The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Indonesia launched the EU Social DigiThon 2021 competition today, with the theme "Tackling Cyberbullying towards Children". This second edition of the EU Social DigiThon is organised in collaboration with the Association of Internet of Things Indonesia (ASIOTI), the Indonesian Cybercrime Combat Center (IC4), Semai Jiwa Amini (SEJIWA) Foundation, and Association of Clinical Psychologist Indonesia (IPK Indonesia). As in the previous year, the EU Social DigiThon encourages young Indonesian innovators to develop creative, technological-based solutions to help tackle cyberbullying towards children.
The EU is committed to the protection and promotion of children’s rights. Children have the potential to be the greatest agents of change and are the leaders of tomorrow. Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, children are among the most impacted group facing a challenging “new normal”. With most activities transferred online, digital platforms have been used for both educational and personal purposes. Unfortunately, this increase in digital activities has also increased cases of cyberbullying, which in Indonesia is among the key issues that negatively impact the well-being of children.
This year, the Social DigiThon is organised as part of the EU4HumanRights series to commemorate Human Rights Day 2021. As in the previous edition, the EU hopes to raise awareness and engage the Indonesian youth to find technological-based solutions to this consequential issue through the Social DigiThon 2021. Registration to participate in the EU Social DigiThon 2021 will be open between 24 September-29 October 2021. This competition welcomes students from high schools, vocational schools, polytechnics, coding schools, members of technology community, program developers, technology-based start-up companies and business incubators, individually or in groups.
Participants are invited to submit proposals of their creative ideas. Ten finalists will then be selected to present their proposed solution in front of a Panel of Judges, consisting of the representatives from the EU Delegation to Indonesia and partners. The top three proposals will win a cash prize and have a chance to partake in a mentorship programme with a European expert in this field to further develop their ideas.
To register and find out more information, visit https://digithon.eu