2013 EUhackathon Challenge – Meet the winners
Breaking news: EUhackathon winners of the Hack4yourRights challenge on government surveillance receive 5000 Euro at the European Parliament, with the participation of Vice-President Reding
After 30 hours of intense coding with only a 4-hour break, it was time for our 28 coders of 13 nationalities to hear from the jury who had won the first prize for the challenge they had taken on only one day before, namely creating tools to visualize government surveillance activities and hence increase awareness and transparency. This was done in the European Parliament – prizes being notably handed over by Vice-President Viviane Reding, MEP Sabine Verheyen, and MEP Petru Luhan.
All projects can be found at the Visualizing.org website, and the winners of this third edition of the EUhackathon are:
First Prize: Team Frontwise (the Netherlands) with BIGSIS – Privacy ranking.
Second Prize: Anselm Bradford (Germany/USA) with a visualisation on Facebook users and Government Surveillance.
Third Prize: Team Tuple Trouble (Italy).
Read more about the Hack4YourRights Challenge
Special guests roundtable & speeches
Vice-President Viviane Reding
Viviane Reding is serving her third mandate in the European Commission as Vice-President responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. Prior to that, she served two terms as Member of the European Parliament.
MEP Petru Luhan
Petru Luhan is Vice-Chairman of the EPP Young Members Network and Member of the European Parliament, active in the Committee on Regional Development, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the Committee for Economic and Monetary Affairs.
Trevor Timm is an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation specialised in surveillance, free speech, and government transparency issues, and co-founder and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, supporting and funding independent journalism organizations dedicated to transparency and accountability in government.
Francesca Bosco is a Project Officer at the Emerging Crimes Unit of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute’s (UNICRI). She is responsible for cybercrime prevention projects, and in conjunction with key strategic partners, has developed new methodologies and strategies for researching and countering computer related crimes.
Milton L. Mueller
Milton Mueller is professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. His research and teaching explore the political economy of communication and information. For the past 15 years his research, teaching and public service have concentrated on problems related to global Internet governance.
Joe McNamee is Executive Director of the European Digital Rights initiative (EDRi) since 2009. He has been working on internet policy issues for over a decade, and holds Master’s degrees in International Law and European Politics.
Dr. Pompeu Casanovas is Director of Advanced Researchand Head of the UAB-Institute of Law and Technology. He has an extended record of research on law, justice, rights, mediation, and semantic technologies.
Teri Schultz is a freelance U.S. reporter for NPR and CBS Radio covering EU and NATO.