Thursday, 14 September 2017

Durres, Albania

12:00 - 19:00
19:00 - 20:00
Welcome dinner/Evening talks with key speakers*
20:00 – 20:30
Introductory Remarks & Meet the Team

The Hackathon is an opportunity to advance team solutions from their current state to robust prototypes incorporating best practices, ready to be tested and rolled out. CIJA US and Dokukino will introduce the concept as part of the broader Resonant Voices Initiative.
20:30 – 21:00
Defining Hackathon Success & Meet the Mentors

This session will introduce the overall goal of the Hackathon and individual phases of the event: hacking, pitching, and awards selection. Mentors will be on-site throughout the Hackathon to provide feedback and support on various issues ranging from campaign development, targeted advertising on Facebook and YouTube, audience research, and impact measurement. There will be time slots when mentors will be allocated to specific teams to help them hack their solutions. Schedule will be available at the start of the Hackathon.
21:00 – 22:00
Icebreaker & Find Your Team Hacking Space

Teams will take over work spaces throughout the Villa Belvedere to accommodate the intensive solution hacking sessions throughout the Hackathon. Suggestions for Team Hacking Spaces will be available in advance as well. Each team will have a set hacking spot for mentors to locate them easily.


15 September 2017

Durres, Albania

8:00 – 9:00
Breakfast Served *Coffee will be available throughout the day*
9:00 – 9:15
Administrative Updates & Day 1 Benchmarks

Day 1 Ideation and prototype development. During the work sessions, teams should share and test their ideas, drawing on the support of mentors and subject-matter experts, and aim to develop a prototype that shows their idea in action. Examples of prototypes could include but are not limited to the following: paper mock-up of a website or website application; a live landing page; or a draft Facebook page with sample message content posted on the page.
9:15 – 10:15
The Challenge Ahead: Countering Extremist Narratives in the Western Balkans

This panel discussion will examine the core challenge of the Resonant Voices Initiative: How to effectively push back against extremist narratives online? Panelists will share insights from mapping online radicalization in the Western Balkans, tackling disinformation and post-truth challenges in the region, and discuss global perspectives on using technology, online tools and creative communication in the pursuit of sustainable social change.

Djordje Krivokapic, Legal and Policy Director, Share Foundation
Marija Ristic, Editor, BIRN and Resonant Voices Initiative Coordinator
Sarah Oh, Visiting Scholar, University of California
Ruici Tio, Director of Innovation, Love Frankie

Introduced and Moderated by: Stefania Koskova, Director of Research, CIJA US
10:15 – 11:00
Pitch Preparation Session
led by Darko Sokovic, Dokukino

Top solutions will be selected via a competitive pitch session to a panel of judges. This session will provide teams with the pitch template and tips for presenting their solution to the panel.
11:00 – 13:30
Solution Hacking Session

During this period, teams will continue to advance their solutions, supported by mentors. Mentors will work with teams to progress towards Day 1 goals.
13:30 – 14:30
14:30 – 16:30
Solution Hacking Session

During this period, teams will continue to advance their solutions, supported by mentors. Mentors will work with teams to progress towards Day 1 goals.
16:30 – 16:45
Lightning Talk
Fact Checking Case Study: CrossCheck France
Sophie Chauvet, First Draft
16:45 – 19:00
Solution Hacking Session

During this period, teams will continue to advance their solutions, supported by mentors. Mentors will work with teams to progress towards Day 1 goals.
19:00 – 20:00
20:00 – 22:00
Solution Hacking After Hours

Mentors will hold “office hours” in designated areas for teams to address specific concerns or challenges in a one-on-one setting, utilizing mentor expertise, however, hacking may continue into the night.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Durres, Albania

7:30 – 9:00
Breakfast Served *Coffee will be available throughout the day*
9:00 – 9:30
Administrative Updates & Day 2 Benchmarks

Day 2 Finalizing prototypes and pitch preparation. In the final stretch of the hackathon, teams should finalize their prototypes and begin planning and preparing their final project pitch. Teams are encouraged to review award selection criteria at the beginning of day 2. Mentors will continue to work one-on-one with teams to finalize prototype and pitches.
9:30 – 12:30
Solution Hacking Session
12:30 – 13:30
13:30 – 15:00
Solution Hacking Session and Pitch Preparation
15:00 – 17:00
Team Solution Pitch Session & Jury

Each team will have 3-minutes to pitch their solution to a panel of judges.
Jury members:
Nerma Jelacic, External Relations and Communications Director, CIJA
Sanjana Hattotuwa, Special Advisor, ICT4Peace Foundation
Rafaela Rica, Founder and CEO, Iceberg Communication
Darko Sokovic, Founder and CEO, Dokukino
Ruici Tio, Director of Innovation, LoveFrankie
17:00 - 18:30
Strategic Communication to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans: What is the Role for Governments and Civil Society?

The Resonant Voices Initiative is empowering local civil society actors to become the resonant voices against extremism in their communities. There is an important role for governments to play too – through their own communication and through supporting these community voices. This panel will look at how governments, international organizations and civil society are collaborating and contributing to counter-speech efforts and developing positive, alternative narratives in the region.

Vera Djemelinskaia, Communications and Social Media, OSCE’s #UnitedCVE Campaign
Marinko Raoš, Senior Adviser on Security Policy Issues, Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)
Agron Sojati, National CVE Coordinator, Office of the Prime Minister
Jagoda Walorek, Prevention of Conflict and Violent Extremism, UNDP

Moderated by: Agon Maliqi, Research Analyst at CIJA US and founder of Sbunker
18:30 – 19:30
Award Announcement and Conclusions
20:00 - 21:00
Farewell Dinner

On-site Mentors


Communications and Campaign Management

  1. Ruici Tio, Love Frankie
  2. Sarah Oh, University of California
  3. Sanjana Hattotuwa, ICT4Peace (Sept 16th only)
  4. Rafaela Rica, Iceberg Communications
  5. Andrea Brbaklic, Axis Consulting


Creative Support

  1. Ivo Matejin, Dokukino
  2. Darko Sokovic, Dokukino
  3. Londi Ziko, Iceberg Communication


Data and Technology

  1. Djordje Krivokapic, Share Foundation
  2. Blerta Thaci, Girls Coding Kosovo
  3. Marko Grčić,  Probe/Query
  4. Sophie Chauvet, First Draft



  1. Marinko Raos, RCC
  2. Jagoda Walorek, UNDP
  3. Agon Maliqi, Sbunker
  4. Stefania Koskova, CIJA US


Sustainability & Impact

  1. Shkelzen Marku, Yunus Social Business
  2. Marko Gregovic, Brodoto
  3. Vid Stimac, Data and Analysis