Some 60 IT specialists from around the country are taking part in a
hackathon to produce an online sales system for electronic vignettes,
following the scrapping of an overpriced deal negotiated by the former
The aim of the event, which got underway on Friday evening, is to produce a functional online sales system which they will offer the government free of charge. According to its organizer, IT specialist and entrepreneur Tomáš Vondráček, they should produce and online system by 6 PM on Sunday.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who visited the event on Sunday, said that if the system proves the be fully functional, the government is ready to put it to use.
IT specialists from around the country will be taking part in a hackathon
to produce an online sales system for electronic vignettes over the
weekend, following the scrapping of an overpriced deal negotiated by the
former transport minister.
Hundreds of IT specialists are said to have volunteered to take part in the endeavour to produce a functional online sales system which they will offer the government free of charge.
The hackathon is due to start at 6pm on Friday and according to its organizer ,IT specialist and entrepreneur Tomáš Vondráček, they should produce and online system by Monday morning.
The government's IT commissioner Vladimír Dzurilla has said the government appreciates the assistance and will put it to the best possible use.
Some CZK 155 billion were spent by Czechs while shopping online in 2019,
news site iHNed.cz reports. The number shows a CZK 20 billion increase
compared with the previous year and, according to the head of the Czech
Association for e-commerce, Jan Vetyška, is partly down to increasingly
better services, with a wide variety of delivery options. Most online
purchases were conducted when Czechs shopped for electronics and house
Online shopping popularity is a growing trend in the country. In 2018, the Czech Republic took one of the top spots in Europe when it came to e-commerce, with more than 43 percent of technical or non-food goods in the country being sold online, according to data released by the research agency GfK and the Czech Confederation of Industry. The amount of online retailers has also grown substantially, reaching more than 46,000 vendors last year.
The Constitutional Court rejected a proposal to annul two of last
year's pricing decisions made by the Czech Energy Regulatory
Authority, citing a lack of valid arguments. The proposal was signed by 26
MPs from the Freedom and Direct Democracy party, the Communist Party and
one Social Democrat. They argued that the agency breached the Energy Act,
according to which it has to protect the legitimate interests of customers
and consumers, by increasing prices for no reason.
According to the ruling there was an absence of almost any argumentation that could lead the Court to rule that prices should be changed.