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Coopathon 3.0

Coopathon 3.0 is a platform to solve some of the pressing problems we face through a “hack” , and in the process, expose participants to the values based Co-operative model.

What is it?

A “Co-opathon” is like a hack-a-thon but for Co-operatives.

With a vision to highlight the role of co-operatives in the emerging economy, ICA Asia and Pacific is organising Coopathon 3.0 to source sustainable, innovative and technologically-enabled solutions to address various challenges in the co-operative sector.

It is an initiative to provide youth with a platform to solve some of pressing problems that co-operatives face in their daily operations, inculcate a culture of innovation and problem solving and in the process, expose them to the values-based form of enterprise model. The participants would have the opportunity to work on challenges faced by the cooperative movement, thus helping the sector to hire the best minds from across the region.

Co-operatives and Youth

Coopathon is a great opportunity to have 13 – 30 year olds engage with the Co-operative business model.  For many this will be their first experience of a business structure that differs from a company.  The “hack” will bring exposure not only to the Co-operative business model, but also to peers throughout Asia.

Coopathon 3.0 is focused on solving some of the most pressing problems that are especially resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. Participants are encouraged to come with these problems in mind, but you do not need to have an answer in hand. You will work with teams to develop solutions that will have a meaningful impact on the COVID-19 crisis.

How does it work?

This is a virtual event. Teams will work together throughout the 72-hour coopathon using tools such as Airmeet, Zoom, Google applications, etc. More information will be posted soon.

We are looking at a team size of 2 – 5 members. However, if you do not have a team yet, we would encourage you to apply individually.

The top three winning teams will receive a cash prize and other benefits (to be announced soon) to further develop, validate, and implement the solutions developed.

Dec 11, 2020

Kick off Session

Problem Pitching

Knowledge Building


Dec 12, 2020

How to pitch webinar

Mentoring Session

Practice Session


Dec 13, 2020

Final Pitch Videos Due

Shortlist Pitch


Feedback Session

Dec 14, 2020

Top 10 Pitch Live

Judge deliberations

Awards Ceremony


Want to join the Coopathon 3.0

Free entry

Prize money for winning teams

International exposure

Businesses better by purpose