Participants from any timezone are welcome to apply. You’ll get to work together intensively with your team over a weekend to produce a functioning digital tool to be used by open source researchers.
See our Participant Guide for more information about both hackathons, including schedule, rules, and grading criteria. If you do not have a team, you are welcome to apply to participate in the hackathon and work alone, or alternatively we will allow you to chat with participants ahead of time and potentially form teams with other participants.
We’re looking for new ideas and innovative ways of working with open sources. You needn’t be a professional or expert coder with a portfolio of fully-fledged projects in order to apply. That said, prototyping an MVP (minimum viable product) is a requirement of the hackathons – you must have the necessary development or coding skills.
All participants will be vetted to avoid trolls. Participants may enter anonymously, but in this case at least one of your other team members must be able to share their genuine online profile with Bellingcat for vetting purposes.
Both hackathons will conclude with an awards ceremony presented by Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins where the best projects will be announced. We recommend that you familiarise yourselves with the grading criteria well in advance.
A number of prizes are available to winning tools, including free spaces at Bellingcat workshops.
After both hackathons are over, we plan to write an article about some of the projects developed — by participating, you agree that your project might be profiled. We’ll also ask if you’re interested in your tool being included in Bellingcat’s GitHub.
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