Technology alone is not the solution, but it is essential for success of a modern society. Citizens and governments around the world use IT to strengthen the dialogue and co-operation and to ensure that public policies and services respond to citizens’ needs. From on-going feedback and crowd-sourced input to more structured digital data collection, to access to large data sets and improved data visualization – the field for potential application of IT solutions is expanding daily.

The Project aims to contribute to the improvement of dialogue and partnership between civil society and governments of the Eastern Partnership countries by developing ICT tools for e-Transparency and e-Participation. These tools will empower digital participation of civil society in collecting and analysing data, improve transparency and communication of governmental decisions and spending, and enable broader participation of citizens in decision making. 

To develop such ICT tools, the Project Team will organise a series of regional hackathons – special events that would bring together civil activists and IT professionals from EaP countries to work face-to-face on software projects. At the end of each event, participants and independent judges will vote for the best ICT tool developed during the hackathon, and the Project Team will ensure that this idea is fully developed and launched by the winning team in the following months.


On 1-3 June 2018, EaP Civil Society Hackathon gathered in Minsk over 70 civil society representatives, IT professionals and designers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to work on software projects that would enable civil society better contribute to reforms and democratic changes in their home countries. For 2.5 days the participants worked in hack teams of 3-4 persons on data research, ICT tools design and prototyping with the support of 11 mentors.

As a result of this intensive work, 20 project ideas designed by the civil society activists were worked through and turned into the prototypes of IT tools and solutions: web platforms, accountability tools, online and mobile applications. These include a wide range of services for journalists, active citizens and volunteers, people with disabilities and people in difficult situations, drivers and pedestrians, local communities and local authorities.

Following the voting by the participants and the independent jury four ICT tools were nominated for the EU Digitisation of Civil Society Award, a special facility that seeks to support the full-fledge development of the best ICT tool designed by the Hackathon participants.


IT professional and designers are needed for selected ICT tools ideas! Deadline: 14 May 2018

That was not an easy job, but the Hackathon Selection Committee has selected 20 ideas of ICT tools to participate in 2018 EaP Civil Society Hackathon in Minsk. These are two projects from Azerbaijan and Georgia each, three ICT tool ideas from Armenia and one IT solution from Moldova. Activists from Belarus and Ukraine were the most creative: six projects were selected to participate in the Hackathon from each country.

Now we are inviting IT professionals and designers from EaP countries who are concerned about social issues in their home countries and want to join us in Minks to help with the projects.  

If you live and work in an EaP country and want to help with the implementation of one of these ICT tools ideas with your coding and/or design skills, register for Minsk Hackathon until 14 May! The organisers cover your travel and accommodation in Minsk.


2018 EaP Hackathon: 5 reasons to apply before the deadline (30 April 2018)!

EaP Civil Society Hackathon was launched to support civil society of six Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – through the development of ICT tools for transparency, accountability, digital participation and improvement of public services. This initiative is funded by the European Union through its Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility project. Learn more!

If you have some doubts about what hackathon is, here is the simplest way to check – on Wikipedia: “A hackathon … is a design sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and others, often including subject-matter-experts, collaborate intensively on software projects…with a goal to create usable software.”

For our EaP Civil Society Hackathon we decided to bring together the IT world and the civil society to work on social ideas through IT solutions. The IT people are pretty sure what they are going to do at the hackathon, but if you a civil society activist check our brief guide on why you need to be there and what you will be doing.

If you are not sure if the EaP Hackathon is for you, here are five reasons why you should participate:


2018 EaP Civil Society Hackathon: Your chance to help your community with IT solutions

Dear Friends! We are glad to invite you to the second EaP Civil Society Hackathon to be held in Minsk (Belarus) on 1-3 June 2018! The registration for the event opens on Monday, 9 April 2018!

2018 EaP Civil Society Hackathon will bring together civil society activists, IT professionals and designers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to work on ICT tools and software projects that would enable civil society to contribute to reforms and democratic changes in their home countries.

For three days the participants will work together on IT solutions that would enable civil society organisations and activists better serve the needs of their communities, and would help citizens participate in decision making. The best ICT tool idea developed within the Hackathon will get support to be fully developed and launched.

