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EUhackathon 5.000€ award cheque

EUhackathon 5.000€ award cheque

Some Facts & Stats of 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 is ‘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.
  • Coders will be 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.
  • 2 juries: a jury of experts & a jury of kids+teacher
  • More info at www.euhackathon.eu
  • EU officials welcome during the 24 hours at Google offices – need to simply call 0474/840515 or 0478/966701