Hack4Europe! 2012 – Warsaw, Leuven

Hack4Europe! is a series of hack days organised by the Europeana Foundation and its partners and provide an exciting environment to explore the potential of open cultural data for social and economic growth in Europe. To feel the atmosphere to the event you can read a short summary of one of the events from the last year edition.

This year PSNC is coorganising two hackathons – in Warsaw and Leuven – during May and June 2012. This is part of the activities of Europeana Awareness project.

Hack4Europe 2012 Warsaw is being coordinated by National Audiovisual Institute in cooperation with Poznań Supercomputing and Networking CenterThe event will take place on 26 and 27 May 2012.

Hack4Europe 2012 Leuven is being coordinated by Europeana Foundation in cooperation with Poznań Supercomputing and Networking CenterThe event will take place on 13 – 15 June 2012.

Two more hackathons will be organised in May and June by other parties.

Each of these hackathons will bring together up to 35 developers. They will have access to the diverse and rich Europeana collections containing over 20 million records through the Europeana Search API (incl. a test key and technical documentation).

Participants will be encouraged to try out their ideas for creative reuse of the Europeana content and build prototypes showcasing the social and business value of open cultural data. The suggested (but not obligatory) themes are:

  • Going mobile: Applications that bring Europeana to the mobile devices be they smartphones or tablets! Take advantage of geo-data and geo-awareness.
  • Mashing-up: Mash-up with other APIs and combine and enrich Europeana content with other free content from e.g. Wikipedia.
  • Social curation: Applications that allow users to curate Europeana content a share it with the world and each others on social platforms.
  • User annotations: Applications that let users enrich Europeana objects with comments, tags, links to external sources, or links to other Europeana objects. This can be in the form of a game.
  • World War One: Special attention will be on applications built to showcase the human interest side of world war one based on the material collected during the Europeana collection days.

You can find out more about prototypes developed during previous hackathons on this website.

Best prototypes will be awarded prizes in the four categories:

  • best commercial viability
  • greatest social impact
  • most innovative
  • developers’ pick (voted by hackathon participants)

Winners from the individual hackathons will be then further evaluated and one finalist per category will be invited and awarded a special prize during the Digital Agenda Assembly on 21-22 June in Brussels.

If you would like to participate in one of these hackathons, please check out the details and register for:


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