Hack de Overheid wants governments to share more data with the public. As such, it focuses on the Open State Foundation pointer of open government. Moreover, Hack de Overheid stimulates open data usage and creation in order to develop valuable online applications. These applications can be used in a variety of areas, ranging from society to business life.
A hackathon is a platform on which about 150 programmers, civil-servants, designers and students come together to develop online applications. By using open data it is possible to go from idea to realization in only one day. Hackathons are a place for people to experiment, learn new skills and establish new contacts.
In the past, our hackathons were succesfully part of competitions such as Apps for Amsterdam, Apps for North-Holland and Apps for the Netherlands. As a result, more than 100 apps have been developed to this day.
Open data is public, electronically available information initially meant for computers. By usage of open data it becomes easier for programmers to build applications that make innovative services possible. The Dutch government has placed open data highly on its so-called Digital Agenda, with it creating an ‘open, unless’ policy. Such policy entails that when certain information is not offered as open data, this needs to be clarified. The European Commission has estimated the economic gains of open data to be 140 billion euro for the whole of Europe.