Franklin University Switzerland is an international university in Lugano, and it is the only liberal arts university in the world accredited in the United States and Switzerland.
UNITAR is the United Nations Institute for Training and Research
Food as a Nexus for Synchronic Urban and Rural Development
The rise in population growth, coupled with the strenuous demands we place on our environment, is not sustainable, and it calls for a social, economic, and cultural transformation. We can start by looking at where we live and the livelihoods of those around us. How can we design, create and implement systems that are inclusive, integrative, and sustainable? Cities, the most densely populated areas on the planet, are directly tied to rural areas, yet not all systems and policies treat them as such. While the former consumes and expands at a rapid pace, the latter, in many cases, is left out and depleted of resources. This hackathon, in particular, focuses on how to rethink and improve food as a linkage for development in rural and urban areas in developing regions. With this challenge, we hope to foster creative, integrative, and circular solutions/policies for strengthening rural and urban relationships while achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This hackathon is organized by Franklin University Switzerland, in collaboration with UNITAR, as part of the Open Geneva festival.