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