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Rules

 

Phase 1: Procedure to respond to the Call for Applications


Eligibility: The 2011 EUhackathon is open to all individuals who are at least 18 years old.

Deadline for Applications: You must submit your application using the online form by Monday 17 October at noon CET for the Global Transparency Track, and by Friday 21 October noon CET for the Internet Quality Track.

Participants: All eligible individuals can register to and participate in the 2011 EUhackathon, either as an individual participant or team up with other eligible participants. Team entries will require a designated team member taking up the formal role of ‘team captain’, acting as sole representative for all communication.

Result dissemination: 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.

Submission: Interested participants for each track will be asked beforehand to submit a project proposal detailing the main features of their tool, the data to be collected, and the methods envisaged to do so. Participants will be allowed to choose to develop a new application from scratch or to improve and expand on the capabilities of existing open-source code projects available. The participants would be able to register individually or in small teams (3 to 5 people). Participants will be selected on the basis of the right mixture of skills (from development to graphics design).

Phase 2: Assessment Criteria for selected hackers


The projects in the two parallel tracks will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Their user experience and appeal;
  • Their potential to raise the level of transparency;
  • Their potential to generate awareness amongst the general audience; and;
  • The usability and potential policy impact of the data presented.

The following additional criteria will be taken into account for the Internet Quality Track;

  • The quality and accuracy of the measurements; and,
  • The respect for privacy aspects in the data collection.

Specific skills for the Internet Quality Track include:

  • Fluency in a networking capable language (e.g. Java, C++, php…) as demonstrated through a code sample, preferably as contributions to an open source project;
  • Experience with popular mobile platforms with larger market share (e.g. iOS, Android);
  • Experience with network measurement;
  • Knowledge of network protocols (TCP, UDP); and,
  • UI skills preferred.

Jury


The jury will be composed out of a distinguished panel of representatives from:

  • EU institutions;
  • National Regulatory Authorities;
  • Industry; and,
  • Civil Society.
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