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. The event is supported by the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council.

Hack4Code (#H4C)

This year, the 5th Edition of the EUhackathon takes place on 17 and 18 November 2015, and the theme is ‘Hack4Code!’

The Hack4Code (H4C) event will be the fifth ‘hackathon’ organised in conjunction with the European institutions in Brussels. The objective: 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.

Some facts & stats from the 2014 edition:

  • 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.
  • 11 nationalities represented
  • 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.

The EUhackathons are organized by N-square Consulting:

Caroline De Cock

Caroline is the Managing Director of N-square. She considers herself a redeeming lawyer and hopes one day to get all policy-makers hooked to the right type of code.

Herman Rucic

Herman is Senior Policy Manager at N-square and it’s his enthusiasm after the first hackathon that convinced us to pull off the second edition. And since, it’s become a yearly ‘bad habit’.