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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.

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.

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pjv commented on Hackathons and user groups

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.

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pjv commented on Hackathons and user groups

Who can shed light on what the EU institutions can do to give credibility to (add weight to) the idea of organizing these events in public buildings?

Who can plug us into local community (town/city) governments?

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pjv commented on Startup Libraries *Updated*

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.