Program

24 hours of Hackathon and a Beyond Hackathon program for guests and everyone interested

20th November - Friday

Let the Hackathon begin

Hackathon platform – for participants

10am

We are starting the Hackathon with all participants and people involved. After a warm welcome, we get familiar with our virtual settings and rooms. We will then have a team session to get to know and warm up with each other, and an input session to start working on the challenges. After that, we kick off with the Hacking and the fringe events for the participants until the deadline and the final on Saturday. You can find the current timetable – which is dynamic and open to changes during the whole event – here on our Padlet:

 

Together with:

  • Participants and teams, working on the challenges
  • Challenge sponsors, supporting the Teams with their union expertise and perspectives and providing reality checks
  • Team coaches, equipped and experienced with a broad range of methods, that guide the Teams to develop solid solutions in a limited time

Language:

  • German
  • English
Virtual Membership – How can we reach union members digitally?

Online session – for guests and everyone interested

4pm – 5.30pm

How do we deal with the fact, that the basis of the own organisation – the members – can not be reached anymore at the places that used to be the touch points? This year, and since the corona pandemic led to an immense increase in remote work, the labour unions are challenged by this question more then ever. Next to the business establishments as the prime domain of union activity and corporate co-determination, new and virtual spaces need to be created in order to maintain a solid base of members at the heart of a membership organization.

Together with:

  • Eduard Kvanka, CEO of Labour Digital and initiator of the UnionHack

Language:

  • German
Open house hour

Online session – for guests and everyone interested

6pm – 7.30pm

During a Hackathon, a lot of things are happening in very limited time, in which the teams aim to crack the challenges and develop tangible prototypes based on their ideas. We want to open the doors of the Union Hack for one hour and provide insights into the format and happenings of the Hackathon to guests and everyone interested: What happened so far? What are the teams working on? Is the virtual collaboration working well? Individual participants and coaches are also going to share their experiences of the first day.

Language:

  • German

21st November - Saturday

Programming People – what good algorithms (should) do

Online session – for guests and everyone interested

4pm – 5.30pm

If you have a problem, the chances are high for someone to offer you “an AI” to solve it. Artificial intelligence is a popular buzzword and often linked to futuristic promises – at the same time, algorithms are evaluating humans as we speak, partly even without their knowledge. Thus, this discussion has two goals: on the one hand it paints a realistic, differentiated picture of both the potential and the risks of algorithmic decision-making. On the other hand, it asks the audience to actively participate in shaping these new technologies on a societal and political level. Algorithms aren’t magic, but powerful tools which require human intelligence in order to work well.

Together with:

  • Anita Klingel, a former contributor to Bertelsmann Stiftung’s “Ethics of Algorithms” project, focuses her research on the question of how the use of algorithms changes society – and how society needs to change its use of algorithms.

Language:

  • German
Final with Q&A of the Teams and prize-giving

Online Session – for all participants, guests and everyone interested

6.30pm – 8.30pm

The solutions are ready, prototypes are created. Code and video presentations are handed in. Right before the final, all participants, guests and – of course – the jury have the chance to see the solutions the teams created and developed over night in a fast mode (2 minutes per video per team). The teams are going to answer the questions of the Jury and present their prototypes and click dummies. After that, the jury takes some deliberation moments. With rising tension, heating up the virtual space… and KABOOM! There is the winning team of the Union Hack.

Together with:

  • Reiner Hoffmann, Chairman of the National Executive Board, German Trade Union Confederation (DGB)
  • Jürgen Kerner, Member of the Executive Committee and Treasurer, IG Metall
  • Petra Reinbold-Knape, Member of the Executive Committee, IG BCE
  • Christoph Meister, Member of the National Executive Board, ver.di
  • Eduard Kvanka, Managing Director of Labour Digital and initiator of the UnionHack

Languages:

  • German
  • English