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Reclaim Your Social Rights hackathons: tools and projects

In October and November 2019, seven hackathons on social rights took place in Czechia, England, Italy, Poland, Serbia, Scotland and Ukraine. Hackathons were organised with the support of the European Youth Foundation of Council of Europe, as the third phase of the Reclaim Your Social Rights! project.

Hackathon is a period of 36h (20-40h) when participants can plan, design and carry out their own projects in small teams. The aim of the hackathon was to provide an opportunity for young people to discuss and learn about different tools they can use when campaigning and advocating for social rights.

Each hackathon was preceded with half a day workshop on social rights: issues young people all over Europe face while accessing their rights as well as legal mechanisms and international laws that guarantee those rights, such as the European Social Rights Charter (Council of Europe).

17 groups of 2-7 young people in 7 countries worked on 17 projects over the two days of their hackathons. Here are some of the results of their work:

 

 

Renters’ Rights Hackathon

2-3 November, London, England

1. an interactive website to educate young people about their housing rights. A formal launch in 2020 at the annual London Young Greens’ Winter Gathering event.

 

Landlords Need Not Apply

15-17 November, Glasgow, Scotland

2. Communities Lost-Capitalism Found website (password:community) aimed to create content for a "city tour" which guides young people on the history of derelict buildings and places which have been gentrified.

3. Know Your Tenants Rights - An infographic series (PDF) designed to tackle rogue landlords and educate young tenants on their rights in Scotland.

4. An interactive online map with free services related to housing in Glasgow, mostly for homeless people.

5. Artivism and Market Failure - a series of graphics  aimed at illustrating the failure of the housing market.

 

Dritte sui Diritti - Un Hackathon Femminista

8-10 November, Marina di Pietrasanta, Italy

6. an anti-gentrification city map template, to put at disposal of housing movements to raise awareness about their work (mostly fight against evictions).

7. radio script in 3 acts, an emotional parody set in a world of reverse-discrimination. Aim to have it aired on the radio.

 

Bydlení je právo Hackathon

8-10 November, Brno, Czechia

8. Campaign to promote affordable housing in Brno (developed slogans, visuals and scripts for videos). The work of this group is to be used as a part of a political campaign by a newly formed citizens’ initiative Otevřené Brno (Open Brno), which aims to criticize the untransparent, backwards right-wing city government and maybe challenge them in elections.

9. Linduška 408 - repurposing a big abandoned building for hosting cultural and youth activities and strengthening the local community 15 min train ride from Brno. The group is in touch with government officials regarding the building’s future and set up a Facebook page to draw attention to the building. The Facebook page hosts the group’s manifesto, entitled “Every house has a use”. They’ve started assembling sympathizers and make plans to organize cleanups in the building, repair the roof, host a rave and practice sustainable gardening and forestry in the surrounding areas.

10. Disrupting public space - a public installation of an empty flat: empty because the people renting it spend most of their time at work to afford the rent, which commonly swallows up 60+ % of people’s income in this country. The art installation will switch up several cities on a tour. The group has fleshed out the action and searched for possible grants to finance this endeavor. During the hackathon, they filmed and edited a video, a series of conversations with participants about their living situation, challenging the perception of what is normal in today’s housing market.

11. Live in Brno - the group aimed to cut out the middleman of realtors when looking for a place to rent or tenants. They developed an advocacy plan for setting up a website under the city government, matching potential tenants to landlords. This project has the output of a brochure detailing the features of such a website and the details needed to make the website itself.

 

Democracy Begins Rrom Community

15-17 November, Berdyansk, Ukraine

The city of Berdyansk offers possibility to its citizens to take part in a participatory budget context (next one in March 2020), that hackathon aimed to develop proposals for:

12. Opening a workshop-hub where young people can be provided with space and tools for activities as well as specialised master-classes. The raised money will be spent on covering discounts for the classes for young people with fewer opportunities. This way the creators of the project expect to help young people who cannot find a job to change their occupation and get a practical work experience.

13. The Fair of Opportunities for Youth - where people can inform themselves about various professions, local colleges have a possibility to promote their courses, and local enterprises can hold speed interviews. In addition, there would be panel discussions, master-classes, presentation of social initiatives and organisations youth can join. Creators of the project believe that it is a good way to raise the problem of low rate of young people employment.

 

Omladina u prvim redovima borbe za socijalnu pravdu

14-17 November, Novi Sad, Serbia

14. Due to poor living conditions and precariousness, young people in Serbia are at risk of abusing drugs. 1/3 of young people that have used drugs didn’t know what they are taking. Use of drugs and harm reduction are not covered enough by formal education nor healthcare providers. For that reason, the group developed a website to provide reliable information to young people on risks of usage of drugs.

 

Turning chaos into progress: Hackathon on Polish education

25-27 October, Katowice, Poland

15. Group “Education by mobilisation” created presentation and survey researching the socio-political activity of young people and school campaign encouraging them to act.

16. Group “Fairness not uniformity” created a timeline and plan of a social campaign aimed at raising awareness of the disadvantages of the grading system in Poland (especially among teachers and parents) and proposing more effective solutions

17. Group “Alternative Education” - created a campaign to introduce changes in the functioning of schools through school self-government initiatives. Participants want to reach the widest possible range of students through webinars and a social media campaign, which has already started.

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The project is supported by the European Youth Foundation of Council of Europe and the Green European Foundation with the financial support of the European Parliament to the GEF.