Online Thinkathon Challenge #2 is a series of events that aim to shape society and influence European and Canadian policy in 5 central areas of focus: racisms, health, climate change, gender equality, and education. The Challenge encourages to design modern and digitally inclusive solutions in teams of 1-4 and equips with mentorship advice, digital speaker series (webinars) with speakers from Canada and Europe, and offers opportunities to gain grants. In result, the best projects will be awarded financial grants (200-400 EUR per team member + audience prize).

What is the Thinkathon about and what are the steps to be taken?

YOUR MISSION | Connect online with young driven people from Europe and Canada and develop ideas for our future! Through your suggestions, show how technological advancements can change our understanding of society and how we can use digitality to build an inclusive community!


TOPICS | Choose 1 of 5 topics for your project:



Climate Change

Gender Equality


1st STEP: REGISTRATION AND IDEATION – until December 1st, 2020

Register on the platform and create or join a team of 2 – 4 members or participate as an individual participant. The Thinkathon website offers potential participants to find their teammates around their selected topic – see what is offered here.
For this step, each team needs to prepare an up to 5-slide presentation to present their ideas and recommendations for the chosen topic. You can use the provided presentation template. Each team must upload their presentation to their participation space before 23.59 (GMT) on December 1st, 2020. Submissions must be made in English.
The voting stage will take place between December 1st, 2020 and December 4th, 2020. Up to 50 teams will be selected to go through to the second round. The selected teams will be notified on December 4th, 2020.

2nd STEP: DEVELOPMENT AND MENTORING – From December 5th, 2020 to January 15th, 2021

During the development stage, your team will create an advanced concept of your recommendations, outlining the potential impact, hindrance factors, stakeholders as well as provide concrete use cases.
In a presentation of up to 20 slides, you will show your conception and use cases. You can add additional documents to support your project if you want. Feel free to be creative and visualize your idea to convince the jury (use pictures, cartoons,…).
Your team will be assigned to a mentor who will support your team and provide guidance. Your mentor will coach you via the platform – use your coach’s recommendations to improve your project. On top of the mentor guidance, we offer you mentor sessions throughout the second phase. These sessions target a specific topic such as voicing a policy recommendation, terminology, filming with your smartphone, public speaking and many more! Develop your skills!
All submissions must be in English and uploaded to the platform by 23:59 (GMT) on January 15th, 2021.
The voting stage will take place between January 16th and 17th 2021. Up to 5 teams will be selected to participate in the final. The finalists will be notified on January 18th, 2021.


Between January 18th and January 22th, you’ll have time to finalize your idea and prepare a five-minute presentation. On January 22th you will have the opportunity to pitch your solutions to the jury. Teams can participate in the online final from anywhere in the world, as the final will be held online.The final will be live-streamed, meaning that it can be followed by all participants and also by the general public, who will have the opportunity to vote on the projects to decide which team will receive the audience prize.More on the registration, submission, mentors, evaluation criteria and the project itself can be found here.


This publication has been prepared within SENBS project No. 2020-1-EE01-KA204-077999. The content of this publication is the sole responsibility of the project coordinator and may not always reflect the views of the European Commission or the National Agency.