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Coopathon 3.0 is a cooperative hackathon being organised by the International Cooperative Alliance Asia and Pacific (ICA-AP) in collaboration with the ICA-EU partnership and its partners. The initiative is aimed at sourcing sustainable, innovative and technologically enabled solutions to address challenges in the social and service sectors that are in line with cooperative values and principles.


Centered around Technology and  Cooperative Identity, this is the third of its kind in a series of similar events organised to encourage technology infusion, innovative models of collective-entrepreneurship and youth participation within the cooperative ecosystem. The earlier two events were held at Indian Institute of Management-Kozhikode (IIM-K) in the year 2018 and at the National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI), New Delhi in the year 2019 respectively. The third edition of the Coopathon will be  a fully online hackathon event, for participants across the Asia and Pacific region from 11th December 2020 (Friday) - 14th December 2020 (Monday). This is the first time we are organising an online Coopathon and at an international level. More information about the earlier events can be viewed here: Coopathon 1.0 and Coopathon 2.0.


coopathon 3.0 envisages the use of technology as a tool for digital transformation to establish  people-centred business collectives such as cooperatives for solving glocal problems. Cooperatives across the globe are led by a common sense of identity which was imbibed in the ‘Statement of Cooperative Identity’, adopted in the year 1995.


Furthermore, this holds particular relevance in the time of the global pandemic and economic crisis that the world is currently going through. The essence of how collective enterprises can be explored as a resilient alternative to traditional business models, due to their democratic economic structure, sustainable and community-first approach to development is a model that innovators and entrepreneurs should explore. The solutions from the hackathon would be encouraged and mentored to develop as Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) or working prototypes, that may be taken up for testing and thereafter if viable, encouraged for commercialisation.


The Coopathon initiative also resonates with several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), SDG 8 (Decent work & economic growth), SDG 10 (Reduced inequalities) and also highlights the importance of newer and innovative structures that align with the cooperative identity. This year also marks twenty-five years since the statement of cooperative identity had been adopted.


Registrations for the Coopathon 3.0 are now open and teams can register online. More details and information can be found at


We encourage you to spread the word about Coopathon 3.0 widely among your networks and promote #Coopathon on all your social media channels.


Event start date:
Friday, December 11, 2020
Event end date:
Monday, December 14, 2020
Venue: Zoom Meeting