Sean Kelly MEP, the EU’s Industry Committee Rapporteur for Data Protection Regulation, is reaching out to young coders in Ireland to enter the popular EUhackathon 2013 competition.
The 2013 edition of the EUhackathon – ‘Hack4YourRights’ – will take place from 24-25 September in Brussels, Belgium. The theme this year is privacy, and more specifically visualising government access to citizens’ private communications online.
The EUhackathon participants will create visualisations, using data sets from network analysis, corporate transparency reports and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, that shed a light on the state of play of government surveillance in various countries, empowering citizens to stand up for their fundamental rights.
Recent events have drawn attention to the need for greater transparency and awareness to ensure government surveillance is only used when necessary and proportionate.
The good news is that selected applicants will have their travel and accommodation costs covered and the winner or winning team in each track will be awarded €5,000, courtesy of the event sponsors.
Kelly is calling for young Irish coders to apply, but they need to get their skates on. Online applications close this Monday, 15 July, at 11am.
You can get more information and apply online here.