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Hack4Europe 2012! Riga
Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM - Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM (EEST)
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.
The hackathon will bring together up to 30 developers from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. They will have access to the diverse and rich Europeana collections containing over 20 million records through the Europeana Search API, which is based on OpenSearch protocol. Developers will be provided with an API key and technical documentation immidiately after the registration.
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 of all four categories (plus the best applications developed about the theme of World War I) from each hackathon will be further evaluated by a European jury and one team from Latvia will be invited to present their application (all expenses paid by the European Commission) during the Digital Agenda Assembly on 21-22 June in Brussels and to compete for the money prize supporting the further development of the application.
- Developers must register in advance to indicate their interest. Depending on the demand for the event, organisers will decide on the final delegate list and send a confirmation e-mail to the selected ones about two weeks prior to the events. Registration closes on 26 May, or earlier if we will reach the maximum number of participants. Please register as soon as you can to be able to receive the final confirmation e-mail in a time which will allow you to arrange your participation.
- The ownership of prototypes and ideas developed during the contest belongs to teams which developed these prototypes and ideas. Also these teams are responsible for all legal issues related to developed prototypes (e.g. compatibility with the license of used open-source software components).
- Hackathon is organized as an international event, the language used in all official parts of the event will be English. This is also the language in which the Europeana API technical documentation is available.
- The event agenda will not be strongly structured to give a lot of flexibility to the participants. The general schedule at the moment looks following (subject to change)
- Saturday, 2012/05/26:
- 11 AM: Hackathon starts with some introductory speeches by organizers;
- Sunday, 2012/05/27:
- 3 PM: Development ends, presentation of prototypes;
- 5 PM: Awards ceremony, end of hackathon.
- The catering - dinner and coffee breaks - will be kindly provided to participants by Microsoft.
Follow us on Twitter: #hack4europe
When & Where
National Library of Latvia & TechHub Riga
National Library of Latvia: http://www.lnb.lv/
The National Library of Latvia (NLL) is a universal research library, which serves as the legal deposit library, maintains national bibliography and serves as the central hub of library development in Latvia. Its mission is to provide the collection of national printed heritage, its long-term preservation and access. It holds 4,5 million units and its collections embrace all branches of science, its basic profile being Social Sciences and the Humanities. The core of the collections is the national collection — Latvian and foreign editions about Latvia and Latvians, works by Latvian authors. The comprehensiveness of the national collection is ensured by the Latvian legal deposit copy, established in 1920. Since the very outset one of its main tasks has been the development of the national bibliography. The main task of the library services is to support higher education, research and life-long education.
Since 2006 NLL maintains the National Digital Library “Letonica” with a long-term aim to provide access in digital environment to the collections of the NLL and other cultural heritage institutions of Latvia, as well as to provide long-term preservation of digital cultural heritage. At present “Letonica” holds digitized collections of newspapers, pictures, maps, books, sheet music and audio recordings. The most recent and prominent addition is the collection “In search of lost Latvia”, which contains geo-tagged photographic images depicting the history of places, people and life in Latvia in the past. "Letonica" acts as a national aggregator of digitized cultural heritage content to the European digital library "Europeana".
TechHub Riga: http://www.techhub.com/riga.html
TechHub Riga is the first international expansion location for TechHub and it creates a similar collaborative ethos to the successful London initiative, offering the same dedicated co-working space, community gathering point and international network to product-orientated technology start-ups. The fast-growing Riga start-up community ensures that TechHub Riga is becoming one of the key focal points for the technology community in the Baltic States. TechHub Riga has been open since January 2012.
TechHub Riga is based in 400 square meters of Class A office space in the center of Riga, at Citadeles iela 12. In the same way as TechHub London, the open plan space includes permanent desks for resident start-ups, a ‘drop-in’ working space for annual members requiring an occasional space to touch down in and a plenty of space to hold start-up and technology events.
The location is the center of start-up and technology events in Riga. TechHub Riga Meetup, an organisation with over 330 members, is meeting at TechHub Riga once per month. Pitch events such as StartupSauna and LABACA Academy are held there, as are hackathons, for example Garage48. In addition, technology meetups are invited to move to the space, and a range of visiting speakers from the UK, elsewhere in Europe and Silicon Valley do come to TechHub Riga to bring new insights and contacts for members.