The EUhackathon projects are assessed every year by a jury composed of a mix of engineers, civil society representatives and policy-makers. The 2016 EUhackathon jury are – more jury members will be added in the next weeks:
|Merili Oja has been practicing law since 2009. She has covered various topics while working in private as well as in public sector, including intellectual property law. For the last 3 years she has been more extensively involved in the EU legislative procedure. Since May 2015 she is one of the Counsellors for Judicial Affairs at the Estonian Permanent Representation to the EU. Among other topics she is in charge of the intellectual property files, including the copyright reform and will keep this topic also during the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.|
|Gervase Markham is a Policy Engineer at Mozilla, where he’s been (volunteer and employee) for over 16 years. He currently works in the public policy team, as a generalist but with a particular interest in copyright. He also runs Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS), Mozilla’s program for helping other free software projects, and is part of the team which works on Mozilla’s Certificate Authority program. When he has time, he hacks on Bugzilla, the leading open source bug tracking system.
He’s a follower of Jesus, a supporter of Liverpool Football Club and a lover of good cheese.
|Alex Grech is a strategist, change consultant and academic. As the founder of StrategyWorks, Alex has advised multinationals, governments, NGOs and startups in sectors ranging from ICT and neurosciences to culture and education. Alex is currently working on digital education policy, 21st century skills agendas and lifelong learning. He is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta, a Founder of The Critical Institute and an expert on two ET2020 working groups. Alex’s research is in digital citizenship, social media and power. He holds a PhD in Internet Computing from the University of Hull and is an FCCA by profession.|
|Cédric Manara, PhD, has lost his hair teaching, writing or consulting. He has been a full time law professor at EDHEC Business School (France) and held visitorships in Finland, Italy, Japan and the USA, published a lot on intellectual property and internet legal issues, and also was a consultant for e-commerce companies or law firms. Cédric joined Google’s wonderful legal team as in 2013, where he is senior copyright counsel.|
|Siddharth Rao (Sid) is a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) enthusiast and a privacy fanatic who specializes in the security analysis of communication protocols. He is passionate about Internet services and infrastructure in developing nations. Sid co-founded the social venture – ThirdEye, which envisions to build affordable e-readers for visually-challenged people. He is a past Erasmus Mundus fellow and holds double master’s degrees from Aalto University, Finland (Information and Network Security) and University of Tartu, Estonia (Cryptography). He is pursuing his doctoral research in the Secure Systems Group of Aalto University. Currently, Sid is a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow based at European Digital Rights (EDRi), where he will help define policies related to data protection, surveillance, copyright, and network neutrality. His recent interest is to seek meaningful insight out of surveillance and copyright related data.|
|Luka Steric is a Software Engineer at Facebook. He joined the London office in January 2016 after receiving his Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Zagreb (Croatia). During his time in university his focus was mainly on bioinformatics, especially next-gen DNA sequence assemblers. Before joining Facebook he interned at the Genome Institute of Singapore and at the International Monetary Fund. He is now part of the Facebook Search team and works on automated testing, scenario verification and product stability.|