Smart Policing

Building the future of the Belgian police force

Virtual Hackathon

December 09-11, 2020


Ensuring security and quality of life in society is a constant challenge for the Police. Society and crime are constantly evolving, so the Police must also continue to innovate smartly. Remaining alert and agile to efficiently combat small, large and disruptive crime is essential for the Police.  

The Smart Policing Hackathon, in collaboration with Vias Institute and EY, is a launchpad to boost smart innovation in the Police. How can we put innovation at the service of policing for citizens? And how can the Police as an organisation innovate smartly in order to position itself as an attractive employer in the labour market? 

During 2 days teams of start-ups, scaleups, corporates and students will have the opportunity to collaborate and create digital and innovative solutions relevant for Police. A diverse and dedicated team of experts and coaches will assist you during the process. After the hacking, you will have to present your suggestion to a mixed jury of experts.  



A hackathon is a method of creative problem solving designed to boost disruptive innovation. This format is usually limited in time (24h-48h). The participating teams work on predetermined challenges towards new concepts, business models, processes and go as far as possible to deliver tangible results. At the end of the hackathon these team results are usually presented to a jury which subsequently highlights the most promising projects. The aim of this hackathon is to provide innovative solutions to the Police. All sector stakeholders are invited to contribute to the sector’s most pressing challenges you will find below!  

Ready to contribute? Register now and get exposure among various stakeholders in the industry. Together we will shape the future! 




 How can new technologies
better support the daily operations
of police? ​


How can innovative investigation techniques improve the fight against serious and organised crime?


How can we bring police
closer to citizens
in a digital era?

Selection & Training

How can police recruit and select the right candidates and train them lifelong to answer the evolving needs of the society? 



The Hackathon will be preceded by a pre-event on Wednesday 25/11/2020 from  9h00 till 10h00.

Wednesday 09/12/20

Start of the virtual hackathon

Plenary opening video conference

Teams start working on project

Continuous coaching and support by mentors via chat platform

Workshop on Business Modelling

Workshop on Pitching

Plenary intermediary evening touchpoint

Mentors go offline until the next morning
Teams are allowed to continue working on their projects

End first day of hacking

Thursday 10/12/20

Kick-off day two

Plenary opening video conference

Continuous coaching and support by mentors via chat platform

End of the virtual hackathon

Teams submit their solutions
Judging & finalist selection

Friday 11/12/20

Jury (sector experts & business leaders) review the results


Winning teams are presented



Organizing partners




People: Coaches and experts

A dedicated team of coaches and industry experts will be assigned to you to support you during the process and ensure a good problem-solution fit. 

Smart Operation

Maarten Torfs (Head Coach) – Manager ICT police zone Antwerpen

I am looking forward to the event. I am curious to see what innovative solutions the candidates will come up with for the operational challenges of the police. Collaborating and bringing together the expertise of the candidates will give the necessary intellectual power to overcome any challenge.

Tim Vervaet – Superintendent intervention/reception police zone Wetteren-Laarne-Wichelen

I’ve been involved in many innovative projects : Ambassadeur NWOW Focus@GPI Bodycam PowerApps Kick-off GPI organisator Bodycams SharePoint developer O365 specialist. Efficiency and innovation are my motto. Especially through digitization work can be done more efficiently and qualitatively. My benefit with this hackathon : gaining the experience of such an event.

Cedric Smeets – Chief superintendent Federal Police, head of unit RCCU Brussels

I’ve been involved in implementation of the Real-Time Intelligence Center (RTIC) in the SICAD’s. I chose the challenge ‘smart operations” because I strongly believe that technological tools will help us to do better, go faster and be more accurate than today. In my mind, “smart operations” means making the right decision, on the proper time, based on good intelligence. Hackathon experience is about bringing people from different backgrounds together to solve problem will help create bridges between worlds and will help us to think out of the box.

Agnieszka Frymus – Commissioner, Head of Section of de Maritime and River Police – Coast / Section Zeebrugge

I’ve been involveld in many innovative projetcs : Implemention of NWOW and office 365 in our section, intelligence led transmigrant checks, implementation of Drones (still going on), bordertask and smart borders (still going on), evaluation of bodycams for DGA,Focus,… I have chosen for smart operations, because a lot of the existing ideas are already implemented or are coming our way. As a specialized unit we do have several technical possibilities already in use . We are also exploring new horizons. In this sense I am already familiar with the problems those smart solutions encounter once implemented. During Hackathon I hope to see how teams build up ideas and learn form it.

