More than 1,000 people have registered for the GovITHub public programme, less than two weeks after its release, voicing their readiness to contribute to open-source e-government projects.
In as press statement on Thursday, the Romanian Government says GovITHub, released on August 4, is one of the projects used by it to encourage entrepreneurial innovation and cooperation to overcome red tape obstacles and implement digital projects in the service of citizens.
The programme is carried out by 10 grant holders for six months plus volunteers working eight hours a week.
“In less than two weeks after the launch of GovITHub, 1,070 people were registered, voicing readiness to contribute to open-source e-government projects. At the same time, 40 companies have voiced interest in supporting the programme and becoming part of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister to develop information platforms in the service of citizens,” reads the statement.
The Government also says that from among more than 1,000 applicants, a board of IT specialists will select the 10 grantees and contributors for each project, along merit lines and in accordance with the proposals put forth.
“As far as project selection goes, special emphasis will be placed on the impact on citizens and feasibility of proposals,” reads the statement.
The Government also reiterates its priority goal to improve efficiency in the interaction of the Romanian citizens with the public administration using the most up-to-date means and place Romania on a fast track to the digital future, adding that GovITHub is part of its suite of measures to the point.