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Last chance to enter Hackastory’s Hackathon!

April 30, 2015 in Events


Want to flex some interactive story muscles?

Join the Hackastory hackathon during !Flab // 2 & 3 may!

The subscriptions are going fast! Hackastory & !FLAB are still looking for creative coders and designers to enter the Hackastory Hackathon on the 2nd and 3rd of May in Gent (BE). Interested to participate and share your knowledge with others? Enter the Hackathon now!

Hackathons are great for experimentation and finding new perspectives on ideas and concepts. By building your idea quickly (rapid prototyping) you’ll discover the bigger challenges for the long run of your project. Besides the practical positives, it’s a great place to be. Generating a creative atmosphere with like minded dare devils is one of the crucial aspects to get something done.

Sounds interesting?

Goal of the hackathon:
…to experiment and to build a prototype for new way of interactive digital storytelling in 48 hours.

We offer:
…a comfortable place to work for max. 25 people
…to start or refine a project
…breakfast, lunch and diner
…a creative atmosphere

These following factors are essential for a great hack:
… you need to be open to collaboration.
… you’re not afraid to fail
… you find process as important as product
… you dare to dream big
… you will share the result open source with the world wide web

Good to know:
… participation fee is 50 euro’s (including drinks, breakfast, lunch (2x) and dinner)
… it’s all open source and we’ll share the results of the experiments
… to have a great hackathon you need a good mix of skills. So, there will be a selection procedure.

After the Hackastory Hackathon has finished, you can fine-tune your newly developed prototype at !FLAB’s booster workshops.

Apps for Ghent is nuttig voor meer dan enkel hackers

March 20, 2015 in Events

Op zaterdag 21 maart gaat de hackathon Apps for Ghent door in de centrale bibliotheek met als thema ‘de bib van de toekomst’. En ook voor het niet-hackende publiek is deze hackathon interessant. In de loop van de dag zijn er een heel wat workshops en presentaties die voor iedereen toegankelijk zijn.


1. Bouw nu gratis robots met Timelab:
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In het kader van Apps for Ghent biedt Timelab twee workshops aan voor bibmedewerkers: ‘the most useless machine’ en ‘beambots’, stap-voor-stap workshops om een simpel robotje of machientje te bouwen. Er is geen voorkennis vereist. Deze workshops zitten in het aanbod van Timelab en worden uitzonderlijk gratis aangeboden tijdens Apps for Ghent. Hier vind je meer info:

10.00-13.00 most useless machine
14.00-17.00 beambots

Inschrijven voor een van de workshops: Graag inschrijven vandaag!

2. Werk aan je eigen privacy op het privacy café:

In samenwerking met de Liga voor Mensenrechten willen we ook de ruimte geven om te leren hoe je zelf met data beter kan omgaan, en hoe een verbeterde privacy meer ruimte geeft om echt zinvol met open data te kunnen werken.
Om meer mensen inzicht te geven in wat je zelf kan doen organiseren we tijdens Apps For Ghent een Privacy-café, waar je door middel van een aantal mini-workhops tools aanleert die je helpen meer controle te houden over jouw gegevens.

Van 12:30 tot 15:00 uur.
Voor meer info en inschrijven op:

Open Sessions

Na en naast de workshops is er nog meer te doen. In de Musschezaal is er ook een Pop-Up makerspace van Nerdlab waar bezoekers al een proevertje krijgen van hoe de bib van de toekomst er zal uitzien.

Om 15.30 zijn de effectieve pitch sessies van de hackers die de hele dag een toepassing hebben zitten construeren op basis van de Open Data van Stad Gent.

Om 17:30 zijn er een aantal datatalks:

  • Open Acces: Inge Van Nieuwenburgh
  • Case Datajournalistiek ism REC

We hebben om 18:00 een receptie en de award uitreiking om 18:30.

Dus voor ieder wat wils.
Het volledige programma van Apps for Ghent vind je op:

Apps for Antwerp: From Open Data to Open Services.

December 8, 2014 in Events, Featured, local governments

Since 2012 the City of Antwerp is releasing open data and the datasets keep coming our way, but that is not all what Antwerp is releasing. Now the City of Antwerp is adding Open Services that you can use in your 3rd party applications and websites as well. The first released service is the login-service, a single sign on system to use with the Antwerp A-profile in your application or website. Something you will already be able to incorporate into your application during the Apps for Antwerp hackathon.

