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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.

This year, the 4th Edition of the EUhackathon takes place in December 2014, and the theme is ‘Hack4Participation!’

The Hack4Participation (H4P) event will be the fourth ‘hackathon’ organised in conjunction with the European institutions in Brussels. As is the case every year, the goal is to build a bridge between the ‘old’ (i.e. the European Institutions and law-makers) and the ‘new’ world (i.e. the Internet and the coders/developers).

Some facts & stats from the 2013 edition:

  • Called a hack-a-thon because it brings together ‘hackers’ (as in coders) working 24 hours straight.
  • Third marathon of coders organised partially in a Parliament, with the idea of the‘old’/legislators meeting the‘new’/coders
  • Theme was ‘Your Rights’ and focussed on raising awareness on government access to citizens’ private communications online through the creation of visualisations.
  • 30-hour event with 24-hours coding by 28 participants.
  • 13 nationalities represented
  • 5000,00 Eur prize for winner of each track
  • Handing over of awards in the European Parliament by European Commission Vice-President Reding and MEPs at an event hosted by MEP Petru Luhan (EPP, Romania).
  • Intervention by Trevor Timm (activist at EFF and the Press Freedom Foundation), Francesca Bosco (Emerging Crimes Unit of UNICRI), Prof. Milton L. Mueller (Syracuse University School of Information Studies), Joe McNamee (EDRi), Prof. Pompeu Casanovas (UAB Institute of Law and Technology) and Teri Schultz (NPR and CBS Radio).
  • Support from civil society:, Access Now, CDT, Digitale Gesellschaft, EDRi, EFF, Nurpa, Open Knowledge Foundation, Transparency International, Quintessenz.
  • Sponsors: Facebook and Google.
  • Vice-President Viviane Reding of the European Commission participation at the awards ceremony.
  • 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 Policy Advisor 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’.