To apply for participation in the Hackathon please register here. Registration starts on Monday, 9 April 2018. The deadline for submission of applications is 30 April 2018 for civil society activists and 14 May 2018 for IT professionals and graphic designers.


EU supports innovative civic ideas through digital solutions in the Eastern Partner countriesOn 25-27 November 2017, the EU-funded Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility and the Prague Civil Society Centre held the CitizenLab 2017 Hackathon in Kyiv, Ukraine.

33 young civil society activists, designers and IT experts from 11 countries (6 EaP countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – plus Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) gathered in Kyiv for a three-day immersive exercise to develop their ideas of civic projects and create prototype tools and applications to empower digital participation of citizens in the decision-making process.

Three days of intensive international collaboration on research, data collection and design culminated in development of 11 prototypes of web interfaces, portals, interactive maps, bots and mobile applications on a wide range of topics including segregated waste collection and disposal, air pollution monitoring, development of public spaces, police monitoring, territorial planning and mapping, participatory budgets, sex education for teenagers etc.


 

CitizenLab 2017 Hackathon to Support Innovative Civic Ideas through Digital SolutionsOn 25-27 November 2017, the Prague Civil Society Centre and the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility will hold the CitizenLab Hackathon to support and develop innovative civic ideas in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Over 30 civil society activists, designers and IT experts from Eastern Europe and Central Asia will gather in Kyiv for three days to create prototype tools and applications to empower digital participation of citizens in the decision-making process, on topics such as smart cities, participatory budgets, environmental monitoring, urban development and public sector transparency. Expert speakers from activism, technology, data journalism and marketing will provide intense masterclasses for all participants and offer guidance on how to design their products.

To apply for the Call please fill in the registration form before October 25, 2017. The Organiser will have skype interviews with selected candidates to identify 11 participants from civil society organisations or groups whose ideas will be developed during the Hackathon in Kyiv, as well as 22 IT specialists and designers to help them.


Call for Applications for IT and Data Experts to join the CitizenLab 2017 Hackathon in Kyiv on 25-27 November 2017We are looking for IT and Data Experts in the areas of geostatic data, data maps, data scrapping, blockchain, budget transparency, sensors for air particles, drone footage, and mobile application to join our CitizenLab 2017 Hackathon in Kyiv, Ukraine on 25-27 November 2017Apply before November 14, 2017 if you want to help civil society activists to implement innovative projects offering solutions to real social issues in their communities, cities or regions; make your country a better place for citizens and impact people’s lives; get new knowledge and guidance from expert speakers in activism, technology and marketing/design; meet like-minded people from the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova & Ukraine) and the Central Asia.

The Hackathon is designed to boost participation in digital activism in the countries of the Eastern Partnership and the Central Asia. CitizenLab will partner civil society activists with IT experts and designers in teams of three for an intensive three days of project research, design and creation. Expert speakers from activism, technology, and marketing/design will provide intense masterclasses for all participants and offer guidance on how to design their products. Each team will develop a prototype product during the course of the Hackathon. The teams then pitch their ideas to the entire group, and the best projects will be invited to apply for small grants from the Prague Civil Society Centre to kick-start their initiative.


CitizenLab 2017 Hackathon to Support Innovative Civic Ideas through Digital Solutions: Call for Applications for Civil Society Activists, Designers and IT SpecialistsWe are excited to invite civil society activists, designers and IT specialists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova or Ukraine to apply for the first CitizenLab Hackathon which will be held in Ukraine by the Prague Civil Society Centre with the financial support of the European Union through its Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility! Offer an idea of a realistic innovation project aimed at solving any social problem in your community through the use of new technologies. You can choose any topic but we expect the projects will be related to data collection, processing, presentation or delivery, use of multimedia formats or better interaction between citizens, governments and communities. Deadline for applications: October 25, 2017.

The three-day CitizenLab Hackathon will be held in Kyiv on 25-27 November 2017. The Hackathon is aimed at empowering digital participation of civil society from the EaP countries and the Central Asia, improving transparency of public institutions and enabling broader citizen involvement in decision making processes. The Hackathon will also contribute to sharing good local e-Democracy practices between civil society activists, will help building professional relations between civil society activists and IT experts, and will promote and strengthen cross-border cooperation.


Learn more about our Hackathons and ICT tools we will be working with in one click with our infographics.