We’ve had several questions about the hackathon, and have tried to answer as best as we could in the Q&A below. Let us know at info[at]euhackathon[dot]eu if you have any questions we’ve missed!

What’s a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where people get together and develop awesome projects in a short timespan. In the case of this hackathon, it will take place over a 24-hour timespan.

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Please note that this EUhackathon is aimed at getting the input of hackers as a positive force, not in the sense of a security threat.

Who’s sponsoring this hackathon?

Our main sponsor is Google, but many other organisations and individuals have supported this project in various ways, either by giving funds, creating a buzz, suggesting improvements, etc.

Who’s organising this hackathon?

This hackathon is organised by N-square Consulting, a public affairs firm. Click here for more info.

Do I have to develop something all by myself or can I be part of a team?

You can go either way: by yourself or part of a team. Work on your own or put together an All Star team with a back-end developer, a database whiz, and a front-end designer. Whichever way works best for you! However, building a great team allows you to divide responsibilities and spend more time on your strongest areas. We would definitely recommend having a developer/designer combination. You must have a great solution, and if your project is also visually appealing, you maximize your odds of getting noticed.

How to apply as a team?

Now once you’ve put together your All Star team, how do you apply for the EUhackathon?

  1. Designate a ‘team captain’. This is the person who will act as our single point of contact for the team.
  2. The team captain completes the full application form.
  3. After that, each individual team member can apply. In order to clarify that your application is part of a team, we would like to ask you to add as first line of the bio field: [Team captain: ‘name of that person’].
  4. For the people applying for the Internet Quality Track, please write in the remaining required fields: [Team application].

What deliverables are expected for each of the tracks?

For the Global Transparency Track, we expect you to complete the picture given by the data made available by the Google Transparency Report or other sources like Twitter and research undertaken by groups like, for example, the OpenNet Initiative and Herdict. The purpose is to create new visualisations showing the consequences of barriers to the free flow of information online, and ensuring users and policy makers get a fuller picture of how the Internet is shaped by laws and other government actions.


The Internet Quality Track, on the other hand, focuses on visualization of broadband measurements collected by M-Lab. The purpose is to make network performance clear to the average Internet user. In particular, participants can contribute to one of the following areas:

  • Build compelling visualizations using data collected by NDT. NDT is one of M-Lab’s measurement tools, is currently used by a number of governments (e.g., US, Greece), is integrated in popular tools/platforms (e.g., BitTorrent, Android) and has +150k users/day. The data covers upload and download speed, round trip time, and bottlenecks in the network, and spans much of the globe, collected since the beginning of January 2010. Feel free to use existing, open visualization tools, or create yours from scratch. For inspiration and to explore the data you’ll be working with, check out these examples. More info here.
  • Build innovative and user-friendly multi-platform interfaces for existing M-Lab measurement tools in order to help Internet users understand the quality of their own connections. Due to their popularity, we suggest to focus on M-Lab’s NDT or Glasnost tools. However, we are also open to applications that make use of other M-Lab tools. More info here.

Will there be prizes?

Yes. The winners or winning teams for each track will receive a 5.000,00 Eur prize.

What about my travel and accommodation costs?

Selected applicants will be invited to come to Brussels for two days, their travel and accommodation costs being taken care of by the EUhackathon organisers, courtesy of its sponsors.

Will there be free food?


Will there be free wifi?


Do I have to bring my own laptop?

Yes; unfortunately, we can’t provide computers. Please bring anything you’ll need to code (though it’s fine if you share equipment with a teammate).

What if I create something that rocks? Who owns it?

Participants retain their copyright, but need to agree that their projects will be made available online for free to the community under a GPLv3 or Apache v2.0 license – as these licenses/versions have explicit patent releases built in – on M-Lab’s site and servers.

 Who is on the Jury?

The jury can be found here.

It consisted of: Matt Braithwaite (Google), Tiziana Refice (Google), Mike King (Herdict), Ryan Budish (Herdict), Greg Wiseman (Citizen Lab), Marc Peeters (OPTA) and Jim Killock (OpenRightsGroup)