What: Civic innovation platform on how technology and innovation is empowering civil society
Dates: 24-25 May 2018
Language: English, Russian, (Czech for selected events)
Who should apply: Activists, campaigners, NGO workers
What is Unlock?
Unlock is the Prague Civil Society Centre’s annual civic innovation platform that explores how technology and innovation are empowering civil society in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It brings together leaders and innovators from the worlds of tech, media, business and activism for two days in Prague and aims to infuse the region’s civil society with some of their tips, tricks and skills. There is a growing need for activists and NGOs to become more flexible, dynamic and tech savvy in order to survive. Unlock hopes to fast-track this process by demonstrating the plethora of opportunities available to activists to get their message across and affect change.
Who is Unlock for?
Unlock is aimed at activists, people who work or volunteer in NGOs and those involved in social, environmental and artistic projects (visual arts, music, documentary and music making) as well as businesses collaborating with civic activism in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
If you fit this description and are open to using technology, gamification and data in your work, but perhaps don’t know where to start, Unlock is a great event to get inspired and see the potential of these new and alternative approaches. Perhaps you have ideas on how to use technology or are in the early stages of such a project and want to get some expert feedback. Unlock is a good opportunity for this. Unlock also explores how civil society can collaborate with business and the private sector. If this is something you feel could benefit your organisation Unlock in a great event to get inspired, network and meet potential partners.
How does Unlock work?
Unlock takes place over two intensive days and consists of a series of interactive workshops and seminars designed to transfer the knowledge and skills of the speakers as effectively as possible. An expert in their field such as big data, virtual reality, gamification, PR, design, media and business leads each masterclass and every session is geared towards exploring and demonstrating how this expertise can be incorporated into the work of civil society in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Although Unlock 2018’s agenda and speakers are not yet confirmed, you can get a flavour of the types of topics that will be covered from last year’s Unlock here.
How to apply
To come to Unlock 2018 please fill in the form below. Whilst participation is not strictly limited to citizens of the 12 countries in yellow, you must demonstrate a clear link and commitment to the region for consideration.
The Prague Civil Society Centre is able to provide full financial assistance (transport and accommodation) to a limited number of participants. If you would like to apply for this support, please indicate so in the application form. To ensure this financial assistance is available to people who really need it, we encourage those with the means to self-finance their participation to do so.
Fill in the application form below by 31 March 2018. You may fill in the application form in English or Russian and proficiency in one of these languages is needed to participate at Unlock.
You will receive a confirmation email that we received the form and we will be in touch with successful applicants by 10 April 2018.