UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Youth Hackathon in South Africa 2021

UNESCO invites applications for the UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Youth Hackathon in South Africa in 2021.

With a view to enhance youth participation in this global online event, this year’s Global Media and Information Literacy Youth Hackathon will seek the engagement of media and information literacy partners in the five regions: Africa, Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Worth of Award

All participating teams will receive a certificate of participation.

Winning teams will gain:

  • Opportunity to present their projects globally during an online press conference at the Global MIL Week 2021 Youth Agenda Forum.
  • Invitation to UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2022 Feature Events.
  • A winning certificate from UNESCO.
  • Recognition through a UNESCO press release and various media channels.
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  • Regional and Global hackathon organizers will provide participants with a two-day mentoring programme in MIL and hackathon purposes and methodology.
  • Mentoring session will be provided in English.
  • Organizers will provide e-mail/chat support to participants throughout the event.


  • Participating teams will comprise 3-6 members (ensuring gender parity, teams can be national, regional, or international).
  • Any group of persons who are aged between 18 and 35 years and adhere to the values of UNESCO, such as peace, respect for diversity, freedom of expression, etc.
  • No previous computer science or coding background is required.
  • Experience and expertise in gaming, mobile application, website and radio/media content development would be an asset.

How to Apply

All applications should be made online via the official website.

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Deadline: October 3, 2021, at 00:00 Paris time. 


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