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The outcomes

AFS Hackathon for Ideas Generates Solutions to Global Challenges

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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The motivation

AFS was founded a hundred years ago as a response to a global crisis. The current pandemic has already changed the world drastically and makes the future of AFS and all international exchange programs harder to predict.

At the same time, international and intercultural collaboration is crucial to handling outbreaks, stabilizing economies and saving lives. Everyone’s protection relies on collaboration more than ever.

COVID-19 is forcing AFS to rethink how it’s mission can be fulfilled today, but simultaneously, it’s values and strengths are at the core of the solutions needed for this global crisis.
Let’s find and develop ideas that strengthen societies around the globe, shape the future of intercultural education and lead to a more just and peaceful world.

Schedule

22nd July 2020

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1st August 2020

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14th August 2020

Get to know the challenges!

4th September 2020

Global Ideathon!

Event Agenda

DAY ONE

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OPENING CEREMONY

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07:00 AM
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09:00 AM
(NYC/USA)

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10:00 AM
(ARG/BRA)

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03:00 PM
(BER/GER)

FRIDAY

08:00 PM
(BKK/THA)

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09:00 PM
(MAN/PHI)

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GLOBAL MEET UP

FRIDAY

08:00 AM
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FRIDAY

10:00 AM
(NYC/USA)

FRIDAY

11:00 AM
(ARG/BRA)

FRIDAY

04:00 PM
(BER/GER)

FRIDAY

09:00 PM
(BKK/THA)

FRIDAY

10:00 PM
(MAN/PHI)

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PICK YOUR CHALLENGE AND TEAM

FRIDAY

09:00 AM
(SJO/CRC)

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11:00 AM
(NYC/USA)

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12:00 PM
(ARG/BRA)

FRIDAY

05:00 PM
(BER/GER)

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10:00 PM
(BKK/THA)

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11:00 PM
(MAN/PHI)

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SUBMIT YOUR CHALLENGE AND TEAM

FRIDAY

10:00 AM
(SJO/CRC)

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12:00 PM
(NYC/USA)

FRIDAY

01:00 PM
(ARG/BRA)

FRIDAY

06:00 PM
(BER/GER)

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11:00 PM
(BKK/THA)

SATURDAY

12:00 AM
(MAN/PHI)

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ICEBREAKER

FRIDAY

11:00 AM
(SJO/CRC)

FRIDAY

01:00 PM
(NYC/USA)

FRIDAY

02:00 PM
(ARG/BRA)

FRIDAY

07:00 PM
(BER/GER)

SATURDAY

12:00 AM
(BKK/THA)

SATURDAY

01:00 AM
(MAN/PHI)

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COMMON UNDERSTANDING OF CHALLENGE

FRIDAY

04:00 PM
(SJO/CRC)

FRIDAY

06:00 PM
(NYC/USA)

FRIDAY

07:00 PM
(ARG/BRA)

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12:00 AM
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05:00 AM
(BKK/THA)

SATURDAY

06:00 AM
(MAN/PHI)

DAY TWO

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CREATE SOLUTIONS PHASE

FRIDAY

10:00 PM
(SJO/CRC)

SATURDAY

12:00 AM
(NYC/USA)

SATURDAY

01:00 AM
(ARG/BRA)

SATURDAY

06:00 AM
(BER/GER)

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11:00 AM
(BKK/THA)

SATURDAY

12:00 PM
(MAN/PHI)

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GLOBAL CHECK-IN

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03:00 AM
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05:00 AM
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06:00 AM
(ARG/BRA)

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11:00 AM
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04:00 PM
(BKK/THA)

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05:00 PM
(MAN/PHI)

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COLLECT POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS

SATURDAY

04:00 AM
(SJO/CRC)

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06:00 AM
(NYC/USA)

SATURDAY

07:00 AM
(ARG/BRA)

SATURDAY

12:00 PM
(BER/GER)

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05:00 PM
(BKK/THA)

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06:00 PM
(MAN/PHI)

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BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER

SATURDAY

07:00 AM
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09:00 AM
(NYC/USA)

SATURDAY

10:00 AM
(ARG/BRA)

SATURDAY

03:00 PM
(BER/GER)

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08:00 PM
(BKK/THA)

SATURDAY

09:00 PM
(MAN/PHI)

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DEFINE ONE SOLUTION PROPOSAL

SATURDAY

09:00 AM
(SJO/CRC)

SATURDAY

11:00 AM
(NYC/USA)

SATURDAY

12:00 PM
(ARG/BRA)

SATURDAY

05:00 PM
(BER/GER)

SATURDAY

10:00 PM
(BKK/THA)

SATURDAY

11:00 PM
(MAN/PHI)

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SOLUTIONS INSPIRATIONS

SATURDAY

10:00 AM
(SJO/CRC)

SATURDAY

12:00 PM
(NYC/USA)

SATURDAY

01:00 PM
(ARG/BRA)

SATURDAY

06:00 PM
(BER/GER)

SATURDAY

11:00 PM
(BKK/THA)

SUNDAY

12:00 AM
(MAN/PHI)

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GLOBAL PARTY

SATURDAY

05:00 PM
(SJO/CRC)

SATURDAY

07:00 PM
(NYC/USA)

SATURDAY

08:00 PM
(ARG/BRA)

SUNDAY

01:00 AM
(BER/GER)

SUNDAY

06:00 AM
(BKK/THA)

SUNDAY

07:00 AM
(MAN/PHI)

DAY THREE

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IDEA TO ACTION LET’S GET IT REAL

SATURDAY

10:00 PM
(SJO/CRC)

SUNDAY

12:00 AM
(NYC/USA)

SUNDAY

01:00 AM
(ARG/BRA)

SUNDAY

06:00 AM
(BER/GER)

SUNDAY

11:00 AM
(BKK/THA)

SUNDAY

12:00 PM
(MAN/PHI)

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SUBMIT SOLUTION PROPOSAL

SUNDAY

06:00 AM
(SJO/CRC)

SUNDAY

08:00 AM
(NYC/USA)

SUNDAY

09:00 AM
(ARG/BRA)

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02:00 PM
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07:00 PM
(BKK/THA)

SUNDAY

08:00 PM
(MAN/PHI)

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CLOSING CEREMONY

SUNDAY

07:00 AM
(SJO/CRC)

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09:00 AM
(NYC/USA)

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10:00 AM
(ARG/BRA)

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03:00 PM
(BER/GER)

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08:00 PM
(BKK/THA)

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09:00 PM
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GLOBAL GOOD-BYE

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08:00 AM
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10:00 AM
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11:00 AM
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SUNDAY

04:00 PM
(BER/GER)

SUNDAY

09:00 PM
(BKK/THA)

SUNDAY

10:00 PM
(MAN/PHI)

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