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Some Facts & Stats of the 2013 Edition

  • Called a hack-a-thon because it brings together ‘hackers’ (as in coders) working 24 hours with only a small interruption.
  • Third marathon of coders organised partially in a Parliament, with the idea of the‘old’/legislators meeting the‘new’/coders
  • Theme was ‘Hack 4 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,- 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: Visualizing.org, 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.
  • More info at www.euhackathon.eu
  • EU officials welcome during the 24 hours at Google offices – need to simply call 0474/840515 or 0478/966701