We’ve had several questions about the hackathon, and have tried to answer as best as we could in the Q&A below. Let us know at info[at]euhackathon[dot]eu if you have any questions we’ve missed!
A hackathon is an event where people get together and develop awesome projects in a short timespan. In the case of this hackathon, it will take place over 2 days.
This hackathon is organised by N-square Consulting, a public affairs firm. Click here for more info.
You can go either way: by yourself or part of a team. Work on your own or put together an All Star team with a back-end developer, a database whiz, and a front-end designer. Whichever way works best for you! However, building a great team allows you to divide responsibilities and spend more time on your strongest areas. We would definitely recommend having a developer/designer combination. You must have a great solution, and if your project is also visually appealing, you maximize your odds of getting noticed.
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.
Now once you’ve put together your All Star team, how do you apply for the EUhackathon?
The theme of the 5th edition of the EUhackathon is ‘eSkills: Train the Trainers’ – Hack4Code (#H4C): how to create modules 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 modules to help trainers teach kids skills, such as:
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.
Participants are expected to build innovative and user-friendly multi-platform tools that fit the challenge, while respecting privacy rights of users of their tools.
Yes. The winner or winning team will be awarded €5.000, courtesy of our sponsor. We are also trying to get goodies from our sponsors for the 2nd and 3rd prize winners, but no promises there!
Selected applicants will be invited to come to Brussels for two days, their travel and accommodation costs being taken care of by the EUhackathon organisers, courtesy of our sponsor.
Yes. Unfortunately, we can’t provide computers. Please bring anything you’ll need to code (though it’s fine if you share equipment with a teammate).
Participants retain their copyright but need to agree that their projects will be made available online for free to the community under a GPLv3 or Apache v2.0 license – as these licenses/versions have explicit patent releases built in.
The EUhackathon projects are assessed every year by a jury composed of a mix of engineers, civil society representatives and policy-makers. The names of jury members will be published closer to the date of the event.