On Nov. 8-9, 54 software developers representing 17 nationalities gathered at the European Parliament in Brussels for the EUHackathon “Hack4Transparency!” event. Teams of developers competed in a 24-hour marathon coding session to create new tools that enable transparency and accountability in the information age. According to the event organizers, this was the first time that a “hackathon” had been hosted by a Parliament—the goal was “to reinforce the symbolic value of uniting the ‘old’ (i.e. the European Institutions and law-makers) with the ‘new’ world (i.e. the Internet and the hackers).”
“Team Artimon,” a team of four including three software development consultants for Development Gateway, took third prize for an application that allows users to check the quality of local Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Alexandru Artimon, Ionut Dobre, and Walter Schneider of Development Gateway, along with Florin Barhala, were selected to compete under the “Internet Quality” track of the competition. The tool they created has a web interface and a mobile application that can be accessed by users to check what ISPs are available in the area (based on the user’s current location). The application initially shows a map with the user’s location and small dots indicating Internet quality tests nearby. It also shows a list of providers available in that area, along with an average download and upload rate and an overall rating for each. The rating is based on a custom algorithm that takes into account basic and advanced network metrics and provides a real indicator of the quality of the services provided in that area.
The first prize winners in the Internet Quality track, a team from Italy, created an application “that allows users to discover the relationships between Internet download speed and other statistical indicators in the European Union: a transparent way to learn about the advantages of a fast and open Internet.”
To help contextualize the new Strategic Plan, we are launching a podcast series called Data… for What?! This series consists of 5 episodes in Josh Powell and Vanessa Goas talk to DGers throughout the organization – as well as collaborators within our strategic partner, IREX - about how and why we prioritized the various elements of the new strategy. In this first episode, we talk to Kristin Lord, President and CEO of IREX about how our partnership fits into the Strategic Plan; and to Aleks Dardelli, Executive Vice President of IREX and Chair of DG’s Board of Directors, about the process of putting the Plan together at this opportune, yet precarious, global moment.
Building on 20+ years of experience, Development Gateway announces its FY23-25 Strategic Plan. DG will expand its role as a global leader in both data and digital for development, working toward a digital development agenda that builds trust between institutions and the constituents they serve. This strategy lays the foundation for how we will achieve that vision.
Since 2017, Development Gateway and partners have been working on the Visualizing Insights on Fertilizer for African Agriculture (VIFAA) Program to support development partners and the private sector to respond to changes in the fertilizer market, ensuring that sufficient quantities and appropriate fertilizers reach farmers at the right time for planting. Recently, DG received funding to expand the program to include four to six additional countries through 2023.