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Deadline for submitting applications for participation in the Polish edition of Hack4Europe 2012 has been extended until May 20. The task of participants of the two-day marathon of programming is to create applications based on the resources of the European digital library Europeana. The prize pool in the competition is 18 000 Polish Zloty!

On 26 May in Warsaw, the Polish edition of the two-day programming marathon Hack4Europe 2012 will begin. It is an international competition that will encourage the creative use of European digital library Europeana (http://www.europeana.eu/). Hack4Europe is a series of European hackatons, within which programming marathons in Warsaw, Leuven, Berlin, Dublin and Riga are scheduled.

Until 20 May, all the people interested in attending in Hack4Europe can register at: http://hack4europe.info/. This site also provides organization details.

Of all the submitted entries 35 people will be selected and have access to the Europeana programming interface (API). This interface allows to search information on more than 23 million digital cultural heritage objects - paintings, photographs, prints, and audio or audio-visual materials (including over 1 million objects collected by Polish institutions).

Hackaton participants will create applications that show how to use such open culture resources. The best applications, that will arise during the Polish edition of the marathon, will be awarded in four categories:

• Most innovative application,
• Application with the greatest social potential,
• Application with the greatest commercial potential,
• Audience Award.

Prototype applications developed during the marathon will be presented on 27 May 2012. at 16:30
 in Klubokawiarnia club, Chlodna street 25.

Winners in each category will receive 2 500 Polish Zloty sponsored by Black Lion company, vouchers with a value of 500 EUR for the amazon.com funded by Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center and invitations to  an internship at the Orange Center for Research and Development. Moreover, the best applications selected during the Polish stage of the competition will be judged in the Hack4Europe 2012 European final by an international jury and the awards will be handed in June this year in Brussels.

More information available at:  http://hack4europe.info/

The organizers of this Hackatonu edition are  Europeana Foundation and National Audiovisual Institute. Substantive Partner of the event is Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center.

Agnieszka Musialska