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Digitization: Czech programmers protest against expensive government contracts


Participants in a programming competition have set up an online shop for vignette sales to the Czech government free of charge. She wanted to pay millions for it.

Programmers in the Czech Republic protested creatively against overpriced government contracts. Almost a hundred participants in a programming competitor created an online shop for the sale of electronic motorway vignettes within 48 hours. The online shop was available for trial operation on Monday under the title Faire Vignette on the Internet and is to be handed over to the Ministry of Transport free of charge during the week.

The ministry originally commissioned a company without a tender to set up such an online shop for the equivalent of just under 16 million euros. The initiators of the so-called hackathon protested against this. "If we have to issue an invoice, there will be a zero on the invoice," said organizer Tomas Vondracek of the online edition of the newspaper Pravo .

The controversial award of contracts had already led to the dismissal of Transport Minister Vladimir Kremlik a week ago. Industry Minister Karel Havlicek then took over. The 50-year-old welcomed the programmers' offer: "The system will have to pass an endurance test in the next few days, but it doesn't look bad."

Source: zeit

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