Participants also engaged in peer-learning activities where they discussed the current institutional challenges in terms of teacher-training in digital skills, supporting innovative thinking and enhancing problem-solving skills.

The participants all committed to hosting hackathons at their institutions in 2020, with the winning students from each institution invited to part in a regional hackathon for Latin American UNEVOC Centres in 2020. At the conclusion of workshop, UNESCO-UNEVOC took the opportunity to hold a Cluster Meeting for Latin American UNEVOC Centres. The UNEVOC Centres in attendance discussed possible collaborative projects across a number of thematic priority areas, specifically training programmes focused on gender-equality and equal access to TVET for disadvantaged groups.

Participating UNEVOC Centres

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