Transparency in EU decision-making was high on the agenda during the Netherlands’ EU Presidency. To highlight this, many Dutch embassies across Europe held ‘Diplohacks’.

Last year foreign minister Bert Koenders called for digital technology to be used to ‘open the black box and switch on the lights’ at the EU institutions.

At these events diplomats, hackers, designers and entrepreneurs worked on developing innovative ways of stimulating transparency in EU decision-making. Open data is the best way of achieving this. Much of the data the EU publishes is currently not easy to access or use.

Diplohacks: part of TransparencyCamp Europe

Major cities across Europe hosted Diplohacks. For two days, teams worked hard to develop an app that could improve insight into EU decision-making. The teams with the best app in each city came together at the TransparencyCamp unconference for the final.

Why diplohacking:

  • Co-creation: introducing the business and tech communities to diplomats and diplomacy.
  • Familiarising diplomats with social entrepreneurship, open/big data and the startup culture.
  • Exploring the contribution that technology, social media and open/big data can make to diplomacy and public diplomacy.
  • Recognising the importance of networks, social media and open/big data in international relations and public diplomacy.
Diplohack Geneva
Diplohack Athens
Diplohack Prague (photo: Dorota Špinková)
Diplohack Vienna (photo: Kai Wichmann)
Diplohack Brussels
Diplohack Stockholm (photo: Vasileios Pagourtzis)
Diplohack Bratislava (photo: Natalia Jakubcova)

Winner of TransparencyCamp 2016 unconference

The final of the Diplohacks and a related EU-wide online app competition was held during the TransparencyCamp 2016 unconference in Amsterdam on 1 June. Thirteen finalists took part in a pitch session. The winning app was ConsiliumVote, which explains the European Council voting system in an accessible way. To find out more about the final, go to the TransparencyCamp website.

photo: Polle Willemsen (c)