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

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

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

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.


PompeuPompeu Casanovas

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

Teri Schultz is a freelance U.S. reporter for NPR and CBS Radio covering EU and NATO.

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08.00 – 08.30 – Registration at the Google offices

08.30 – 09.30 – Policy & technical presentations

Policy Presentations

Technical Presentations

09.30 – Midnight – Coding

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served to the hackers during the day.

Midnight – 02.00 – Coding

02.00 – 06.00 – Rest time! Hackers are invited to go to their hotel (a 500 m walk) and get some rest. For the brave, WiFi is available for free at the hotel.

06.00 – Re-start coding

11.00  12.30  Side-event

13.30 – 14.30 – Submission deadline / End of coding / Pitch time: Each participant or team will have the opportunity to briefly (max. 5 min.) present the visualisation that was created during the EUhackathon.

14.45 – 16.00 – Jury convenes behind closed doors

16.15 – 18.00 – Awards ceremony hosted by MEP Petru Luhan in the European Parliament (room 6Q1). The best visualisations will be presented to the audience and receive an award handed over by Vice-President Viviane Reding. This will be followed by a panel discussion.

Breakfast and lunch are served to the hackers during the day.

Location where is the event taking place

The coding will take place from 24 September 8:30 till 25 September 14:30 at the Google offices, Chaussée d’Etterbeek 180, 1040 Brussels, Belgium. EU officials are welcome to drop by, but have to announce themselves as EUhackathon visitor at the reception.

The awards ceremony will take place on 25 September at 16:15 in the European Parliament (room 6Q1). People interested in attending should contact us at info[at]euhackathon[dot]eu before Monday 16 September CoB as access to the European Parliament requires prior authorization.

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