The #DemocracyIsEverything Hackathon was an incredibly proud moment for us here at Factory. The goal of our campaign is to encourage and provide a platform for an active conversation, and this was certainly achieved August 25th & 26th. We created the space, but the teams filled it. Over the duration of the last few months, you have probably heard us raving on about the importance of coming together and using our voices for the greater good. If one thing stood out at this event, it was the immense impact, dedication, inspiration, and hard work all 19 teams put into standing up and speaking up. Here is a rundown of what these change-makers produced.
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Beyond the vote - 1st Place
Every project produced impressed us beyond belief, but Beyond the vote stole the show with their unbelievable platform that “redefines the concept of civic engagement and democracy by empowering citizens across the globe to get politically involved. Anywhere. Anytime.” The winning teams platform is able to connect citizens to interests groups on global and locals scales, provide real-time policy-related updates via open gov data & government news bulletins, educate citizens on topics and interest groups through online tutorials, allow for personalization through geotagging and topic filters and, empower citizens to invest in topics they care about, through time, money, and/ or skills.
Who are they?: Shoshannah Richards, Jasmine Whaley, Yolanda Rother, Omosola Odetunde, Esther Rizo, and Jeanna Hamilton.
Modelate - 2nd Place
Team Modelate ranked in at second with a project we probably all wish we had access to at some point in the past. Have you ever lost track of political promises or, been disappointed when one was not fulfilled? Their project stores electoral promises on a blockchain as Ethereum smart contracts, thus, allowing citizens to be on the outcome. Each political promise is documented in a contract, citizens place a bet on the outcome, at a certain date the contract is executed, and citizens reap the benefits while politicians are either famed for keeping their promise, or blamed. The project’s goal being to give politicians feedback, prevent unjust campaigning and to bring back power to the people.
Who are they?: Glib, Alex, Falko & Fatih.
Who targets me - 3rd Place
Our 3rd placed teams project took inspiration from the countless false advertisements we saw across social media, and the internet in general, throughout the US and UK elections. Who Targets Me, is a project set up to counter the spread of non-transparent, aggressively targeted political ads. The team created a browser extension that can read the adverts appearing on people’s feeds, record them, and crowdsource the information. The idea being, that if we know how political messages are being targeted, it’s possible to have a public discussion on the role of these adverts in political campaigns, and what the norms for using them should be.
Who are they?: Chris Adams, Alice Rose, Nick Stenning, Katharina Rasch and Clair Webster.
The wepublic +me App seeks out to make educated voters out of all of us. The App gives you the opportunity to contribute topics and questions towards election campaigns and enables you to receive comparable answers in return.
Who are they?: Adriane Groh, Cornelia Kolb, Georg Dietrich, Celsa Diaz, Tim Zeilder, and Jonas Braun.
Civocracy allows you to take control and shape decisions that affect you. The platform connects governments with their citizens across an online participation platform. To compliment the platform, they created Facebook chatbots that act as your own personal “citizenship assistant” breaking down the participation process.
Who are they?: Nicolas Reynolds, Nicolas Broussard, Fabio Sarmento Pedro, Tassos Kapetzoglou, and Benjamin Snow.
The concept lies in the name with this team. Die Brückenbauer, is a network of volunteers, nonprofits, community groups and businesses, all located in Germany. They advance and promote dialogue amongst communities enabling them to resolve and approach issues.
Who are they?: Jessica Berlin, Thomas Dünwald, Luter Filho, Filipe Abreu, Omri Zaied, and Mike Kang.
We have all logged in to find questionable information plastered across the web. The WorldBrain (Re)search-Engine aims to solve this. The WorldBrain project works on a structural solution to online misinformation and more trustworthy content on the web.
Who are they?: Oliver Sauter, Yager Anderson, Chris Rieckmann, Marcus Horne, Chris Ward, and Thomas O’Neill.
Nowadays, Lobbyism is key in every democratic electoral system. It can, however, attract significant criticisms, as well as create an uneven playing field. Welobby solves this by democratising lobbyism itself. It focuses on the political concerns of the individual and acts not too dissimilarly to a crowdfunding platform by promoting for those who wish to participate I politics.