Apps for Antwerp 2.0

  1. On Tuesday the 9th of December there will be an info-session about the hackathon with an overview of which data is released under an open license, how the open service works, how the competition works and so forth. During this info-session logins for the open service are given upon request.
  2. Those who want to submit an application in the competition must enter a case, an idea for a website or application that you are a team want to develop based on open data. Your proposal must be submitted before the 5th of January 2015. (The form will be online soon).
  3. The jury will select 9 proposals by the 10th of January 2015. Those selected proposals may work further upon their idea.
  4. On the 2nd of February, there is a closing event. The 9 selected teams will pitch their application or website to the jury and the crowd. After a short deliberation the reception and award ceremony will follow.

Target Group

It’s doesn’t matter whether you are a hobbyist, student, start-up of professional mobile agency: everyone is welcome.



date and location

The infosession itself will take place in the KBC Tower in the centre of Town. Register on the Eventbrite link to participate.


When you’re coming by car, use the public parking on the ‘Eiermarkt’. It’s only a 2 minute welke from the session location.


(Although we write this blog in English, do understand that the explanation during the info-session will be solely in Dutch)

  • state of play of open data in Antwerp and the ambitions with aOS (Antwerp operating system)
  • Introduction to the first open services
  • Demo of the first experiments with open services
  • Explanation on the contest and the rules 
  • Drink

Final Event

Date and location

Monday the 2nd of February 2015 – Den Bell, Francis Wellesplein 1, 2018 Antwerpen – doors at 19:00; start programme at 19.30 uur; end at 23 uur


  • Introduction by mayor Bart De Wever
  • Presentation of the 9 propositions by the selected application before the jury and the audience (10 minutes per submission)
  • Deliberation by the jury and reception
  • Award Ceremony


Registration for the infosession and/or the closing event on


The jury for this edition consists of the following people:

  • Dirk Diels (chairman of the jury) – director-general of work and economy at the city of Antwerp
  • Peter Crombecq -CEO Digipolis Antwerp
  • Davor Meersman – CityOfThings, iMinds 
  • Anthony Liekens -mad scientist, R&D contractor IO Lab
  • Noël Van Herreweghe -programme manager Open data at the Flemish Government.

Prizes, because what is a hackathon without an incentive?

Because agencies, startups, students and other people all have different needs, Antwerp has some prizes that are adjusted for the winners. So what do you want to win?Make a suggestion in the babbelbox.

When making a suggestion, don’t forget which type of participant you are.

Sponsors wanted

Are you one of the sponsors for this event?
Let the organisers at Apps for Antwerp know through:

We hope to see you there.

Pitch your brilliant open idea at the Opening Up Conference

November 14, 2014 in Events, Featured

Opening Up

With Future Everything and the Apps for Europe international business lounge happening in early 2015, it is time for another Local Business Lounge. This time we are happy to invite you to the Opening Up conference on the 3rd of December to present us your open data business idea.

The concept of a business lounge is similar to a hackathon, though it has a different goal: To present the best business idea and not necessarily to the most innovative idea (although a combination of both might be the killer app we are all looking for).

open data business lounge

The concept for the Local Business Lounge at the Opening Up conference is pretty straight forward. You have 5 minutes time to present your business case and 5 minutes time to follow up with a Q&A by the jury. In the end the jury will select one winner who will receive the prestigious award of Local Business Lounge winner 2014 which ultimately will place them in the international business lounge during Future Everything.

The goal of business lounges is to connect people with brilliant open data ideas with professionals at the business end. That’s why we will have a healthy jury consisting of Open Data Experts, Incubators and accelerators during Opening Up. The international business lounge has a similar audience, but also consists of early investors, venture capitalists and international renowned incubators and accelerators. So if you want to turn or already have turned your open data idea into a start up, than this is a chance you cannot miss.

And for participants of the Local Business Lounge at the Opening Up Conference not only do you get that chance of pitching your idea. You also get free entrance to this two day conference on Social Media and Open Data and admittance to the exclusive dinners with the Open Data partners.

But beware! There are only two of the four spots at the local business lounge left. So we will be picking candidates based on motivation and open data use.

