Close to a hundred FOSS enthusiasts meet in Brussels to work on eight European Commission open source projects, supporting European Cyber Security month in October.
In the first weekend of October, close to a 100 people from 18 countries and 4 continents gathered in Brussels for the third EU-FOSSA 2 Cyber Security hackathon. Developers from the European Commission and external open source developers responsible for co-creating eight different open source projects met and worked together for two days. Fixing security vulnerabilities and enhancing their software, in an inspiring and fun atmosphere.
The hackathon took place during European Cyber Security Month, the EU's annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The campaign aims to raise awareness, promote cybersecurity amongst citizens and organisations and provides tips and resources for online safety.
Features, fixes and friendships
Lora Borissova, Head of Cabinet of EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, opened the hackathon. In her welcome speech, Borissova said "I am pleased to say that we are just putting the finishing touches to the latest update of our open source strategy, which will be released later this year."
Thomas Gageik, Director at DIGIT (Directorate General for Informatics), added: “For the first time, we have opened our internal projects and invited external developers to co-create, helping us make our software more secure, better performing and of a higher quality.”
To get to know each other and facilitate cross-pollination, all eight projects presented themselves to the others. "It takes a lot of courage to contribute to open source" PHPUnit's creator Sebastian Bergmann said. "People rely on your work and your support."
After two days of coding, hacking, knowledge sharing, and celebrating, each team summarised what they accomplished over the weekend “A lot of new features have been implemented, a large number of issues fixed, and many online friendships cemented in real life.”
About EU-FOSSA 2
This hackathon is part of the EU-FOSSA 2 project, which aims to improve the security and integrity of critical open source software in use at the European institutions. Following the success of an initial pilot, the project was renewed for another three years, extending the auditing of free and open source software through setting up bug bounty programmes, organising hackathons and conferences, and engaging with developer communities.
You can read more about EU-FOSSA 2 here.