“Hack to Act” Programme


Med Dialogue Programme is providing a digital civic space for young activists to build relationships with each other across borders, deepen their knowledge of key issues, develop practical skills and propose technical support solutions to overcome a particular societal issue. It is dedicated to young civil society activists in order to explore effective ways to boost the impact of technology toward good governance and the fulfilment of democratic values.

In this context, the “Hack to Act” Programme was addressed to activists who use the “Digital civic space” and new technologies to promote democracy, and it consisted of four components:

  1. 6-day online Ideathon addressed to civil society activists: 24-29/05/2021
  2. Constitution of Hack teams’ online session addressed to selected civil society activists from the Ideathon with shortlisted IT and designers from the Open call : 23/06/2021
  3. 4-day online Hackathon addressed to Hack teams: 08-11/07/2021
  4. Development and launching of 3 winning projects in the course of six months following the Hackathon.

At the Ideathon, activists focused on diverse aspects, such as accountability, transparency, community involvement and active citizenship, digital rights and digital security. Ideas originating from their work field served as the basis for the “Hack To Act” Hackathon event, designed to help CSOs to engage into new forms of activism, working side-by-side with IT developers and designers. At the end of the Hackathon, the 3 best digital solutions were selected and awarded 10.000 € each for the development of full prototypes serving the cause of democracy.



  • Promoting the use of new technologies and of a design-thinking culture among activists and civil society actors engaged for democracy in South Mediterranean countries, as one way to build knowledge-based sustainable civil resilience and influence,
  • Developing the digital and socio-political competences, mentoring activists and civil society actors in the target countries, throughout the entire ‘Hack to Act’ process : from idea-generation, to problem framing, from research, to ideation, prototyping, testing, development, and promotion of the end product,
  • Enhancing the CSOs’ environment by tapping into new forms of activism that might facilitate citizens’ participation in decision-making processes, and using the online civic space in a strategic way to promote citizens’ influence and social resilience.



  • 8 capacity building workshops (on access to information and digital rights, governance & transparency, citizenship rights, democracy principles and challenges, design thinking, action planning and budgeting, pitching techniques, and digital solutions’ implementation) addressed to 21 activists,
  • Several individual coaching sessions on design thinking, techniques of pitching and IT support addressed to 15 Hack teams,
  • 3 digital solutions awarded at the end of the Hackathon.