EU Hackathon: Visualizing Copyright Evidence

Placeholder ImageWe are really interested to learn that the 6th EU Hackathon will take place on 15th and 16th November in Brussels on the topic of visualizing copyright evidence.  If anyone wants to apply to participate, registration closes on 1st September 2016! Full information and the application form link are at

Hosted by: MEP Therese Comodini Cachia (EPP, Malta)

Location: The coding will take place at the Google offices on 15 and 16 November 2016, Chaussée d’Etterbeek 180, 1040 Brussels, Belgium.

Travel Expenses & Prizes: Selected applicants will have their travel and accommodation costs covered and the projects that are awarded the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize will respectively receive €5.000, €2.000 and €1.000 courtesy of our sponsors.

Theme: The theme of the 6th edition of the EUhackathon revolves around visualising copyright evidence to inform the policy debate and support the decision making process. The goal is to combine data and academic research from various sources to help create a clearer picture of the issues at stake in copyright, as sometimes the full story is difficult to grasp.

The UK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe), which supports this event, has set-up a Copyright Evidence Wiki containing approximately 500 studies, which facilitates data mining and the creation of visualisations. This evidence could be complemented with industry data and reports, in order to achieve a greater transparency and awareness in the area of copyright

Objective: The objective of the initiative is not necessarily to end up with fully completed projects, but rather to raise awareness and encourage debate around this issue.

Challenge: (1) create visualisations of copyright evidence based on the data sources available at the Copyright Evidence Wiki and other external resources; and/or, (2) enhance the Copyright Evidence Wiki to enable others to easily create visualisations of the data available.

Interested? Full information and application links at Apply before 1 September 2016!

EUhackathon Mission Statement:

The EUhackathon concept identifies pressing policy issues and translates them into a new pragmatic approach which aims to build a bridge between policymakers and the world of coders, developers and hackers to see how Code can help Law. The previous editions focused on:

2011 – enhancing broadband transparency for users;
2012 – creating solutions for kids;
2013 – government access to citizens’ private communications online;
2014 – increase democratic participation in the EU;and,
2015 – eSkills: train the trainers.

European Commission Vice-Presidents Andrus Ansip, Neelie Kroes and Viviane Reding participated in the past, and previous award ceremonies were kindly hosted in the European Parliament. The 2015 event was also supported by the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council.

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