2019 EaP Civil Society Hackathon: Registration is open!

We are happy to announce that registration for our 2019 EaP Civil Society Hackathon is now open!

The Hackathon will be held in Tbilisi (Georgia) on 14-16 June 2019 and will be hosted by the Georgian Innovation and Technology Agency.  It will bring together over 60 civil society activists, tech professionals and designers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to work on digital solutions and software projects that would enable civil society to contribute to reforms and democratic changes in their home countries.

For three days civil society activists and tech professionals will work together on digital solutions that would enable civil society organisations and activists better serve the needs of their communities, and help citizens participate in decision making. The best idea developed within the Hackathon will be nominated for our Civil Society Digitalisation Award and will get support of up to EUR 10,000 for full development and launch.

How to Apply:

To apply for the participation in the Hackathon please register here. The deadlines for submission of applications:

  • If you are a civil society activist with an idea for a digital solution, please apply before 29 April 2019!
  • If you are a tech professional or a graphic or web designer, please apply before 26 May 2019!

Please see the key dates of the 2019 EaP Civil Society Hackathon:

Who Can Apply:

Participation is open to all citizens of EaP countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) with  strong experience of civic work, regardless of their experience in working for a civil society organisation as such.

Applications from grassroots activists and young tech professionals from across the region are encouraged. More details.

What Ideas Can be Supported:

The EaP Civil Society Hackathons accept ideas of  solutions that empower the digital participation of civil society, improve transparency of public institutions and enable broader citizen involvement in decision making processes. This includes such areas as e-participation, e-transparency, open data, citizen mobilisation, citizen-to-citizen services, and civil society  transparency & accountability. For more details, read the Guidelines for Applicants.

The proposed solutions may cover one or several of the areas and be utilised by one or more EaP country. Ideas focused on engagement and mobilization of local and grassroot communities are encouraged.

Check our Infographics on which digital solutions we can support and read the Guidelines for Applicants for more details.

What’s New in the 2019 Hackathon:

This year we will hold our first EaP Regional Ideathon three weeks before the Hackathon. The Regional Ideathon is a 1.5 day incubation meeting of civil society activists – authors of ideas of digital solutions and hackathon mentors. The Ideathon will be held on 24-25 May 2019, in Kyiv, Ukraine. All shortlisted civil society activists who applied with an idea for adigital solution until 29 April will be invited to the Ideathon to present, improve and further develop their ideas. On the second day of the Ideathon, the mentors and the organisers will select 20 solutions for participation in 2019 EaP Civil Society Hackathon in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Digitalisation for Civil Society Award:

On the final day of the 2019 EaP Civil Society Hackathon, Hackathon mentors and participants will vote for the best digital tool developed during the Hackathon. Three top-scoring ideas will be nominated for the Digitalisation for Civil Society Award, a special facility to support the full-fledge development of the best tool designed at 2019 Hackathon. Based on the applications received, the Selection Committee will choose one of the nominated solutions for development and launch.

Check some video and photos from our previous Hackathons and visit our IDEA BANK for some ideas of digital tools developed by its participants.

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