We invite you to be a part of the change you want to see in Turkey-EU relations

Are you a hacker, programmer, designer, social entrepreneur, engineer, scientist, diplomat, civil society activist, supporter or expert in Sustainable Development Goals? Do you have bright ideas and/or expertise in Turkey – EU dialogue?  Or do you have skills in web or mobile application development, design, mapping, data analysis, research? Join us and implement your social or technical skills to reshape and transform Turkey-EU dialogue.

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 possibly a hackathon.

Diplohack has a flexible structure: the organizers and participants decide on what form it will take.

The time needed for the Diplohack greatly depends on the core challenge/problem at hand and the desired solution.

Diplohack makes use of two elements:




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. There are several kinds of ideation: all involve 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. Ideation sessions generally last a couple of hours.

The ideation method you choose can vary, as long as fits the stakeholders and the challenge at hand. The main goal of ideation is to work together, think creatively, forge relationships and create common interests/ownership.

To  succeed, your idea must have CREDD:

Clarity — The goal, objectives, intended beneficiaries and outcome must be clear and compelling.

Risk Assessment — Your idea’s innovation, and potential to disrupt conflict needs to be balanced against potential risks to your beneficiaries, and your end goal.

Evidence — Demonstrate that your idea is sound by providing facts and supporting evidence. If hard data is lacking – enumerate the challenges and areas for further research.

Do-ability — Show how your idea could be put into action and sustained; Will intended beneficiaries welcome the idea? How will you assess impact?

Disruption — How innovative is the idea and proposed outcome?


 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. Hackathons generally last 48 hours and often take place outside office hours (often Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon). 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. A sufficiently challenging case is a precondition for a successful Hackathon.

Diplohack uses one or both of these elements, depending on the challenge at hand.

What is the Turkey-EU civil society dialogue?

 The main objective of the civil society dialogue between Turkey and the EU is to better inform public opinions from the EU and Turkey, by addressing the opportunities as well as the challenges posed by future enlargement. To achieve these objectives, the dialogue, bringing together civil society organizations from both sides, increases bilateral exchanges and builds a sustained conversation between the civil society organisations. For detailed information please visit: www.civilsocietydialogue.org

We have identified the subject of our first event as Turkey – EU Civil Society Dialogue!

In Ankara, all stakeholders will combine their experiences, expertise and strengths to develop creative proposals to strengthen Turkey – EU civil society dialogue involving millions of people across Europe.

Working groups will be formed in the 48 – hour period to develop Turkey-EU relations that directly affect people’s lives and to develop solutions to strengthen civil society dialogue. At the end of the second day, there will be reports about the ideas and projects that the groups will present. The results will be sent to the European Commission, the European Parliament, the relevant departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate for EU Affairs, EU ambassadors, EU leaders, civil society and public institutions in Turkey.

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Deadline for application. 26 June 2019
What do you think Turkey is the first priority for developing the EU civil society dialogue? Come and join us! Spend two days creating an entirely new idea. Imagine the craziest ideas possible and work on the hackers in your dreams!

All you have to do is bring your creativity, your skills and your enthusiasm with you. Contact us before we run out of a limited quota of 50 people!


At the end of the second day, Diplohack participants will make a presentation to the jury to win the awards of;

  1.  5.000 TL
  2.  3.000 TL
  3.  2.000 TL

4-5 July 2019


TED University, Ziya Gökalp Street No: 47 – 48
06420, Kolej – Çankaya
Ankara / Turkey