Netherlands Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden

Diplohack Stockholm

Between 10 and 15 May, Diplohack Stockholm was organised. Challenged by Minister Bert Koenders, tech developers were challenged to build apps that would improve transparency of EU decision-making, by using EU open data in fields such as mobility, healthcare, education and sustainability. For Diplohack Stockholm the theme "sustainable development" was chosen. Diplohack Stockholm was organised by the Netherlands Embassy, in cooperation with the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Impact Hub Stockholm.

The Diplohack started with an ideation phase on Tuesday 10 May. Ambassador Coppoolse welcomed the participants, consisting of diplomats, government officials, NGO officials, transparancy-activists and programmers. She explained that Diplohack Stockholm was part of Transparency Camp Europe and introduced the theme of sustainable development and the necessity to make date more open and transparent in order to strengthen the democratic legitimicy of the EU.


In the ideation, first ideas for an app were pitched. In the hackathon (54 hours from 13 until 15 May), the ideas were further developed by developers, designers, socialpreneurs, diplomats and active members of society and on Sunday evening the following ideas were presented to the jury:

Team 1: Foodcare - affordable and sustainable food.

Team 2: Upcycling, sustainable with an impact.

Team 3: Data Pi - easy data for everyone

Team 4: EarthSavior - smart food purchasing

Team 5: SnickSnack - Integration in a convenient way


The jury appreciated all ideas. With some minor adjustments, these could all be relevant ideas to improve transparency while at the same time working towards the sustainable development goals. However, Team Snicksnack, with their app to decrease segregation was chosen as the best and they will participate in TransparencyCamp Europe that will take place on 1 June in Amsterdam. This unconference will focus on open data, new technologies and policies that make the EU work for people, stimulate open government and help grasp the workings of the various EU institutions.