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Announcing Turkey’s first Diplohack 2018! - 2-3 November 2018

Calling all #goalkeepers to be a part of the change we want to see in the world!

Are you an Innovator, Hacker, Programmer, Designer, Social Entrepreneur, Engineer, Scientist, Diplomat, Civil Society activist, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promoter or expert? Do you have brilliant ideas and/or expertise in SDGs? Or do you have skills like web or mobile development, design, mapping, data analysis, research? Join us on 2-3 November 2018 in Istanbul and apply your social or tech skills to co-innovate, reshape and transform SDGs for the better!

Announcing Turkey’s first Diplohack 2018!

Diplohack is a creative process that brings together diplomats and other key stakeholders to work on finding and developing solutions to relevant/current issues.

For our first event, we put SDGs on our radar screen.

At the SDGs DiploHack, all the stakeholders join forces to work on finding local solutions to global goals, concerns millions of people around the world. 

Over a 48-hour period we all experiment and innovate on SDG challenges directly impacting people’s lives. We will form teams to create prototypes that address problems in line with the SDGs.

The results will be sent to the Secretary General of the UN and the leaders of the countries who signed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

What Goal are you most passionate about? What Goal do you think is the highest priority for Turkey or your community? Come and join us and let's make the most of this moment in history to create a more sustainable world. Spend your two days to dust off old ideas and try something completely new.  Imagine the craziest projects possible, and work on the hack of your dreams!

All you need to do is bring your creativity, skills, and enthusiasm.

As we have a limited number of spaces for 50 people, apply now before space runs out!

The application deadline is 5 October 2018.

You may see the application form here


The Istanbul 2018 DiploHack is a joint partnership of the CSR Association of Turkey (CSR TURKEY), the Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University, Asia Minor, and INOGAR. It is held under the aegis of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and Sweden.


The Istanbul 2018 DiploHack will be held at the Innovation and Venture Incubation Center (INOGAR) located at Yeşilce Mahallesi, Çelık Caddesi, No:41 Kağıthane, İstanbul.

What is Diplohack?

  • Diplohack is a creative process which brings together diplomats and non-diplomats to work on finding and developing solutions to relevant/current issues.
  • Diplohack consists of an ideation phase and a hackathon.
  • Diplohack has a flexible structure: the organizers and participants decide on what form it will take.

Diplohack makes use of two elements:

  1. Ideation
  2. Hackathon

Ideation is a term borrowed from the digital technology sector, where it is used to describe a creative process aimed at quickly developing ideas and/or solving challenges. The main goal of ideation is to work together, think creatively, forge relationships and create common interests/ownership. Ideation involves brainstorming sessions with stakeholders to generate or fine-tune ideas for a product or challenge. Participants are encouraged by the creative leader to think outside the box, disregard their hierarchical professional positions and contribute on an equal footing with all the other participants. With ideation, it is important that all stakeholders are not only involved in the process but also actively contribute. The ideas and collaboration that this process generates gives the participants an enormous energy boost.


Hackathons are events where IT pros (e.g. front- and back-end developers, UX (user experience) designers and data scientists) take the concepts that are the result of the ideation phase and translate the information through a process called rapid prototyping into a tangible product/solution. The IT pros involved (mainly coders) are asked to donate their time on a voluntary basis. They often do so because the Hackathon is for a good cause, but they also relish the game element and the opportunity to take on a challenge and see what they can build.