“Narva: Elu ja Mälu Häkaton” won by international team

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An international team from Austria, France and Estonia won the Narva hackathon “Narva: Elu ja Mälu Häkaton” organized by the ARN startup team.

“Narva: Elu ja Mälu Häkaton

Inspired by the stories of local residents, the online hackathon “Narva: Elu ja Mälu Häkaton” was held for young people aged 14-23. The online event was organized by the ARN startup team from Narva. The 24-hour competition was attended by 17 people and a total of 5 teams. The main task of the hackathon participants was to create interesting digital walks in Narva. The participants had to come up with a walking route and connect it with the personal stories of local residents. Advice from experts from Norway and Estonia helped the participants develop their planning skills as well as self-expression.

Participants managed to communicate with friends, family and complete strangers on the street, replenished their luggage of stories, on the basis of which they created digital walks, and also rallied among themselves, which contributed to a pleasant atmosphere throughout the event.

After 24 hours, each team presented its route. As a result, 3 teams made it to the final:

  • The first place and many gifts from Bublik CAFÉ, Astri Keskus / Fama Keskus, Victoria Bastioni Kasematid, the US Embassy, ​​as well as from Narva American Space and the British Council were won by the international team “ALMOST SPICE”, consisting of volunteers from France, Austria and Estonia. Their walk with short stories of Narvites will take you from Akkekül (Orekhovaya Gorka) to the memorial cross to the soldiers of Peter I.
  • The second place and prizes from ARN, as well as books and other gifts from Narva American Space and British Council were given to the team of active girls “NARVAKAD”, with their interesting walk around Narva and interesting stories from the life of young people.
  • The third place was taken by the team of children from the Narva Soldinskaya Gymnasium “SOLDINO ÕPILASTE ESINDUS”. Their walk from the train station to the Bublik café will tell you a story, an excerpt from the lives of the guys themselves. The team won stylish bags and other gifts from the British Council, the US Embassy and Narva American Space.

The finalists’ presentations can be seen here: https://fb.watch/9C1fvU6e4N, and you can familiarize yourself with the hackathon from start to finish on the ARN Facebook page https://facebook.com/ar.narva

The hackathon was held with the support of the Nordic Council of Ministers in Estonia, with whose help a storytelling expert, PhD in Philology from the University of Oslo – Tiril Brin, was invited.

Ekaterina Savelyeva, the founder of femLENS, a photographer and journalist whose work has been published in newspapers such as the New York Times, also spoke during the event.

The Youth Hackathon is further proof that the ARN team is moving in the right direction, developing interest among young people in the history of their city and country, as well as helping to attract more tourists through the ARN Quest app and other projects.

It should be noted that talented 11-graders from Narva Vlada Lanbert and Ksenia Koreshkova helped organize the hackathon, contact sponsors and create content for marketing. Through such initiatives, ARN hopes to give the young people of Ida-Viru County and Estonia as a whole more opportunities to express themselves, tell their stories and develop storytelling, multimedia and entrepreneurship skills.

In both 2021 and 2022, ARN will continue to move forward and contribute to the development of the region and local youth.

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