Connecting for Global Change at the 2021 Ideathon

How can we create sustainable solutions for a more just and peaceful world? The 2021 AFS Global Ideathon gathered 350 people from 70 countries and 16 time zones to tackle 35 global challenges. For a second year in a row, this 48-hour digital event (a marathon for ideas = ideathon) was run by AFS volunteers on September 24-26, 2021 under the theme “Connecting for Global Change“. Find out more

The motivation

At AFS we believe that change is the only constant. 100 years ago AFS was a humanitarian organization evacuating the wounded from the battle fields in the two World Wars. It later transformed into an international organization that builds intercultural understanding to create a more just and peaceful world. Find out more.

We have always found innovative methods to bring people together. We want to be part of the change that will shape a sustainable future for intercultural exchange and contribute to a more just and peaceful world. Therefore we want to offer an opportunity for innovative ideas, new approaches and new solutions at the Ideathon. We want to rethink, reshape, and expand the concept of AFS to continue to fulfill its mission.


During the event you work with the other participants who signed up and want to help come up with exciting new solutions to a challenge.

There are mentors at hand to help you along with finding and organizing ideas, focusing and creating solutions.

The organizing team is there to support you with technical issues and other administrational problems.


outcomes of the 2020 ideathon

2020 Ideathon outcomes

More than 300 people from 70 countries participated in the AFS Global Ideathon (4-6 September 2020) to work collaboratively on innovative ideas for addressing global challenges. Envisaged as a hackathon for ideas – ideathon, this global 48-hour digital event brought forward solutions to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was designed by dedicated AFS volunteers, more than 50,000 strong worldwide, who are deeply passionate about our global impact and mission to make the world more just and peaceful.

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A global 2-day digital event (a marathon for ideas – ideathon) with AFSers (and other interested people) around the world bringing forward solutions for AFS.