Deputy Mayor Dardan Sejdiu mentors the participants
Open Ideas for the Balkans

It all started yesterday evening on June 13. And here we are today (June 14), on a sunny Saturday, starting early in the morning and until late in the evening, together with around 60 innovative brains working in 15 competing teams “For Digital Prishtina”, who are trying to ‘hack’ solutions to open-up Municipality of Prishtina. Precisely, during this three-day hackathon, groups of innovators will develop groundbreaking tools to increase the transparency in (1) the spending processes of the municipality, as well as (2) in the processes of employment within the municipality.

And they are not alone in the process; support is being given from a team of mentors, including: the deputy-mayor of Prishtina – Dardan Sejdiu; a tech and business visionary, with a rich entrepreneurial experience, as well as CEO of Scards and Scards Academy – Edon Abdullahu; an experienced creative agent and founder of the creative agency Trokit – Alban Gërguri; a Municipal Assembly member of Prishtina, the creator of the NEWBORN monument, as well as the founder and creative director of the communication agency Karrota – Fisnik Ismaili; a promoter of public transparency and the executive director of the GAP Institute for advanced studies – Agron Demi; and last but not least, the executive director of the civil society organization ‘EC ma ndryshe’ who endeavor active citizenry – Hajrulla Çeku.

A lot of design, coding, testing, debugging is going on. Some striving to develop tools to make sure that the taxpayers know exactly where their money goes, and even a step further, become part of the decisions how the municipality spends them in Prishtina, while the others are boggling their minds to create platforms to make sure to leave no room for any unjust and unlawful factors to influence the process of recruiting public officials in the municipality. We wish all the teams the best of luck and are looking forward to see their ideas take shape.

Stay tuned! We’ll keep you posted how tomorrow’s last day of the hackathon will go.

In the meantime, you can check out the official ‘For Digital Prishtina’ Facebook page.