Do you think you have a shot a becoming the open data start up?
Register below and we’ll let you know as soon as possible whether you are selected.

‘Move Kortrijk’ – Hacking exercise and sports

October 30, 2014 in Events

Create the ideal application to inspire those around you to exercise and keep fit.


Move Kortrijk is a hackathon that will revolutionise how people do sports or exercise to keep fit. But only if you can complete this challenge: How can we stimulate citizens to participate in sport activities or how can we motivate free sporters to do attend other sporting events. Do you think you can solve this with an application? Then this is your perfect hackathon.

This hackathon in Kortrijk is ideal for small teams of software developers and designers to work on their dream application.
It can be a native application for smartphones and tablets or a web application, but in 24 hours we want to see a solid proof of concept that involves sports or exercising. Convince the jury and they see how they can support you with the further development of your application.

Move Kortrijk is organised by the City of Kortrijk, Sportplus and University-College Vives.

Move Kortrijk start at friday the 14th of november at 14:00 and ends on 15th of november at 12:00 (noon). This will all go down at the University College campus of Vives, Doorniksesteenweg 145 in Kortrijk (entrance through the steenbakkerstraat – building of ‘handelswetenschappen en bedrijfskunde’.

During the event participants can receive strategic and technical support from coaches to make a great application.
Around 12:00 the jury will deliberate and see which teams will receive a reward.

Entry is free, but registrations are mandatory. Register here for the hackathon.

It’s not necessary to have a team during your registration. You can forms team on the day itself. Visitors don’t need to register.

May the best team win!

Apps For Europe: Take your Open Data application to the next level.

October 21, 2014 in Events, Featured

Have you participated in an hackathon this year? And are you ready to build a start up around your application? Or are you still tweaking your open data application idea and do you consider turning that idea into a viable start-up? If your app is using Open Data as a resource than we have the perfect opportunity for you.

At Apps for Europe we want to connect the best Open Data applications to a crowd of European investors, incubators and accelerators. But to be allowed to participate during the international business lounge at Future Everything festival, you need to prove your application is worth the attention. That’s why we want to help out with a few thorough preparation sessions:

On saturday the 8th of November we’re organising a pre-business lounge in Ghent. This pre-business lounge will go down during Drupalcamp 2014 in Ghent on the ‘Schoonmeersen Campus’ of HoGent. During the camp we will give a introduction session on ‘Making money with Open Data’, where we discuss open data business models and examples of succesful implementations. Afterwards there is a ‘how-to-pitch’ session in the afternoon with live try-outs where other participants are your soundboard, enabling you to tweak your business pitch perfectly. So on one day you will learn to write the ideal Open Data business pitch. Interested? Let us know you’re coming through and register on (it’s free!)


Next Steps
After the pre-business lounge you will be ready to pitch your application to the whole of Europe. But to be a finalist for the international business lounge in Manchester during Future Everything Festival you need to prove yourself. This can be done in two separate ways.

1. You submit your application online on the Apps for Europe website. A grand jury of experts will decide which application will go through to the international business lounge.

2. You can attend one of the local business lounges. The winner of each local business lounge also gets a direct ticket to the final international business lounge.

Tip: You can enter the online competition and participate in the local business lounge with the samen application.

For Belgium, the local Business Lounge will be on the 3rd of December during the Opening-Up Conference. There you will be able to give a 5 minute pitch to a jury of 5 accelerators / incubators, open data experts and start ups. Convince them of your application and win the local business lounge, which is also good practice for the international business lounge. If you want to join us as a contestant, send a mail to It’s not obligatory to have attended the pre-business lounge to enter the local business lounge, but it recommended for early stage open data ideas or people who are new to pitching their idea.

And if we can’t convince you, maybe Nigel Williams can.

So come to the local business lounge or pre-business lounge to promote or build upon your open data idea or application. If you have questions about the business lounge or the online competition, Tags: , , , , Comments Off

The iron man of all hackathons in the Benelux is near.

September 5, 2014 in Events, Featured

The Dutch Open Hackathon, the ‘iron man’ of all hackathons in the Benelux is near and it still has a 100 spaces left. This hackathon, organised by Open State will go down in two weeks in Amsterdam.

Why should you participate?

