The Universidade Portucalense (UPT) will participate in the next NATO Hackathon – North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a competition dedicated to gathering ideas for the future of the Atlantic Alliance and that will take place until next February 4th.
With the title “New Ideas for NATO 2030”, the event will bring together young leaders and nine universities selected from the Alliance’s 30 Member States.
“Much more than representing Portugal, this is a unique opportunity to interact with a group of high-level experts from NATO and with the group of 14 young NATO leaders”, explains André Pereira Matos, professor in the Department of Law and researcher at the UPT Legal Institute.
The event is divided into three days with “brainstorming” meetings using digital platforms, and at the end of the event there will be a public presentation to present the ideas, which will be attended by the NATO Secretary General, Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg.
The UPT team will have nine undergraduate students in International Relations (IR) and Masters in IR and Diplomacy, accompanied by professors André Pereira Matos and Bruno Sousa, who will be responsible for interacting with NATO experts, international “Think Tanks”, stakeholders civil society and the private sector, as well as experts, facilitators, and young leaders of the organization.
Students who submit the best proposal will be invited to explore the idea further and present it at this year’s NATO summit.
“This is a unique opportunity to deepen knowledge of‘ networking ’and building the curriculum profile at national and European level”, says Professor André Pereira Matos.
In addition to Universidade Portucalense, the other eight universities participating in NATO Policy Hackton are: Harvard University (United States of America), Freie Universität (Germany), King’s College London (United Kingdom), Charles University Prague (Czech Republic) , The Johns Hopkins University (United States of America), SciencePo Paris (France), University of Tromso (Norway) and University of Vilnius (Lithuania).