Call for trainers: “Shape Europe” hackathon in Belgium (26-27 September)

The Young European Federalists Belgium (JEF Belgium) are looking for two trainers to facilitate a “Shape Europe” hackathon in Liège, Belgium on 26-27 September 2020. The participants of the hackathon will be a total of 30 young people, mainly from Belgium.

About the project

The project “Y-FED: Europe is what we make of it” aims to bring the EU closer to its young citizens by developing a proposal for an improved institutional framework of the Union in line with the European Youth Goals. The initiative, supported by an Erasmus+ “European Youth Together” grant, will be implemented in the years 2020-2021 through a series of capacity-building training courses, public policy hackathons, a large-scale simulation of a reformed EU and advocacy actions. The project partners comprise 18 civil society organisations as well as 2 networks of European and regional decision-makers.

The main aims are to:

  • Bring the EU closer to its citizens by raising awareness of the EU institutional framework and advocate for its reform based on young people’s
  • Raise awareness of the European Youth Goals (EYGs) and support their implementation by embedding them in the reformed EU institutional model and
    bringing them from the European to the local level. The series of 5 “Shape Europe” hackathons will allow young people to address a chosen European issue and “hack” the EU decision-making process with the aim to make it more effective in solving the discussed problem. The outcomes of the hackathons will support the development of an alternative EU decision-making model, which will be tested during a large-scale simulation during the later stage of the project.

About the hackathon in Belgium

The hackathon in Belgium is one of the 5 “Shape Europe” hackathons organized across Europe during the project “Y-FED: Europe is what we make of it”. It will take place in Liège on 26-27 September, gathering 30 participants, mainly from Belgium.

The specific objectives are:
  • Create a non-formal, open and stimulating environment for young people to think outside the box and develop innovative solutions to a European problem.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills of 30 young people about the European Union, youth participation, the creative design of solutions and how to pitch them in a
    convincing manner.
  • Ensure that the event will be open, accessible and inclusive to diverse groups, with a special focus on Belgium’s multilingualism

Tasks and responsibilities of the trainers:

  • Cooperate with the hackathon organizers and have regular communication with them.
  • Develop and prepare with the organizers the overall program and working methodology.
  • Prepare session outlines for each of the sessions.
  • Facilitate the sessions and provide a suitable learning environment for all participants.
  • Have an evaluation with the hackathon organizers during the training and a final evaluation after the event.
  • Prepare a final report 2 weeks after the hackathon at the latest.


  • Ability to develop an educational approach based on the principles and values of non-formal education.
  • Ability to transfer knowledge and values related to the activity to the group of learners.
  • Previous experience in facilitating hackathons, creative labs, policy projects or brainstorming activities.
  • Ability to express thoughts, feelings and emotions clearly.
  • Sensitivity to diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to deal constructively with disagreements.
  • Ability to create an inspiring and safe learning environment.
  • Ability to stimulate active participation, by motivating and empowering learners.
  • Ability to manage a linguistically diverse group of young people.
  • Proficient user of English language, both in written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of French or/and Dutch language is an asset.
  • Familiarity with topics such as the European Union and youth participation is an asset.


  • Facilitator fee €400 paid by the organizers after the submission of the facilitator report.
  • Accommodation and meals provided by the organizers.
  • The travel to and from Liège reimbursed after the event by the organizers.

How to apply?

If interested, please send your CV and Motivation Letter to and by 5 August 23.59 pm.

Please include “Hackathon in Belgium” in the subject title.