Nico Claeys – Chief inspector @ information management – Police zone Damme/Knokke-Heist

I’ve been involveld In invovative projetcs : Ambassador NWoW, Focus briefing, police cam shield. I have 23 years of experience @ intervention police with 10 years part-time local calltaker/dispatcher/realtime intelligence officer. Subsequently I was 1 year “techno police officer”. Benefits from Hackathon experience : Being a part of the innovation proces!

Bart Raeymaekers – Police inspector at the Belgian Federal judicial police. Investigation of property crimes.

Police inspector at the Belgian Federal judicial police. Investigation of property crimes. I was part of a group of persons of the Belgian Federal judicial police that visited the Antwerp police academy to promote our service by police recruits. This project had the goal to find new candidates. I’m an inquisitive person who is always interested in learning new things which are elevating law enforcement to the next level. I am curious to what people from outside the police organisation (students, academics and other specialists) can learn us to be a better police organisation. Benefits for me with this Hackathon : -Meeting other participants -Discovering new technologies and developments which can be a help for our existing working methods and procedures. -Gain experience in coaching a Hackaton (first time for me)

Veronique De Mets –
Lukas Vanden Berghe –

Smart Investigation

Joachim Bogaert (Head coach) – Commissioner, Head of ICT-unit Local Police LRH Hasselt, Innovation & Digitalization

After many years in departement Computer Crime Unit of the Belgium Federal Police as teamleader, director of operations and finally head of Unit it was time for a carrier switch. Since March 02/2020 I am working in the policezone Limburg Regio Hoofdstad (LRH) where I am responsible for innovation and digitalization.

David Jaroszewski (Head coach) – Chief Superintendent, Senior advisor R&D and ICT Strategy to the General Director of the Federal Judicial Police.

I worked already in the following innovative projetcts that were implemented in my department. I took up the challenge Smart Investigation because: Nothing will replace the fine nose, determination or intuition of an investigator. However, the technical and technological component is omnipresent in the “investigation” process. This is the first Police Hackathon and it will be above all a discovery and I am convinced that it will be a great experience for the Police. This will also be the moment to demonstrate our capacity, will and desire to work in an inclusive way with the whole of society in order to move forward in the most transparent way towards a technology at the service of the citizen’s security and to make it discoverable to a much wider public. And finally, this Hackaton will also be a great human experience.

Michael De Laet – Commissioner, Policy Support – Federal Computer Crime Unit, General Directorate of Serious and Organised Crime.

I am involved in the development of the next National Security Plan as the program manager for the transversal theme “Internet and new technology”. As a member of the judicial police, I have chosen the “Smart Investigation” challenge. I believe my background, experience and network are best suited to coach teams that are working on these types of challenges. Both in my role at the FCCU and as a program manager I am involved in technology and innovation within our organization. I hope that the Hackathon can provide me with useful insights that I can use going forwards.

Maude Biettlot – Legal adviser, Belgian Federal judicial police

This hackathon and the challenge ‘smart investigation’ are for me a synonym for new knowledge, new challenges, new colleagues, new ways of thinking.

Manuel Schaeken –
Steven Engels –
Benoit Lemeunier –

Timothy De Vos – Commissioner, coordinator of operational services, local police Shoten

I’ve been involved in many projetcs : Cybercrime training Bodycams Office365 – powerapps Smart-phone-for-everyone Mobiele camera’s Drones Fleetlogging. Inspiring and coaching employees is the most important quality of a manager. On seeing this hackathon call, I immediately signed up for SMART INVESTIGATION. Many new technologies are being developed for investigations into serious crime, but from my role as a detective I noticed that local detectives in (small) police zones are not allowed/not able to use these technologies. Nevertheless, the smaller investigations can also be done much more efficiently. I am looking forward to all the creative ideas that I will come into contact with and with which I can get started in one way or another.

Smart Interaction

Olivier Slosse (Head Coach) – Commissioner, Policy adviser and Substitute Spokesperson, Local Police Brussels CAPITAL Ixelles

I worked already in the following innovative projetcts that were implemented in my department: project manager for the Brussels “sexual assault referral center”, created LGBT+ contact point, VIGIVELO bike theft panel, Proxilab (seminar for neighborhood police), “Listen, Communicate, Trust” seminar with Rutgers University, preparation of multidisciplinary approach of domestic violence, chatbox for victims of domestic violence during the first covid lockdown, “what if it happened to you” internal dilemma training. I’m taking up the challenge Smart Interaction because I am a systems thinker, and I am convinced that our added value is created on the “outside” of the organisation, where it is in contact with society. Communication today is radically different from the era in which our communication channels were conceived. It needs to be more modern and effective. Through the hackathon I hope to be able to look beyond the horizon and get inspiration to make our interaction “smarter”.

