Hacking Dutch Parliament

I just pulled out this stuff from my weeknote into a separate post because I think it merited it.

Hackers and makers in Dutch parliament to build Apps for Democracy

I was already in the Hague Saturday when the event that prompted my visit happened: we held Apps voor Democratie, a Hack de Overheid hackathon in the Dutch parliament building on invitation by the chairwoman Gerdi Verbeet of our parliament. For this event they also for the first time opened most parliamentary proceedings.

The hackathon also has a talk track with @sywert, @wassilahachchi, @palinuro

Gerdi Verbeet closing off the day

I cannot stress how nice it was to be welcomed into the highest institution of the Netherlands and then hear that institution say that they realize now that openness with their data is the way to go. The atmosphere of the entire day was incredibly positive and uplifting. This event has been a world premier and has set a high bar. But don’t let that stop ups from doing even better.

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