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EFSA Hackathon “fake news detection”

Are you ready to join the new EFSA Hackathon? We are looking for developers and designers with innovative ideas for designing a prototype of Artificial Intelligence solution to detect fake news using EFSA’s body of scientific opinions, to safeguard the credibility of information in EU about food and feed safety.

You can participate as an individual or as a member of a team.

The deadline for registration to be admitted to the contest is Thursday 28th January 2021 at 14:30 CET. You should start working on your idea before applying, based on the rules of contest and the topic of the challenge published by EFSA.

All registered participants will receive an invitation to access, if they wish to, an Hackathon platform, which will allow interaction, collaboration and matchmaking between applicants in view of stimulating the creativity and enhancing the quality of the designed solutions according to the Hackathon collaborative knowledge creation process.

The actual contest phase will start with the release of the contest challenge on Friday 19th February 2021 at 16:00 CET and will close on Monday 22nd February 2021 at 14:30 CET.

Following the assessment of a jury, the first 5 solutions (i.e. top 5 team rankings by overall score) will be invited to a half-day on-line award ceremony event which will take place on Friday 19th March 2021. At that stage, your solution needs to work and you will have the chance to present it!

The first prize is € 7,000, but all those invited to the award ceremony event will receive a prize.

This is a competition but it’s also an opportunity to meet interesting people and learn something new. Just have a good time and do your best.

Have fun and…happy hacking!

Send your registration by email to: EFSAProcurement [at]


View official rules of contest of EFSA Hackathon “fake news detection” (pdf)

Annexes (zip)