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By Marco Pancini, Senior Policy Counsel

This year, the second edition of the EUhackathon is taking place on 20 and 21 June, and the theme is Hack4Kids. The event is organised again in conjunction with the European Institutions in Brussels.

The EUhackathon concept aims to build a bridge between the "old" (the European Institutions and lawmakers) and the "new" world (the Internet and coders). The 2012 edition adds the dimension of putting children at the center of the event as end-users and as members of the jury.

The Hack4Kids EUhackathon revolves around two tracks: 1) child safety and 2) child creativity.

The first track offers developers a chance to create or improve tools that enhance the Internet experience of children and parents. Ideas include providing simple and robust reporting tools for harmful online content or behaviour, crowdsourcing content classification, creating easier parental control tools, and education and awareness raising.

The second track invites developers to explore how industry can support and improve children's creativity online and offline. For example, this could include enabling children to easily create new online content, from building their own 3D game environment to producing their own hit single.

Selected applicants will have their travel and accommodation costs covered and the winner or winning team in each track will be awarded €5,000. Not to forget, there will also be free food and WiFi.

Interested candidates can submit an online application until Monday the 30th of April 2012 at noon CET.

More information is available at http://www.euhackathon.eu.

No time to join the fun and excitement with us, but full of great ideas? Don’t hesitate to share your ideas on useful tools for kids, parents and teachers with us, or just go vote on other people’s suggestions at http://suggestions.euhackathon.eu .


Marco Pancini was part of the start-up project iBazar, the first online auction web site in Europe, and after that he joined eBay from 2002 to 2007. In July 2007 he joined the Google team as policy counsel in charge of government relationship for the Italian market. Since February 2011 he has been a member of the Google policy team in Brussels.

Posted by Scott Knaster, Editor