NATURELDER in the Diplohack!

Our association chairman Avni TAŞYÜREK participated in the Diplohack event organized by the EU Presidency of Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event that has speakers like Ambassador, Ambassador, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Turkey Christian BERGER, and Ambassador, Director for EU Affairs and Deputy Minister of Foreign Faruk KAYMAKCI, was very productive for NATURELDER.


What is Diplohack?

Diplohack is a creative process which brings together diplomats and non-diplomats to work on finding and developing solutions to relevant/current issues.

Diplohack consists of an ideation phase and possibly a hackathon.

Diplohack has a flexible structure: the organizers and participants decide on what form it will take.

The time needed for the Diplohack greatly depends on the core challenge/problem at hand and the desired solution.

Diplohack makes use of two elements:




Ideation is a term borrowed from the digital technology sector, where it is used to describe a creative process aimed at quickly developing ideas and/or solving challenges. There are several kinds of ideation: all involve brainstorming sessions with stakeholders to generate or fine-tune ideas for a product or challenge. Participants are encouraged by the creative leader to think outside the box, disregard their hierarchical professional positions and contribute on an equal footing with all the other participants. With ideation it is important that all stakeholders are not only involved in the process but also actively contribute. The ideas and collaboration that this process generates gives the participants an enormous energy boost. Ideation sessions generally last a couple of hours.

The ideation method you choose can vary, as long as fits the stakeholders and the challenge at hand. The main goal of ideation is to work together, think creatively, forge relationships and create common interests/ownership.

To  succeed, your idea must have CREDD:

Clarity — The goal, objectives, intended beneficiaries and outcome must be clear and compelling.

Risk Assessment — Your idea’s innovation, and potential to disrupt conflict needs to be balanced against potential risks to your beneficiaries, and your end goal.

Evidence — Demonstrate that your idea is sound by providing facts and supporting evidence. If hard data is lacking – enumerate the challenges and areas for further research.

Do-ability — Show how your idea could be put into action and sustained; Will intended beneficiaries welcome the idea? How will you assess impact?

Disruption — How innovative is the idea and proposed outcome?


Hackathons are events where IT pros (e.g. front- and back-end developers, UX (user experience) designers and data scientists) take the concepts that are the result of the ideation phase and translate the information through a process called rapid prototyping into a tangible product/solution. Hackathons generally last 48 hours and often take place outside office hours (often Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon). The IT pros involved (mainly coders) are asked to donate their time on a voluntary basis. They often do so because the Hackathon is for a good cause, but they also relish the game element and the opportunity to take on a challenge and see what they can build. A sufficiently challenging case is a precondition for a successful Hackathon.

Diplohack uses one or both of these elements, depending on the challenge at hand.

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