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Dutch Open Hackathon – looking back

During the Dutch Open Hackathon 2016, which took place from 9 through 11 December 2016 in Rotterdam, 49 teams worked on the development of applications, using data made available by the Chamber of Commerce, KLM, Philips, the National Police, PostNL and Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. The Dutch Open Hackathon 2016 kicked off with the Open Innovation Seminar, where several speakers from the field gave their vision on the developments in open innovation. Speakers from the National Police, Geodan and Gartner, among others, gave presentations that further explored the possibilities of open innovation for both large and small organizations.

The Dutch Open Hackathon 2016 was won by the Re:Software team for their development of the lost-and-found items app Find It. The app allows you to enter your lost or stolen items, for example a key, bike or watch, so that other users of the app may look for the item. Both the jury and the audience named the Find It app as the winner.

Wisse Kommunikatie had the pleasure of handling both the media relations and the social-media activities for this edition of the hackathon. Our efforts have resulted in almost 40 (online) publications in renowned national media such as De Telegraaf, Het Financieele Dagblad,, Computable, AG Connect and Tijdschrift IT Management. The social channels of the Dutch Open Hackathon and its partners reached a total of 2.9 million people through 1,100 messages in six weeks. During this time, the hashtag #dutchhack16 was used almost 1,000 times.

‘It was the second time that Peter Drent of Wisse Kommunikatie assisted the Dutch Open Hackathon to maximize the impact of the event. His knowledge, professionalism and network have led to many publications on 'Open innovation', lowering the threshold for Dutch corporates to innovate jointly with others. I very much hope to work together again in the future,’ says Miguel van Bodegom, President of the 2016 Dutch Open Hackathon.

The 2016 Dutch Open Hackathon is an initiative of the Chamber of Commerce, KLM, Philips, National Police, PostNL and Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, and was co-organized by BeMyApp and Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) Rotterdam.