UNA.TEN – “Transform Emergency Now! 10 days for change”

On 8 May, Una Europa concluded the first pan-European student hackathon designed to tackle challenges in COVID19 post-emergency times.

On 8 May, UNA Europa concluded UNA.TEN – “Transform Emergency Now! 10 days for change”, the student hackathon designed to tackle the challenges emerged during the COVID19 outbreak.


Based on an open innovation design process, student teams from all participating Una Europa universities joined forces with local partners to find solutions to four specific COVID-related challenges:

  1. Rethinking entertainment and culture
  2. Securing privacy and preventing misconceptions in a digital world
  3. Ensuring traveler safety
  4. Avoiding food waste


In total, UNA.TEN attracted more than 100 students who worked together in 19 teams from KU Leuven, Università di Bologna, Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, University of Edinburgh, Helsingin Yliopisto and Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

During the closing ceremony on 8 May, Emily Palmer, Secretary General of Una Europa, warmly thanked the students for their commitment and enthusiasm: “This is your building block towards shaping Europe of the third millennium, which is also a key priority for Una Europa.”

“My favourite part of the UNA.TEN challenge has been the collaboration. We’ve been allowed to build together COVID responses on a first-class collaborative platform, getting feedback from multiple backgrounds, points of view, and cultural perspectives. The connections across Europe are helping us develop innovative and inclusive projects,” added Carmen Valenzuala Chapeton, a UNA.TEN student participant in the Edinburgh team.

Discover more about the UNA.TEN challenge on the website of UNA Europa