On 12 and 13 May 2017, Bulgarian innovators interested in information technologies, programming, design, multimedia and marketing will give a technological response to theopportunities and challenges surrounding us. The #BG10xEU Hackathon will be held in Sofia Tech Park on the occasion of the 10-year membership of Bulgaria in the EU.
This event is initiated by the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria and Sofia Municipality; Sofia Development Association, Software University, Webit Foundation, UPNETIX and the British Council in Bulgaria form the core of the organizing team.
The prestigious #BG10xEU Hackathon “10 Years of Bulgaria in the EU” will be held during and in a shared space with Sofia Science Festival. For a few days, Sofia Tech Park will be the innovation hub of Bulgaria. Are we going to display that we have better coders than many European cities and regions?
All who have technical skills, vision for the future, creative ideas and the courage to stand up for them and defend them are invited to participate in the hackathon.
Those wishing to participate must register their teams of at least 2 and maximum 8 people.
#BG10xEU Hackathon “10 years of Bulgaria in the EU” will be held with the support of MOBILTEL, MICROSOFT and COCA-COLA HBC BULGARIA.
Hackathon partners are the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Economy, cultural centers of European countries in Bulgaria, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski "- the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics and the Faculty of Economics, University of Library Studies and Information Technologies, Technical University - Gabrovo, Bourgas Free University, Rousse University “Angel Kanchev”, American University in Bulgaria, NGO Links, Imperia Online, Fund of Funds.
Why #BG10xEU Hackathon “10 years of Bulgaria in the EU”?
After 10 years of membership in the European Union, the Bulgarians continue to be rather more optimistic than pessimistic. “The great expectations of 2007 came true for me,” says a resident of Vratsa, “The feeling to travel without visas, with ID card only, is really unique ...", “The EU gets from us more than we get from the EU”, skeptically responds a citizen of Sofia.
“More stability”, “better financial results”, “more optimism”, “higher economic growth” or “poorest among European countries”, “perception of corruption”, “huge brain drain”, “legally established Europe at several speeds.”
#BG10xEU Hackathon will not work with the dry and boring data, but will make sure that they come alive.
#BG10xEU Hackathon will not use clichés, but will propose solutions.
#BG10xEU Hackathon will not analyze successes and failures, but will offer a vision for the future.
#BG10xEU Hackathon will not count the different speeds in Europe, but will show the speed of innovation.
What is the TOPIC?
The topic of # BG10xEU Hackathon is dedicated to the 10 years of Bulgaria’s membership in the European Union. The goal is to find solutions to problems that we have not resolved yet or that lie ahead of us in the next 10 years, but we have not yet realized their salience.
Experience shows that each innovation makes its way with difficulty and it takes time before it is widely implemented. So, the Hackathon will focus on solutions that pave the way to the future.
What are the CHALLENGES?
• Education: How can we prepare ourselves for the education of the future? What will the new jobs and the requisite new skills be? How can young people get access to training and employment opportunities that they need to succeed? How can we make sure that education and the demand for specialists are in synchronicity? There are many more questions that the hackathon participants ask themselves, and perhaps are already looking for a solution.
• Environmental sustainability: How are we to solve environmental challenges? Are we ready to breathe more polluted air, especially in big cities? How are we to treat nature more responsibly? This is just a small part of the questions that we ask ourselves now; what would they be after 10 years and is it possible to propose solutions now?
• Challenge! What are the challenges that await us, but we are still not aware of them? Is it not the time now to formulate them? What about seeking a solution that the world will need in 10 years? The future belongs to the brave and informed decisions.
What do winners get:
First prize: 10 000 leva
Second prize: 5 000 leva
Third prize: 3 000 leva
Eva Maydell, Member of the European Parliament and Ambassador of digital skills and Code Week, will award two hackathon participants with a visit to Brussels for Code Week 2017 programme events.
The teams have opportunity to present their projects to the partners of the initiative, who will themselves choose a project and will suggest the ways to support it.
The activities of the teams will be supported by mentors.
Food and drinks will be provided at designated places in the hall.
1. Ognyan Zlatev, Head of the EU Representation in Bulgaria
2. Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia Municipality
3. Professor Nikolay Denkov, Minister of Education and Science4. Associate Professor Teodor Sedlarski, Minister of Economy, Dean of the Faculty of Economics
5. Lyubov Kostova, Festival of Science, Director of the British Council
6. Ivan Velkov, Deputy Chairman of Sofia Municipal Council
7. Ivan Nenkov, CEO, Software University
8. Plamen Rousev, Chairman, Webit
9. Iliana Zaharieva, Director “Corporate Communications”, MOBILTEL 10. Elitsa Panayotova, coordinator, Green Sofia
11. Professor Roumen Nikolov, Chair, Cluster for Innovations in Culture
12. Denitza Lozanova, Programme Director, Sofia Development Association
13.Yuriy Valkovski, Executive Director of the Change Foundation (part of the Reach for Change network)
14. Teodora Gandova, NGO Links, Open Data
15. Kiril Valchev, lawyer, talk show host, Darik Radio
16. Martin Danovski, Chaimanr of the Managing Board, Fund of Funds – Fund Manager of financial instruments in Bulgaria
17. Stoyan Mitrov, founder of the CITIZENS platform
18. Enzio Wetzel, Director, Goethe Institut - Bulgaria
19. Associate Professor Atanas Semerdjiev, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
20. Lyubomir Minchev, Telelink Group Chief Executive Officer
Mentors are provided by Software University, MICROSOFT, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Education and Science, Sofia Science Festival.
• Applicability of the project: Whom does this project help and in what way? Does it solve a major problem from practice? Is the theme topical and applicable? Does anyone really have a real need of this project?
• Content evaluation: Is it useful and interesting, and is it interactive or it already duplicates existing sources? Are the texts, illustrations and other multimedia elements reliable and of quality? Is the content copyrighted, or is it copied from somewhere (quality copyright content is more highly valued)?
• Technical implementation: Are the appropriate technologies used in the right way? Is there a better usability, intuitive user interface and user experience? Is there a good structure, layout and navigation?
• Presentation and defense: Is the project presented attractively and convincingly during the defense?