Breaking News: EUhackathon winners announced

BRUSSELS, 21 JUNE 2012 – After 30 hours of intense coding with only a 4-hour break, it was time for our 37 coders of 11 nationalities to hear from the jury who had won the first prize for each of the two challenges they had taken on only one day before, namely creating tools to enhance the safety of kids online on the one hand, and to stimulate their creativity on the other hand. This was done in the European Parliament – prizes being notably handed over by MEP Sabine Verheyen, MEP Róża Maria Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein, MEP Sean Kelly and Petru Luhan – Vice-President Neelie Kroes having dropped by on 20 June to discuss their respective projects with the hackers (see videos here).

The winners of the second edition of the EUhackathon are: Read more

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08.00 – 08.30 – Registration at the Google offices

08.30 – 09.30 – Technical presentations by engineers, policy and civil society reps.

09.30 – Midnight – Coding

15.30 –  16.00 – Short encouragement and guidance speech by Cory Doctorow

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served to the hackers during the day.

On the 1stday one group of 12 kids (9.00-13.00) and one group of 13 kids (11.45-16.30) will each visit the EUhackathon for half a day to work with the participants and to have a joint lunch at 12.00.

02.00 – 06.00 – Rest time: The participants are invited to go to their hotel (500m walk) to get some rest.

06.00 – Re-start coding

13.30 – 14.30 – Submission deadline / End of coding / Pitch time: Each participant or team will have the opportunity to briefly (max. 5 min.) present the tool that was built during the EUhackathon.

14.45 – 16.00 – Juries convene behind closed doors

16.15 – 18.00 – Awards ceremony hosted by MEP Sabine Verheyen in the European Parliament, Room ASP 1E-2

The 25 kids from the 1st day will return at 13.15 to listen to the pitches of the participants and to join the closing ceremony.

Special Guests roundtable & speeches

Luciano Floridi

Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics at the University of Hertfordshire, and Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford.

Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing, and a contributor to Wired, Popular Science, Make, the New York Times, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites.

Portrait by Jonathan Worth 2


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Location where is the event taking place

The coding will take place from 20 June 8:30 till 21 June 14:30 at the Google offices, Chaussée d’Etterbeek 180, 1040 Brussels, Belgium. EU officials are welcome but will have to state that they are coming for the EUhackathon to security services at the reception.

The awards ceremony will take place on 21 June at 16:15 in the European Parliament (ASP 1E-2). Interested people should contact us at info[at]euhackathon[dot]eu as access to the European Parliament requires prior authorization.