The EU grows on BIG: (Bridging Interoperability Gaps) hackathon
Not put off by the complex circumlocutions and (many people with an understanding of economics and common sense would say) the complications and calamitous consequences of Brexit, the IT division of the European Union is leading software application development initiatives to encourage programming skills and innovation with an emphasis on open source.
The big news here is the BIG (Bridging Interoperability Gaps) hackathon held from June 28 to July 5, 2021.
Registration here is still open at time of writing, but these pages might be worth visiting ad Infinium for related initiatives and information.
the BIG Hackathon is an online hackathon organized by an open source initiative funded by the ISA2 Share and Reuse Action (2016.31).
It aims to build a generic gateway capable of connecting national systems to the CEF Digital eDelivey network.
In collaboration with NIIS, the hackathon will use the generic bridge to connect X-Road® (the national data exchange system used in Estonia and Finland) to connect to software products on the market that use the European interoperability protocol eDelivery.
According to the organizers, “the hackathon is a call to action for hackers around the world to help us build a secure bridge that will improve connections between national systems in member states and enable transparent administrative communication. “
The winning teams will receive cash prizes of € 500 to € 2,500.
This hackathon is a component sponsored by ISA2 of the Share and reuse action (2016.31), which aims to federate European public services on open source.
The action revolves around four axes:
- Inventory: Creation of an initial and first-rate inventory of open source software used by European public services
- Funding: Study the need for a European open source funding mechanism, then define how it works
- Security: run bug bounties on selected software by consulting multiple government departments
- Hackathon: Organize events / hackathons to address common open source issues that European public services may face.