Who are they?: Jan Sahl, Lilli Feyerabend, Laura Lukitsch, Daniel Franke, Niklas Hofmann, and Andreas Sosa.
The African Democracy Experiment (ADEX) is a newly formed independent organization aimed at strengthening the quality of policy debate in the African electoral context. The organization’s mission is to foster nuanced political discourse in African states, that facilitates more strategic policy making as a whole. ADEX works to generate debate on policy and development as key components of electoral campaigns, so as to ensure informed and educated civic participation in African states.
Who are they?: Wadzanai Motsi-Khatai and Tonderai Khatai.
datacirlce.io showcases how the sharing of data opens up our world by boosting decision making and enhancing the transparency of current affairs within regional and global politics.
Who are they?: Chris Zioutas, Sofia Ramos, and Carlos Reis.
Team Transparent created a browser extension that scanned web pages to ensure reliability. By delving into the publisher, and information regarding the political and industry affiliations of the publisher (including funding, donations, and ownership) the platform enables readers to be more informed about the potential bias embedded within their content.
Who are they?: Gergo Angyal, Kristofer Espinosa, Frederike Kugland, Svend Küstermann, Wendi Li, Maren Wehrheim, and Vedika Jain.
This magazine revolutionises the publishing of politically themed pieces and creates a platform in which users can collect and publish their own contributions. Team odisseaia’s platform collects, translates and publishes political works that are open to everyone, and diverse allowing for a space to be created in which all opinions merge. After all, the key to democracy is everyone having their own opinion.
Who are they?: Catalina, Catharina, Hans, Anna-Julia, and Robin Wahlström.
WAY MORE is for the curious and conscious global citizen. Ever been stuck in an airport with a delay, twirling your thumbs with nothing to do? WAY MORE puts a positive turn on this, by creating the perfect conditions for bringing together different people, from different backgrounds. Converse, exchange information and learn from each other. Their next step? Stations, bus stops, and the metro.
Who are they?: Achill Rudolph, Mostafa Balata and, Sepideh Razzazadeh.
Spreadclub is a perfect example of how technology can still be very human indeed. The team uses Digitalisation to tackle today’s donation problems through their very own platform.
Who are they?: Falco Bartsch, Anian Schmitt, Tizian Peter, Paul Quinney, and Nico Leonhardt.
ReDI School Team
There is a difference between varying opinions, and playing with the truth. This App tackles and highlights this differentiation by allowing users to rate news on how true, or how fake it is. It also allows them to vote and rate journalists. Thus, allowing you to get the best out of democracy.
Who are they?: Munzer Khattab, Nassif Nassif, Mohammed Hegazy and, Hamdi Hawari.
Drowning in a sea of content? Nano News to the rescue. This team built an app that summarises articles to 60-70 words, of quality content. This not only enables readers to keep up to date with whats going on around them, but it ensures that what they are reading is significant to them allowing them to make informed decisions.
Who are they?: Sudhanshu Kumar Singh, Louis Tsai, Ouafae Benelkadi, and Dada Mocesare.
P2P Online Voting
Who are they?: Robert Riemann, Xavier Lavayssière, and Antoine Gouy.
“Trust Rating” is a decentralized fake news feedback system powered by the community. The system enables users to vote if they trust or do not trust an article, but they need to provide another article which justifies their decision. The aim of such evaluation is to show how many people think it’s true and how many think it’s false and the source for each opinion. Such a weighing process allows us to develop trust in sources, showing these numbers to end users allows them to decide if they are true or false.
Who are they?: Hagen Milanez, Mario Neiva Brandão, Josiane Milanez, Matthias Mahling, and Eamonn McEvoy.
FakeNewsGraph created a community driven open-source analytics platform to visualize the circulation of fake news throughout social media. The platform can be adopted for free and reused to perform analysis on a global scale. Users can input a hashtag or a link, receiving a network in seconds. The platform also empowers journalists, by allowing them to export data into a convenient spreadsheet or GML format. Thus, helping citizens and journalists to analzye issues from different perspectives and spot trends on a global scale.
Who are they?: Magda, Marion, Lasse, Tomasz, Daniel, Wladimir, and Christian.