1. Description and Overall Objective
2020 Online EaP Civil Society Hackathon brings together 45 civil society activists, IT professionals and designers from the Eastern Partnership region to work on software projects that would enable civil society better to 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.
2020 Online EaP Civil Society Hackathon is held over 2-3 weeks in July 2020. It is preceded by the Online EaP Regional Ideathon on 12-28 June, where the shortlisted applicants will work on their ideas of IT solutions and present them to the organisers and mentors. Up to 15 best ideas will be selected for the participation in the 2020 Online EaP Civil Society Hackathon.
The Hackathon aims to establish long-term cooperation between civil society and IT community that will result in new solutions 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.
2020 Online EaP Civil Society Hackathon seeks to strengthen the role of civil society in reforms and democratic changes through new IT solutions. The digital tools proposed by applicants should contribute to better dialogue and partnership between citizens, civil society and governments.
2020 Online EaP Civil Society Hackathon is preceded by the Online EaP Regional Ideathon, an intensive two-week online incubation session of up to 36 civil society activists – authors of ideas of digital solutions who applied within the Call for Applications in January-February 2020 and were shortlisted by the Hackathon organisers and Ideathon mentors. The Ideathon will be held online from 12-28 June 2020. During the Ideathon the shortlisted applicants will present their ideas to the Hackathon mentors and organisers, improve their skills in designing a civic tech project, work individually with the mentors to improve and further develop their ideas, and prepare the final pitches. On the last days of the Ideathon, the applicants will pitch their improved ideas to the mentors and the organisers, who will select up to 15 ideas for participation in the 2020 Online EaP Civil Society Hackathon.
Participants of the Online EaP Civil Society Hackathon will work in hack teams consisting of three experts: one subject-matter expert from a civil society organisation (CSO), one IT professional (front-end / back-end developers, web / mobile, full-stack, etc.) and a graphic designer. The IT professionals and designers in the hack teams will be formally engaged by the EU Project and will receive remuneration for their work on the prototypes
Participation in the 2020 Online 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 2020 Online EaP Civil Society Hackathon, the participants and mentors will vote for the best IT solution developed during the Hackathon. Up to seven top-scoring ideas (four by the public vote and three by the mentors’ vote) will be nominated for Digitalisation for Civil Society Award, a special facility to support the full-fledged development of the best solution(s) designed at the 2020 Hackathon. Based on the applications received, the Selection Committee will choose one or more of the nominated ideas for the development and launch.
3. Cost of Participation
The cost of participation in the 2020 Online EaP Civil Society Hackathon is covered by the European Commission.
4. Eligibility of Participants
Participation in the 2020 Online EaP Civil Society Hackathon is open to citizens and residents and CSOs from the EaP countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Applications from grassroots activists and young IT professionals from across the region are encouraged.
5. How to Apply
A Call for Applications from civil society activists with ideas of digital solutions for the 2020 Hackathon was held from 31 January – 17 February. From this, the Selection Committee shortlisted 36 applications with ideas of digital solutions from 6 EaP countries, originally to be presented at the 2020 EaP Regional Ideathon planned for 13-14 March in Chisinau. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions, the face-to-face ideathon in Chisinau had to be cancelled for 2020 and replaced with the online process described in these Guidelines. However, the selection results remain valid for the 2020 Online EaP Civil Society Ideathon and Hackathon.
A Call for Applications from IT professionals and graphic designers for the 2020 Hackathon was held from 31 January – 6 March and will be re-opened on 5-29 June 2020.
To apply for participation in the 2020 Online EaP Civil Society Hackathon, interested IT professionals and graphic designers need to:
- Check the eligibility criteria;
- Collect all necessary supporting documents as described below;
- Fill in the online application form at http://ict.eapcivilsociety.eu/ and submit it before 23.00 (CET) on June 29, 2020.
6. 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.