Last week I went to Mantua (Lombardy) with other three schoolmates to participate in the first National Hackathon on the theme of forests. Anita Lamacchia (4A), Saverio Zienna (4B) and Alessia Trezza (4D) were with me. We represented the delegation of Bosco Verrutoli, a wood in Basilicata which is neglected by the government. As you can imagine, this conference was attended by many students from different schools from different places in Italy who represented their own regional wood.
The conference was organized in different phases. In the first phase the jury, made up of a president and three students previous winners of other national hackathons, told us to spot the problems of the forests. So we spotted five problems, they were 1) biodiversità loss, 2) pollution, 3) fire management, 4) forest governance, 5) civic awareness. After this phase, they organized us in groups and we worked together to try to solve these problems writing a creative project. More specifically our group had to focus on the connection between the forests and farming. During the third phase, two delegates of each group had to have a speech in front of the jury and every project was finally voted by the students. In the fourth phase the jury awarded the most valuable students who will represent Italy in the international hackathon
of Forests to be held in Brazil in May 2019. My schoolmate Alessia Trezza got a prize and she will join the Brazilian event, after attending a training session in Valcomonica in December 2018 (Edolo – Brescia) with a focus on the mountains.
It was a very good experience since we could discuss with the other students and create a project joining the ideas from every component of the group. Every delegate could have a speech and this was very democratic. I have liked this aspect of the hackathon a lot.
classe 4C – Liceo Classico