Open Interests Europe Hackathon, London

We would like to invite you to a Hackathon about lobbyists' interests and influences which shape the policy of the EU. OpenInterests Europe Hackathon will take place in the Google Campus Café in London (4-5 Bonhill Str., EC2A 4BX London) on November 24-25. Developers, designers and statisticians are especially welcome.

How EU money is spent is an issue that concerns everyone who pays taxes to the EU. As the influence of Brussels lobbyists grows, it is increasingly important to draw the connections between lobbying, policy-making and funding. Journalists and activists need browsable databases, tools and platforms to investigate lobbyists’ influence and where the money goes in the EU. Join us and help build these tools!

What are some of the challenges are we working on?

The Lobby Transparency Challenge

Within any political process there are many interests wanting to be heard – companies, trade unions, NGOs – and Brussels is no exception. Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth Europe and LobbyControl have begun to data-mine the lobby registers of the European Commission and of the European Parliament to find out who the lobbyists are, what they want and how much they are investing. You will have the exclusive opportunity to work with this data before it is made public in their upcoming portal. What can you do with this data?

Group leader: Erik Wesselius is one of the co-founders of Corporate Europe Observatory. In the past few years, Erik has focused on issues related to lobbying transparency and regulation as well as EU economic governance.

The Fish Subsidies Challenge

Subsidies paid to owners of fishing vessels and others working in the fishing industry under the European Union’s common fisheries policy amount to approximately €1 billion a year. EU Transparency gathered detailed data relating to payments and recipients of fisheries subsidies in every EU member state from multiple sources, from European Commission databases to member state government databases and inter-governmental fishery organizations such as ICCAT. What can you do with this data?

Group leader: Jack Thurston is policy analyst, activist, writer and broadcaster. He is co-founder of FarmSubsidy.org, winner of a Freedom of Information Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Prizes and Jury

All participants will get the satisfaction of contributing to a cause that affects us all! Not only that, the winning team will be awarded a 100 EUR Amazon voucher, pre-ordered copies of the movie The Brus$els Business – Who Runs the European Union? (to be released this autumn) and copies of The Data Journalism Handbook.

The Jury members are Rufus Pollock, co-Founder and Director of the Open Knowledge Foundation and Alastair Dant, Lead Interactive Technologist for the Guardian.

Read more details at: http://blog.okfn.org/2012/10/15/openinterests/ 

and the event's webpage: http://okfnlabs.org/events/hackdays/lobbying.html

Register for the event at: http://openinterests.eventbrite.com/

If you have any questions or would like to submit a challenge of your own, contact us at sprints@okfn.org 

We look forward to your participation!