Media Advisory - Journalists invited to attend UPU’s first Postal Data Hackathon

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) is hosting its first Postal Data Hackathon in Berne, Switzerland, bringing together postal operators, technology companies, academia and data experts to address challenges and co-create solutions though the wealth of postal data.
When: 23-24 June 2023, 09:00-18:00
Where: In person at the UPU headquarters, Weltpoststrasse 4, 3015 Berne, Switzerland 

For the first time ever, the UPU will make available data covering the movement of mail, parcels and express items (excluding any personal details), as well as other related data. This will provide a unique opportunity to analyze movements of goods around the world through postal networks, and combine this information with other relevant trade or transport data in order to explore big questions, challenges and innovations leading to a sustainable, green and data-driven future for all.
Participants will include experts from universities, international organizations, governments, regulators, postal companies, UPU-recognized associations and private sector stakeholders.
The Postal Data Hackathon is being organized by the UPU with the support of La Poste Group (France), UPU Consultative Committee member Eurora, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). It is facilitated by – a non-profit association strengthening transparency, participation and innovation – with contributions from data partners, including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the United Nations Statistics Division.
Friday, 23 June 09:00 Opening by the UPU Director General Masahiko Metoki and event partners
  09:30 Challenge presentations, team building and team distribution
  11:30 Hacking
  12:00 Lunch
  13:30 Hacking
  14:30 Data Q&A
  17:45 Check-out
Saturday, 24 June 09:00 Hacking
  12:00 Lunch
  13.30 Hacking
  16:00 Presentations
  17:00 Check-out
Learn more about the event through this link:
Established in 1874, the Universal Postal Union (UPU), with its headquarters in the Swiss capital Berne, is a United Nations specialized agency for the postal sector and the world's second oldest international organization. With 192 member countries, the UPU is the primary forum for postal cooperation between governments, Posts, regulators and other postal sector stakeholders.
For further information, journalists should contact:

Ekaterina Sitnikova
Community Engagement and Advocacy Expert
Universal Postal Union
Mobile phone: +41 76 438 09 63