Open call for Participants: Youth training “Outsmarting the paradigm: Implementation of new technologies in the cities”

CDN – Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe is announcing a call for participants for the youth training “Outsmarting the paradigm: Implementation of new technologies in the cities“. The event will take place from 21 to 25 of September in Riga, Latvia (20 and 26 are travel dates to and from Riga for the participants).

This training aims to explore how technology impacts our cities and rethink the concept of smart cities from a Green perspective in the EE context.

This will be done through 1) Creation of a space for 25 young people to learn, share knowledge about and critically analyse the impact of new technologies in our cities; 2) Analysis of the Charter for the Smart City in relation to the Eastern European context and finally; 3) Creation of a manifesto on principles of new technologies’ implementation in the Eastern European cities. You can read more about the project on this page.

This project is a part of the GEF transnational project “A Charter for the Smart City II”.

Who should apply?

We are looking for 25 young people aged 16-35, residing in Central and Eastern Europe (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo*, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine).

We encourage applications reflecting diversity in all forms; therefore we welcome applications from those who identify as women, LGBT+, POC, migration background, or with a different ability.

Participants who have activism experience in working on the rights for the city and/or urban planning and policy making as well as those interested in implementation of new technologies in cities, as well as those with relevant knowledge or high motivation to learn about the topic are highly encouraged to apply.


Language: The main language of this activity will be English. But not being comfortable interacting in English should not prevent you from applying, majority of us at the event will be non-native speakers and the group will be able to help out if there is some term you might not know!

Costs: The full cost of working materials, visa and lodging (accommodation in multi-bed rooms, vegetarian food, and refreshments) during the event will be covered by the organizers. In exchange, we ask for a participation fee of 20 EUR for participants coming from non-EU countries and 40 EUR for participants coming from EU countries. Accommodation, food, working space, travel and visa costs for participants will be fully covered. For selection of travel means we encourage participants to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions). Applicants for whom paying this fee is an obstacle for participation, should still apply and mention this in their application (not a selection criteria). CDN will try to find a solution together with the applicant after the selection is finalized.  CDN will reimburse 90% of the travel costs for the participants from the non-EU countries and 80% of travel costs for the participants coming from the EU countries, within travel limits that will be sent out to the participants after selection (based on the actual, reasonable prices of the tickets) and within Europe, with the condition to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions). 

DEADLINE for submitting online applications: 19th of July 23:59 CEST. You will be informed about the results of the selection within two weeks after the deadline.

*All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

This project is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of CDNEE and Wetenschappelijk Bureau GroenLinks with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.

 Apply here!