I found out about the competition from the alumni group of a camp in which I participated two years ago. I filled an application form where I submitted some ideas and my skills. After a month I received my plane tickets to Belgium.
I arrived in Brussels on Monday and went straight to sleep. The weekend before I went hiking with colleagues from my University on the beautiful mountains in Romania.
|Sinaia, about 2000m|
My teammates were Daniel Freund and Anselm Bradford. Daniel works for Transparency International, an organisation that fights against corruption. He doesn't have any technical skills, but he knows how EU institutions work, what laws should they respect and what are the best available resources to build from. Anselm is from the US and he was travelling to India. He is an engineer at Code for America where he builds apps for government institutions.
|Daniel, me and Ans|
|This is how the agenda of the president is shown.|
|Our app, filtered by unregistered lobbyists.|
After the ending ceremony, I went with 4 other participants to a nice place where we played board games. After losing badly at Carcasonne and winning at Dixit, we went to a hipster place in downtown, where we talked about EU politics, US congress, Romania's latest elections, Ukraine, scientology, the Chaos Computer Computer and a whole lot of other interesting subjects.
I want to thank the organisers, because the accommodation was cozy (even though I slept only 5 hours each night), we had a lot of delicious food and everything was awesome. The app is open source on Github, the working example is available here and the API has CORS enabled and can be used freely.
See you next year! :)