Hack4Transparency at the European Parliament
- Thursday, 06 October 2011
The first hacking event in a European institution will take place in the European Parliament in Brussels next November 8th and 9th.
As the website's presentation says:
The goal of the event is to get together talented European developers to facilitate the co-creation of tools based on existing code and data sources within a 24-hour time constraint in two distinct and parallel development tracks, both focused on enabling transparency and accountability in the information society. In doing so the event wants to help build bridges between code and law (to paraphrase Lawrence Lessig) by joining hackers (in a positive sense), civil society, industry and legislators for the benefit of all European citizens.
Hackers will work along two tracks, each one with a final prize of 3,000 euros.
The Internet Quality track focuses on the quality of service delivered by mobile operators. The aim is making broadband performance data meaningful to the average consumer by improving the user interfaces of existing broadband measurement tools. The Global Transparency track works on the accessibility of information. Hackers are being asked to take data from existing sources (including Google's Transparency Report, the Open Net Initiative, and Herdict) and using these sources to create visualizations showing what type of Internet content is available or unavailable to users and the consequences of censorship and barriers to the free flow of information online.
Applications must be submitted using the online form by Monday 17 October at noon (CET).
Selected applicants will have their travel and accommodations covered.
Rest in Peace Mr. Jobs.