It’s big, a ‘100 spaces’ left means that around 400 hackers and developers already confirmed. Yup, that’s a hackathon of around 500 people in teams of 2 to 5 people. That will be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

It’s a new hackathon experience

A lot of companies just opened their API for this event. This means you have a lot of options for making an application with data you don’t really have access to. Time to be creative and show what you can do by driving global innovation.

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You can make a change

Corporate and Private owned Open Data is still very scarce and this is a perfect way to convince big companies of the usefulness of Open Data and Open API’s. By showing them that Open Data should not be limited by public governments and transparency combined with co-creation within big private companies is viable option as well.

Because Belgian hackers are not to be underestimated

Arjan-Al-Fassed, the organiser didn’t believe me when I said the Belgian participants of hackathons are true innovators. Just to prove my point I want to get as many Belgians to Amsterdam as possible. And because our Dutch colleagues are doing amazing things regarding Open Data and Open innovation as well, it is good to meet up and hack together. Because innovation has no borders, so exchanging experience and ideas are always the way to go.

Belgian Open Data Hackers

Convinced? If not, please visit the Dutch Open Hackathon website, they provide a lot of information about the API’s and the goal of the event.
If you are, here is the practical information you need to get there:

You can register for the event here.


It’s on 20 and 21 september 2014
It’s a 30-hour Hackathon
It’s at the IJtoren Amsterdam, Piet Heinkade 55 in Amsterdam


09.00 Participant registration
10.00 Welcome – start hackathon
12.00 Lunch
20.00 Walking dinner + speaker
22.00 Night activity
00.00 … all nighter…

08.00 Breakfast
12.00 Sub jury pitching (90 seconds video + Q&A session)
14.00 All 90-second videos are shown on screen on main stage
15.00 Top 10 pitching for jury on main stage
16.00 Award ceremony
17.00 End

Open State Foundation
Arjan El Fassed
Tel: +31 (0)20-308-0567 / +31 (0)6-21703833

If you are heading to Amsterdam in two weeks, let us know! We’ll be rooting for all the Belgian teams.

AppLAB2 – Visualise the City of Kortrijk

May 28, 2014 in Events, Featured

It’s time for the second edition of AppLAB.

During this edition the city of Kortrijk is looking for software developers and designers to work in small teams to work on either a mobile or web applications. The goal is not to create fully finished products, but to gather inspiration and work on new concepts. These can be worked out later on and launched so that all end-users can enjoy it. If possible, the city of Kortrijk will provide support for this making this happen.

Does this edition differ from the last AppLAB?

This edition is all about visualisation and analysis of data. How can we (re)-introduce the city in an attractive and visual way, based on the available datasets. And more importantly, which new insights can these visualisations bring for the city of Kortrijk or its citizens?

Applab itself is organised by the city of Kortrijk, New Media & Communication Technology (NMCT) at Howest college in corporation with Leiedal intercommunal.

The participants can choose their approach, the only condition to be eligible for a price or award is that the application has something to do with the city of Kortrijk.


AppLab is taking place on thursday 26th of june 2014 in the city hall of Kortrijk on the ‘Dakcafé’ (entrance via ‘Papenstraat’).

Grotere kaart bekijken

The briefing starts at 10:00 with a quick look at the offered data and subjects. During the event participants can rely on the assistance of professionals to make their application a success.
Visitors can come and take a look at the development of the applications and visualisation of the data. Or watch which design and development choices are being made.

At 21:00 we will start with the pitches, thereafter the jury deliberation and and finally the winners announcement.


Entry and participation is free but to make sure we have all the necessary room and resources for you, registration is necessary. Registration is available through the Eventbrite Page.
You don’t need a team during registration, teams can also be formed on the hackathon itself. Visitors do not need to register.

Want to join and spread the word? #AppLab2 is the hashtag.
Have a question about the hackathon? @8500Kortrijk can help you along.

Open data Kortrijk

Image source: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License  by  JD Hancock 

Hack the elections – When social data meets open data

May 22, 2014 in Events, Featured

As you might know, well you should, on sunday 25th of May, everyone has to vote for the upcoming elections. With that in mind a new hackathon emerged under the name “Hack the elections” this saturday in Ghent. The organisers Engagor, a social media management and analytics platform, will release their gathered social media data through their API so you can find the ongoing trends and create new and inspiring concepts around the elections of 2014.

