Let's do hack again, the 2017 edition: on our watch

 After the success of the hackathon "Ignorance is strength" we organised in 2014, or were interested in it. And... this year, we're doing it again! We want to check what the European Parliament has been up to, and let them know that they are on our watch.

We already have about 20 participants from various NGOs in Brussels to help us identify where to dig, and as importantly, make visible and promote whatever juicy details we discover this year. We have more data, more votes, more information on attendance, more declarations of interest from the MEPs and whom they pay for services... lots of yummy data that is just waiting for you to dig into.

Want to help uncover what's going on in the Parliament? Please register here.

 

  • When: 29/09-1/10 2017
  • Where: Brussels, Belgium
  • Price: free, food covered

 

We're planning to start a mailing list, and use it to brainstorm on how to best use the 48h of our hackathon. It will not be a competition: we want hackers, activists, artists and writers to collaborate to create together one of the projects. I don't know what we might find, but if we are half as sucessful as we were in 2014, it's going to be awesome!

Let me remind you a few great results:

  • Transparency International built upon the work on the MEPs' declarations of interest, and created Integrity Watch;
  • Thanks to that, WeMove launched a campaign targeting 3 MEPs, and one of them responded and finally submitted an updated declaration of interest;
  • The work on the voting correction was well covered in Denmark and one of the factors in last election voting;
  • Friends of the Earth, ILGA Europe and other organisations helped score the MEPs on how they voted, not what they said. Some of the progressive candidates were using it as part of their campaign... and some on the far-right candidates were pissed off.
  • It's still not perfect, but we are slowly getting more machine-readable data out of the EP.
  • We had lots of coverage in The Guardian, Euronews and many other media.

We don't take any corporate funding, we'll be hacking at the same great venue as last time, and we will be able to provide food and drinks. Unfortunately, we still haven't found the funds to be able to pay for your travel cost ;( If this is an issue for you, please mention it in the registration form, we'll try to find a solution. As for accomodation, you are welcome to crash at my place, and I know some of the other participants have a spare sofa/bed for some of you too.

So, really, come and hack with us, I want you! We have limited places and will try to balance the various skills needed to make great teams, so the sooner your register, the most likely you can join.

Love and hacking,

 

What is On Our Watch?

A collective initiative based on co-creation, #OnOurWatchEU project brings together European civil society organisations and offers them a platform to assess the work of the European Parliament on a wide range of issues with the aim of informing citizens and generating debate.
Why a hackathon?

We're planning to start a mailing list, and use it to brainstorm on how to best use the 48h of our hackathon. It will not be a competition: we want hackers, activists, artists and writers to collaborate to create together one of the projects. I don't know what we might find, but if we are half as sucessful as we were in 2014, it's going to be awesome!

Because apps and visualizations are always more impactful than raw data and lengthy papers!
Fighting poverty, Transparency, Youth participation, Gender equality… The On Our Watch website offers insights of the work of the EP on many topics, as well as analysis of certain votes. With the hackathon and with you, we would like to further scrutinize the work of the EP in a fun and creative way!

Where?

IHECS Academy, Rue des Grands Carmes 27, 1000 Brussels.
Come as you are, with your computer, your skills and your ideas, we will take care of the rest! (food, drinks, wifi, plugs, and fun provided) 

How can I join?

Are you a dataviz specialist, coder, journalist, activist or policy specialist?
Pre-register via the link below! Participants will be selected at the end of August. For the participants from the activist/policy specialist sector, priority will be given to On Our Watch partners.

More information? Have a look at onourwatch.eu/events or contact Laetitia Veriter via veriter@citizensforeurope.eu