UNICEF event encourages teens to find ideas for eco-friendly future

08 September 2021


The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine is launching an online ‘hackathon’ to encourage young people to become agents of change and tackle the climate crisis.

The ECOTON hackathon invites adolescents aged 12-17 to develop creative campaigns aimed at drawing attention to environmental issues. With the help of mentors, it will also help youngsters to make their voices heard and award grants to implement their initiatives in their schools and communities.

Five teams of finalists will each receive UAH 20,000 from UNICEF and its main partner ING Bank. Other partners include METRO Cash & Carry Ukraine, SoftServe and IDS Borjomi Ukraine.

Environmental researchers, climate experts, environmental activists, communication experts and business representatives will be among the mentors helping the teenagers to develop their projects from 1-3 October, exploring climate change, its impact on our lives today and how to address it.

The competition is organized in partnership with the NGO INSCIENCE, which works in Ukraine to promote science and develop scientific ways of thinking in society.

“According to a recent U-Report survey, 76 per cent of youth in Ukraine feel responsible for the consequences of climate change,” says UNICEF Representative in Ukraine Murat Sahin. “By supporting projects such as ECOTHON, UNICEF would like to empower young people and position them as agents of change in the environmental agenda through peer learning and peer mobilization. Young people can offer valuable insights, take their own initiatives forward and work alongside their parents, teachers, eco-activists, environmental researchers and, finally, decision-makers. We look forward to learning from young people and we will do our best to find the ways to scale these solutions together with our partners.”

“We are on the brink of a climate crisis,” says Olena Skyrta, INSCIENCE partner. “According to researchers, this has become a disturbing reality. Proper communication has always been and is an important step in developing effective solutions. With the help of ECOTON, we want to charge young people with environmental thinking and help strengthen their voice through projects. Documentary videos, chatbots, eco blogs, collaboration with local media – we are waiting for original ideas and creative solutions. Don’t limit your inspiration!”  

Registration for the online hackathon is open until 11:00 on 27 September.

Learn more about ECOTON here: https://inscience.io/en/ecothon/

For more information, please contact Oleksandra Lozovyk, INSCIENCE Communications Manager, sasha.loza@inscience.io



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UNICEF Ukraine


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