Developers like to get together over weekends to build new products from scratch. These are called 'hackathons'. By embedding them in local surroundings and getting support from local governments, they will be easier to exist and grow.
Hi, thanks all for your comments. I *am* reading them, and underwater I'm trying to also gauge some reactions from locals and my network. I expect some kind of materialization before November 2012, but I still can use help with the motivations for the public sector to chip in. The more official the better!
It makes sense contacting me on Google+ profile: http://gplus.to/pjv.
@Alexander: when you say "our endorsement" you mean ...? I'm still figuring out the roles on this platform.
I'm doubting if we should combine this idea with this one: http://www.openideo.com/open/web-start-up/concepting/hackathons-and-user-groups/ ? Or rather spread the good ideas over two concepts but keep the two themes separated: hackathons/UGs - libraries? What does OpenIDEO and the advisory panel think? It seems evident that the need stems from the same region (Belgium?) in both cases.