About

Theme:

The theme of the 6th edition of the EUhackathon revolves around visualising copyright evidence to inform the policy debate and support the decision making process. The goal is to combine data and academic research from various sources to help create a clearer picture of the issues at stake in copyright, as sometimes the full story is difficult to grasp.

The objective of the initiative is not necessarily to end up with fully completed projects, but rather to raise awareness and encourage debate around this issue. Selected applicants will have their travel and accommodation costs covered and the projects that are awarded the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize will respectively receive €5.000, €2.000 and €1.000 courtesy of our sponsors.

Challenge:

The challenge is to:

  1. create visualisations of copyright evidence based on the data sources available at the Copyright Evidence Wiki and other external resources; and/or,
  2. enhance the Copyright Evidence Wiki to enable others to easily create visualisations of the data available.

EUhackathon Mission Statement:

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. The previous editions focussed on:

  • 2011 – enhancing broadband transparency for users;
  • 2012 – creating solutions for kids;
  • 2013government access to citizens’ private communications online;
  • 2014 – increase democratic participation in the EU;and,
  • 2015 eSkills: train the trainers.

European Commission Vice-Presidents Andrus Ansip, Neelie Kroes and Viviane Reding participated in the past, and previous award ceremonies were kindly hosted in the European Parliament. The 2015 event was also supported by the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council.

Facts & Stats about the 2015 EUhackathon:

  • Called a hack-a-thon because it brings together ‘hackers’ (as in coders) working for 2 days.
  • Fifth marathon of coders organised partially in a Parliament, with the idea of the‘old’/legislators meeting the‘new’/coders
  • Theme was ‘eSkills: train the trainers’: how to allow non-technical trainers in formal (e.g. school) or informal (e.g. CoderDojo type initiatives) settings to stimulate kids aged between 8 and 14 to code and acquire eSkills.
  • 36 coders (including 7 kids).
  • 10 nationalities represented
  • 9 projects
  • 5000,00 Eur prize for the winning team, 2000,00 Eur fo rth e2nd prize and 1000,00 Eur for the third prize.
  • Co-hosting of the event by MEPs Theresa Comodini Cachia, Mady Delvaux, and Philippe De Backer and participation of European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip and Mr Christian Staat from the Cabinet of European Commisioner for the Digital Economy and Society, Günther Oettinger.
  • The event was co-sponsored by Google, Facebook and ICANN. Supporters of the event were Luxembourg Presidency of the Council, the European e-Skills Association, the European Digital Rights initiative (EDRi), the Open Roberta project, Telecentre Europe, Transparency International (TI) and Wikimedia.
  • Coders assisted by engineers from Google and Facebook.