Estonian e-residency services to have a codefest in Vormsi

An international e-residency hackathon, taking place in September in Vormsi island, will focus on building apps and services using the Estonian‬ open ID-platform to benefit both the e-residents and service providers.

The hackathon aims to attract web and mobile developers, designers, project leads, marketeers and visionaries in the field to spend a weekend to create working prototypes in an unforgiving 48-hour timeframe.

The hackathon is organised in co-operation with the international hackathon organisation foundation Garage48, Enterprise Estonia, the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, and the Information System Authority. The main event takes place on 11-13 September on Vormsi island.

“E-residency will become the world’s standard for digital identity and the Garage48 e-residency codefest could become the stepping stone for the world conquering plans of the developers,” Kaspar Korjus, the e-residency programme director, said.

“Our goal is to draw attention to the fact that all developers and service providers are welcome to develop services to the open digital identity platform,” Taavi Kotka, the deputy secretary general of ICT at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, said.

E-residency is available to anyone around the world interested in establishing and administering a location-independent business online. E-residents can register a company online, perform e-banking transactions, access international payment service providers, declare taxes online, manage a company remotely, and digitally sign documents and contracts. As of July, 3,816 applications have been submitted by people wishing to claim Estonian e-residency. This is almost double the initial target of 2,000 officials hoped would sign up before the end of 2015.

Estonian-founded Garage48 hackathon is an event where computer programmers and others in the field of software development – like graphic designers, interface designers and project managers – collaborate intensively on software projects within 48 hours over the weekend. The aim of the event is to create working prototypes by the end of the weekend.


Cover: Vormsi.

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