About Jugend hackt

Jugend hackt is a program for young people who want to improve the world with their technical skills. Supported by volunteer mentors, our participants develop digital tools, prototypes and concepts for a better future. Our offer includes hackathon events in many cities, regional labs, an online community and international exchange programs.

What distinguishes us

In line with our motto „Improve the world with code“, Jugend hackt is about more than just learning to program: We understand technology as a means of social change. We encourage young people to use technology responsibly in order to find solutions to socio-political questions. They create projects such as a watering system that donates free WiFi; a bracelet that warns of surveillance cameras or an audio computer game for people with visual impairment.

Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland and mediale pfade

Jugend hackt is a non-profit program of the non-profit organizations Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V. and mediale pfade.org – Verein für Medienbildung e.V. Participation in our programs is free of charge for young people as far as possible. We value diversity in our program and actively promote the participation of young people who otherwise have limited educational opportunities in the technical field. The positive change that our program brings about in the lives of our participants is demonstrable. Jugend hackt has been awarded the PHINEO seal for effectiveness.

Volunteering is at the core of Jugend hackt: hundreds of voluntary mentors throughout the German-speaking world form the basis of what we do. We are proud of and grateful to our dedicated community that is growing and driving us forward. Our network in the areas of education, technology, engagement and civil society has been growing since the program started in 2013, in both German-speaking countries and beyond.

Handbook & Evaluations (German)

Unterwegs mit Jugend hackt

Abraham is a Jugend hackt participant with a migration background – or as he prefers to say: an integration background. The 19-year-old Syrian, who came to Germany three years ago, participated for the first time at Jugend hackt in Schwerin - and then again in Berlin in October. We accompanied him with a camera. In our video series “Unterwegs mit” (German for ‘On your way with…’) he explains how he has benefitted from participating.

Prizes & Awards

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  • Bild von BKM-Preis Kulturelle Bildung 2018

    BKM-Preis Kulturelle Bildung 2018

  • Bild von Theodor-Heuss-Medaille 2018

    Theodor-Heuss-Medaille 2018

  • Bild von European Youth Culture Award 2017

    European Youth Culture Award 2017

  • Bild von Deutscher Engagementpreis 2016

    Deutscher Engagementpreis 2016

  • Bild von Sächsischer Digitalpreis 2022

    Sächsischer Digitalpreis 2022

From our Blog (German only)

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Partners & Supporters

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    Jugend hackt is funded by the SKala initiative from 2018 to 2021.
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    The Deutsche Bahn Foundation funds Jugend hackt labs in 2019 and 2020.