Moldovan Innovation Week

14-20 May 2012
Official Site

The World Bank has funded the E-Governance Center of Moldova, headed up by Stela Mocan — and she is on a mission to modernize the Moldovan government. Moldova has submitted an Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan (NAP) that has some pretty cool stuff in it and May 14-20 is the launch event: Innovation Week.

The World Bank asked me to attend for several reasons:

  • To share Moldova’s success up as a case study for other governments and civil society to learn from within the OGP community.
  • So I could share lessons learned from the US experience about how to connect civil society to government with meaningful working relationships.
  • So I could help out with the hackathon – and sit on one of the juries that will be awarding prizes.
  • To apply my copious event knowledge to ensure that the entire week is a big box of success.



31 May 2012

It was me.

Okay, so the trip to Moldova was awesome for many reasons – the accomplishments, the international experts, the Moldovans, the food, the wine… but there is one thing that I haven’t explicitly said about it yet and that is that I ended up facilitating the Open Innovation Challenge “Apps for Moldova” three-day TechCamp/Hackathon and (all modesty aside) making it rock.

My hope is that this leads to more work like this. So much good in such a short period time, all led with a locals-know-best-but-international-experts-have-a-lot-of-good-advice-to-share mentality.

Good stuff.

25 May 2012


It’s good to have friends when you’re spreading an important message. Thanks to the following blogs for helping to distribute Moldova Re-Invents the Hackathon. It has been cross-posted in these locations in order to reach all of the relevant audiences across the world:

I expect a few more to come online and will update this post as that happens.

24 May 2012

Moldova Re-Invents the Hackathon

Moldovan Coat of ArmsThis last weekend saw the first hackathon ever to occur in the country of Moldova, and they definitely made it their own. For a country that is just starting to build its civic hacker community, the results were nothing short of remarkable: 85 participants set to work almost immediately within impressive, self-organized team structures to produce 18 functional apps.

In traditional terms, this hackathon could be described as more of a code sprint for the final three days of a prize challenge, but even that description understates the innovation and complexity of the event format. In addition, it doesn’t do justice to all of the accomplishments that were achieved by the organizers as well as the participants. »

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