Pascal Roman (Head coach) – Chief Superintendent of the Federal Police.I CT, financial and logistics advisor for the General directorate of the administrative police (DGA)

I’m a firm believer that sharing creativity helps to bring people closer together. This Hackathon Event is the perfect opportunity to put this idea into practice.

Carolien Tuypens – Police Commissioner , Local Police Damme/Knokke-Heist; Deputy Director for Security

  • Master business engineering (VUB)
  • Worked as a consultant at EY for almost 4 years
  • Joined the police (directly as a commissioner)
  • Currently working at PZ DKH and together with another commissioner leading the “safety” department (directie veiligheid) – (interventie, dispatching, K9, onthaal, verkeerspolitie)

My reason for participating: building bridges between police and society and hoping to create a fresh and innovative image of our Belgian police force. The police force of tomorrow should be a joint initiative.

Frank Duchatelet – Commissioner, Federal Police, in charge of traffic post Reyers

This is my first experience in this field. I hope to learn a lot, to be able to steal a lot with my eyes. To be able to speak to my network

Gunther Van De Wiele – Procesmanager Police zone Schoten

I designed games for personnel selection. Work situations were translated into game scenarios where candidates played these games and these games interpreted the game behavior and gave a score on competencies. For my police zone I have built a system in which administrative assignments are offered via an app. Above this app runs a management system and a communication system, which gives collaboration and the execution of action plans a new dimension. I chose ‘smart interactions’ because I have a background in both psychology and ICT, a fairly unique combination. So ‘smart interactions’ is a domain where two of my great passions come together. What particularly intrigues me is how technology influences human interaction. Especially in these days of social networks and AI. Like everyone at a Hackathon, I am looking for inspiration and new angles that will make me better at my job!

Christophe Claessens –
Jonathan Herreman –

Smart Selection & Training

Johan Van Moer – Commissioner VAN MOER Johan, Officer Operational Coordination and Support, CSD Halle-Vilvoorde

I worked already in the following innovative projetcts that were implemented in my department: Digitalisation of all the work processes of the OCS-service by using O365-apps and our own police apps – Implementation of digitally tracking of cycling races (digital roadbook) – Digital reports of patrol schedules with immediate synchronisation tablet patrol to back office. I chose the challenge Smart Selection & Training because I am a huge believer of the use of innovative technologies. For me innovation is a way of living, not just changing to change, but looking for better ways of doing things and trying to implement new technologies in the process is the only way forward for our organisation. I have already taken a few steps myself in the research of these technologies and the possible advantages within training environments, but I am looking forward to finding out which solutions the teams will come up with!

Nathalie Adam – Head of Talent acquisition – Department Recruitment and Selection – Federal Police

I’ve been involved in creation of a new ATS-system (SaRa -Selection and Recruitment Administration = the online application of the integrated police in which the whole of selections will be integrated) and in optimization and modernization of the selection procedure for police officers. I’m taking up the challenge Smart Selection and Training, because for the Integrated Police it remains every year a challenge, despite the many recruitment initiatives, to achieve the proposed recruitment quotas and to find enough suitable and motivated candidates who are willing to perform a job as a police officer. We are looking for potential candidates who have the required competences to perform the job as a police officer. I am eager to discover new, innovative insights and ideas in order to enhance the recruitment, to find the right candidate for the right job and to prepare potential candidates for a job at the police

Jurgen Willems – Chief Inspector, Head of the Cycling Patrol Team, Local Police Brussels CAPITAL Ixelles
Peter François –

People: Jury

More information about the Jury coming soon.

Marc De Mesmaeker – First Chief Superintendent General Commissioner of the Federal Police

Nicholas Paelinck – President of the Standing Committee of the Local Police, Head of Police of the Westkust Police Zone

Frédéric Schoenaers – Professor of sociology at the University of Liège, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
His fields of research focus on the analysis of the transformation and modernisation of institutions and public action in the fields of police, justice and health.

