eSkills: and the winners are…

Breaking news: EUhackathon winners of the Hack4Code challenge on how to increase eSkills in the EU receive 5.000 (1st Prize), 2.000 (2nd Prize) and 1.000 (3rd Prize) Euro at the European Parliament

After almost 30 hours of intense coding, it was time for our 36 coders (including 7 kids) of 10 nationalities to hear from the jury who had won the first prize for the challenge they had taken on only one day before, namely creating tools to increase eSkills in the EU. This was done in the European Parliament – prizes being notably handed over by European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip, Mr Christian Staat from the Cabinet of European Commisioner Oettinger, MEP Theresa Comodini Cachia, MEP Philippe De Backer, MEP Mady Delvaux.

All projects will be uploaded to our website, and the winners of this fifth edition of the EUhackathon are:

First Prize: Arthur Piszek (Poland).
Second Prize: Team InnovActionLab (Italy).
Third Prize: Team Tschunk (Austria).

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Hosts EUhackathon awards ceremony

MEP De BackerMEP Philippe De Backer (ALDE, Belgium)

Philippe De Backer is currently a Member of the European Parliament. He holds a PhD in biotechnology from Ghent University and an MBA from Solvay Business School.

Before joining the European Parliament, Philippe worked as analyst at Vesalius Biocapital, a Luxembourg based venture capital firm specialised in the life-sciences. He has an expertise in the valorisation of IP developed by public research institutes and setting-up early ventures in the life-sciences.

MEP Mady Delvaux-StehresMEP Mady Delvaux-Stehres
(S&D, Luxembourg)

Mady Delvaux-Stehres is a Member of the European Parliament since May 2014. She is Vice-Chair of the JURI committee and substitute in the ECON committee.

She studied classical literature in Paris and started teaching at the ‘Lycée Michel Rodange’ in Luxembourg until 1989. Between 2004 and 2014, she was Minister of National Education and Vocational Training. Before, she held several ministerial roles and was part of the municipal council of Luxembourg City.

MEP Therese Comodini CachiaMEP Therese Comodini Cachia
(EPP, Malta)

Therese Comodini Cachia is a Member of the European Parliament since May 2014. She is a member of the CULT and JURI committees, and a substitute in the DROI committee. Since January 2015 she is the Maltese shadow Minister for Education and Employment.

She holds a PhD in human rights law, and lecturers at the Faculty of Laws of the University of Malta and the Europa-Viadrina University in Germany. She has also been heavily involved in non-governmental organisations as their legal advisor.

Click on the relevant day to display the short version of the program, a full version can be found here.

08.00 – 08.30 – Registration at the Google offices

08.30 – 09.00 – Presentations

09.00 – Midnight – Coding

Rest time! Hackers are invited to go to their hotel (a 500 m walk) and get some rest. For the brave, free WiFi is available at the hotel.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served to the hackers during the day.

07.00 – Re-start coding

12.00 – 14.00 – Submission deadline / End of coding / Pitch time: Each participant or team will have the opportunity to briefly (max. 5 min.) present the project that was created during the EUhackathon.

14.00 – 14.30 – Jury convenes behind closed doors

15.00 – 17.00 – Awards ceremony in the European Parliament (room PHS 5B001). The best projects will be presented to the audience and receive an award.

A cocktail reception is held at the end of the Awards Ceremony (16.30 – 17.00). Breakfast and lunch are served to the hackers during the day.

Location where is the event taking place

The coding will take place from 17 November 8.00 till 18 November 14.00 at the Google offices, Chaussée d’Etterbeek 180, 1040 Brussels, Belgium. EU officials are welcome to drop by, but have to announce themselves as EUhackathon visitor at the reception.

The awards ceremony will take place on 18 November at 15.00 in the European Parliament (room PHS 5B001). People interested in attending should contact us at info[at]euhackathon[dot]eu before Friday 6 November CoB as access to the European Parliament requires prior authorization.

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