Single Digital Gateway | Database

When 31 May - 1 June

Where Barcelona, Spain

  • Overview
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  • The Single Digital Gateway is an access point for citizens and businesses who want to live, travel, work or do business in another EU country. Building and shaping this all-in-one gateway – which supports EU’s Single Market through user-friendly, clear and targeted information, procedures and assistance services – is a complex challenge. So the European Commission is calling on the hacker community (developers, designers, marketers, inventors, start-uppers, tech enthusiasts,…) from countries all over EU to bring in their creative ideas and clever solutions. Bear in mind however, that the European Commission cannot guarantee that the proposed hacks and solutions will actually be implemented.

    Fast facts:
    Baseline: Unlocking the gateway

    Prize: €5,000 for best solution (i.e. consistent with competition goals, proof of concept is practical, innovative approach, usability, quality and attractive design)

    Programme: 24-hour hackathon + keynote presentations + workshops + opportunities to network and have fun + coffee, lunch breaks and mini-challenges

    Venue: Garage 48 @ MoB, Carrer de Bailén 11, 08010 Barcelona

    How to take part: Teams or individuals with an innovative proposal can apply to

    ▪ Sign up as a team of 4 members; 


    ▪ You are an individual interested in being matched with a complementary team.

    A €15 deposit for all applicants is required for registering. This amount will be reimbursed after the event for those selected to participate and returned beforehand the event to those who are not selected; no other charges apply. However, applicants that have been selected to participate and do not attend the event will not be reimbursed. 
    #GatewayHackathon is for anyone that lives in the European Union: developers and engineers, researchers, marketers, designers, managers – essentially to everyone who finds themselves an entrepreneurial type and wants to do pioneering, creative work and share it afterwards with a community.

    Practical information: We provide power, internet, refreshments/meals, coaching and support. 

    You provide laptops and other necessary hardware/peripherals, personal items for comfort/hygiene, enthusiasm and energy. 

    Who to contact: send questions to the hackathon team at

    The event is organized by European Commission (DG GROWTH)


    Positive attitude, an open mind and lots of energy! Get to know new people, share your ideas and give ideas/feedback to other teams. MOST IMPORTANT - have fun!

    Please take your:
    - Laptop
    - Water bottle and thermos (help us reduce the use of plastic in this event)
    - Energy and good mood! 
    - Photo camera to take and share photos
    - Mattress
    - Sleeping bag and towel (in case you would like to stay overnight)
    - Credit cards for domain registration
    - Business cards (if you have any)
    We provide:
    - Meals and refreshments
    - Fully equipped venue
    - Goodies and surprises
    - Workshops and topnotch mentors
    - A prize of 5000 eur! 

    Take a look at the rules here:


    The Mentors 

    Joao Rei
    Garage48 host, business and marketing mentor
    Jaanus Jagomägi
    UI / UX Designer at Vaim
    Romet Tagobert
    Senior Software Engineer at Twilio
    Maido Parv
    Senior Product Designer at Wise


    Liis Linn
    Project Manager at Garage48

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