People: Pre-Jury

Yve Driesen – First Chief Commissioner of Police, Director of the Federal Judicial Police of Antwerp (DirJud)

Anke Stakenborg – Chief Commissioner of Federal Police – Policy Advisor ‘Innovation’ of the General Commissioner
Jean-Louis Dalle – “Chief Commissioner of Local Police GAVERS Chief constable”
Paul Deblaere – First Chief Commissioner – Director General Management of Resources and Information

Philip Pirard – First Superintendent of Local Police – Chief constable

Michel Deraemaeker – Chief Constable in the Brussels Police Zone Uccle/WB/Auderghem since 1996. As a police zone, we aim to be an organisation that keeps moving. After all, we live in a world in which developments and trends move faster than ever and a society that is increasingly connected and innovative. The innovation process, however, is not straightforward. It requires room to experiment. The Covid period may be unlike any other, but we still expect some inspiring innovation at this Hackathon #innovation@police!
Christèle Maljean – I joined the Permanent Commission for the Local Police in May 2020 with my experience in Human Resources and project management in the private sector and within the Federal Police (operational and support departments). I will be in charge of the implementation and follow-up of the Memorandum. I will also actively participate in the Organisation and Innovation Subcommittee and in the working groups related to the National Security Plan and Innovation in order to defend and represent our interests in the best possible way.





A hackathon is a method of creative problem solving. It is a time-boxed activity – limited to 2 days in this case, where a number of specific challenges can be addressed by the participating teams. The idea is to create usable software or hardware with the goal of demonstrating a functioning tangible prototype or product and a related business model by the end of the event. At the end of the hackathon, teams present their results to a panel of judges. 

All participants have or may have pre-existing Intellectual Property Rights. This can be ideas, know-how, trade secrets, copyright in code, sometimes even a patent or an application, and brands, logos and similar stuff. This is called “Pre-Existing IP”. 

All Pre-Existing IP remains owned by its owner, in addition, the fact of showing something that is covered by an IP right (say, showing some code that is covered by your software copyright) does not imply that anyone can copy that or use it freely without your approval – you retain your Pre-Existing IP on that. 

Participants own the rights to their projects they create at the Hackathon.

After the hacking you will have to present what you’ve built to a mixed jury of experts. You will have a couple of minutes to present your business plan, and demo your product/service/idea. 

Before the hackathon event, on the 25th of November – we’ll have a take-in virtual session where we’ll discuss challenges, in collaboration with the dream team of the police department. We ask participants however, not to work on the actual project before the take-off on the 9th of December. However, it is advised to familiarize yourself and ask ample questions before the event to guarantee a smooth start. 

Registration form participation hackathon


This personal data is on behalf of a hackathon with the sole purpose of sending the persons who register the link to participate in the online event. Participation in this event is voluntary.

What personal data is collected and stored and by what means?

For this event you will be asked to fill in your name and email address in this online registration form.

The database automatically generated by this online registration form will be deleted as soon as the hackathon has ended and the winners are known.

Who has access to your data and to whom are they disclosed?

A limited number of people from the Federal Police’s Communication Department will process these data in order to keep the participants informed.

How can you check, modify or delete your data?

If you wish to check which of your personal details are stored or if you wish to have these changed, corrected or deleted, please contact the person responsible for processing using the details below and clearly indicate your request.

Contact details and complaints

The hackathon takes place under the responsibility of the Federal Police. Complaints or requests can be addressed to:

Teams and challenges​

Sign up through the Eventbrite, assemble your team and sign up for a specific challenge that you and your team will address. 

You can either subscribe individually or as a group. 

Startups, scale-ups, researchers, students are all welcome to attend. We are looking for multi-functional teams that will be able to create an innovative solution to a challenge by the end of the hackathon. 

The more to the point, the better. You and your team will have 2 days to come up with a solution to one of the challenges posed by the police department. 

Not necessarily, the challenges are to find innovative solutions to support the police of the future, not necessarily through coding only. 

Teams can be up to 8 people. If you want to hack alone, that’s totally fine. If you are still looking for a team, don’t worry, we will also help with matchmaking. 



What’s in it for you?

Connect with experts in the field

During the hackathon, you have access to a dedicated diverse team of coaches with different expertise (field experience, business expertise, technical skills, etc.).
You’ll have the unique opportunity to work together with the Belgian police force.
In between hacking hours, EY experts will give exclusive workshops;
This whole hackathon experience will be an added value to your resume, LinkedIn profile, etc.

Follow-up by EY

After the hackathon, the winning projects will get support to further realize their ideas. EY’s multidisciplinary innovation team will offer you commercial assistance in e.g. go-to-market, pitching, etc.

Media exposure

The winning teams get the opportunity to pitch their project in front of high-level sector experts and leaders.
Police magazines, Security magazines and other press will cover the event, both for an internal as external audience.