Paris Peace Forum Hackathon

PSIA and the Paris Peace Forum teams are seeking students passionate about new technologies and data transparency to participate in the Paris Peace Forum hackathon that will take place on 11-13 November 2018 at La Grande Halle de La Villette.

As part of the Forum to be held from 11 to 13 November 2018, a “Space for Innovation” will host for three days the first Paris Peace Forum hackathon. This innovative and engaging format will enable governance experts, engineers, programmers and designers to contribute to the success of the Paris Peace Forum by developing prototypes and unprecedented digital solutions.

For the first edition, participants will work uninterruptedly for three days to develop disruptive solutions in the field of financial data transparency, alongside world experts, animators and mentors.

For more information visit the Paris Peace Forum website and the PSIA Volunteer Program 


Selected students will work side by side with developers, designers, researchers, policy makers, startups and doers, to use digital tools and open data sets to come up with innovative and universal solutions for transparency in public expenditures.​

More precisely, the hackathon participants will work on digital prototypes solving challenges related to the transparency of financial data in the following areas: 

  • Budgets of international organizations  
  • Budget of major international events
  • Public procurement procedures
  • Communication of financial data to the public  

Students will be integrated into teams of 4 to 6 participants equitably divided between challenges (for a total of 80 participants). Team members will be issued from various backgrounds in order to multiply collaborations and promote interprofessional, intercultural and intergenerational exchanges.

Application process

Please apply via this online application form by Sunday 30 September 2018, at 23:59pm Paris time.

Compatibility with the Paris Peace Forum Volunteer Program:  please note that the Hackathon will last three days (the entire duration of the event). Consequently, this role is not compatible with the Paris Peace Forum Volunteer Program.

Compatibility with the Youth & Leaders Summit: students have the possibility to apply for both Calls for application. However, depending on the number of applications received, PSIA team reserves the right to assign students to just one role/event in order to ensure the most equitable participation of PSIA students in university activities.

Personal Data: by completing the application form you accept that your personal information will be shared with PSIA team and the Paris Peace Forum team. Moreover, due to the nature of the conference and the high-profile of attendees, personal data of selected students will be forwarded to the Paris Police Department for security check. This step is required for selected students to receive the badge and to access the conference venue.


Eligibility: the positions are open to any student currently enrolled in a PSIA degree (including dual degrees) or as a PSIA exchange student.

Selection criteria: students will be selected on availability, motivation, previous experience in a similar exercise, interest and/or competences in new technologies (computer science, data science, graphic design, open data, open source) and in the topic addressed during the hackathon. Special efforts will be made to ensure geographical representativity and gender balance.

Selection procedure: applications will be jointly reviewed by PSIA and Paris Peace Forum teams. Results will be announced to all applicants by late October 2018.  

Availability:  the selected students agree to be present at the Hackathon at La Grande Halle de La Villette during the three days from 11 to 13 November 2018 and bring their work devices (laptop or tablet).

Course attendance: whilst absences from PSIA courses during the Paris Peace Forum will be justified for selected students, Article 5 on Student default of the Academic Regulations will still apply. For the avoidance of doubt, class absence during the Paris Peace Forum will normally count towards the two absences per course allowed for in the Regulation.

Contact information

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