"Sport is also an important enabler of sustainable development. We recognize the growing contribution of sport to the realization of development and peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives." Declaration of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI – UNA Italy) together with the Students’ Movement for International Organization (MSOI/UNYA-Italy), in partnership with the United States Embassy to Italy, will launch the second edition of #ZEROHackathon.

A completely renewed version of the SIOI youth competition of ideas that will focus, this year, on the role of Sport in its social, educational and economic dimension.

Sport has the power to provide a universal framework for learning values, thus contributing to the development of soft skills needed for responsible citizenship. Moreover, Sport represents a unique tool for promoting international cooperation, social progress and peace. The United Nations envisages sport as an important and powerful tool with the potential to tackle challenges entailed in each of the 17 SDGs. Moreover, the European Union recognizes that sport can contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as its role in society, its economic dimension to good governance and sport diplomacy.

According to that, SIOI will challenge 200 highly motivated young students, representing high school and universities from around the world, to convene in Rome, from 2nd to 4th May 2018, to attend the flagship international youth contest of ideas on Sport for Development and Peace.

Participants will be invited to develop innovative high-impact ideas, projects, services and/or tools capable of meeting international requirements and presenting achievable responses on the most pressing international issues related to Sport as a tool to promote Development and Peace. The event will also include the participation of prestigious institutional representatives, professionals and teachers who will make their knowledge and methods available to support teams in the development of their solutions.

The young minds will be asked to work in team and submit their final proposal presenting a video and/or a ppt presentation during the pitch session that will take place during the closing Ceremony. Proposals will be assessed by a multidisciplinary jury according to their creativity, practicality, social impact, innovation. The best proposals will be awarded!

ZERO Hackathon will serve as a youth hub creating a connection between learning and doing, enabling young people to share information, promote the use of creativity and the importance of cooperation and team work, tackle the most important global challenges.


ZERO is where we start from in building up this Zero Hackathon as an innovative competition that will bring ideas and innovative solutions to challenging problems taking into considerations the proposal of the new generation.

We have shaped this challenge as a unique marathon of ideas starting from ZERO: ZERO as for involving the new talented youth; ZERO as finding completely new solutions and, last but not least, ZERO as developing critical thinking in a dynamic environment to shape a new frontier of problem solving and developing proposals.

Finally, we start from ZERO to contribute to involve in the implementation of the new Sustainable Development Agenda the people that will be the most influenced by its effects: Youth!


The word "Hackathon" is a portmanteau of the words "hack" and "marathon" where "hack" is used in the sense of exploratory programming, referring to an event that brings together programmers and developers, designers and innovators, experts and problem solvers, as well as end-users to develop web and/or mobile app solutions in real-time, building innovative solutions to an identified challenge.

Hackathons embrace Design Thinking, a human-centered approach to innovation that first defines the problem and then implements the solutions, always with the needs of the user at the core of concept development. This process focuses on the need for: finding understanding, creating, thinking, and doing. At the core of this process there is a hidden goal embracing action and creation: by creating and testing something, you can continue to learn and improve upon your initial ideas.
Moreover, there is an increasing number of civic Hackathons devoted to a specific cause or purpose, where “hacking” is a creative problem solving. Civic Hackathons encourage participants to think “outside-the-box” and design unconventional solutions, actively engaging people in the development of answers that are based on their real needs and experiences.



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Participants are invited to present innovative high-impact projects, services and/or tools capable of meeting global requirements that are in line with the themes of Zero.

Each team will submit its proposal presenting a video and/or a ppt presentation during the pitch session that will take place during the Closing Ceremony.

Proposals will be assessed by a multidisciplinary jury according to their social impact, innovation, originality and feasibility.

The best proposals will be awarded!