The EUhackathon concept identifies pressing policy issues and translates them into a new pragmatic approach which aims to build a bridge between policymakers and the world of coders, developers and hackers to see how Code can help Law.
This year, the 3rd Edition of the EUhackathon takes place on 24-25 September 2013, and the theme is ‘Hack4YourRights!’
The Hack4YourRights (H4yR) event will be the third ‘hackathon’ organised in conjunction with the European institutions in Brussels. As is the case every year, the goal is to build a bridge between the ‘old’ (i.e. the European Institutions and law-makers) and the ‘new’ world (i.e. the Internet and the coders/developers).
Some facts & stats from the 2012 edition:
- Called a hack-a-thon because it brings together ‘hackers’ (as in coders) working 24 hours straight.
- Second marathon of coders organised partially in a Parliament, with the idea of the‘old’/legislators meeting the‘new’/coders
- Theme was ‘Kids’, and more specifically building tools, websites, applications, etc. that enhance children safety & creativity.
- 30-hour event with 24-hours coding (spread over 28 hours with a 4-hour break) by 36 participants working on two challenges: 3 as individuals and 36 others bundled in 10 teams
- 11 nationalities represented
- Youngest applicant: 13-year old working in team with his older brother and a friend. Ended up not being able to make it due to exams!
- 5000,00 Eur prize for winner of each track
- Handing over of awards in the European Parliament by MEPs and other EU officials at an event hosted by MEP Sabine Verheyen (EPP, Germany).
- Intervention by Cory Doctorow on 21 June at 3:30 pm CET (Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing, and a contributor to Wired, Popular Science, Make, the New York Times, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites)
- Support from civil society: eSkills, Family Online Safety Institute, European Schoolnet, eNACSO, Missing Children Europe
- Sponsors: Facebook, Google, Orange and Vodafone
- Vice-President Neelie Kroes of the European Commission endorsement on Facebook page: see here. And her encouragement message to the hackers: see here.
- Coders assisted by engineers from Facebook, Google and Orange
- 25 kids from the European schools from Brussels aged between 12 and 15 will assist and participate by following the coding work.
The EUhackathons are organized by N-square Consulting:
Caroline De Cock
Caroline is the Managing Director of N-square. She considers herself a redeeming lawyer and hopes one day to get all policy-makers hooked to the right type of code.
Herman is Policy Advisor at N-square and it’s his enthusiasm after the first hackathon that convinced us to pull off the second edition.