The EU-funded Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility (EaP CSF) invites civic tech enthusiasts from the EaP countries to register for the 2023 EU-EaP Civic Tech Acceleration Hackathon to boost their civic tech solutions from prototypes to products.
The Hackathon looks for prototypes of civic tech solutions that help to improve transparency and accountability, address the concrete needs of communities, and/or lead to the improvement of public services in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
The 2023 Hackathon will be held online from 12 May – 10 June 2023. Fifteen teams of civic tech projects will work with mentors and IT professionals and graphic designers from the EaP and EU to improve their prototypes.
They will also compete for the 2023 Civil Society Digitalisation Award, a special facility to support the full-fledged development and launch of one (or more) civic tech solutions proposed by the 2023 Hackathon participants. The average amount of support per winner is €10,000; up to €12,000 may be awarded on an exceptional basis.
The EaP CSF welcomes applications from teams from the EaP counties with an existing prototype of a civic tech solution and a minimum set of technical skills to work on its enhancement. The deadline for applications is 24 April.
The technical experts – IT professionals and graphic designers – from the EaP and the EU interested in helping the Hackathon teams with their prototypes are also invited to apply. They will be able to join any existing team of their choice, complementing the team’s skills with their knowledge and experience. The deadline for applications is 1 May.
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