Best of Brussels Hackathons + The Return of the Hackathon

  • Time: 11h50-12h30
  • Location: Auditorium
  • Level: Beginner
  • Type: Keynote

A joint session of the Brussels Region and the city of Ghent on hackathons.

Brussels Region
Hackathons supported by the Brussels Region aim to contribute towards solving one of society's problems by enabling collaboration between programmers, all kinds of developers, and project managers, with a view to creating a software project.

Based on lessons learned by its participation in this series of hackathons, the BRIC will present some guidelines for the public authorities on how to capitalize on a regional Hackathon strategy. What are the real impacts of those hackathons? How to transform amazing ideas and projects into impactful program for the citizens?

Philippe Van Impe, founder of the EU Data Innovation Hub & the Brussels Data Science Community, and Virginie Tumelaire, project coordinator at Amazone vzw/asbl, will explain how they used open data during their hackathon events.

City of Ghent
On 18 March, the seventh edition of Apps For Ghent will take place. Why is the city of Ghent still organising hackatons? What are the main learnings from previous editions? What can be expected from those hackathon events? And, more importantly, what not?

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Hello I'm Bart Rosseau

Born, Raised, Educated and Working in Ghent. Driven by Data usage for societal leverage and Rock N Roll.

Bart Rosseau

Chief Data Officer

Ghent City Council

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Hello I'm Céline Vanderborght

At a time when the smart city concept was far from a reality, the Brussels-Capital Region was already preparing the ground, among other things with the IRISbox electronic desk. That was at the beginning of the 2000s, when Céline Vanderborght was already playing an active role in these developments anticipating the smart city as e-Government Manager at the Brussels Regional Informatics Centre, a position she held until 2006. Since 2015, Céline Vanderborght has been Smart City Manager for the Brussels Region, a role that is directly in line with her initial professional experience at the service of the Region.

Céline Vanderborght

Smart City Manager

Brussels Region

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Hello I'm Philippe Van Impe

Philippe Van Impe is a Founding Partner of the Brussels Data Science Community, a large open community of specialists in data and business. The community's activities aim to bridge the gap between businesses and academia, through regular meetups, training and ‘Data for Good’ projects, where members contribute their skills to work on projects with NGO’s, public institutions and start-ups. Philippe is also the Founder of the European Data Innovation Hub, which connects and supports data professionals throughout Europe to share and discuss best practices in open data, big data and data innovation. Philippe is a Social Entrepreneur simultaneously pursuing both a financial & a social return on investment.

Philippe Van Impe


EU Data Innovation Hub

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Hello I'm Virginie Tumelaire

Virginie Tumelaire works as collaborator at Amazone asbl, Crossroads Gender Equality, more pecularly in the Documentation Centre on Gender Policy. The documentation centre collects and disseminates documents related to gender equality policy from the authorities and the women's civil society organisations. It provides several services such as research and information services on gender equality issues.

Virginie Tumelaire


Amazone asbl

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