This year the initiative will focus on two areas : 1) increasing transparency in municipal expenditure, and 2 ) increasing transparency in employment . The goal is to have citizens to be an active part of the developments in the city where they live.
“For Digital Pristina” is a social challenge to encourage innovative proposals for applications for web or mobile phones, which can contribute to better governance and increased transparency in the local Pristina government.
“For Digital Pristina” is part of the regional initiative “Open Ideas”. All interested that want to be part of the race can apply until 9 of June 2014 http://openideas.me/prishtina/
A the Challenge “For Digital Pristina” there will be two winners who will get financial reward in the amount of 4,000 euros together with support and application development expertise, incubation opportunities at ICK networking with donors and potential partners etc.
June 13, 2014
“For Digital Prishtina” kicks off
So we begin.
Today, on June 13 at 1800 hours, under bright lights and in a room full of enthusiasm, the hackathon “For Digital Prishtina” kicked off today. Young people from around Kosovo started their 48 hours of developing, during which they will receive intense mentorship and have a chance to contribute to making the administration of the capital more open and transparent.
The ground floor of ICK was buzzing with guests and applicants of the challenge, before Uranik Begu, ICK executive director, took the floor, warmly welcomed everyone and invited the keynote speaker, Mayor of Prishtina, Shpend Ahmeti. He emphasized that the city was open and looking forward to using the creativity of young people to shape up the capital. Steliana Nedera, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, followed with words of praise and encouragement for youth engagement.
Shortly after, fifteen teams presented their ideas in less than one minute. Excited, yet confident, they shared their visions for the city. Within the two challenges that the municipality identified, which are spending and employment, they had come up with ways to include games and polling.
Then some pizza, initial work and now we are watching the World Cup.
June 14, 2014
Still keeping strong, For Digital Prishtina Day 2
It all started yesterday evening on June 13. And here we are today (June 14), on a sunny Saturday, starting early in the morning and until late in the evening, together with around 60 innovative brains working in 15 competing teams “For Digital Prishtina”, who are trying to ‘hack’ solutions to open-up Municipality of Prishtina. Precisely, during this three-day hackathon, groups of innovators will develop groundbreaking tools to increase the transparency in (1) the spending processes of the municipality, as well as (2) in the processes of employment within the municipality.
And they are not alone in the process; support is being given from a team of mentors, including: the deputy-mayor of Prishtina – Dardan Sejdiu; a tech and business visionary, with a rich entrepreneurial experience, as well as CEO of Scards and Scards Academy – Edon Abdullahu; an experienced creative agent and founder of the creative agency Trokit – Alban Gërguri; a Municipal Assembly member of Prishtina, the creator of the NEWBORN monument, as well as the founder and creative director of the communication agency Karrota – Fisnik Ismaili; a promoter of public transparency and the executive director of the GAP Institute for advanced studies – Agron Demi; and last but not least, the executive director of the civil society organization ‘EC ma ndryshe’ who endeavor active citizenry – Hajrulla Çeku.
A lot of design, coding, testing, debugging is going on. Some striving to develop tools to make sure that the taxpayers know exactly where their money goes, and even a step further, become part of the decisions how the municipality spends them in Prishtina, while the others are boggling their minds to create platforms to make sure to leave no room for any unjust and unlawful factors to influence the process of recruiting public officials in the municipality. We wish all the teams the best of luck and are looking forward to see their ideas take shape.
Stay tuned! We’ll keep you posted how tomorrow’s last day of the hackathon will go.
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