During the introduction of the event, OKFN will also give a short Open Data talk about the added value of open data. Because social data and social trends are awesome, but combining them with other valuable datasets can create real value. We’ll also try to provide an overview of the different open election datasets in a blogpost tomorrow.

After the teams are informed they can pitch their ideas and concept, form groups and start coding. OKFN will be coaching and helping the teams to deliver a great demo. So if you’re joining us this saturday and you have questions about open data use, feel free to talk to us about it.

What’s the goal?
Engagor has three wishes or ideas:

  • Predict who will win the elections based on social media buzz?
  • Build a really cool dashboard for real-time analytics the day of the elections?
  • Come up with another great hack for the elections?

We would love it when someone could make an interesting link between what has been said and promised on social media and what has already been done so far through the use of open data. Do you have an idea how to link social data to open data? Feel free to let us know.

What’s in it for you.
This hackathon is a good opportunity to work with interesting data, prove your skill set, learn lots of new things, and get to know some fresh faces in the Belgian developer scene! And if you aren’t convinced yet: there are some pretty cool prices to win as well!

If you don’t want to compete in this Hackathon, but you would love to attend the tech talks and project demonstrations, no problem. You can just sign up as a demo visitor, and join us at 18:30! Engagor will invite Nils De Moor to talk about Redis, a Memcache on Steroids. Stijn Beauprez on the other hand will talk about and its technical aspects.

Practical info
Program May 24th
08:30 – Welcome & Breakfast

09:00 – Introduction about the planning and use of the Engagor API

09:30 – Pitch your idea

10:00 – Form teams and start coding

13:00 – Lunch

14:00 – Coaches help teams

18:30 – Tech talk

19:30 – Demo time: the participants show off the cool things they created

20:30 – Prizes & Networking


Hosted at the Engagor offices: Grauwpoort 1, 9000 Gent.

Where do I sign up?

Just go to and we’ll see you on saturday.

Attention to all datajournalists and devs.: The Pre-Dataharvest+ Hackaton is upon us

April 30, 2014 in Events, Featured is organising the fourth edition of the Dataharvest+ conference next week. Investigative journalists, data specialists and coding whizzkids will once again gather in Brussels on Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday morning 11 May 2014. The conference is the way to get up-to-speed about new research methods, bounce story ideas off experienced colleagues, get help from expert data analysts for your investigation and find out about cutting-edge ways to present your story. But what’s even more interesting is the day before, the hackathon. is, together with OKFN, inviting developers and data journalists to come to the conference site on thursday the 8th of May for a Datajournalism Hackathon. They will spend a day digging deep into the EU’s data.


In a hands-on event addressed at both coders and journalists, you’ll be able to work in small teams to extract fresh data from EU institutions, make visualisations and find stories worth telling. In the run-up to the EU elections later in the month, you’ll work on two topic streams:

1) EU public contracts: Where does the money go?

Starting in January 2014, the EU Publications Office has finally made available a machine-readable copy of the EU Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) database. This database contains information on the procurement processes of EU institutions, but also all major contracts from each of the member states.

For many of the contained contracts, we find the beneficiary and the contract amount – great data for journalists to look into what public bodies are buying, who they purchase it from and if they’re paying a good price.

As the TED database is fairly large and complex, the best way to mine it is through collaboration between coders and journalists – so Dataharvest gives you a unique opportunity to understand where public contracts money in the EU goes.

2) EU election freestyle

Two weeks ahead of the EU parliament elections, there will be many questions to answer: will Europe see the rise of right-wing extremist parties in the parliament? What policies do the candidates actually propose? Who will be part of the new commission?

The EU election challenge will not mandate a dataset; that’s why during the hackathon we will rather work together with the participants to generate stories and graphics relevant to the upcoming election. The organisers will also share their resources to make sure that everyone has the right data and tools to do good results reporting.

If you’re still not convinced, take a look at and review the datasets that will explored throughout the hackathon.

Some practical info

Date & time:
Thursday the 8th of May 2014, the hackathon start at 10:00 and will go on until the evening.

Please register on the journalismfund website, that way you’ll be on the list of participants and the mailinglist for more updates. You might notice that there is a fee for the conference itself, this does not apply for the hackathon, so just send your name to after your registration. That way Dataharvest+ will make a note to wave your entrance fee.

Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, Brussels

Hope to see you there.

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