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We’ve had several questions about the hackathon, and have tried to answer as best as we could in the Q&A below. Let us know at info[at]euhackathon[dot]eu if you have any questions we’ve missed!

What’s a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where people get together and develop awesome projects in a short timespan. In the case of this hackathon, it will take place over a 25-hour timespan.

OMG hacking?!

Please note that this EUhackathon is aimed at getting the input of hackers as a positive force, not in the sense of a security threat.

Who’s organising this hackathon?

This hackathon is organised by N-square Consulting, a public affairs firm. Click here for more info.

Do I have to develop something all by myself or can I be part of a team?

You can go either way: by yourself or part of a team. Work on your own or put together an All Star team with a back-end developer, a database whiz, and a front-end designer. Whichever way works best for you! However, building a great team allows you to divide responsibilities and spend more time on your strongest areas. We would definitely recommend having a developer/designer combination. You must have a great solution, and if your project is also visually appealing, you maximize your odds of getting noticed.

How to apply as a team?

Now once you’ve put together your All Star team, how do you apply for the EUhackathon?

  1. Designate a ‘team captain’. This is the person who will act as our single point of contact for the team.
  2. The team captain completes the full application form.
  3. After that, each individual team member can apply. In order to clarify that your application is part of a team, we would like to ask you to specify it when filling in the application form here.

What’s the challenge?

To ensure that officials are acting in the public interest, citizens should know when and why governments demand access to their information. Using data sets from network analysis, corporate Transparency Reports and FOIA requests, create apps and visualizations that shed light on the state of government surveillance in their country and exercise their democratic rights to due process and greater transparency.

What deliverables are expected for each of the tracks?

Participants are expected to build innovative and user-friendly multi-platform tools that fit the challenge and are user-friendly, while respecting privacy rights of users of their tools.

Will there be prizes?

Yes. The winner or winning team will be awarded €5.000, courtesy of our sponsor.

What about my travel and accommodation costs?

Selected applicants will be invited to come to Brussels for two days, their travel and accommodation costs being taken care of by the EUhackathon organisers, courtesy of our sponsor.

Will there be free food?


Will there be free Wi-Fi?


Do I have to bring my own laptop?

Yes; unfortunately, we can’t provide computers. Please bring anything you’ll need to code (though it’s fine if you share equipment with a teammate).

What if I create something that rocks? Who owns it?

Participants retain their copyright, but need to agree that their projects will be made available online for free to the community under a GPLv3 or Apache v2.0 license – as these licenses/versions have explicit patent releases built in. Participants also agree that their visualisations will be made available on the EUhackathon and websites under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

Who is on the Jury?

The EUhackathon projects are assessed every year by a jury composed of a mix of engineers, civil society representatives and policy-makers. The names of jury members will be published closer to the date of the event.