1. Description and Overall Objective
2018 EaP Civil Society Hackathon brings together 60 civil society activists, IT professionals and designers from the Eastern Partnership region (EaP) to work face-to-face on software projects that would enable civil society better contribute to reforms and democratic changes in their home countries. It is organised by the EU-funded Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility project, with the valuable support of local partners.
2018 EaP Civil Society Hackathon is held on 1-3 June in Minsk, Belarus.
The Hackathon aims to establish long-term cooperation between civil society and IT community that will result in new ICT tools for digital participation of citizens, better transparency and communication of governmental decisions and spending, broader participation in decision making process and advancement of public services.
2018 EaP Civil Society Hackathon seeks to strengthen the role of civil society in reforms and democratic changes through new IT solutions. ICT tools proposed by applicants should contribute to better dialogue and partnership between citizens, civil society and governments. Possible topics may include public monitoring of budget execution, election monitoring, citizens reporting, crime mapping, interactive mapping, citizen journalism, and many others.
Participants will work in hack teams of 3-4 persons: 1 subject-matter expert from a civil society sector, 1-2 IT professionals (programmers, coders, front-end developers, etc.) and 1 graphic designer.
Participation in 2018 EaP Civil Society Hackathon is open to all citizens of EaP countries with a strong civil position and real experience of civic work, regardless of their experience in working for a CSO.
On the final day of 2018 EaP Civil Society Hackathon, the jury and participants will vote for the best ICT tool developed during the Hackathon. Three top-scoring ideas will be nominated for Digitalisation for Civil Society Award, a special facility to support the full-fledge development of the best ICT tool designed at 2018 Hackathon. Based on the applications received, the Selection Committee will choose one of the nominated ICT tool ideas for the development and launch.
3. Cost of Participation
Participation in 2018 EaP Civil Society Hackathon is free. Organisers also cover travel and accommodation of the Hackathon participants.
4. Eligibility of Participants
Participation in 2018 EaP Civil Society Hackathon is open to citizens/residents and CSOs from the EaP countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. An applicant should:
- be a natural person,
- be a national and a resident of an EaP country,
- have experience of doing civil work, or working as a designer / IT specialist,
- have a good command of English and/or Russian languages.
Applications from grassroots activists and young IT professionals from across the region are encouraged.
5. Eligibility of ICT Tool Ideas
2018 EaP Civil Society Hackathon accepts ideas of ICT tools that empower 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, citizens mobilisation, citizen-to-citizens services, and CSO transparency & accountability. For more details, read the Guidelines for Applicants.
The proposed ICT tools ideas may cover one or several of the areas and be utilised by one or more EaP country. Ideas focused at engagement and mobilization of local and grassroot communities are encouraged.
6. How to Apply
To apply for participation in 2018 EaP Civil Society Hackathon, the applicants need to fill in the online application form at the website and submit it before 18.00 (CET) on 23 April 2018, if the applicants represent CSOs or activists groups, or before 14 May 2018, if the applicants are IT professionals or graphic designers.
The application is open both to individuals and hack teams. Hack teams may consist of maximum 3 persons, and include at least 1 subject-matter-expert and 1 IT professional / designer.
Applying with an idea of ICT tool, applicants need to describe it in brief, indicating:
- the problem(s) to be addressed and how the proposed tool will help solving it/them;
- users of the proposed ICT tool and how they will benefit from the launch of the tool;
- other ICT tools that tackle the same problem (if exist) and the differences with the proposed solution;
- how the proposed ICT tool contributes to the democratic changes in their home country and the EaP region;
- how the proposed ICT tool will be maintained and updated in future.
The organisers will inform the applicants from civil society about the selection results no later than 4 May 2018. IT professionals and designers may apply until 14 May 2018, with the selection results due by 18 May 2018.
7. More Information
For more details, please download and read Guidelines for Applicants. Questions to organisers may be sent by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later one working day before the application deadline.