TransparencyCamp Europe comes to Amsterdam

Open government events shine light on EU decision-making

18 JANUARY 2016, AMSTERDAM / BRUSSELS
Summary
Developers, government officials, journalists and activists from all over Europe will shine their light on EU decision-making and open government as TransparencyCamp Europe comes to Amsterdam. Today, Open State Foundation together with the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union, launch a series of events: an online European-wide open data app competition, hackathons in a number of European capitals and TransparencyCamp Europe, an unconference for open government in Amsterdam.

Developers, government officials, journalists and activists from all over Europe will shine their light on EU decision making and open government as TransparencyCamp Europe comes to Amsterdam. Today, Open State Foundation together with the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union, launch a series of events: an online European-wide open data app competition, hackathons in a number of European capitals and TransparencyCamp Europe, an unconference for open government in Amsterdam.

Unconference: TransparencyCamp Europe

TransparencyCamp Europe will take place on 1 June 2016 in Amsterdam near the area where all official EU presidency meetings are held. This unconference on open government brings together programmers, policymakers, journalists and activists from all over Europe to discuss, mingle and talk shop about transparency issues and how to mine European government data in clever ways.

App Competition: Europe's open data

In the run up to TransparencyCamp Europe, an online app competition is being launched today to make EU decision-making more accessible to Europeans. As greater amounts of machine-readable government data becomes available, government information needs to become more usable and understandable.

The coming months, local hackathons will be organised in a number of European capitals such as Berlin, London, Brussels and Vienna. The winners of these hackathons and the five best submissions of the online app competition will be provided with travel to and accommodation in Amsterdam in June, where the overall winner of these competitions will be announced at TransparencyCamp Europe.

‘Governments need to focus on determining what data citizens actually want’, says Arjan El Fassed, director of the Amsterdam-based digital transparency organisation Open State Foundation. ‘These events and the applications they produce can serve as a catalyst for engaging citizens with the EU. Citizens will continue to demand more transparency and the EU will need to respond to that demand’.

'I have great confidence in the creativity and ingenuity of citizens to surprise us and to develop an app that gives more insight into European decision-making and to make better use of all the open data that are already available', said Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

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"Governments need to focus on determining what data citizens actually want. These events and the applications they produce can serve as a catalyst for engaging citizens with the EU. Citizens will continue to demand more transparency and the EU will need to respond to that demand." Arjan El Fassed, director of Open State Foundation
"'I have great confidence in the creativity and ingenuity of citizens to surprise us and to develop an app that gives more insight into European decision-making and to make better use of all the open data that are already available." Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
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About Open State Foundation

Open State Foundation bevordert digitale transparantie door het ontsluiten van open data en de ontwikkeling van innovatieve en creatieve toepassingen te stimuleren.

Open State Foundation promotes digital transparency by unlocking open data and stimulates the development of innovative and creative applications.

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