5th Edition of the EUhackathon: Hack4Code! #H4C


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?


The challenge is to create tools to help trainers teach kids skills, such as:

  • understand what algorithms are and how they work;
  • create and debug code;
  • logical reasoning and problem solving; and,
  • communication and collaboration.

Whilst a lot is already available online (see our Resources page), it is not necessarily in a format that is easy to use by all trainers and can still be improved. Especially, trainers are constantly looking for new and innovative lesson ideas and/or projects that are supported by work/lesson schemes: for example a tool or site or game or app that teaches kids to program combined with lesson plans created for the classroom.

As the challenge requires a mix of coding skills and understanding of training challenges, we highly recommend that applicants consider involving a teacher/trainer on their team so that the created outputs ‘work for’ educators.

Interested? Apply before 17 September 2015 by clicking on the button below.



The theme of the 5th edition of the EUhackathon is ‘eSkills: Train the Trainers’ – Hack4Code (#H4C): how to create tools 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. The event takes place on 17 and 18 November.

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 winning project will be awarded €5.000, courtesy of our sponsor.

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; and,
  • 2014 – increase democratic participation in the EU.

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.

This year, the event is also supported by the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council.

Facts & Stats about the 2014 EUhackathon:

  • Called a hack-a-thon because it brings together ‘hackers’ (as in coders) working 30 hours with a 4-hour interruption.
  • Fourth marathon of coders organised partially in a Parliament, with the idea of the‘old’/legislators meeting the‘new’/coders
  • Theme was ‘Increasing Democratic Participation’ and focused on creating tools to increase participation and transparency in the EU.
  • 30-hour event with 24-hours coding by 41 participants (20% women).
  • 11 nationalities represented
  • 8 projects
  • 5000,00 Eur prize for the winning team.
  • Co-hosting of the event by MEPs Paunova, Reda and Schaake and participation of European Commission Vice-President Ansip and Belgian Minister De Croo.
  • Intervention by Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the Internet.
  • Support from civil society: Applications Developers Alliance, BEUC, CDT, EDRi, Nurpa, Transparency International, Freedom of the Press Foundation and Wikimedia.
  • Sponsors: Facebook, Google, ICANN and Netflix.
  • Coders assisted by engineers from Google and Facebook.