Registration for the EaP Civil Society Facility’s 2020 EaP Civil Society Hackathon is now open. The Hackathon will be held in Kyiv (Ukraine) on 3-5 April 2020. The deadline for applications is 17 February.
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 the Civil Society Digitalisation Award and will receive support of up to €10,000 for full development and launch.
The deadlines for submission of applications:
- If you are a civil society activist with an idea for a digital solution, please apply before 17 February 2020!
- If you are a tech professional or a graphic or web designer, please apply before 16 March 2020!
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.
This year, the Civil Society Facility, will also hold its 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 13-14 March 2020, in Chisinau, Moldova. All shortlisted civil society activists who applied with an idea for a digital solution until 17 February 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 2020 EaP Civil Society Hackathon in Kyiv, Ukraine.
On the final day of the 2020 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 2020 Hackathon. Based on the applications received, the Selection Committee will choose one of the nominated ICT tool ideas for development and launch.
The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility promotes the role of civil society actors through innovation based on e-learning, the development of digital solutions to improve public sector accountability, and cooperation and networking among civil societies and governments through the region.